Review: Hush by E.K. Blair

Review: Hush by E.K. BlairHush by E.K. Blair
Series: Black Lotus #3
April 12, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Echo
Also by this author: Echo
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I've come to learn there is no escaping your past.

It doesn't matter what you do, it will follow like a phantom--haunting you--reminding you.

While Hush is my least favorite book of the Black Lotus series, I have to bow down a little to the big balls over there on E.K. Blair. She threw something into this finale that I don’t think many romance authors would have the moxie to pull off.

That’s a plus. A huge plus. I think “that thing that won’t be mentioned because I refuse to spoil this book for anyone” was the most fitting thing to happen in this final book.

The desperation and loneliness that Hush evoked was definitely another plus.  Sometimes you can be surrounded by people but still feel absolutely alone in your pain and misery.  This is the case for both Elizabeth and the man in her life.  I’ll be vague there for anyone who has yet to read Echo, book two.  I felt Elizabeth’s depression and her rage at the belief that no single soul ever loved her enough to just stay with her.  That’s a testament to Blair’s writing, to have my heart stutter step at several parts of this book because I can’t imagine the pain someone in her situation would be feeling.

BUT, there were some minuses too.

First off, sometimes, the thesaurus is not your BFF.  I’m all for people with big vocabularies. However, at times, it’s just too distracting. If I have to keep pausing in my read to look up a word that I think is a damn plant but is actually a color or some shit AND then I have to process what exactly is being said with that sentence…I fall out of the book’s world.  I lose the feel. I can handle that a couple of times in a book, but it happened too often in Hush for my liking. Call me simple minded, I’m okay with that. Also keep in mind though, Elizabeth only has a 9th grade education. I’m not a firm believer that reading text books later in life makes you as scholarly as she sounded at times.

Two, I really did not enjoy the epilogue. It was too child like, it threw the feel of the book off for me. Just not my thing.

Three, there were a couple of things that seemed too contrived or too easy.  The utility bill, for one.  Also, Elizabeth’s hate for certain “new characters” really, REALLY, bothered me.  Maybe that’s because of my own personal life and feelings on the subject.  Regardless, I didn’t like it. 

Sidenote: WRITING ABSOLUTELY SPOILER FREE REVIEWS IS SO DAMN HARD

If you read both Bang and Echo, you know they each have a different feel to them.  Hush is not different in that respect. It’s not as raw, not a violent, not as dark.  It focuses more on healing and moving on.  Some readers may find that strange, I found it to be a proper feel for the final book.

Reading back through the above, it kind of sounds like I disliked this one more than I liked it. That isn’t the case though.  Overall, I really enjoyed it. Didn’t love it, but really enjoyed it.  Perhaps most of my love for this book is because of that big ball move that Blair made.  It was so, so fitting and really beautiful in a totally fucked up way and I loved that she did ‘it’.  You know, that thing that I can’t mention?!?!

 

About E.K. Blair

New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody and has been noted as ‘The Queen of Dark and Twisted’. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.



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