Miami Hush Club by Michelle Warren

March 5, 2015 Author Bio, Review 0 ★★★★½

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Miami Hush Club by Michelle WarrenMiami Hush Club by Michelle Warren
Published by Self-Published on 19th January 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Issues, Suspense
Pages: 289
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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four-half-stars

I always believed that girls like me didn’t find happily-ever-afters.
But despite my sordid past and personal demons,
the Miami Hush Club promised to make my every fantasy a reality.

With a membership,
they could gift me my dream job,
dream car, dream house,
and the perfect life for me and my little family.
They easily sucked me into the madness and twisted me inside out,
caging me until I didn’t know right from wrong.

The steep price of entry?
My darkest secret.

There’s only one problem.
Some secrets destroy.
Some crush.
Some fragment.
Some even endanger the ones I love,
and the one man I never imagined I would.
Because some secrets, when shared, give power.
And power is a dangerous thing.
Especially when the one pulling my strings, playing god,
has the terrifying means to destroy me.

And worst of all, after I’ve given my secret away,
I find the only thing that’s left is my wrecked and tortured soul.
But guess what?
Nothing’s safe.
The club can take that too.

reviewReviewed by Shannon

*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*

“Do you still love her?” The words slip out before I can really ask myself if this information matters.
Casper smirks at me. “I love you both, and I always have. What do you want me to say? In this fairy tale, I’m the fucking villain. And you, my dear, are not a princess.”

Miami Hush Club is about Nicolette, a single mother who moves to Miami for a summer internship at Z News. Nic used to live in Miami when she was in college and ran a business with her sister, Alex, and boyfriend at the time, Casper. After the end of her business she went back home to Alabama. Even outside of Miami she still felt the pull of the city, and now being back in Miami will test her willpower to be the person she used to be especially when she comes across a secret organization that deals in favors.

For the purposes of this review I have split my review into four sections, one for each episode. So here we go…

Episode 1 was about introducing the audience to Nic and how life used to be like for her. With the help of Alex, Nic went back to her old ways quite fast. Let’s just say her old ways were quite hot, or naughty depending on how you look at it. Even with her sometimes naughty ways, I still liked Nic. She genuinely wanted to do right by her son plus everyone has flaws and a past. Given her past was a little more scandalous than most but I think her sister being more naughty than her made it seem not as bad. Now, Alex I cannot say the same thing about. The fact that she was so rude was just a little much at times but at least she seemed to care about Nic and her son. The introduction of the Miami Hush Club was quite intriguing and I definitely wanted to see more of that world and what it entailed. To me the introduction of the club was the best part because I love a good mystery. I actually thought that this part should have ended a chapter earlier. The place it did end on was good but I felt like it was more “omg I need the next part” a chapter earlier than where it did end.

4 stars

The next part saw more of Nic’s boss, Vega, who we got introduced to in the first part, and Casper unfortunately. Vega was interesting to me. I was never sure about his intentions while reading. He always seemed genuine but in this world it was hard to tell. Casper I knew was a slimeball so it was never hard to understand his motivations. While I didn’t like Casper, he did make things more interesting for Nic in terms of wrestling with her past and present self. But, more exciting than that we got to see more of the club and the goings on. You found out who brought Nic into the club and what her first assignment was. It wasn’t anything big but you knew it would lead to more exciting things and it sure did. The first and second installment definitely felt like the introduction to the last two parts. While the first two parts were interesting, I just wanted to get further into the underbelly of the club and the next two parts definitely delivered on that front.

4 stars

This third part had some amazing things happen in it. It set it up so that you just had to know how it all ended. Lucky for me I got to read all four parts right in a row so once I was done with this installment I got to dig into the last part. And man Casper was just so grrr. I was not a fan of him and that just intensified during this part. You’ll find out once you read it. But man oh man did this part have a lot of exciting and questionable things happen especially towards the end. I felt bad for Nic at times but she brought all this on herself by wanting to be part of the club so I couldn’t feel too bad for her. To me, this part really kicked it up a notch and lived up to the mystery of the club and the questionable behaviors it brought out in people. I loved it!

5 stars

The last and final part was the best! Right from the get go it was exciting and revealed a part of the mystery of the club. We got to have all the secrets laid out and finally got to find out who was behind the Miami Hush Club and let me tell you it was not easy to guess. I probably guessed it like a page before it happened. For the longest time I was convinced it was a certain person but the previous part dismissed that. And when all the secrets were being revealed I had so many thoughts running through my head trying to figure it out before it was spelled out. I don’t know why I tried because I was blown away. Michelle did such a great job of giving you just enough throughout the whole series to keep you guessing but not enough to make it obvious and I loved that. I like to think I’m pretty good at figuring out twists in stories but this one was totally unexpected for me. I do wonder if I had figured it out earlier if I still would have enjoyed it as much and I think I still would have because there was so much that was going on that some of the biggest reveals were just a portion of the overall picture. The one thing I do wish was slightly different was the ending. I was kind of hoping for something a little different. The ending given was good but I was hoping for it to focus on a different part of the overall story. With that said, I still loved this part and how everything came together. I love me a good suspense and mystery and this one definitely lived up to it. It was definitely a great read and I am so glad I got to read it back to back. I think I would have died having to wait to read each part haha.

5 stars

And if my review hasn’t convinced you, maybe the fact that the first two parts are currently free will :). You won’t regret it! I can’t wait to see what Michelle comes out with next!

About Michelle Warren

Michelle Warren didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. She spent over a decade as professional Illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel, Wander Dust. Michelle loves reading and travelling to places that inspire her to create. She lived in South Beach, Miami for six years, which inspired the Miami Hush Club, but currently resides in downtown Chicago.

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