Sponsored Review: Tragic – A New Adult Romance by J.A. Huss
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
I received an ARC of Tragic from the author.
At the start of the book, I was honestly a little worried I wouldn’t like it. I’d loved the blurb, but the first few pages had me a bit hesitant. It felt like it was trying too hard to be popular and cool. We all know the setup – A girl with a broken past falls in love with a hot guy.
This story is everywhere right now in NA, and I think the reason why is because so many people can relate to it. I don’t think my issue was as much with the trope, as it was the early delivery. It seemed only on the surface.
So why 4 stars? Because by a chapter or two in, I was completely hooked and had lost all reservations. The book pulled me in and I devoured the rest of it like a last meal that I probably should have savored. It was fun, and an easy read. It remained a light, surface read and the characters never really became “real” to me, but it was so enjoyable I didn’t care.
Put simply, this book is sexy as hell. The plot is sexy, the hero is sexy, and the situations are sexy. (And mildly disturbing.)
Rook is both resilient and resourceful. Her voice is very clear throughout the book, and she isn’t whiny or irritating. She is strong, and it is because of her strength that she’s homeless. She was in an abusive relationship, and instead of succumbing, she fought back and she ran. She’s no one’s victim.
Ronin is hotter than Mcdonalds coffee, and as smooth as they come. He is very genuine, and protective, and not your typical bad-boy alpha male. He’s trying very hard to be good, and doesn’t hold back his heart.
I would have liked a bit more resolution at the end, but it is a series, so I can be patient. I didn’t give it five stars because of the shaky beginning, but it is definitely worth 4.5. Surprisingly, I found myself not even minding the bit of a cliffhanger/open ending, because it wasn’t the hope that Rook and Ronin would find a way to be together that pulled me through the story. I read because they are fun to be around.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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