BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Manic by J.A. Huss
by J.A. Huss
Rook and Ronin Series, Book 2
TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!
It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.
Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? 😉
Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.
Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her good are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!
MY THOUGHTS: 4.25 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
**SPOILER ALERT: This review is of the second book in a series and therefore will contain spoilers for the first book. To see my review of the first book in the series, Tragic, CLICK HERE.**
Rook Walsh has finished the sexy shoot for the Tragic campaign and won Ronin’s heart in the process. In a moment of blind anger, she agrees to be a model for Spencer Shrike’s Sturgis campaign, where she will be the sexy body paint wearing face of his motorcycle shop.
Ronin is not happy about this at all, but there’s not much he can do about it–Rook has made it clear he doesn’t own her. With Ronin leaving often to see about a friend in rehab, Rook is left in the hands of Spencer and Ford, who both go way back with Ronin. Will their relationship survive the bumps sure to be in the road ahead?
I really liked the first book in the series and I was very eager to read this one. I’m quite happy to say it didn’t let me down.
Rook has been modeling for a couple of months now and is more comfortable being herself in front of the camera. Of course it helps that she is surrounded by people she loves. Being with Ronin has really begun helping her heal from the horror she escaped not that long ago. But you can see, she’s still as closed off as ever when it comes to everyone but Ronin–and in fact she still has some things she is hiding from him, too.
It usually really bothers me when the female lead in a book is instantly loved and being pursued by EVERY GUY she meets. This does happen with Rook–she’s with Ronin, but still caught the eye of Spencer and Ford. I guess it helps that she’s beautiful, but she’s nonchalant about it. She doesn’t use her looks to help her get anything, and she’s definitely not conceited. My favorite thing about her is that she has a smart mouth and is not afraid to use it.
I wish we could have heard from Ronin a little more in this book–he had far fewer chapters from his point of view than he did in Tragic. I felt the whole thing with Clare was unimportant, kind of just a plot device to get him out of the picture so the reader can see how Rook reacts in the modeling situation she’s in and around other guys.
The last 50 or so pages of the book were really great, and threw in a couple of awesome twists. I am truly liking how independent Rook is becoming.
With the bit of hot hot sexual scenes thrown in, this book was a pretty good mix for me. I’m so there for the next one!
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.