He’s loved her. Killed for her. Yet he may not be able to save her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he’s never stopped trying to shelter her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when skipping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, reeled in and tossed out, waiting to be noticed.
Then Evan Bishop breezes into town with a warm smile and calming touch, and Archer can’t deny his attraction to him. Evan is the only person who keeps him around without a single string attached. And the harder Archer falls for Evan, the more he sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and once she finds out Archer’s dark secret, she threatens to expose the truth if she doesn’t get what she wants. And what she wants is for him to end his relationship with Evan…permanently.
An Excerpt from Hushed
Mickey grabbed him in a bear hug from behind and tore him away, throwing him to the ground. Archer knew how to fight, but Mick was twice his size, and the weight pinning him facedown to the floor rendered him helpless. He reached back blindly, caught a handful of Mick’s hair and yanked, but it got nothing more than a furious snarl in response. Mickey grabbed his arm and twisted it behind his back. A few more inches, he’d pop it right out of its socket.
He didn’t see Evan, but he heard him shouting and Mickey’s weight vanished altogether. Vivian screamed and something—someone—slammed against the wall. Archer rolled to his side. Evan had Mickey pinned near the kitchen door, hands fisted in his shirt. But he looked away, at Archer, for fractions of a second, and Mick punched him square in the jaw. Evan staggered back.
Archer lurched to his feet.
Mickey grabbed Evan by the shoulders, slammed a knee into his gut, and down he went, crumpling to the ground.
Archer didn’t think; he pitched himself forward. He slammed into Mick and they missed the wall entirely, hitting the tile of the dining room floor. His knees pinned Mick’s arms to the ground on either side of him.
Archer hit him. Mick tried to lift his head and the punch sent the back of his skull cracking against the tile. His eyes rolled back, dazed. Another hit. And another. Until blood trailed from the corner of Mick’s jaw in a thin red ribbon. Only then did he stop; his hands went around Mickey’s throat and squeezed.
“You don’t touch him,” he said, voice barely a whisper, cold and calm. “Nobody touches him.”
Mickey gave a raspy, choked noise, trying to work an arm free. Archer bore down on him harder, keeping him in place. Strangling him. Killing him. Savoring the tint of blue creeping into his face. Vivian wouldn’t shut up. She never stopped screaming. He didn’t care. But Evan had gotten up, his voice winded.
And he stopped.
Kelley York Bio:
Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it’s there she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.
Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person’s character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
Her first book, HUSHED, was released by Entangled Publishing in December 2011. Her second and third books, HOLLOWED and SUICIDE WATCH, were released in 2012, and her next Entangled book, MADE OF STARS, is slated for October 1st, 2013. Visit Kelley via her: Facebook | Twitter | Blog |Author Goodreads
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