BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Tragic by JA Huss
by JA Huss
Rook and Ronin Series, Book One
Rook Walsh is TRAGIC
Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…
Rook got a second chance.
And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.
Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.
Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s portfolio.
Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.
MY THOUGHTS: 4.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Rook Walsh is a nineteen year old girl with literally no one and nowhere to turn. By chance, she sees a business card for a modeling test shoot, and she shows up. As it so happens, Rook is a natural model and is immediately booked for a huge campaign.
Rook has a lot to get used to: being exposed in front of people in photos, her new apartment, and most of all, Ronin, the photographer’s brother in law and the guy in charge of corralling the models. Ronin is devilishly sexy but Rook has come to far to lose her heart to a guy she barely knows. Ronin will have to work hard to earn her trust in a world that is littered with so many people who will lie to your face.
I am starting to really love the new adult genre. It has just enough sexiness for me without being too erotic, and the characters are closer to my age and have more in common with me.
Tragic is a step away from the already tired new adult cliches, though. Ronin is no tatted up bad boy with a sensitive side. He’s truly a good guy. And poor Rook is so damaged that I don’t know how she’s even come so far in her healing process, but I do like her as a character and admire her for it.
When I first read the scenes where Rook and Ronin meet, they did have the sort of insta-love feel that I so loathe. I felt there was more under the surface though, so I kept reading and I’m very glad I did. Though this entire story takes place in less than a week, the feelings developing between Rook and Ronin are real and far from perfect. When they are together intimately on photo shoots, the passion between them feels so intense that I thought the pages would catch fire…the scenes got me a little hot and bothered, and believe me that doesn’t happen often with a book.
What I really liked was that even though Rook started falling for Ronin, she didn’t immediately let him take over her life. Even towards the end, she was making her own decisions with only herself in mind, and that is really what a 19 year old girl should be doing. The ending of Tragic wasn’t picture perfect and I also quite liked that.
I am so excited to read the next book in this series full of sexy characters and page-turning encounters!
About the Author
J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).
She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
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