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TRAGIC: Rook and Ronin, #1 (Rook and Ronin Spinoff) [Kindle Edition]

J. A. Huss
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Book Description


How far are you willing to go to start over?

Rook Walsh is homeless, jobless, and down to her last ten bucks when opportunity knocks her in the head and delivers a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his 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 knows exactly what to do to make her blush for Antoine's camera. Her luck changes in an instant and suddenly she's got more attention and exposure than she can handle--both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

The Rook and Ronin Series has SEVEN books TOTAL
(4) SLACK: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston
(5) TAUT: The Ford Book
(6) BOMB: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike
(7) GUNS: The Spencer Book

Editorial Reviews


"TRAGIC is a satisfying, fast yet well-paced New Adult Romance. With awesome writing and storytelling, J.A. Huss captured frames of thoroughly developed characters and a cast of very likable secondary ones (even the so-called villain!) while revealing the edges of the bigger picture. This is the first book I've read of hers. It won't be the last." ~ R. Campbell "Book Soup"
"Tragic isn't your sweet love story. It's powerful and gritty. I'm not a sappy girl, and I don't care much for sappy stories that are too good to be true. This story is filled with angst, lust, tragedy and heartache. It's harsh. It's intense. It's real." ~ Lisa "Lost in Literature"

"J. A. Huss is an excellent writer and made me really care about these two lovers."
~ The Book Runner Top 500 Amazon reviewer

"...there is a finely woven "something different" that captivates..." ~ Luki Mi "book retreat"

"Tragic was a wonderfully told story of a girl that is so close to being completely broken, but still fighting every day to survive." ~ Addicted2fiction

"This is one book that won't be fading into the next one."Shari Bergquist "My Neurotic Book Affair"

"I have seen the name J.A. Huss, but have never read anything by her before Tragic. Well I am reading all her books now."Christine - SheReadsALot

Product Details

  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936413728
  • Publisher: Science Future Press (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotica Book Cover Models Fall In Love... June 5, 2013
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Have you ever wondered who the half naked models in sensual (sexual) positions are on the cover of books? Welcome to the world that Rook enters when she meets a modern young Fabio named Ronin and becomes the next erotica model for the Tragic campaign. Now why this book does not have these two on its cover is BEYOND ME!

Wow, this was really good! If you are in for a love story that is slightly erotic, than this story about abused Rook and smokin' Ronin is for you. I must say, though, that the product description is very misleading as we never see Rook "make it" in the modeling business in this book. She is just a troubled girl that is helped by someone who used to be in her place and was helped in life. The book is more about Ronin and Rook falling for each other and Rook figuring out who and if she can trust her new friends. Also, the PD suggest her past will come back and "get her", but again, not in this book

So, the tone of this book reminds me a little of The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski. Rook was in an abusive relationship that she fled but ended up in another state and in a homeless shelter. After being fired from her job and being falsely accused of stealing, she "gets" an invitation to a photo shoot and ends up getting the job. It is there that she meets the beautiful Ronin, who has the same unique color eyes that she has. Too scared to enter another relationship, she is thrilled to get paid to model even if it is for erotica book covers or other "tasteful nudes" not porn (and I quote).
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice break from overdone BDSM trilogies June 14, 2013
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This book caught my eye and I thought yes, this sounds different and I really need that. I liked all the characters very much and it was missing all that high over the top drama all these BDSM trilogies have going on right now. It's like everything has to be over the top for the sake of being over the top. This felt like a story you could get lost in and I did. It was engaging and I felt along with Rook through several parts of her story. I really enjoyed this and although I had been trying to stay away from all these series out lately because I am seriously burnt out on cliffhangers and dragging out story lines that could easily fit in one book, I gave this a try and am really,really glad I did. Will definitely be reading the following books in the series.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup of Tea August 4, 2013
By Mikky
Format:Kindle Edition
I have mixed feeling with the events of this book. From my point of view, what Rook did is not considered exotic photo taking. What makes it even worse is that she walked into that contract without even knowing what the pictures would represent and what the premise of it all was. Also, the thought of her abusive ex finding her if she gets famous for the photos never even crossed her mind.

I very much disliked Ronin. He seemed to take advantage of her in all ways possible just because she's new to the business and wouldn't know wrong from right. He was also very hot and cold. I think his sister (Elise) should have intervened more in Rook and Ronin's relationship, if there even is one.

Then again, I don't know if Rook is that innocent or just dumb enough to go along with everything he wanted to try on her. I think that after everything she's been through she's just TOO willing to do whatever it takes for money. Which contradicts the scene where she spends her last 10 dollars on overpriced Starbucks coffee and the miracle hits her, quite literally, in the head.

Since I'm always against the world in relation to book teams in love triangles, I am leaning more towards Spencer Shirke. Unlike Ronin, he doesn't see Rook as a piece of meat to control and take photos with. He treats her like a human being and was actually quite nice and understanding toward her. He let her make her own decisions based on facts and not "because Ronin won't like it" as an argument. To top it all off, even Ronin said that Spencer is a good guy. I say go for it Rook.

Favorite Quotes:

"Don't rely on anyone to get what you want. You just gotta go get it yourself".

"Whats going on? Girl hugs are a bad sign".

"No one came to save me. No one gave a ---- about me and the only reason I'm still alive right now is because I got myself out. I saved me, Ronin. Me".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but lacking a strong conflict October 27, 2013
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This is a really hard book to rate. Tragic had a lot of problems with it, but despite those problems I still enjoyed reading it. Sometimes when I read a book, I can list off a lot of things that should have been changed or could have been improved.. but just because I have a long list doesn't mean I hated the book. This is one of those cases. So keep that in mind!

One of my biggest problems with Tragic was both a good thing and a bad thing. As soon as I finished the book, I ran and bought book 2. Now on the face of it, that sounds like a great thing, right? But the reason I had to run out and buy book 2 was because I felt like book 1 wasn't a self-contained story. It didn't have a beginning, a middle, a climax, and an ending. I literally felt like the book was cut off mid-story, which was why I had to buy book 2.

So on the one hand, I think Tragic lacked a strong central conflict—that's bad. But on the other hand, it was interesting and captivating enough to make me want to continue with the series—that's great!

I do wish that some of the characters were fleshed out more. Antoine feels so absent from the book, which is surprising because his role is quite important. I mean he's mentioned in the freaking synopsis. And yet he was always in the background, never actually present. Same with Ronin's sister. At the beginning, I thought I was going to love her, but then she totally disappeared! She rarely makes an appearance in the story because it's just 95% Rook and Ronin. I think Tragic would have been a more solid book if the other characters had more of a presence and were better developed.

My other main problem with the book was Rook and Ronin's relationship. I thought it was too much too fast. There was just so much immediate lust, flirting, and sex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not amazing but not horrible-kind of boring
I've owned this book for some time now. I have seen a ton of amazing reviews so I was pretty excited to read it. Sadly, I only found it to be alright. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Listful Booking
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars should convey the message...
It's well written. (Grammar and all that other stuff.)
It's well written. (The story held together without any gaps or places I said "huh?")
It's well written. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A sexy and sweet read.
Published 1 month ago by Ashleigh Zavarelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book...
Read Tragic....and now I'm ready for some Manic..really enjoying the characters in this book....Really want to see where the story goes with Spencer's character.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Love the story and introduction to all of the Characters. Excited to see how the series continues. Will be reading book #2 in the series. JA Huss is now a favorite author of mind.
Published 1 month ago by MB
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic? Yes, they are. I Loved It!!
This book just set me up for quite a bit more reading because there is no way that I will not be finishing this series. I have to know how this story ends up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by April R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic
Just finished Tragic...oh my goodness..I really luv Rook and Ronin. This is deff a diff story that I haven't read b4..I mean yeaaa..there is Rooks troubled past.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps my addiction fed!!
Absolutely loved all the books! And all the characters! My addiction continues !!!
Published 2 months ago by michelle langdon
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I had a hard time reading this it didn't catch my attention.
Published 2 months ago by Addie Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars The story was ok. The main characters were interesting ...
The story was ok. The main characters were interesting enough to keep my attention. This story doesnt nearly have the power of the 321 book she recently wrote though. Read more
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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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