Monday, August 5, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Manic (Rook and Ronin #2) by J.A. Huss

Book & Author details:

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.



Manic by J.A. Huss 
Series: Rook and Ronin #2 
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

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 Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!



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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Manic Review:

This was a ridiculously good and entertaining sequel to Tragic. I liked learning more about the characters and I loved the introduction of my new favorite character: Ford. This book had more of everything: more angst, more men and more sex.

What I love about this series is that it’s unlike anything that I’ve read before. The author doesn’t stick to a formula and I never know what to expect as I turn the pages. The characters in the series are flawed, but it makes them relatable and adds realism to the plot.

The plot picks up soon after the end of Tragic with Rook beginning to fulfill her duties as a body paint model for Spencer. The shoots are super hot and don’t always involve Ronin, something that the couple struggles with. Ronin is also trying to help his friend get over a heroin addiction and has to leave the studio for days on end. This causes Rook to spend more time with a frenemy of Ronin’s named Ford who is also a producer for Spencer’s reality show.

Rook and Ronin have amazing chemistry together and the sex scenes were super hot. I do still like Ronin, but I have to say that Ford is an awesome addition to the series. I feel like I’m cheating on my man Ronin, but Ford was sexy, interesting and mysterious. Not to mention I have a very personal connection with Asperger’s syndrome and understand how people misunderstand the behaviors associated with the disorder.

The climax was exciting and I was surprised by some of the twists the author had in store, including revelations about Ronin’s past. I am anxiously awaiting the final book to see how everything turns out for the characters.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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

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  1. Yay so happy you enjoyed it I really want to give this series a short it sounds really character oriented which is right up my alley! Great review, Heather! :)

  2. Rook and Ronin sound great, and I need to check it out

  3. Thanks so much Heather! :) You made my day!

  4. I read a review of Tragic recently and thought it sounded pretty good. But now that I've seen your review on the sequel, I will definitely have to check out the series!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  5. Five out of five stars, eh? Sounds like an exciting read :) Your review is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Heather! WRITE ON!