Friday, June 14, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Tragic by J.A. Huss

Tragic by J.A. Huss
Publication date:  May 20th 2013 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

TRAGIC is a new adult contemporary romance.



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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My Review:

What an awesome book! As I write this review, I’m seriously trying to come up with something critical to say, but there’s honestly not a single thing I’d change. I loved it all: great plot, amazing characters and some super sexy scenes.

I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I first read the synopsis. A book about models? Ugh, usually not my thing at all. But as usual my preconceptions were blown out of the water and I instantly fell in love with Rook and Ronin.

Rook had me from the first page. I loved her snark and her ballsy attitude. She’s brought into this crazy modeling lifestyle when she shows up at a test shoot after pinching an invitation from a model at a Starbucks. Rook is tough, but I loved how the author made it clear that there was something very fragile about the down on her luck girl as well. Ronin was tougher to figure out, but this made him the perfect New Adult lead. The mysteriousness combined with the sexy descriptions made him drool worthy.

The pacing was fantastic and I never felt it dragging in parts. I liked that readers were brought on this journey with Rook as she was introduced to the world of modeling by the photographer Antoine, Ronin and Ronin’s sister Elise. The photo shoots were so damn hot! The sexual chemistry between Rook and Ronin was smoldering from their very first meeting and the heat continued to build.

There is also plenty of angst between the characters and Rook and Ronin both have some issues to resolve before a happily ever after.

I absolutely loved the book and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Rating: 5/5 Stars  

I received a copy of Tragic as part of the blog tour from Xpresso Book Tours.

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  1. Glad you feel for the characters and it was more than you expected from synopsis

  2. I like the sounds of Rook already! Snarky and Balsy is right up there with my fav MCs! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  3. You've written a wonder review, Heather! Thanks for sharing it with all us peons. :) You rock! WRITE ON!