“To Nora Grey, Patch seems like the completely unexpected, picture-perfect guy; handsome, friendly, attentive. But perhaps he's too perfect, too attentive, trespassing over the line between would-be boyfriend and stalker. At first confused and then frightened, Nora eventually discovers that both she and her ever-watchful companion are enmeshed in a primordial battle for souls.” (From Barnes&Noble)
To say that I had been hearing a lot about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (and, in particular, a certain fictional character who goes by the name of Patch) would be a ginormous understatement. Everywhere I looked it was “Patch and Nora” this or “ohhhhh, Patch” that. I needed to investigate… see if there was any validity to all this talk. Well holy hotness, they weren’t kidding. That is one nice male lead character you created, Mrs. Fitzpatrick:
“It was a smile that spelled trouble. With a promise.”
“His sleeves were pushed up his forearms, and I could see his muscles working as he punched buttons. He was tall and lean and hard, and I wouldn't have been surprised if under his clothes he bore several scars, souvenirs from street fights and other reckless behavior.
Not that I wanted a look under his clothes.”
Well, personally, I wouldn’t mind taking a peek. This is the second time I’ve read a book that has made me want to time travel back to biology class in hopes of getting paired with a lab partner who didn’t reek of onions and insist on burping my name every chance he got. Where was my Patch?? Hmmph!
I really enjoyed Hush, Hush - enjoyed to the point that my family had to call my first and middle name to get my attention. Oops. It was very easy to get pulled into the story and even easier to enjoy the characters. I thought Nora was great and her inner thoughts and personable demeanor made her very likeable right away.
“Part of me wanted to run away from him screaming, Fire! A more reckless part was tempted to see how close I could get without... combusting.”
I think my earlier statements make it clear how I feel about Patch… but just in case: Patch was mesmerizing with his dark and dangerous ways. He definitely blurs the line between possible future boyfriend and “I’d like to file a restraining order, please.” I keep wanting him to be a good guy…. but I don’t want him to NOT be the bad guy either. He is just an incredible and extremely sexy mixture of both. The attitude, the snark, and his commentary alone had me falling fast:
“Say 'provoking' again. Your mouth looks provocative when you do.”
Oh, and definitely this one:
“You should go," I breathed. "You should definitely go."
"Go here?" His mouth was on my shoulder. "Or here?" It moved up my neck.”
Seriously, I could go on and on…
I like that the author didn’t bog us down with tons and tons of history, but gave just enough back story to keep me interested and wanting more. I like her writing style, the quick moving plot, and of course the story itself. I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series as well as Becca Fitzpatrick’s other work.
“All this time I've hated myself for it. I thought I'd given it up for nothing. But if I hadn't fallen, I wouldn't have met you.”