*squee!* I’m so ecstatic to be part of JA Huss’ review tour for Taut. If you’ve played at The Book Tart a bit you might know I have a mad crazy crush on this girl. 😉 My reviewer La Revenant fell for Julie’s writing style too and because I’ve been a space cadet and a distracted MESS -she signed us up so SHE could read Taut first. <g> I loves my Court of Reviews. Enjoy La Revenant’s review below and the tour contest and click HERE to enter my Share The Love Blog Hop cause I picked JA Huss as one of my Valentines. 😀
The Queen of Tarts
La Revenant’s Review of
by JA Huss
: Having no give or slack : tightly drawn <a taut rope>
“I’m New Ford. Fuck happiness. Fuck the nice girls. Fuck everyone. I’m all about me now.”
(Ford, Taut-JA HUSS)
Both Ford and Ashleigh are running, one away from something and one towards something. Stranded and desperate their lives become entwined.
“I appreciate all the help you’ve given me, but I’m a mess, Ford. I have no room right now for most of life. Existing is difficult. I need to make things slow and simple and you are the definition of complicated. You have rules and expectations, and you play these mind games with me.
You don’t know anything about me or my life.”
(Ashleigh, Taut-JA HUSS)
This is a story that drew me in, chewed me up, and spit me out. It was a roller coaster of emotions, which made me laugh out loud, and feel sad and almost cry. Besides Ford’s short, Slack, I haven’t read any of Ms. Huss’s other books (shhhh, don’t tell her), they are on my TBR pile *le sigh. I totally relate to Ford in an odd “this is my bubble, no touchy” kind of way. Following Ford and Ashleigh through this story of loss and redemption was a delightful experience.
As a side note, I really got a kick out of the verbal sparing between Ford and Ashleigh they are well matched.
“So, you think I’m a hot serial killer? And you’re still here because… it’s OK to be a serial killer as long as I’m eye-candy?”
(Ford, Taut-JA HUSS)
I highly recommend reading this story and getting to know Ford better as well as getting to know Ashleigh!
Taut: The Ford Book
Series: Rook and Ronin Spinoff #1
Release date: January 20th, 2014| J.A. Huss (Author)
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New-ish Adult
Format: eBook and print
Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.
And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.
Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that’s exactly what she’s got going for her. She’s broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is screwing with her head.
And she plans to mess with his right back.
It’s a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo–but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.
One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh’s whole existence.
Since A LOT of people have been asking here is the scoop on how this book fits in with my Rook & Ronin series: Ford first appears in Rook and Ronin #2, Manic. He has a bigger role in Panic, R&R #3, and then he has a novella, called SLACK. This TAUT book is only FORD. It’s not really part of the R&R series, as that plot has all been sidelined for this one romance book.
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.