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Friday, August 2, 2013

BLOG TOUR: MANIC by J.A. Huss - review and giveaway

Ohhhhh, they're baaaaaaaaaack! YAY!

For those of you who may need a refresher, I was on the tour for TRAGIC, book one of this series by the talented, J.A. Huss. You can flash back quickly and refresh yourselves here. (I mean, you don't really NEED to because I know you already bought TRAGIC and have been waiting like me for MANIC, right? ;-)  )

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.





Wait, you haven't read TRAGIC yet? SERIOUSLY? Okay, well that's okay. You know why? Because the fabulous author has it on sale for 99 pennies for this tour.

(Click the takes you to amazon in a new window. Then come back!)

All right, got it while it's on sale? GOOD! So onto MANIC!!!!

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!





A_TiffyFit's Review: So...let's get into MANIC. At the end of TRAGIC, Rook had recklessly decided to take the Sturgis contract without paying attention, without reading in detail, all in a kind of spite against Ronin. Not that I blame her; if you remember, I found Ronin to be irritating and controlling. In this book, I still found his attitude a bit screwy, but it's mellowed as he and Rook try to find their balance as a new couple. Rook is shaken up when she realizes that she has signed away her complete privacy: she has cameras in her bedroom, her apartment, and a crew to follow her around when she isn't in her apartment. Not to mention, she has to be naked while Spencer paints her. Thankfully, Spencer is (mostly) professional. Ford, one of the producers, Spencer, and Ronin have some history, but not a one is telling Rook. Instead, they're just acting like children, baiting one another. Ford is blunt about his interest in Rook, Spencer a little more subtle, and Ronin, while jealous, keeps disappearing to "save" Clare.

Look, I have no idea how it is for an addict. I've never experienced it, I've never had to help someone getting help, but for a worldly person, Ronin sure is missing the fact that he's so emotionally manipulated by Clare. She basically tells him that she'd rather die, knowing he won't give her tough love after that, that he'll capitulate. And he totally does. And then Elise pissed me off, too, with her threat: "Yeah, like I said. Repercussions for being stupid. Clare made stupid decisions, too, and if Rook was in dire need, I'd say fine. Put her first. But Clare is family and she is dying, Ronin. If you walk away from her I'll never forgive you." HOLY EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION FROM ELISE, TOO! And sorry, but she was NOT dying. She was going through rehab. If she's going to be that combative, let her run herself down til hospitalization and build her back up from that. Ugh, I probably sound like a stone-cold bitch. And for those who would say, "you don't get it, you've never been there or had someone there", you're 100% totally right. I shouldn't judge I guess because I have NOT been there. I hope if I ever (man I hope not) am in Ronin's position, I'll call that bullshit and exert tough love. Bleh. I understand Elise's call that Clare is family, too, but how many times are they all going to give in to Clare? Okay okay okay...Rook is new, I get it. Still. Pfffft on Clare.

Anyway, so Ronin abandons Rook at Clare's beck and call from rehab because Clare won't do anything without Ronin's support. >.> This leaves Rook, a rookie at the erotic photography, doing these sessions with all these men all on her own. The photography sections leave her all sexed up and then she has to learn and deal with the fact that she IS turned on, although she is in a relationship with Ronin. You know what I loved best about this? Rook is HONEST. She's talking to Ronin on the phone and she outright asks him if he gets turned on in all his sessions, too.

Ahhhh, finally, a healthier relationship!

And you know what I was worried about in the first book, about Rook's ex just dropping in out of the sky? ARGGGGGGGGGGH it was SO much creepier than I thought, especially when you realize that it isn't "all of a sudden." o.O I'm not saying more, you have to read. The resolution for that particular part in this book was incredibly satisfying. I found myself grinning and thinking, damn straight!

Of the three guys, Ronin, Spencer, and Ford, I'm glad Rook has Ronin. Me? I'd choose Ford. I like his wit and weird socially off intellect. ;)

So, TL;DR summary: hot contemporary new adult romance, new characters, and the sweet development of Rook & Ronin's relationship. PANIC, the third installment, comes out in October. I cannot wait to read more, to see what Rook's choice is, to see how that legal matter resolves, and to further explore Ronin, Spencer, Ford, & Rook's relationship. Please, Clare...clean up and stay the hell out of the story. Find yourself, realize Ronin is not yours, and move the hell along! 

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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