Series and Book #: Hush, Hush Series #1
A sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love
When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy.
But before long, Nora’s defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be where she is and know exactly what she’s thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?
As their connection grows stronger, Nora’s own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?
I'm just going to dive right in and say: THIS IS TOTALLY NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. AT ALL. See, I thought that this would be one of those gushy-slash-dark-and-serious fallen angel stories, and, true there was some gushiness and some dark and seriousness, but it didn't consume the entire novel. Fitzpatrick made Nora this lovable, funny girl who was incredibly frustrated and scared of Patch, but who always searched for answers and followed what she thought was right.
Oh, goodness, Vee! The bright and spunky character who played with Nora's theories and always saw the brightness in a situation. Vee was a terrific character. She downplayed the drama of Patch's mysteriousness, and she kept Nora under a logical viewpoint. Nora is officially one of my favorite MC's. She's witty and she's collected but she's just nerdy enough so that she wasn't a character you couldn't relate to. And she was very wary of Patch right from the start. She didn't just suddenly fall head-over-heels in love with him.
I loved the inclusion of a murder mystery. This added spice to the novel and made it less of a stereotypical fallen angel book. The way Fitzpatrick set it up was subtle and she kept adding all these different people who could have been out to get Nora. In the end, I felt as if I was a bit shocked at who the murderer was, but I wasn't entirely flabbergasted by it.
Overall, if you're looking for a funny book with lots of suspense and an undercurrent of romance, this is definitely a book for you. It totally delivered a fresh view on fallen angels, one that hasn't been seen before. I can't wait to read Crescendo and Silence!
The Cover: Falling angel, slant of light from clouds, disappearing feathers... Literally, one of the most accurate I have ever seen. Also one of my favorites.