Series: Rook and Ronin #1
Published by Science Future Press on May 20, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, NA, Romance, Suspense
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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
To be honest I wasn’t sure what I was getting when I picked this book up. I’ve been a fan of Huss for a while, but only recently have I started reading and enjoying the NA contemporary romance books. So I’d had this on my kindle for MONTHS before I decided to bite the bullet and dive right in. And at first I was a little disappointed. BUT – you see that rating right there? Yeah, 5 stars, so don’t worry. I just found the premise of how Rook found the studio and decided to go there a little too cheesy for me. But, twist of fate, knee-jerk decision, and here we are …
It is obvious from the get go that Rook has not had an easy life. And the more you learn, the more you are – or at least I was – amazed that she has made it as far as she has without serious mental issues. Don’t get me wrong, she has mental issues, but for what she has been through she is decently well adjusted. Kind of. Ok maybe she reminds me of a nervous young horse, where the slightest provocation will make her run.
Until she meets Ronin. Male model Ronin. YUM. I’ll take a Ronin with a side of naked please. Sorry, what were we talking about … oh yes. Rook meets Ronin, and things turn around for her. Well technically it isn’t him, but his sister and her boyfriend that take that first chance, but DETAILS.
I have been very fortunate in my life, and have never had to deal with anything Rook has been through. But Huss does an amazing job bringing all that horrible-ness to light, but at the same time keeping it serious and dark. I don’t know how she does it. But I was able to empathize right there with Rook.
Ronin has an interesting past that I hope we get to see more of – ok, I have to be honest here. I power read this whole trilogy before writing this review. I couldn’t put them down! So I KNOW if we get to see more of Ronin’s past … and I won’t tell!
But if you like your romance flavored with a touch of darkness, you will love Tragic. Trust me.