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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

282 pages, Paperback

First published May 15, 2013

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J.A. Huss

143 books8,629 followers
J.A. Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her book, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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3,811 reviews32.4k followers
April 20, 2015
4-4.5 Tragic Stars!
5 Stars!!!

After listening to this audiobook and remembering how much I LOVED it, I have no idea why I didn't give this one 5 stars... Hmmm. Either way, I'm bumping my rating up :D

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I kind of got sucked into reading this one... after seeing so many friends read it and love it, I had to check it out. And I wasn’t disappointed! Once I started this, I had trouble putting it down!

TRAGIC is a story about a girl named Rook...

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Rook hasn’t had an easy life. In fact, it’s been extremely difficult. She isn’t where she wants to be, but it’s better than where she has been.
I’m homeless, jobless, and broke. But at least I’m not scared and at least I’m not broken and at least I’m not letting people who know nothing about me dictate who I am.

After spending her last $10 at Starbucks, Rook gets a bit of luck. An opportunity to do something to change her life. And she takes it. She auditions to be a model. And she is just what photographer Antoine Chaput is looking for. She meets fellow model, Ronin Flynn. Ronin notices something special about Rook right away. Rook is not looking for anyone at this point in her life. In fact, thats the last thing in the world she wants.
I’d rather spend the rest of my life alone and lonely than give up my freedom again.

Rook isn’t used to the modeling world, she doesn’t really know what she is doing, but Ronin helps her. He takes care of her, protects her. Rook is resistant at first, but slowly she grows to trust Ronin, to care for him. Ronin has a past- a past that he does not wish to repeat. His past makes him even more protective of Rook.

These two just fit together.
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"I could describe what you look like, but that's not what I see. You are so much more than a body inside a dress, Rook. You fit me. When I saw you crouching in that stairwell last week I felt like I knew you. You stopped me dead in my tracks, you wiped my mind."
And their photoshoots... OMG. Their chemistry is off the charts hot!
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“I don’t want you to stop, Ronin. I don’t want to take it slow or change direction. I just want you to go. Please.”

Rook is tough. She has had a hard life, but she has changed it for the better. She saved herself with no ones help.
If I wanted to change my life then I’d have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me, or heal me. There was just me.

I just loved Ronin... he is sexy, swoony, and protective. I can’t wait to see where the next book takes these two- Will Rook choose modeling so she can stay independent, or will she trust Ronin to take care of her... can she have them both? Only time will tell!

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I was pleasantly surprised with this one! A really great read!

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474 reviews2,411 followers
August 3, 2013

Rook Walsh is ♦ TRAGIC. ♦

Or at least, that's what she seems to be. Beautiful, but tragic...

After ending the abusive relationship with her ex, Rook's life hasn't been easy. Granted, she's finally free and escaped from his agressive behavior, but having to start over a new life, in a new city with no friends and no money, is not an easy task.

However, luck seems to be on her side when she's handed an invitation for a test shoot at Antoine Chaput's photography studio.

She decides to take a chance and ends up being chosen as the new model for an erotic campaign shoot called TRAGIC, a shoot that seems to have written her name on it.

From there on, her life changes drastically, she's given a well playing job, a place to stay and in Antoine and his girlfriend/co-owner of the studio Elise, she's finally found some trustworthy friends.

And then there's ♦ Ronin Flynn.

Ronin is the not only the one who manages all the girls who work for the studio, he's also a male model himself.

♦ During shoots, Ronin is there to make the girls come alive. ♦

With his touch he manages to get the exact reaction out of them, the photographer is looking for.

♦ His touch is meant to excite and electrify them. ♦

When Rook and Ronin are in front of the camera, they chemistry is off the charts and sometimes they even get carried away a little too much.

Ronin sees in Rook a girl who needs saving.

Rook, on the other hand, seems to have finally found someone to help her overcome the trust-issues she's been having ever since leaving her ex boyfriend.

But can they make it work, even behind the camera?

Or will the dangers and the lurking success of the deceptive modelling world be their undoing?


TRAGIC was a highly refreshing read! Going in, I had no idea what to expect from this story or its writer but they both managed to surprise me in a very positive way. The story was in no way predictable and the unique setting in the photography world made for a very interesting and fascinating atmosphere. Rook was a very strong, determined heroine and I liked her sarcastic strike and the fact that she stayed down to earth even through her success. And Ronin, well...with his good looks and natural charm, it's perfectly understandable why all the girls at the studio fall for him. The two of them have a really dynamic relationship going on and combined with the all the fascinating side characters, that kept the story from ever losing my interest.

Although this first part of the series ends with a HEA (for now), I'm very anxious to find out what happens next Rook and Ronin's thrilling story!

4.5 STARS.
Profile Image for • Lisa •.
555 reviews1,525 followers
January 16, 2014


Thoughts from me ...
I'm not sure What went wrong? It feels like everybody but Lisa loved this story. This was supposed to be an easy five stars, but sadly this time this story didn't work out for me. All in all this book has gained a disappointed 2.5 stars and confirmed my ongoing book funk that is starting to feel like a never ending battle, I'm chasing after a five star read and fingers crossed my next read will be. Would I read the author again? Yes. I am going to carry on with this particular series? No. Do I think other readers would love this book? Go check out other reviews, I'm in a minority with my rating. Heres to celebrating those books we love and moving on when we don't.

*Thanks for the buddy read Philly poppet ... I love that you don't mind my ranty texts one bit. (Well, that's what you tell me anyway).*
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361 reviews502 followers
August 3, 2013

WOW That was amazing!!!!!!!!!!

The only TRAGIC thing about this book is that it had to end! I cannot wait for the sequel!!!!

I was completely hooked from the time I started reading.

There are those moments in your life where something happens to you that will change your future…..

"Beauty is fleeting. I know someone important said that, but I have no idea who it was. I just know it's true. So I'm gonna grab this second chance with everything I've got and I'm gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit."

This is exactly what happened to Rook. A girl who literally had nothing in her life. A sad girl who belonged to the foster child system as a minor and into an abusive relationship which was so bad that she ran away never looking back.

Fate is a funny thing…. Rook decided to use her last $10 on Starbucks coffee knowing she has nothing afterwards.
She sits behind a group of girls who are models and a card gets thrown in her face.
Needing the money advertised, Rook decides she has nothing more to loose so she goes.

Once you’ve reached Rock bottom there is nowhere to go but up.

Rook gets a lucky break when Antonie the photographer likes Rook’s “LOOK” and his girlfriend Elise gives her an offer that means the world to her- why? Because they want her to be thee model for the shoot TRAGIC.

"It's not the body or face, it's the emotion. The emotion I make them feel."

Rook is paired up with Ronin.

He is SMOKING HOT is also in charge of the shoot’s as Elise is his sister.

Ronin is sweet, kind, sexy and the more time he spends with her, he starts to like her….

"Yeah, that Ronin. He's one cute guy and all. But he's not for me. Even if he is tall and has those amazing blue eyes. I bet if we had babies our kids would totally have the most cornflower blue eyes ever. And dark raven hair. Oh God, we'd make little model babies. They'd need agents at birth"

Their sexual chemistry on and off camera is Scorching/Sizzling

It leaves you practically panting and BEGGING them to please have sex!!!!!

"I might not be able to make many guarantees in this world, Rook," he says as his hand travels down and traces the crease between my legs. "But I will say with one hundred percent certainty that you will come tonight."

Ronin wants her for himself…. And that comes at a price…. To leave modelling?

When an opportunity comes up for Rook to get another major contract, she wants it, not for the fame, but for the money- the security….

"Because if there's one thing in life I can count on, it's that eventually, no matter how freaking nice that rug is under your feet, someone always pulls it out from under you eventually."

As much as Rook feels for Ronin, she needs to be independent after what happened to her in the past…
Is the risk worth it?

"I could describe what you look like, but that's not what I see. You are so much more than a body inside a dress, Rook. You fit me. When I saw you crouching in that stairwell last week I felt like I knew you. You stopped me dead in my tracks, you wiped my mind."

Or will she find loose the best thing that has happened to her?

"I'm not sure what's going to happen. Maybe we make it, maybe we don't, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's to appreciate the good when it happens. And having this man accept and want me the way I am right now is a good thing, and it's happening right this second...
So I'm gonna enjoy it."

How soon is too Soon to give up everything she’s waited so long for?

I CANNOT WAIT for the next book!!!

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1,408 reviews970 followers
November 26, 2013
**FREE** http://www.amazon.com/TRAGIC-Rook-Ron...

Lately my romance reads have been in such a downward spiral that Tragic was a refreshing change.

Rook, a blackbird from Europe, is a teen girl escaping her abusive past.

Ronin, a samurai warrior with no master, is in charge of taking care of the girl models.

TRAGIC is a modeling campaign in search of a 'tragic' model. Rook fills that role with her calm and quiet demeanor.

Rook & Ronin collaborate on the Tragic campaign. Their unusual blue eyes set them apart from colleagues.
'...because my eyes look like someone got carried away with the special effects in a sci-fi movie.'


I ♥ every time Ronin says, "what could possibly go wrong?"

Tragic (Rook and Ronin, #1) by J.A. Huss Manic (Rook and Ronin, #2) by J.A. Huss Panic (Rook and Ronin, #3) by J.A. Huss
No cliffhangers. Continuing story.
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2,377 reviews4,625 followers
June 18, 2013

”So I’m gonna grab this second chance with everything I’ve got and I’m gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out onto the beach of bullshit.”~Rook

Ever finish a book and immediately go stalking so you can properly fan girl the author? This was me today after I finished Tragic. We book fanatics love to find out more when a book is as captivating as this one. Don’t get me wrong this is not a cliffhanger…the story will continue in the next book and thank goodness because I want more!

Looking for something different- sexy- real- exciting? This book caught me off guard and I loved every word and every turn J.A. Huss brought the story. She definitely has a hit series on her hands!!

This story is told in alternating povs of Rook Walsh and Ronin Flynn. Rook is a former foster care child who has escaped an abusive relationship and happens to find an unwanted invitation to model for Antoine Chaput, famous photographer. Ronin Flynn is a model who also works and owns a portion of the studio.

”So you’re not the type who looks for a boyfriend to take care of her?”
“I snort. “Fuck. No. The last thing I want right now is a guy who wants to take care of me.”

Ronin slowly wins Rook’s trust and perhaps love while she finds her path and where she will go next after the TRAGIC campaign is complete. You see, she has no plans on being a model – but she is in desperate need of cash and this could lead her to her dreams of film school.

”Because I can’t stop myself. And because I’m the only one who knows you, and you’re just Rook, the girl who appeared out of nowhere. But tomorrow, you’ll be Rook, the face of TRAGIC. And I don’t think you’re tragic at all, Rook.”

Rook and Ronin’s chemistry explodes both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. The possibilities and directions that the next book will go has this new fan girl stalking for teasers till August!

”I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Maybe we make it, maybe we don’t, but if there‘s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to appreciate the good.”
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797 reviews747 followers
March 29, 2014
03/29/14 You can get all 3 books in this series for only .99!!


I freaking loved this book! Adding to my favorites shelf!
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This is the story about Rook who has had a shitty life and gets a lucky break when she spends her last $10 at Starbucks. She shows up for a job where Ronin works as a model. The relationship blossoms from there. This book had a great storyline, awesome characters, and sexy scenes. I can't wait for book 2!

And the scene with them shooting under the cherry blossom trees. HOT!!

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160 reviews372 followers
July 19, 2014

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Rook has just escaped from an abusive boyfriend that nearly landed her in the grave. She takes the bus and ends up in a town called Denver. After loosing her job because of a thing she did not do Rook becomes homeless. Then fate gives her a chance, and when Rook finds a modeling invitation card she takes the opportunity. She likes it there and is trying to start anew.

If there is one thing in life i can count on, is that eventually, no matter how freaking nice that rug is under your feet, someone always pulls it out from under you eventually.

In enter...

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Ronin is a famous model who's job is to make girls forget about the photographers and cameras. To make them feel real things, like blushing, lust, ect, and show it on their features and by actions. When he sees Rook he knows she's anything but tragic. She's beautiful, sexy, and a strong girl who has been through a lot. He wants her but...

Can he make Rook trust him??? Can he provide her the independence she craves and needs?


TRAGIC was a very hot book, especially when they were shooting the scenes between Rook and Ronin. The sexual tension was amazing!

I liked the characters. They were interesting to read about and well described.

The ending (in my opinion) should be re-written. I didn't get it and nearly nothing was resolved - the relationship, what Rook was going to do next. Nothing.

But it was still an enjoyable read about modelling and new chances :)

Profile Image for *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time.
1,921 reviews3,440 followers
July 16, 2013

That was.....

I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about it. It was different, it was raw, it was real, it was HOT, it was heart-breaking, it was sweet, it was funny!

Tragic is the story of Rook and Ronin, it's told in alternating POVs. The story begins with Rook...she's down to her last $10. And what better way to spend your last $10?!?! On a Starbuck's coffee. She's just been fired from her lastest job as a maid (after being wrongly accused of stealing). She lives in a homeless shelter and she's led a tragic life. Until she gets....

Okay, so it's a golden ticket in the form of a business card for a test shoot with Antoine Chaput, a photographer. Rook shows up for the shoot. There we meet Ronin (Elise's sister), Elise (Antoine's lover) and Antoine himself. Antoine takes one look at Rook and knows she has the look for the TRAGIC campaign. Afterall, her life has been nothing but one tragedy after another.

Rook gets thrown in to the world of modeling. She's like a fish out of water. She's so broken and scared. Ronin of course falls in love with her on-sight and wants to make her his. Ronin see the broken girl that is Rook, he wants to protect her...in the process they really start to like each other. But Rook isn't very trusting and after her past you can understand why. A past that I am afraid is going to come back to haunt her.

Rook and Ronin's sexual chemistry was off the charts HOT. Their photo sessions together were panty melting.

Ronin doesn't want Rook to get lost in the "world" of modeling. But Rook isn't really interested in modeling. She's just looking for a little security in a life where she's always been on her own. A little money to help make her dreams a reality. A little love in a world where she's felt none.

This is Rook's second chance. Her fresh-start. Her way out. The story of Rook and Ronin isn't over. Rook has almost completed her TRAGIC contract. Will she move on to the STURGIS contract? Will Ronin remain by her side? Will her past catch up with her? I can't wait to find out. MANIC cannot get her soon enough!!!!!

J.A. Huss....

This book just made me so happy and smiley! I LOVED it!

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1,826 reviews2,185 followers
July 10, 2016
3.5-4 stars

“But it's better to have bad options than no options. And people won't save you either, ya know.”

I enjoyed this book from JA Huss, a fairly new to me author. She's one I've been meaning to read more of her stuff for a long time and I finally squeezed it in. This was a very compelling book, I loved getting to know Rook, she's a haunting character. I still don't know how I feel about Ronin. To be honest, the reason this book wasn't rated higher from me was the characters (other than Rook) were all over the place. I could never tell who was good or bad, one second a nice one and another a bad guy. And it didn't feel intentional....

BUT, otherwise I love Huss' writing style, the plot was very compelling and I am curious as to where this is all going, especially when I read the blurb for book 2. So, onward!

“Ronin Flynn, you might undo me."
"I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together.”
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Author 109 books9,237 followers
August 18, 2013
4.5 stars

NA doesn't always work for me, but JA Huss took all the annoying NA shit out there, nailed it to the wall and pissed all over it.

Wait, that sounds like she fucked it up.

No. She blew stars into the sky.

Fuck. I'm really botching this.

Thanks to Ash for the recommendation.

Full review to come, some day, in the far future.
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1,260 reviews9,957 followers
December 30, 2013

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I absolutely loved this one!!!
All I can say is, I really can't believe I waited this long to read it.

I actually like the heroine, Rook, which doesn't happen all that often for me.
She's had a tough life and has no friends or family.
She has recently escaped an abusive boyfriend and ends up in Denver to start a new life.

It starts off rocky, as she was living in a homeless shelter and had to sleep with a knife to protect herself, and then loses her job as a house keeper after being accused of stealing.

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Rook's luck changes when she stumbles across a business card which is an invite for the "Tragic" photo shoot.
She has the look the photographer wants and lands the job.
Rook even scores a garden apartment in the photographer's building.

I LOVED him!!
Ronin, is a model but also the photographer's girlfriends' brother.
He takes care of all the models that work for them.
The minute he is introduced I am HOOKED!!!
He is pretty much smitten with Rook as soon as he meets her.

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Rook is still very much affected by her past relationship with an extremely abusive boyfriend. She doesn't trust that she can make the right decision when it comes to men.
She holds on to her new found independence fiercely, which causes some of the angst in this story.
Along with Ronin's past as a ladies man.

The sexy time is pretty H-O-T!!!!

I'm hoping that these two can get through all the drama I am sure is awaiting them in the next couple of books and end up with the HEA that they both deserve!!

I worry about getting so excited about all this stuff, and getting used to it most of all. It sucks when you're used to something nice and then you lose it, but if you never have it in the first place, then you don't have to worry about losing it, right? - Rook

I think I might be happy.
The last time I was happy I was fifteen.
- Rook

Beauty is fleeting. I know someone important said that, but I have no idea who it was. I just know it's true. So I'm gonna grab this second chance with everything I've got and I'm gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit. - Rook

"I'm not going to ask, because I know you've got things you're not about to reveal to me, not after three days anyway. But I'd just like you to know, that is not right. Whatever you've been through, whatever it was that made you so...sad. I'd just like to say you deserve better." - Ronin

"But no matter what happens--you will never shrink back into a corner from me again. Because I will never hurt you." - Ronin

"Ronin Flynn, you might undo me."
"I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together."

If I wanted to change my life then I'd have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me, or heal me. - Rook

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420 reviews1,118 followers
March 26, 2014
3.5 Tragically Beautiful Stars

"Vous avez tort, mon amour. Je suis juste ici."


Rook is calm, quiet and a little bit tragic.
Only nineteen years old she has suffered foster homes, abuse, poverty and despair. She has nothing left to lose. She takes a chance and she shows up in a photo-shoot. And guess what... Her kind of tragic, just booked her a campaign.


Ronin grew up with the temperamental photographer, Antoine Chaput and he has witnessed the downfall of many models. Arrogant and smooth, a model himself, he claims all the girls to take care of them. But when he sees Rook more than compassion awakens inside him. For the first time he feels more than the need to take care of someone else.

"You fit me. When I saw you crouching in that stairwell last week I felt like I knew you. You stopped me dead in my tracks, you wiped my mind. And I reached out to touch you that day because I couldn't resist.


But we are dealing with artists here. Emotions run high, jealousy and disasters are every day occurrence. Rook fights old demons and has to stand on her own and prove to herself that she is worthy. Can she trust Ronin? Can she become a model?


In dual POVs Rook & Ronin share their inner-most thoughts and insecurities, fall in love and can't handle their feelings. Immature and hesitant to take a leap they run hot and cold and they kept confusing me. I really liked the story. The cherry trees and the romance, the erotic photography twist, the storyline and their individual back-stories, made it rich and emotional but I take out a star for every time they second-guessed their actions and I really could have taken another one out but they were scorching and they thawed my rational mind.


On to the next!

*Kindle freebie 11/20/2013 ladies!! Grab it here!

Thank you Heather, for the heads up!
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990 reviews6,364 followers
December 28, 2013
What a refreshing story. Even though it may have a lot of the same general elements as many New Adult novels - a protagonist with a rough upbringing who's inexperienced in romance and meets this drop dead gorgeous guy that sweeps her off her feet - I found this one still had a lot of originality to offer. The whole erotic photography scene is new and pretty fascinating if you ask me. As a web designer, I admit to never thinking about the people on the stock images that I've worked with. Even those used on book covers; do you ever consider the kind of people they are and the kind of life they lead? They're just book character personas to most of us. In Tragic, this is the job that Rook literally stumbles in without having any idea what she's getting herself into, but desperately needing work and money.

I took to Rook immediately. She's the kind of person who does what needs to be done, but stays smart about it. I like how real she is; confident, bold, with an obvious harsh past, but not overly cold or depressed as a result. She's scarred from her last relationship, sure, but she's also wanting to move on, not be controlled by it. She's not perfect by any means, she jumps to conclusions sometimes and gets a little difficult towards the end, but it's easy to see where she's coming from. I don't easily trust people either so I could relate.

Rook and Ronin make up the dual POV narration of this novel. Ronin is… well I wasn't sure what to make of him at first. He kind of comes on strong. I mean the guy just barges into her apartment, and of course she's sleeping naked. It didn't take too long for me to see the good side of him, though. He's very charming which helped, but he also obviously cares about the modeling girls and he sees Rook for who she really is. I especially loved the creativity of the the hot scenes between these two. Being set in an erotic photography studio gave a lot for opportunity for some unique, incredibly sexy scenes, while still keeping it realistic in a modeling standpoint. Their attraction was obvious from the start, making it all the more natural, all the more passionate. Their relationship does grow at a fast pace, but it's well supported with off-the-wall chemistry that just flows off the pages. There is a lack of conflict that's kind of bittersweet. On the one hand it's refreshing to not have intense drama, but on the other, there is no intense drama. Am I difficult to please? :)

This book does feel like an introduction - to the characters, the romance, the modeling/photography scene. Even the ending is more of a "to be continued", where their relationship, Rook's future, and everything else is left uncertain. I do like the idea of the next project Rook signed up for, though. I also already like Spencer and curious to learn more about him. This book is definitely very character oriented and very sexy, but it doesn't use sex to keep the story going. Actually this novel is very minimalist when it comes to sex scenes compared to other New Adult novels. By the reviews I've seen, this is just the beginning of a epic series to come!

A note on the audiobook: I loved that it had two narrators and both are fantastic. Ronin has an especially sexy voice that made his character even hotter. I would definitely recommend that format if you're into audiobooks. Too bad that only book 1 is available so far, though.


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2,082 reviews860 followers
July 24, 2014
For a girl like Rook, life had never been easy. She just spent the last ten dollars she had on coffee - she just lost her job. Her life is about to change when a chance drops in her lap. A card... a shot at easy money. Rook heads off to a test shoot in the hopes of making a few bucks but what she finds when those doors open is something beyond what she ever imagined she would find.

A photo shoot for Tragic. The right face, the right look and Rook is just the right girl. Beautifully broken with a saddness that seeps out of her. A hollowness in her eyes that shows nothing but a past filled with pain and being let down. But lurking beneath the surface is a girl that has strength and a light that is just dying to shine.

The pure passion and chemistry during these scenes were amazing.

But Rook finds out that this might not just be a normal modeling job. This is a photographer that has a specialty. But this is a means to an end. A chance to gain enough money to live out her dreams. But the passion that ignites between Rook and Ronin when in front of the camera is far different than the sweet that occurs out of view of that same camera.

Between the pain of her past and the chance at a new future. Rook is making the choices that will bring her a fresh start, even if those choices risk the relationship that is starting with Ronin. But her past is still lurking in the background. She can't give up control and fall back into old habits and she can't seem to give her trust fully.

Tragic was a wonderfully told story of a girl that is so close to being completely broken, but still fighting every day to survive. She has had a shit life full of pain and misery but now has a chance to have so much more. A chance at being loved and loving someone that won't hurt or destroy her. Although this is just the first in the series, you aren't left completely hanging. The angst in this was a little light, but I have a feeling we will be getting more than enough in the next book. Although both become pretty open with each other about their pasts, those pasts don't look like they will stay there for long.

A great start for this series and I am looking forward to see what comes next for these two in the next book.

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Author 13 books375 followers
January 27, 2023

I’ve come to the conclusion that this author only writes straight up smut or mind fucks.

In the case of Tragic, it’s a total mindfuck and I have no idea what is up, left or straight.

Who do you trust?
Do you trust anyone?
Is it coincidence or was it planned?
Is this all just a bunch of breadcrumbs leading into a bear trap?

Rook escaped a horrible relationship, literally jumped on a bus from Chicago to Denver to get away from an abusive boyfriend she was convinced would kill her sooner rather than later.

On a whim she gets a coffee from Starbucks with her last $10 and ends up finding an invite to a modeling job. Where she meets fellow model Ronan and thus begins the insane rollercoaster.

Like I don’t want to and I’m certain I can’t go into detail without giving the whole damn book away. Just know it’s a lot, it’s entertaining and it’s titillating.

I plan on listening to the whole series but my mind needs a break.
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782 reviews257 followers
September 19, 2017
I'm picky. I nit pick faults. I can't help it. It's in my nature. So when I'm reading a book with a thousand holes in it, you can damn well be sure I'll point it out because it's pure shit.

“Starbucks look like they work around here, like they belong. I look down at my clothes and wonder if I fit in. My jeans are not designer, shit, they're not even Levis.”

1. Don't know what kind of gold fucking Starbucks she's going to where the norm is to wear designer jeans.
2. Wtf. What kind of extravagant coffee in Starbucks is ten dollars?

Let's forget about the totally ridiculous premise for a second. I can forgive that. The heroine is homeless, on the run from her abusive ex, and spends her last ten bucks on a coffee when she's hit in the face with a card by leaving customers which states "£100 p/hr modelling TRAGIC shoot". She attends, and next thing the new face of TRAGIC doing erotic shots. I can roll with a lottery-ticket kind of plot.

But I cannot get on board with TRASH for main characters. The erotic shots take place with a male model - the hero. And the MO for a man like that, naturally of course must be a 'player' kind of lifestyle.

He came across so seedy:

“I'm gonna take care of her just like I take care of all the rest, except I'm gonna enjoy our photoshoots just a little bit more than usual.”
“Never thought of Mardee as anything more than a fun interlude between girlfriends.”
“Well, I have this rule that I won't date a model, right? I mean, I break it all the time," he laughs a little, "obviously.”
“We make art here, Rook. We want the models to exhibit feelings that can be felt immediately when people see the pictures—we are not making porn"

In essence, he does this exhibitionist behaviour with countless models, and it's a little like porn. It can go up to third base. So I was not happy. Especially when he was fingering her and basically looking in the camera for the shot with purpose (next quote). No thanks. She does two shoots with another model called Billy which goes to second base, but at least she's shell shocked and desperate for this job. But don't worry, we will get onto her, I hated her too.

“He's looking straight at the camera. His electric blue eyes blazing like a predator, his brows furrowed together, and his lips in a snarl. He looks like an animal ready to take down a kill. And I get it, it's theatrics for the sake of art. Or whatever. But he made such a big deal about not looking at the camera, and here he is, staring directly into it?
It feels like a betrayal.”
“And there are clothes strewn about the floor. Underwear.
I walk farther in, towards the sound that has since ceased, and stop at a bedroom door that is slightly ajar. I can see in and I can see a bed.
And on that bed is Clare and Ronin.
Sleeping it off.”
“I saw you downstairs, in that apartment with Clare."
"Oh, fuck.”

Even if it's not what she thinks, he never told her so NO, there's no good fucking reason to be in bed with someone AND he lied by omission. Plus apparently he says that Clare was using drugs which is why he was there but how does that translate into her underwear being on the floor, moaning and you in bed with her. My facial expression was my profile picture at that point.

“Wait!" I yell, grabbing at Ronin's arm. "What's the—"
Ronin reacts to my grab and pushes me away. I go flying backward and end up on my ass.”

Mate what kind of man is this fucking hero. He manhandles her. That was the second time. Like he wasn't a piece of shit anyway and didn't have enough crap going for him.

Regardless even if I overlook this, I cannot overlook characters saying one thing and doing another. It's like the author couldn't make up her mind. For example, Ronin's sister says a mass of contradicting bullshit. One second she's like "Stay away from him, he's like this with all the girl models", then she acts friendly and says "Give him a chance", then she's a bitch saying "He's no good for you."

Even the main characters. Ronin says the contract they will give Rook will be tame, but sorry her shoots are sexually aggressive AF?
Nothing makes sense.

They don't stick to their inner monologues. She's one of those tstl heroines who's brain fried. Basically she knows he's a model, and a "player/womaniser" whatever and tells herself she won't get too friendly with him and his flirty behaviour, because of her past domestic abuse. Yet, she never refuses a single request of his, and the second he puts a move on her she agrees and follows his lead. PLUS they have unprotected sex and I swear my eyes swivelled so fast because what the fuck is this shit.

Plus, Ronin acts manic. At points he is indifferent to her. Or rather basically shoos her away. Or he leaves randomly without explanation. And she never asks him why? Get him to grovel. Ask him why... They were doing a shoot and after specifically telling her not to look at the camera and making her come, he was shot looking fiercely into the camera. Ask him why!

Plus, she goes to the zoo in a gown for some charity event and that's when I knew there was no hope. Unfortunately I finished the book anyway. If I could go back in time, I would.
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699 reviews128 followers
September 2, 2016
This story starts out when Rook uses her last $10 on a Starbucks coffee.

”If I wanted to change my life then I'd have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me, or heal me. There was just me.”


When a group of girls sit near Rook in the coffee shop, she can’t help but eavesdrop on their conversation. They must be models because they complain about a photographer and toss a white card over their shoulder that ends up hitting Rook in the head. This white card is actually an invitation to a model shoot. Even though she’s not a model, Rook is instantly interested when she flips it over and sees that if booked she could earn $100 per hour. Needless to say, Rook shows up at the shoot hoping to get a job.

”Beauty is fleeting. I know someone important said that, but I have no idea who it was. I just know it's true. So I'm gonna grab this second chance with everything I've got and I'm gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit.”

When the famous erotic photographer, Antoine Chaput, sees Rook he knows right away he wants Rook to pose for his TRAGIC photo shoot. Ronin Flynn takes care of the girls and he’s decided he wants to take care of Rook. Ronin and Rook are paired together to do the TRAGIC shoot.

”We want her that bad. Of course, for very different reasons. Antoine wants to shoot her, I want to keep her. Antoine wants to take pictures of her gorgeous body and her fragile face, but I want to peel away her layers and see what's underneath. Antoine wants to make her famous and I want to hide her away in my room, under the covers of my bed, under me.”


Ronin says and does what’s needed in order to get the girls to give the camera what it wants. Sometimes it’s innocent…

Other times it’s not so innocent…

’She laughs at that and I have a sudden urge to put my hands all over her body, that's how much those little noises coming from her mouth turn me on. I can't even remember the last time a girl made me feel like that. Maybe never.”

Rook and Ronin have a cute flirting and witty banter between them that drew me into this story. Rook is looking to take control of her life for once. She’s just escaped an abusive relationship and she’s not looking for anything serious with anyone.

”Hell, I barely escaped the last boyfriend with my life, there's no way I'm getting involved with another guy who thinks he can tell me what to do. “

Ronin likes to be in control of things and feels the need to take care of Rook above and beyond how he normally treats the other models.

"But no matter what happens— you will never shrink back into a corner from me again. Because I will never hurt you."

Rook and Ronin’s photo shoots are steamy and there is obviously a connection between these two, but is it enough?

"Ronin Flynn, you might undo me." "I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together."

To be continued…

I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read book 2, Manic!!
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1,654 reviews994 followers
August 14, 2014
I just spent an hour on a review and lost it...when will I ever learn..GRRRRR!

Now I will keep this short. I really enjoyed this read. JA Huss is an author that I am glad I have been introduced to. I am loving the Rook and Ronin series, and the way this couple interact together is explosive! The interaction between the two of them during the photo shoots of the Tragic campaigns are electrifying! They are also very erotic, and have a sweetness to them too.

I love Rook's character. She has been through a lot in her 19 years of life, and I would normally feel sorry for her; but she has such strength within her it is hard not to respect her. Yes, there is an innocence about her; but her desire to be independant and make her own choices are hard not to admire. Especially given the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex.

Ronin is your typical 22 year old male player! Even though he has played around a lot with the models he works with; there is a knight in shining armor personality hidden in his depths. He also has an old fashioned outlook on what he wants for a serious relationship in his future. I love his protectiveness, and of course the way he becomes possessive over Rook is just plain yummy! I can't wait to see what kind of relationship develops between these two as the books progress!

This is a series I will see through right to the end. I am starting Manic right away, and I have heard that in book two, I get to meet Ford! I for sure look forward to meeting the infamous Ford! Bring it on Ms. Huss and you have a new fan in me!
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483 reviews375 followers
January 12, 2014
Buddy read with my Bezzie !!! The silly big pond can't come between us !

Lisa Jayne let's dooooooo it !❤️
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2,770 reviews1,470 followers
February 19, 2014
4.25 Photo Shooting Stars

Rook is poor. She lives in the shelter, she has only ten dollars in her pocket and she is on the run from her abusive ex-boyfriend. She lands a modeling gig that pays $100 and decides to take it, only for the money. Ronin is a model and works on the shoots with the photographer. Ronin is in charge of the models, he makes sure they have the right look and attitude for the photo shoots. Ronin and Rook have photo shoots together, however it’s not the typical photo shoots, but more of the sexy kind.

I’ve had Tragic on my list for a long time. I am not sure why I never picked it up, but I am glad I finally did. I had no idea what it was about and I thought the whole model / photo shoot theme was really entertaining.

Rook is a great character. She’s tough, she’s strong and she is independent. She’s a little cagy because of her ex-boyfriend, but that only makes her more endearing. I’m usually turned off if the girl is too much I-am-woman-hear-me-roar, but Rook has a good head on her shoulders. I get her chip on her shoulder. She was abused and she has no money to her name. She is in survival mode.

I am on the fence with Ronin. I liked him at first. I thought his bad boy personality was kind of sexy and very typical for the Hero. I also liked how protective he is towards Rook. The only thing I got turned off is how involved he is with the girl models. No, he didn’t do anything that angered me, okay maybe one part, but it was brief, I guess I just wanted the broodish male hero to go all cave man like for Rook. Maybe I will see that in the next book. The story isn’t overly steamy, but there’s plenty of sexual tension to keep you going.

Overall Tragic was a sweet, adorable, fast and very short read. I am now happily invested in Rook and Ronin and will continue with the series.

Tragic (Rook and Ronin, #1) by J.A. Huss AMAZON

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518 reviews65 followers
July 29, 2013
What's new?
I think the mix of romance and erotic art made the storyline refreshing and interesting.

The characters: both LCs were very likable. Rook's past was not the focal point that drove the plot so the typical anguish in new adult romance was less heavy in the story. Her past was mostly used to define her personality and her view in life. The chemistry between LCs was BURNING.

It was a very pleasant read and a "can't-put-it-down" book.

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1,804 reviews2,013 followers
June 28, 2013
4.5 Stars - Jointly reviewed for Totallybookedblog.com

Jenny: Well, didn’t this one turn out to be a surprise? And to think I originally assumed this was going to be a quick, light read between books. How wrong I was! This book was so much more. Great characters, engaging story, sexual chemistry and yep, I enjoyed it immensely!

Rook Walsh is a survivor. She has broken the cycle of abuse, moved to Denver and vowed to never again allow anyone, except herself, control her life.

Hers hasn’t been an easy life. In and out of foster care, making unwise choices, running scared and basically surviving a day to day existence. Never being afforded the opportunity to live and enjoy life

“If I wanted to change my life then I’d have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me….”

Rook is determined to make something of herself and boy did I love that this girl had forthrightness, tenacity and strength, yet had somehow managed to maintain an innocence and softness, despite her past. Yes, I was enamoured by her.

Fate steps in and puts her in the path of Antoine Chaput, a renowned photographer who immediately sees her as the face of a modelling campaign called Tragic. Rook recognises her beauty could be her asset and her way to a better life, yet she certainly wasn’t vain, just the opposite. Rook realises she has to grab this second chance no matter what and intends to the best of it while she can.

“Beauty is fleeting. I know someone important said that, but I have no idea who it was. I just know it’s true. So I’m gonna grab this second chance with everything I’ve got and I’m gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit.”

It is there crosses paths with Ronin (be still my beating heart) Flynn. I just loved this guy and I know you will too! I sense there is so much more to learn about Ronin. Although there appears to be something Ronin is hiding, I never felt he wasn’t sincere in his intentions towards Rook. I can’t wait to spend more time delving deeper into Ronin in future books!

“In the few seconds we twined our gaze together I heard myself ask him to kiss me in a million ways in my thoughts….

I totally understand you there Rook! Ronin is everything her ex wasn’t. He’s kind, patient, protective but Rook has her insecurities, is hell bent on guarding her heart but Ronin has other ideas.

“Ronin Flynn, you might undo me.”

Ronin intends to break down her walls and let him in but Rook intends to fiercely guard her new found independence, yet she feels such a connection to this man and ignoring her heart maybe harder than she thought.

Gitte: I love when a book surprises me and this one really did. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading the story of Rook and Ronin and I loved that we got to hear both voices. Yet again, here’s another refreshing read that will sweep you up and keep you hooked on the great story and well written characters. This Author pulled a blinder here and I’m so excited about the next book in this series!

Right, so I loved Rook. She was a breath of fresh air as far as damaged young heroines go, having been a victim of abuse and controlled imprisonment. She’s had a horrible childhood and early adulthood. Yet for someone who’s been through so much she’s incredibly strong and level-headed.

“She is wrecked…But she’s not down yet. The look on her face is defiant.” – Ronin

She knows life can throw everything it damn pleases at you and that you need to look after yourself and make your own life. So she grabs it by the balls when given a surprising opportunity from out of no-where. One day you can be in luck and everything falls at your feet; the next day it can all be taken away.

I admired and respected this character no end, she’s under no illusions in life. Rook really got to me and I still haven’t been able to let her go completely.

“You’re not like others Rook. You’re calm and quiet, and a bit tragic…” – Ronin

“Now I’m homeless, jobless, and broke. But at least I’m not scared and at least I’m not broken and at least I’m not letting people who know nothing about me dictate who and what I am.” – Rook


As for Ronin, well I defy anyone not to fall hook, line and sinker for this guy. He portrays something at complete odds with who he really is and what he wants out of life. This gorgeous bloke … well I fell in love!

Ronin is a pretty complicated character too, yet at no point in this story did he make me doubt him nor his intentions.

“…I think about her huddled form in the hallway….She was scared. I make a mental note not to scare her. Ever…” - Ronin

Ronin is patient, understanding, protective and yeah he ‘gets’ Rook completely.

“Antoine wants to shoot her, I want to keep her. Antoine wants to take pictures of her gorgeous body and her fragile face, but I want to peel away her layers and see what’s underneath. Antoine wants to make her famous and I want to hide her away in my room, under the covers, under me.” – Ronin

The connection between Rook and Ronin was intense and so very believable. The humour, heat and banter between them were brilliant and honest. The issues were real; trust, independence, desire, control and passion.

Rook needs to find her place in life and she isn’t looking for any bonds or relationships to or with other people. She can count on no one to change her life, she realises only she can do this. Rook has never been shown or taught trust and love, so no wonder she doubts everyone and everything.

“What are you thinking about, if you don’t mind me asking?” – Ronin

Just how funny life can be. How things can change in a moment and how you never know when that moment will come.” - Rook

The courage and desperation interwoven in this book was enticing and made for addictive reading. I could literally feel it as I read. I loved this Author’s style of writing; it definitely swept me away into the lives of Ronin and Rook and I was left wanting more!

“Why are you kissing me?” – Rook

“Because I can’t stop myself. And because I’m the only one who knows you, and you’re just Rook, the girl who appeared out of nowhere. But tomorrow you’ll be the face of TRAGIC. And I don’t think you’re tragic at all, Rook.” – Ronin

Jenny: Ronin is also a model and the scenes between Rook and Ronin during the photo sessions were off the charts steamy. The air was palpable and it really was as if you were there, front row witnessing the exchanges. You really could imagine the photographs these two produce. HOT is an understatement!!!

“Oh Miss Walsh, I plan on doing many more things to you tonight, but most of all, when I finally get you back to my apartment and into my bed, I plan on making you whimper into my neck, begging me to make you come.”

But it’s not just behind the camera where these two sizzle and connect. They have electricity between them that’s tangible, a gravitation towards one another that can’t be denied. It’s felt in every scene, yet there is tenderness between them that will captivate you.

“I’ll do what I want. And staying away from her isn’t even in the top million things I want to do with that girl.”

Ronin must earn Rook’s trust; try to convince her he can be good for her. It is through these scenes, where we see Rook’s defences being demolished, that this book really shone through for me. I felt it, I lived it and I ached for Rook and her past.

“I’m not going to ask, because I know you’ve got things you’re not about to reveal to me….”

I was completely engrossed in this book. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down. The connection between Rook and Ronin was believable. It didn’t feel rushed and even though it only covered a short time span this wasn’t an insta love. Rook is carrying baggage and this girl needs to sort her life before she can sort out her heart.

“I think you overestimate me, Ronin. It wasn’t courage, it was desperation and fear.”

I loved the banter between Ronin and Rook – the Gidget references had me in fits. This story is told with emotion, passion, humor and feeling. There is so much I need to know! I need more Rook and Ronin…like…yesterday! Loved it!

“Miss Walsh,” I whisper, “you’ve wiped my mind of everything right now.”
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2,868 reviews931 followers
July 29, 2015
“I'm gonna grab this second chance with everything I've got and I'm gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit.”

3.5 stars

Rook has escaped an abusive home and a tragic past. She’s only 19 years old, but she’s incredibly mature for her age, and she’s so freaking strong! After all that she’s been through, she’s out on her own and she’s determined to create a good life for herself. I really like spirit.

If I wanted to change my life then I'd have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me, or heal me.

She spends her last $10 in the world splurging on a coffee at Starbucks, where she learns about a local photographer auditioning for a model for his latest campaign. Figuring she has nothing to lose, Rook shows up at the studio and the photographer decides she’s just who he’s looking for to feature in his ‘Tragic’ campaign.

And it’s there that she meets Ronin. Ronin is not only a gorgeous model, but he is also responsible for managing the other models in the studio. As the almost-brother-in-law of the photographer, Ronin lives in an apartment within the studio complex and Rook is offered her own apartment as well so the two of them are in close contact pretty much all of the time. They share an attraction, and after a bit of a shaky start they begin to get close.

Ronin has his own demons in his past that make him super protective of the girls under his care, and Rook’s vulnerability and inexperience with everything in his world makes him especially protective of her. And that is especially true when it comes to the nature of their work together...

You know those steamy photos on romance book covers and Goodreads posts that we all salivate over? Yeah, those. That’s what Rook and Ronin are shooting, and oh holy God! Their intense chemistry easily translates into their photoshoots which are absolutely SIZZLING! With full on kissing, touching and groping, each shoot only serves to increase the UST until it reaches a point where neither of them are able to resist the other, and all of that tension explodes into extreme hotness and an experience that neither of them have felt before. They sort of fall into a relationship with each other, but more than just sex, they share an emotional connection, and I loved watching them fall for each other.

“Ronin Flynn, you might undo me.”
“I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together.”

I really liked these characters. They’re very open with each other, and the way they navigate what is happening between them is sweet and sexy, and free of stupidity. Ronin’s protectiveness over Rook is gorgeous, and I loved Rook’s no-nonsense, sensible attitude as she explores her new situation, and the options that have been opened up to her.

I'm not sure what's going to happen. Maybe we make it, maybe we don't, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's to appreciate the good when it happens. And having this man accept and want me the way I am right now is a good thing, and it's happening right this second. So I'm gonna enjoy it.

The story ends in a good place, with a lot of options for the direction of the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

This book didn’t ‘wow’ me, but it was cute and hot, with a nice amount of heart, and I really enjoyed it.

3.5 stars.
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975 reviews664 followers
October 30, 2013
4.5 Stars, I absolutely loved this book. Rook has a tragic past but she is not naive nor is she stupid, a really strong character. Ronin on the other hand is totally swoonworthy.

Set in a modelling studio that is a bit different to the norm, I was fascinated with the whole set up and it really was intriguing. Straight onto book 2 to see where this goes.
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497 reviews183 followers
July 7, 2013
Really fantastic book. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I adored both Rook and Ronin. I found (for once) Rook to be a very believable post-abusive relationship heroine. Ronin was not at all your typical hero either. I can't wait to see where these two go.

Full review to come.
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334 reviews66 followers
February 12, 2015
It was OK. I didn't really connect with the hero. I thought Rook, the heroine, could do better. Every guy in the book seemed manipulative and I didn't find the modeling scenes sexy like I think I was supposed to. It felt dirty and not in a good way. That said I wanted to know more about Rook. She was interesting.
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2,008 reviews224 followers
July 26, 2021
**This is a LONG series that follows a group of friends. The series starts out with Rook and Ronin, then spreads to their friends, then to a few secondary characters. Rook/Ronin and Ford’s book are more “relationship” based then they gradually get more involved with crime/secret organization plots. It’s quite confusing because the author has re-released these under different titles. Originally, they were broken down into several smaller almost novella lengths books; I suspect to sell separately for more $. Currently they’re all on KU combined to 9 books. (all combined except the first 3 -Rook & Ronin) I believe a few say you can read separately, but you’d be missing quite a lot. IMO, this would work best with “the company” books (James, Merc & Sasha) but many of the characters, and plots spread over most of the books. Here’s how they breakdown….

Tragic, Manic & Panic= (Rook and Ronin)
Slack: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston & Taut: The Ford Book = Ford (Ford & Ashleigh)
Bomb: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike & Guns: The Spencer Book = Spencer (Spencer & Veronica)
Happily Ever After: A Day in the Life of the HEA- 15-years later epilogue (features all 3 couples, and sets up her Mister’s series)
Come, Come Back& Coming for You = The Company (James & Harper) storyline introduced in Guns.
Meet Me in the Dark= Merc ( Merc & Sydney) introduced in Taut.
Wasted Lust: Sasha (8) = Sasha (Sasha & Jax & Nick) Sasha is introduced in Taut and this storyline starts in The Company. (this is also somehow also tied to *321, I would need to reread to verify, but I wonder if the agent is the brother of one of the dudes- I vaguely remember him being connected to law enforcement)**

Tragic is the first book of the series, and mostly involves Rook and Ronin’s first meeting/ getting together. The series almost reminds me of a Fallen Crest for adults...sort of… because Rook has a sad story, and gets involved with this group of dudes that all make it their mission to protect her. Like Sam, she’s super perfect, and EVERYONE who meets her wants to be with her.

Rook is homeless after fleeing from an abusive relationship when she stumbles upon a modeling invitation. The agency ends up being focused more on erotica campaigns, and Ronin is a model manager there. (his sister and her partner own it) He’s had a shitty childhood too. He’s been a bit of a manwhore, but has a hero complex, and really wants to settle down with a family of his own.

Bottom Line- I’m rating most of these as a 3⭐, but I liked some more than others. IMO, the biggest problem is that it feels like the author wanted to squeeze the storyline over a few books, so it drags on. At some point (especial with Rook & Ronin’s) I got tired of the ride, and wanted it to get over. The characters are all likeable (mostly) and I did get sucked into the stories, but I also found it a tad exhausting as she just keeps dragging things out, and creating spinoffs. **Safety-small bit of wannabe OW drama, but no cheating, flirting, etc.
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August 5, 2014
I am simply blown away by this book! Tragic by J.A. Huss is a must read. It isn't your typical story because of the depth in the writing. The most magical thing about this book is that you don't feel like you are being swallowed up by the strongholds chasing these characters. Instead, you feel like you are on the journey with them. You are rooting for them to find a way!


Rook is our heroine. From the first page, she sucked me in. She is just fabulous. She has been through some pretty terrible circumstances and still managed to overcome. After spending her last $10 bucks on a Starbucks coffee, she stumbles across a business card that gets her foot in the door to a famous photographer's loft. She takes the leap and enters in. (What an amazing young woman!)

“If I wanted to change my life then I'd have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me, or heal me.”

Instantly, Rook is sucked into the magical world of modeling. She meets Ronin. (What's that sound you ask? Fireworks, swooning music, and my heart rate increasing.) Ronin is a GOD! He sees Rook and is immediately taken by her look and her inner strength. He doesn't know why but he knows he has to have her!

His sister warns him to stay away from her. He can't! He won't! He doesn't!

“Ronin Flynn, you might undo me." "I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together.”

Ronin guides Rook through the photo shoots. (They are HOT!) The connection these two have is beyond anything I have ever read. (Seriously!) I felt like I was right there with them. He is so loving and caring and Rook just trusts him 100 percent. You feel the connection between them both physically and emotionally and you cannot help but want MORE!


Ronin begins to peel back the hurt that Rook has been through. He wants security. He wants a van full of kids and a wife to cherish. Rook wants a future full of success and money (something she has never been allowed to have). The push and pull of these forces is strong and a constant presence for them.


Book one wraps up with many things still left out in the open. Rook knows she is falling in love with Ronin....but she knows she can't give up on her dreams. She accepts another modeling contract which will leave her exposed to the big bad world of modeling (figuratively and literally). Ronin knows that he wants to love and take care of Rook. However, he has the sense to know that pushing her too hard will make her run away.

I just cannot say enough about the beauty in this book. It is a full 5 star FAVORITE for me! I cannot wait to dig into the next book and see how things work out! Here's hoping for a beautiful HEA for Rook and Ronin!

“I'm not sure what's going to happen. Maybe we make it, maybe we don't, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's to appreciate the good when it happens. And having this man accept and want me the way I am right now is a good thing, and it's happening right this second. So I'm gonna enjoy it.”
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