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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blog Tour! TRAGIC by J.A. Huss - video teaser, review, and giveaway!

Wheee! I told you guys last month during the Blitz that I was part of the tour this month and now here is the tour! Last month I had an excerpt, this month I have this video and my review:

TRAGIC: Rook and Ronin, #1
By J. A. Huss
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published May 15, 2013
Science Future Press

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 camera.

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.

New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage
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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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A_TiffyFit's Review
This is a page turner, you can't put it down, and you'll need a fan for your face because whoa, baby, it gets hot!

Rook has made a break for it and landed in Denver, Colorado. Homeless, jobless, and starving, but totally free from her abusive boyfriend. She decides to splurge on a ridiculously expensive coffee with her last $10, which turns out to be fortuitous - a chance at making $100/hour as a model for the flamboyant, passionate, Antoine Chaput. There she meets Ronin - a walking hunk of a man who puts her on her guard but entices her all the same.

Rook - she has to be a tough cookie. She found the strength to LEAVE that abusive relationship on her own without any emotional or financial support. She finds herself a shelter with counseling and is doing...well, not great, but at least it is a step forward. Despite her background, this girl has spunk! She is feisty and that is what makes her so damn likable. But then...okay, I know she is only 19, but is she a naive ditzy 19 or is she a wizened beyond her years due to her experiences 19? She does verbalize, often, that she needs to not fall for Ronin but then that is exactly what she does. She totally falls for the lust factor contrary to her resolve. That ticked me off despite her admirable accomplishments - retaining spunk positivity, getting her GED, goals of college, etc. Also, the gut instinct is great but spiteful decisions, not so much.

As to Ronin - if you truly grew up with an abusive father and are so hyper-aware of trying NOT to be like that, why would you be so damn controlling? Your sister is more perceptive, demonstrated by her comment, "Let her choose the dress." Bah. You should highlight the next contains a spoiler, so if you want to read it... (And then you go and lose control and finger her in front of everyone?! ARGH. Still I can see these two being all lusty. Lasting? Probably not; I guess I'll have to wait until MANIC releases in AUGUST!!!!) Ronin is controlling. He may not be physically abusive, but signs of the possibility of emotional abuse (extreme jealousy and hurting someone verbally IS abusive) are there to me.

Both of these characters are likable, the sexual tension between them is explosive, and they themselves are so volatile. I'd really rather them have a friendship than a relationship. I think Rook needs more time to be herself, be alone, re-ground herself.

This is one hot little romance, but ultimately too volatile and with a lot of triggers for those who many have been in this kind of relationship. And was ANYONE else like me expecting her ex to come barreling in? It was this huge underlying tension for me that kept me on the edge of my seat! Maybe after her pictures go wildly popular (and you know they will).

Jesus. Is it August yet? I don't know about you, but I need MANIC, the next book. I need to know what is happening!


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