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Rook and Ronin Spinoff #4

Guns: The Spencer Book

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Spencer Shrike is a man with a plan. Get in. Get out. Move on. He loves Ron the Bomb, and her safety is the only thing on his mind these days. But life is a tricky bastard, and conning criminals for the better part of ten years brings its own set of problems. Sure, Rook lied her way out of a sticky situation, covering for crimes Ronin, Ford, and Spencer committed, and getting them all off scot-free in the process.

But not everyone is buying Rook’s story, and Spencer is desperate to figure out who’s in town setting them up for a fall.

Veronica the Bombshell Vaughn has put up with Spencer Shrike’s shit for years and where has it gotten her? A big fat nowhere. No ring, no house, no kids, and no promises. In fact, Spencer is worse than ever—completely distant and moody. She’s done sitting at home, pining over a man she can’t have.

But she’s not opposed to fighting for him.

Ron the Bomb fights hard and she fights dirty, so she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get Spencer’s attention.

But now there’s another man in town with his eye on her. He’s got secrets too, but unlike Spencer, Bobby Mansi is more than willing to let Veronica in on them.

The entire Rook and Ronin series comes full circle. Every con, every lie, and every skeleton in the closet is back for one final shot at vengeance and the only way to set it right… is to get out the guns.


First published March 27, 2014

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J.A. Huss

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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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3,818 reviews32.4k followers
April 20, 2015
5 Shrike stars!

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“The first rule of Shrike Club is never talk about Shrike Club.

It’s no secret that the Rook & Ronin series is a favorite of mine. I love these books. The first three were amazing. Then we get the Ford and Spencer spin offs, which are even better in my opinion! Yes, if you haven’t read these books you MUST! Guns is not a standalone. You should read the entire series before jumping into this book.

Be prepared- Guns has the funny, sexy and original story line like the others, but it has much more action and suspense!

Spencer Shrike. Bad boy biker. Tattooed player. He’s the security. The muscle. And the motherfucking boss. And he’s been under Veronica Vaugns skin for as long as she can remember...

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Spencer and his Bombshell, Veronica used to be quite the pair. They used to be inseparable. Now things have turned not so great between them. Spencer has been pushing her away and she’s sick of it. It appears that Spencer is just a jerk, but he really does have good reasons for keeping Ronnie at a distance.
Thank fucking God, my Bombshell is safe. No one knows about us. No one knows how much I love her. And that’s the whole reason I continue to break her heart, time after time after time. I never want this shit we’re in to touch her again.

He will do anything in his power to keep her safe. To keep her out of ‘The Team’.

Veronica has tried time and time again to move on from Spencer. Date nice and normal guys. It doesn’t work. She can’t find that same spark with anyone else. When she fell for Spencer, she fell hard.

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His lips crush against mine and my knees just give out. I’m weak. Whenever he touches me I am so, so weak.

Spencer and Ronnie have amazing chemistry. I love them together. I love how protective Spencer is over Bomb, even when she doesn’t know it. Spencer is a complex guy. Who he appears to be and who he is deep down are two different things. Ronnie is a kick ass heroine. Even though she appears to be that bad ass, tough girl, she does have a sensitive side. Especially when it comes to Spencer. Just like he’s protective of her, she has that same protective streak over him. Veronica will do whatever it takes to keep Spencer safe... even if it means teaming up with someone else...

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This dream of mine might be over before it starts.

Yes, the majority of the book is about Spencer and Ronnie. But the other characters and their stories still play a large role. And the question on everyones mind... Do we get more Ford? Yes. More Ford. I feel like I could never get enough Ford, but I was still so happy with the scenes we got.
“That’s is,” Ford says, slapping his laptop closed. “We can’t work with a guy who’s never seen Fight Club. It’s absurd. Real men watch Fight Club. It’s like Full Metal Jacket or... or... The Godfather. It’s something we all do as men. Carson.” He pushes past me and stands in front of the banker. “You’re out of the club. Sorry.”

Gah! I just go crazy over that man! I will proudly wear the title of Ford’s #1 Fan (Or at least share it with Jana) It’s safe to say that “I’m on Team Ford.”

But anyway... back to the Team. It was nice to see everyone on the team play their parts. They have been through a lot together. What I really loved about Guns is it had a lot of action. There were several twists and turns I did not see coming! I love when a story can surprise me. The ending, and the epilogue. And then the second epilogue. Pure perfection.

This series deserves more than five stars. Although the number five does hold a very special meaning to me. There is so much I love about these books. The characters are quirky and lovable, the writing is top notch, and they are full of humor, steam, romance and action. It’s a great combo. The very best thing about them (well, besides Ford) is that I haven’t read anything else like them. A completely original story line with unique characters is a rarity. Even though Guns appears to be the final installment of the Rook and Ronin series, and it did have a perfect conclusion, I’m really hoping we get more of these fantastic characters in some way or another. As you can tell, I love the book and series! I would highly recommend you give it a go!

Everything all comes back to me. We stand together, so if we lose, we’re all going down. We all played a part.

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*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for Jennifer Kyle.
2,378 reviews4,627 followers
August 9, 2021
Wow! What an ending for Spencer and his Bomb!!


The team, which consists of everyone but Veronica, is in some serious hot water. Spencer is still staying the course with his push away in order to protect the woman of his dreams plan, although things get pretty crazy.


Once again, Veronica’s pain and confusion is brutal and it seems her new girlfriends are in on the secrets too.

"She should trust me. They should all trust me. I’m not a liability. I’m strong. I can fight. I can shoot. I’m a tattoo artist for fuck’s sake. I’m sorta badass. Plus, I’ve been around for years.”

Just a little bit more time and all will be over is what Spencer is banking on. He just can’t stay too far away from his girl and every time these two are in reach of one another the pages smolder!

”Fuck me, she mouths silently. I lose control when she does that and she knows it. Fuck me, she mouths again. Fuck me, fuck me, fuck me. Over and over again.”


The trial, a custody situation, a crazy new bike shop owner, and a mysteriously hot new resident moves into Fort Collins. Spencer struggles to keep Veronica safe, Ford fights for his new family and Ronin protects his Rook.

We are also treated to more back story on Bomb and Spencer…


At around 70 percent, I was caught somewhere in between swooning and crying. This scene was EPIC and on its own deserved 5 STARS.

"Shhhh. Don't cry, Ronnie. Just tell me what we like, so I can remember. Because I lost my way, baby."


A twist or two is thrown in at the end and even though the connections and reveals were a bit farfetched for me, I more than enjoyed this story. As for the ending, we are gifted two terrific epilogues.

J.A. Huss just blew me away!!

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1,414 reviews971 followers
May 12, 2014
SPENCER- "Who's the motherf*cking boss"


Team Spencer, Team Ford, that is the question? Most of my Ford-loving friends read this book and jumped shipped. He is an intriguing man but the magic of Ford is unmatched for me. Never once did I waiver towards Spencer while reading this story. Looking back through my highlights I realized that I only highlighted Ford's parts. ♥

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As Christy's first order of business I think she should convince Ms. Huss to write another Ford book. :) ♥

Rook & Ronin Series is the main series that these next two 'spin offs' are connected to: The Ford Book and The Spencer Book. Ford's spin off can be read as a standalone.

Timeline between these three series:
{#1 R&R} Tragic | My review
{#2 R&R} Manic | My review
{#3 R&R} Panic | My review
{#.5 Ford} SLACK: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston | My review
{#1 Ford} TAUT: The Ford Book | My review
{#.5 Spencer} BOMB: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike | My review
{#1 Spencer} GUNS: The Spencer Book
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1,347 reviews1,419 followers
April 5, 2014
5 It's My Turn To Get What I Want Stars!
(BR with Patty & Tiffany)

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Spencer Shrike is living in Fort Collins preparing for the grand opening of the new Shrike's Bikes store. He is almost 24, and has been living the dream professionally, with his bike shops, and show.

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Personally Spencer feels like his life is in limbo. He is waiting for the trial, and everything to be resolved with his team, and then feels he can move on with his life, and put all the bad behind him.

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Trying to protect Ronnie, he has pushed her away. He doesn't want her to be in any danger because of him. He hires Ronnie as his personal assistant to keep her close, and also has a new spy named Carson looking after her. Spencer does everything he can to protect her, while loving her from afar.

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Veronica Vaughn aka Bombshell is a gorgeous 23 year old working as a tattoo artist with her brothers at their family shop Sick Boyz, Inc. She is wanting independence, and more money. She takes on an additional job as Spencer's PA, but longs for so much more from him than just being his employee.

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Ronnie's feelings are hurt. She feels shut out, and misses how things were between them when they first started dating. She wishes they could live a wonderful life together at his farm. His Bellvue Farm is where they built special memories together, and has always felt like home to her.

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Ronnie is constantly confused by how Spencer treats her. She is tired of being ignored, and pining over a man she can't have. She knows something big is going on with Spencer and his friends, and just wants to be included.

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Suddenly there is a mysterious man paying Ronnie the attention she craves. Eventually we find out his secrets, and what he's up to. Ronnie continues to not be a part of Spencer's team, and is just so frustrated with him. She can't figure him out.

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We get a whole lot of action, and plans being played out by the team. I just love this big group of friends, and how they all have each others backs, and consider themselves a family. As usual I love all the twists and turns & excitement!

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We get a fabulous conclusion to this series! I loved the epilogues, and how J.A. Huss wrapped up all the couples stories. I am excited for all the future books on Merc, Tet, and #5 & his team! :D

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-"Veronica Bombshell Vaughn, I'll never stop fucking you, baby. You know why?"

-"Why?" she whispers back. "Because you're mine, baby. And I'm gonna keep you forever."

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-I know he's hot. He's a bit on the controlling caveman side, and he's a spectacular lover.

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-"I think I swooned."

-"You know what that means, right?"

-"It means you're in love."

-"I am in love," I admit immediately, breaking every rule of new relationships in one fell swoop. "I'm afraid I'm a goner and you might be stuck with me forever."

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-He smiles the warmest, most adorable smile I've ever seen. On anyone. He's got the most amazing smile. It's soft, and caring. Such a contradiction to his hard body. "I've already planned our whole life, so I'm good with being stuck. But first, Bombshell, I'd like to get you naked.

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If you haven't pre-ordered yet, one click The Erotic Consortium Anthology, BEND. It has some fantastic authors, and is only .99. It includes a novella by J.A. Huss about Tet.
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633 reviews1,278 followers
April 25, 2014
"I've wanted you since the day I laid eyes on you. You know that."


Finally, Spencer and Ronnie's book!! I seriously love these two, and their story does not disappoint. Spencer always has a plan. And Veronica has always been a major part of it, but in order to keep her safe from his questionable past, he has kept his distance.

"I've kept Ronnie away from all this bullshit for a reason. And that reason is so we can spend our lives together. And I'm done waiting. It's my turn to get what I want."

Freedom from his dirty dealings is within reach, but not everyone is willing to accept Rook's lie. And someone is making life difficult for the team. With the team in a sticky situation, all Spencer can think about is his Bomb and moving forward with her.


Ronnie is tired of waiting. She wants Spencer, but she is constantly being pushed out of the inner circle. Poor girl is always being treated like the odd man out. I just wanted to give her a hug. But she knows how Spencer works, so she doesn't completely give up on her boy, and she is willing to fight for him.

My type has always been Spencer. Even before I knew Spencer, my type was Spencer.

Things heat up in more than one way. And when it comes time, who's side will Ronnie be on? Because someone is gunning for the team, and it gets messy!


This series is simply fantastic! An intense, action-packed, steamy ride. Ronnie is definitely one of my favorite leading ladies, she is a badass chick. And Spencer, holy hell. He and Ford are neck and neck. I can't pick one, so I pick them both. I am all for a Spencer and Ford sandwich ;)


And we get TWO wonderful epilogues!! I have a super cheesy grin on my face. READ IT!! :D
Profile Image for *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time.
1,921 reviews3,444 followers
April 1, 2014

What a conclusion. The grand finale. The ending of one chapter and the beginning of another.

Ronin has Rook. Ford has Ashleigh and Kate. Now it's time for Spencer to get his Bombshell.

Ronnie/Veronica/Bombshell/Bomb fell in love with Spencer Shrike the day she met him. They had a whirlwind love affair.

"Spencer walked into my life, tipped me upside down, and shook the love right out of me. My love spills out all over the place. My love piles up at his feet."

Until Spencer and his past with the Team catch up with him.

Spencer has pushed Ronnie away for the last year in order to protect her. He's kept her in the dark to keep her safe. He's sacrificed the happiness they once shared to shield her from the pain of possibly losing him.

Ronnie doesn't understand why Spencer keeps pushing her away. She's tried to move on from Spencer but he's always there....reminding her of what they once had.

"Veronica, I am the motherfucking boss."
Say it back to me, Bombshell. Who's the motherfucking boss?
Say it, Bomb. Or I'll take you right here in the alley and prove it."

Oh Spencer....how I do love you. Bombshell was his. And he was going to do everything in his power to keep her. She belonged to him and he belonged to her. Spencer's need to protect Ronnie caused him to lose track of what mattered the most.

"Shhhh. Don't cry, Ronnie. Just tell me what we like, so I can remember. Because I've lost my way, baby."

I don't want to give anything about the story away. Everything comes full circle in GUNS. Everything that happened to Ronin and Rook, Ford and Ashleigh, Spencer and Ronnie. All leading up to a nail-biting ending....

...even if it was a bit far-fetched and I was left with some unanswered questions.

There were twists and turns...some unexpected, some not. It was everything I could have hoped for in a conclusion to the series.

And that epilogue....epilogue 2 that is.

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2,657 reviews3,235 followers
January 6, 2022
5 Shrike, Bombshell, Hacking, Number 5 Stars * * * * *

There are some things you wish for... things you cannot wait to have... but then it is bittersweet... because once you have them... the experience is over. Waiting for GUNS: The Spencer Book was like waiting for those special times for me. This book brings all of the intrigue, relationships and answers to a close... of sorts.... for the Rook and Ronin series.

We first met most of the players in Tragic, continued in Manic with the fleshing out of Ford and Spencer; and in Panic, a full bodied understanding of how all of them were interconnected. We fell for the love of Rook and Ronin, held their hands through their coming together and learning to trust each other. We got bits and pieces of Spencer, of Shrike Bikes and Ford, the TV Producer of the reality show based on Spencer's company and artwork. We also became a virtual part of the Team... as we were treated to learning about the relationship all three guys had from the past. They were loyal; willing to serve each other and did all things together... with each having an expertise.

These characters captivated our imaginations and hearts. We wanted to know every little bit we could get and J. A. Huss carefully gave us just enough to want more. She even gave us separate books for Ford and now Spencer... letting us really feel these men so they were no longer side characters but receiving the serious consideration they deserved.

As all of the books progressed, the last reveal was Spencer... at first he is not someone you truly get... he is sexy, tough; means business all of the time. Yet only through the recent novella, A day in the Life of Spencer, does it become clear... Spencer is the romantic of them all...
He is a Renaissance artist, the visionary of how his life should be... with the main focus being his love of Veronica Vaughn AKA Ronnie AKA Bomb/Bombshell.

The beauty of their love is so intense... when they connect .... really connect.... it is powerful and breathtaking... It Stops Time... everything falls by the wayside and you are there ... experiencing their love, need and sweetness. Some of the most tender moments come from this powerful, forceful man.

And as this man, he has tried to envision 20 steps ahead of the danger all of the team is experiencing... and by doing this... he has isolated Ronnie and pushed her away. She is out there... loving Spencer; missing the times they use to have... wanting him but at the same time furious for the treatment he has done. By pushing her away to protect her, Spencer has actually left her vulnerable....

All things are coming to a head and we are there watching; wanting to know what happens and wishing the best for them....

This last part of this epic series is not disappointing ... is does not suffer the usual type of rushing or throw away completions which can happen. Every part of this is fully formed and lives up to what you have come to expect from the author. I love J. A. Huss and I have felt her ability and methods have grown as the books progressed. She is so confident in her telling; there is no hesitation. Everything is sure and strong.

I am now lighting personal candles and saying my prayers... that somewhere down the line... we get to have more of these characters... because I truly believe deep down... Ms. Huss is not finished with us and this Team....

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review

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1,557 reviews3,815 followers
May 30, 2018
Re-read 5/30/18

Wow..these books just keep getting better and better. First there were Rook and Ronin and I thought they were awesome. Then came Ford and Ash and I liked them and their book better and now...Spencer and Ronnie. Their book was the best!

I absolutely loved this one. Veronica is one of my most favorite heroines of all time..and that's saying something, since I have a hard time finding heroines that I like. She was hard as nails..but she had a soft side to her. I felt so sorry for her and the shit she was feeling, that I actually cried a little. All the other times she made me laugh my ass off.

This book had everything. A hot alpha macho man, a badass heroine, steam, suspence, humor and sadness. I will definately be reading this one again and I hope more books will follow. I would love to read a book about nummer 5 and his Shrike Princess. I still love Ford very hard, but I do have to say, Veronica made this book for me and she was a way better heroine then Ford's Ash.
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2,101 reviews1,254 followers
June 17, 2015
*** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review ***

****5 Bombshell Stars****


Wow...GUNS was just PERFECT to conclude and tie in the Rook and Ronin series and spin offs. If you don’t know who Rook, Ronin, Ford, Ashleigh, Spencer and Veronica are, then what are you waiting for. I highly recommend you do because you do not want to miss out on the madness, craziness, sexy romance, and wild ride this TEAM takes you on.


Guns is not a standalone and you MUST read all of the books of the series first. This book is Spencer’s story but he ties in what crazy mess the TEAM has to deal with. Ms. Huss perfectly titled her book, GUNS because let me tell you this book is blazing with sexiness, humor, and action packed suspense. The TEAM is back and in full swing.

Ronin is the Liar, Ford is the Hacker, and Spencer is the Security. Spencer Shrike is the tattooed biker and owner of Shrike’s bike. He loves his friends and family but there is one other person he loves the most… His Bombshell, Veronica Vaughn. Spencer and Veronica have history. He loves her but due to circumstances he’s been distancing away from her. She doesn’t know why until Spencer tells her that he’s a bad guy. He’s done bad things and doesn’t want to taint her by being associated with the Team. He wants to protect her at all cost even if it means being a jerk and distancing himself from her.


Veronica tries to move on but she can’t help being drawn back to Spencer. These two have this chemistry and history that they can’t escape. She loves him and will do anything for Spencer.

The sexually chemistry of Veronica and Spencer are through the roofs. This couple is just hot. They balance each other out. She knows him and he know’s Ronnie through and through. He can see through any facade and walls his Bombshell puts up. Gah...I just love this couple!!

Without giving much away to the storyline, GUNS and all the books associated with Rook and Ronin series is a MUST READ!!! All you need to know, there is going to be trial and Rook must testify. Ford is overly protective of his wife, Ashleigh and their baby, Kate. There’s someone new to town who has his eyes on Veronica. Spencer wants his bombshell. And lastly, there is someone who is targeting the Team so strap on and prepare yourself for this crazy wild ride the gang will take you on. Yes, you heard me I highly recommend this book and series. You do not want to miss out on knowing Rook, Ronin, Ford, Ashleigh, Spencer, and Veronica. As for the epilogue, it was just PERFECT. What’s not to love when there is HEA for everyone! I love these group of characters and thank you Ms. Huss for introducing us to the TEAM.


J.A. Huss
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59 reviews2 followers
April 10, 2014
*****5 “I am the motherfucking boss” stars*****

This was one of my most highly anticipated books for 2014 and boy did it deliver!

A strong heroine who didn’t bother me, like AT ALL!
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Veronica, aka the Bomb!

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Unpredictable, unapologetic, badass and fun, she’s sexy and she knows it.
And I love a girl who knows how to use her guns!

Hot wet sex against the wall ;)

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Intimate body painting

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An epic, intense, emotional and at the same time sexy scene that to me makes the whole series worth it.

The whole Team in action

The Liar
The Hacker
The Guns

The mobster-style names

The Blackbird
The Kitten
The Dutchess
The Bomb

Did I mention that I love those nicknames?

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Spencer is all business.

This is one of the few times that I cannot pick between two men in my book.
Spencer or Ford? Ford or Spencer?
Can I have them both? ♥♥

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I LOVE the dirty talk!
And Ronnie is my girl. A hopeless romantic with a dirty mouth!

The awesome lines:
Veronica Vaughn, why the fuck do you smell like guns?

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The absolutely fabulous epilogue(s)!
This was a fast-paced, well-deserved conclusion to the Rook and Ronin story.
I’m thrilled to discover that the series will be continued and J.A. Huss has me really intrigued! I'm dying for a Number Five book ;)
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1,297 reviews20 followers
March 30, 2014
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J.A. Huss wraps up her Tragic series with this book. and boy does she do an outstanding job!

Spencer *sigh* the way he takes care of his Ronnie... will make you swoon (while being pissed that he should do things different). In GUNS we learn the WHY & the WHY is so wrapped together. The WHY fills in the blanks. The WHY - well the WHY makes me want to ride a donkey to visit Ms Huss and kiss her silly! (I love you my girlie!)

I am not going to lie though...I had to take a break from reading, reality hit me...She is ending this series.

BUT then

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
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724 reviews102 followers
April 4, 2014

Arc received from JA HUSS in exchange for an honest review

Spencer is a deceiving son of a bitch.

Tramping around town ignoring Veronica, treating her like trash, leaving her high and dry (especially in the alleyway), and breaking her heart by being a callous bastard, he pissed me off! And despite all this, I positively fell in love with the cocky, deceitful phony. Why? Because everything he does is all for his Bombshell. Dig deep down inside, and you’ll find that Spencer is truly a selfless, self-sacrificing man, whose primary concern is the love of his life. He won me over with his unconventional protective ways. But, as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Spencer will learn his lesson the hard way.

Spencer’s rouse is to keep his distance from Ronnie by casting her out of his life. (Well, except for when he finds the time to have explosive sex). For over a year, Ronnie’s life has been in turmoil because she loves a man who threw her away. His reason? Spencer’s love for Ronnie is so deep, so consuming, he refuses to trap her into his chaotic life. Until all his legal troubles and the trial are over, Ronnie is out of the loop.He vowed never to have his troubles taint her life. In a sick twisted way, Spencer is an honorable guy.

Ronnie is struggling emotionally as well as financially. Her heart is shattered as Spencer constantly denies her what she needs. Just when her life is about to fall apart, a mysterious man swoops in to save the day and Ronnie catches his eye. Hmm… perfect timing. And just the trigger Spencer needed to pull his head out of his ass when it comes to his Bomb. Forcing him to confess his intentions and how he desperately loves her, hoping she is patient enough to wait for the dark clouds looming to float away.

Thank fucking God, my Bombshell is safe. No one knows about us. No one knows how much I love her. And that’s the whole reason I continue to break her heart, time after time after time. I never want this shit we’re in to touch her again.

Finally, everything comes to a head. All his plans are shot and everyone is in danger. The story line takes many twists and turns – kicking my anxiety level sky high. Everything Spencer sacrificed unravels leaving everyone, especially Ronnie, knee deep in trouble. BIG TIME DRAMA I never saw coming, involving mysterious characters, created such tense and nail biting moments. I was on the edge on my seat! It was awesome plot twist.

Poor Spencer. In a blink of an eye, everything backfires. He’s left in hell and the realization of what his mistakes cost all of them, especially Ronnie. My heart went out to him as he suffered pain and remorse. His heart was in the right place. However, he is broken and recognizes his sacrifices were unnecessary and wasted precious time by avoiding the love of his life.

Never fear, Spencer and the gang pull out the big GUNS as secrets are revealed and the unthinkable happens. WOW!! Spencer stops at nothing to assure his Bombshell is once again safe, in his arms, and will stay there for eternity.

What I liked about this story were the flashbacks into Ronnie and Spencer’s relationship. Seeing their beginnings and how they fell in love. It was heart warming and arousing. Spencer is totally the “mother@cking boss”. He’s such an incredibly sexy beast. His appetite for the Bombshell was insatiable.

Best part – Epilogue number two. Fan-freaking-tastic. Number Five was adorable. Sweet and snarky. I won’t spoil the surprise. You’ll have to find out who he is on your own. I loved him.

This was a really good series. I will miss this gang of misfits.
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1,260 reviews9,964 followers
April 5, 2014
(BR w/ Melissa and Tiffany)

Spencer Shrike, you've earned a piece of my heart!!
Throughout the entire Rook & Ronin, and Ford series, I never really gave a second thought to Spencer but in "GUNS" we finally get his and BOMB's story and it's pretty damn amazing.
Spencer is definitely all ALPHA and HOT as hell!!!
He's sacrificed and suffered far more than his friends.
Spencer has had to push Ronnie away in order to keep her safe from his enemies.

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We get flashbacks of earlier days when Spencer and Ronnie were first together and their love for each other is pretty amazing.
Ronnie is definitely my FAVORITE heroine from this series.
She's so in love with Spencer and his constant rejection really is taking a toll on her heart.
Trying to move on from him is beyond impossible for her.
She will prove that she is not some helpless woman when the story finally unfolds.

Spencer, Ford, and Ronin putting a plan together to end their troubles with the law, but there will be another threat that no one will see coming.

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GUNS was the perfect conclusion to this AMAZING series.
I was a little worried that Spencer would have me forgetting my Love for Ford, but that didn't happen.
I've got enough room in my heart for the both of them!!!

There were two epilogues and in the first one, the Ford we all know and love is back and his worries had my heart breaking for him!
Spencer truly is an amazing man and friend!!
I loved how he was there for Ford and the things that he said to make him feel better.

These guys were not just tied together by mistakes of their past.
They were bonded by a friendship that is built upon love and loyalty.
What an amazing journey and truly beautiful ending!!!

But with Spencer, the sex is the foreplay. It's not what he does, it's how he does it. It's not what he says, it's how he says it. It's not how I feel, it's how he makes me feel.

That shudder says, You rock my fucking world, Spencer Shrike.

Spencer walked into my life, tipped me upside down, and shook the love right out of me.
My love spills out all over the place.
My love piles up at his feet.

"You will never forget this day, Veronica Vaughn, for the rest of your life, whenever someone asks you what the best day of your life was, this will be in your top three."
"What about the other two?" I ask.
"We haven't made those memories yet, Bomb. But we will."

"You're suck a dick. You know that? But you're not defective. You're just...a special snowflake."

"Really, Aston. Think about it. God would not put another Ford on this Earth. There's no way he'd do that to humanity."

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797 reviews747 followers
April 1, 2014
4 - Ticking Time BOMB - Stars!

Spencer Shrike has been in love with Veronica Vaughn for quite some time. They have had an on again off again relationship.

Spencer loves Ronnie but he doesn't know what will be happening to him soon so he wants to keep her out of harms way.

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"No one knows how much I love her. And that’s the whole reason I continue to break her heart, time after time after time. I never want this shit we’re in to touch her again."

Rook has Ronin, Ashleigh and Kate have Ford, but Spencer won't give Ronnie a commitment and she isn't included as part of the Team. They don't let her in on their plans or secrets. She kind of feels out there by herself.

Ronnie of course has noticed a few things were care of Spencer, namely Carson helping her out so its not like she didn't notice he cared. She kinda liked that he did things secretly for her. But she doesn't understand why he won't give her a commitment and just say those three words.

A new guy comes to town and Veronica decides to give him a chance since her other potential dates have never worked out. This puts Spencer on high alert and he decides to stake his claim and let her know how he feels and why he's doing what he's doing.

"Because baby, I love you enough to push you away."

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And oh yeah she definitely liked the sexy times he gave her too.. :)

"Fuck me, she mouths silently. I lose control when she does that and she knows it. Fuck me, she mouths again. Fuck me, fuck me, fuck me. Over and over again."

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Anyways, since Ronnie is not included in Spencer's team she decides to do her own thing which includes some dirty work too.

She just wants to keep Spencer safe. Will she able to save him and the rest of their friends? Will she have to break out the guns to save them?

While I enjoyed this one I was a little confused on how everything went down in the end. But epilogue two was absolutely adorable!

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Author 35 books9,401 followers
March 30, 2014
OMFG I don’t know what to say. There is so much I want you to know. I assume if you’re reading this review you’ve read all the Rook & Ronin books, because you can’t just jump in with this book. So you know how great this series is. What you don’t know yet, is how great this finale is.

I know some of you fell for Spencer way back in book 1. I’ll be honest. I was so distracted by Ronin, then Ford that I didn’t pay much attention to Spencer. He was in this long term relationship with Veronica. He was a biker. Heh.

Then I read Bomb. Holy freaking Spencer Shrike. The flashbacks to when he first met Veronica, killed me. Suddenly “I got” Spencer. His love for Ron the Bomb was the very reason he kept her at arms length. He was never apathetic about her as I had feared. He was crazy about her.

Guns picks up where Bomb left off. Spencer is determined to keep Ronnie out of the legal trouble that surrounds the rest of the group. He wants to keep her clueless- and safe. Ronnie’s had enough of being pushed to the side and I can’t blame her. Spencer has not clued her in on his plan to keep her safe. He just keeps her dangling & Ronnie is done. I love feisty Ronnie. Veronica Vaughn is a bad bitch and the Team would do well not to discount her. 

"Veronica," he whispers. "I am the motherfucking boss.”

Oh Spencer, yeah you are.

"I can't do this anymore, Spencer. You're killing me. Every day you play these games with me, you're killing me. I can't take it anymore. I quit. I quit this stupid fucking job and I quit this stupid non-existent relationship.”

Yay Veronica! See what I mean? She’s not a doormat, our Ronnie. Granted she does have sex in an alley with him about a minute after that declaration, but geezus, she’s not a lesbian. I mean look at him.

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So, we know Guns is Spencer & Veronica’s story, but it’s so much more. All the players are back in Guns. Rook & Ronin are in town. Ford & Ashleigh bought a house. And got two dogs. But there’s danger too. Ashleigh’s past is back with a vengeance. Rooks past is about to be put on trial. And there’s a new guy in town who wants Veronica for something…

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The interaction between the guys was hysterical.

“Kate,” Ford flashes me the picture on his phone. “She’s eating apricots for lunch and she’s got it all over her chubby face.”

Jesus Christ. I have no idea who this Ford is.

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This book was like watching the series finale of your favorite show.

“Tell me what else we love, Ronnie.”

I’ll tell you what we love Spencer. We love finales that bring all our favorite characters back. We love stories that make us gasp and make us laugh. We love HEA’s and closure. We love epilogues that make us daydream and smile for days afterword.

Thank you JA Huss
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1,044 reviews349 followers
October 29, 2014
5 Spencer Shrike and the "Bomb" Stars!

Dear Lord, Spencer Shrike is my kinda of man! I am so damn happy that he and Ronnie, the "bomb," finally got their story!

This is such an adrenalin rush in a culmination of three friend's lives that have come full throttle to the breaking point. In the tangled web of lies and survival.. Rook/Ronin, Asleigh/Ford, and Spencer have become a team. Everything they have done is to start over...have a clean slate and a future together! In this mess of deceit, Spencer has one goal...to get his girl!

Ronnie is out of the loop, not on the TEAM, she is on the outside looking in, kept in the dark, hurting.

It is a beautiful thing to know that Spencer is feeling the same longing pain, but he is just so damn good at being bad!

Why the games? Spencer Shrike has spent a lifetime in love with Veronica, yet continuing to push her away all for the sake of keeping her safe. He has loved her enough to keep her clean...only he has never allowed her in on this fact!

The push-pull relationship of Spencer and Ronnie is hot and painful at the same time. So in love, but unable to fully grasp onto one another. Their time together was AMAZING...from simple smiles to mind blowing intimacy they truly "GET" each other...they are "IT" for one another!

You cannot just pick this book up and have any idea as to what in the hell is going on! You have to understand the back stories, the characters, and the present situation that has made Spencer Shrike what and who he is...only then will you be able to come full circle with this team and be able to shed happy tears for he and Ronnie as the finally get their time and the future they deserve!
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63 reviews17 followers
March 29, 2014
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.


This book is not a standalone and should not be read until you have read all of the books in this amazing series. The series starts with book one which is Tragic. You will not regret reading this series it sucks you in from the very beginning.

JA weaves a magical web and you can't help but want to be stuck in it.

This book focuses on Spencer motherfucking Shrike and Veronica Vaughn, however the whole crew and there lives are all intertwined in this book. It's the series wrapped up.

So... Spencer Shrike, WOW!!! He is so damn swoon worthy in this book you can't help but fall in love with him and his dirty mouth!

GUNS takes over where BOMB leaves off. They are all gearing up for the trials and shit is about to hit the fan!

Spence has done a good job at keeping Bombshell safe and continues to distance himself more and more until the trials are over. The only goal Spencer has is to keep his Bombshell safe and keep everyone from knowing that she is HIS! Even if that means pushing her away. Poor Bomb...

This book has some of the most heart wrenching scenes that I have encountered in any book. I am definitely not a crier and this book made me cry. I had so many feelings and emotions but it was all AMAZEBALLS!!

"I love you, Veronica. I love you more than I love myself. More than I love Ronin or Ford. More than the Team, Ronnie. I love you more than the Team. Much More.

But don't let the BOMB fool you. She is one rough and tumble broad! She wants Spencer to love her and recognize her and she will do whatever it takes to make him see.

However, there are some new faces in town and they are causing quite the stir. The Team is nervous, and doubting everything. Who can be trusted, what are there motives, WHO are they after!? As the Team is trying to figure it all out everything comes crashing down.

JA had me a complete mess probably the last 25% of the book. Everything you may have been wondering will be answered in this book. All lingering questions are answered. JA is a complete genius and I'm in awe of her work!

I have been absolutely smiley and giddy the last couple of days thinking about the epilogues. I wish JA would just continue these stories, I don't think I would ever tire of them.

Get ready to have your socks knocked off in this final installment of the series. Mine sure were!! I'm eternally grateful to you JA for writing such a brilliant series. Bravo!

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824 reviews
March 30, 2014
Just the best series ever. Epilogue part two was brilliant. And a hint of more things to come..... LOVED it! Five massive stars x
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183 reviews18 followers
April 2, 2014
Amazing! Captivating! Intense! …Guns delivers and is a perfect shot.

Once in a while there comes a book series that just captures your attention, draws you in, and occupies your thoughts for days, weeks, and even months. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it is nothing short of magical. This series, all seven books about these fascinating characters and their complicated lives of lies and secrets, love and fate, have a place in my heart and mind forever. It takes a unique author to keep a strong momentum going for a long book series, and JA Huss is nothing short of perfection in delivering a satisfying, heart racing, and sexy series. This final installment completes this saga and is nothing but pure bliss for every fan of the Rook and Ronin series.

Every word, thought, and action from each previous book leads up to the events in Guns, so don’t read until you read all the other books. That's right, stop reading if you haven't read the others. But go and buy them, ALL. They're THAT good. Any way, back to Guns and my main man of fiction, Mr. SHRIKE.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Spencer Shrike. I first met him in book 1, Tragic, and once he makes his appearance, I fell hard for this bad boy.

A guy comes in who catches my eye. Not because he’s hot, even though he is hot, but because from the minute he comes through the door he’s watching me.
He starts walking towards me and once the counter is out of the way, it’s hard to miss the fact that he’s a biker. He’s got the tell-tale biker boots on and they sound off a manly thud on the polished concrete floors as he approaches my booth. When he pushes up the sleeves on his white thermal I see what else he’s got. Tattoos all over. Like everywhere.
“Rook,” I offer back as I shake his hand.

-Tragic, Book 1

Throughout the series, it’s the scenes with this biker, this intriguing bad boy, this silly goof who is smokin' hot that caught my eye. His playful manner throughout Manic and his protectiveness in Panic solidified his place as a top book boyfriend. In Bomb, Spencer’s novella and book 6 in the series, we get to know Spencer in a more in-depth way. We understand his actions a little better and come to realize, Spencer Shrike has been holding out on us. He’s been keeping some secrets, and those secrets only made me love him more…like that was possible. Move over Kellan, Jesse, and even Christian, Spencer Shrike is my number one.

Guns picks up where Bomb left off…Rook and the boys are facing the trials from the aftermath in Panic, Ashleigh and Kate are adjusting to life in FOCO, and Spencer is continuing to distance himself from Veronica.

But thank fucking God, my Bombshell is safe. No one knows about us. No one knows how much I love her. And that’s the whole reason I continue to break her heart, time after time after time.

Everything Spencer does, he does for Veronica, only she doesn’t know it. Talk about angst and swoon worthy moments! Guns delivers some of the most romantic and sexy scenes I ever read. For reals, EVER!

And each scene is better than the one before. How is that even possibile?

I mean, I teared up...after EVERYTHING, he and she have been through...holding hands...so simple, so lovely...SWOON!

But it's more than romance and hot sex...Guns has a lot of action. The Team is nervous, uncertain, and barely holding it together. Spencer is trying to keep Ronnie safe by not having her around, thus protecting her at the same time. Veronica wants to be part of The Team, which isn’t going to happen making her feel insecure and lonely. There are new characters in town and their timing, interference, and motives, are only adding to the stress of everyone around. No one knows who is bad, good, or indifferent! And the last 20%...in true Huss fashion, is not only filled with twists and turns, but somehow gives the reader the closure and the 'Ah-Ha' moment that makes this book an exceptional read. I usually can see the twist coming, but not this time. Prepare to be taken for one hell of a ride.

I was nervous and scared to read this final installment. I became attached to these characters and didn’t want to say good-bye. But, this book was pure perfection. And it gives any fan of the series the closure that’s needed and the hope for more from JA Huss. All the questions readers have been thinking about are answered, and I’m still smiling from the epilogue(s)---yes, there's two, and both are AMAZING. Fingers are crossed that somewhere, sometime, we will get glimpses of these amazing friends again.

JA creates a fictional world that seems so realistic, I felt like I was a member of The Team the entire time- experiencing everything with each character. These characters are cemented in my brain and I love talking about them to other fans. Bravo to JA for this wonderful adventure. I’m a fan for life and look forward to more stories and interesting characters. THANK YOU JA, for all your dedication and words, this is something truly amazing.

5 Freaking Amazing SHRIKE BIKES stars!

Come play with The TEAM at JA Huss's official fan page, Shrike Bikes, on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/shrik...

A copy of Guns was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.
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1,447 reviews262 followers
April 5, 2014
WOO HOO WOO HOO ARC'S HERE..I know what I'm doing tonight!!

Loved it..great fucking epilogue..GUNS Review
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How do I even go into reviewing "Guns" without getting a little emotional? Not only did this author give me Spencer Shrike's story (which was brilliant by the way) but she also gave me an explosive, amazing, perfect ending to what has got to be one of my all time favourite series ever.... FACT!!! I loved the way Spencer's story linked so perfectly with tying up all the loose ends from all the previous "Rook & Ronin" books. Just when you thought things couldn't get any more crazy for the characters I'd grown to know and love in this series, the past came back with a vengeance, throwing everyone's lives into turmoil. No one was safe and with the best will in the world, no one would go unscathed. Get your big knickers ready with this one ladies because you are in for one hell of a bumpy ride.
"Veronica, I am the motherfucking boss. Say it back to me, Bombshell. Who's the motherfucking boss? Say it, Bomb. Or I'll take you right here in the alley and prove it."
Despite the sub plots that provided the mystery, suspense and drama llama and despite all of the characters featuring pretty heavily in "Guns," Ronnie and Spencer's story still felt like it had centre stage and no, for me it didn't feel like the couple's journey to finding their HEA was overshadowed by everything else that was going on. If anything, the two interconnected stories worked so synergistically together that I'm not sure one would have worked as well without the other.
“The first rule of Shrike Club is never talk about Shrike Club."
I loved Ronnie's character in this book. From her feistiness, strength and courage to her vulnerability, sense of despair and and almost fragility, she really did turn my opinion of her on it's head. My heart truly went out to her because she was desperate to be with Spencer but was tired of what seemed to be his "having his cake and eating it" as and when he wanted it. Equally, she was tired of her family treating her in part as one of the boys but equally not giving her the independence she desperately wanted. She wanted out from all of it and I completely got it.
"Shh. Don't cry, Ronnie. Just tell me what we like, so I can remember. Because I lost my way, baby."

And then there's Spencer who by all accounts again was not who I thought he was. Everything he did had a reason behind it and I loved that reason. It still didn't make it any easier for Ronnie because when these two were together, what they shared was magic. It was hot, intense and beautiful. The kind of stuff that gives you butterflies in your belly. Unfortunately it was turned on and off at the drop of a hat by Mr Shrike!! Lucky me because I got it. I got why. I got him.

Then there was the gang and the twists and turns that all came to a head in this final instalment of the series. Wow, just wow. I loved seeing all the characters and seeing where their lives had taken them. Unfortunately it was each of their actions from the past that would come and bite them on the ass. And then of course there was that biggie towards the end that had me like "WTF???"

If you have loved this series as much as I have, then you will definitely love this epic finale to the complete story. Plus we got two epilogues!!!! Yup two and each one was just magnificent.
"You will never forget this day, Veronica Vaughn, for the rest of your life, whenever someone asks you what the best day of your life was, this will be in your top three."
"What about the other two?" I ask.
"We haven't made those memories yet, Bomb. But we will."

Another ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ for "Guns." How could it not be!!!
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599 reviews109 followers
March 31, 2014
JA Huss is one of those authors I will drop everything to read. I could not WAIT to get my hands on Guns.

First of all, I fell in love with Ronin when I read the Rook & Ronin series. But then when I read Slack and Taut - Ford just stole the show. He became my favorite, easily.

I was very curious if Spencer could top Ford.

Spencer is the muscle of the team. But he isn't just strong. He's protective. And he wants to protect his bombshell.

He's in love with Veronica. But he sure has a funny way of showing it.

We get alternating POV from Spencer and Veronica. LOVE this. This is my favorite way to read a story.

Spencer is hot.

It's not what he does, it's how he does it. It's not what he says, it's how he says it. It's not how I feel, it's how he makes me feel.

There are some very unique sex scenes in this book and I loved every minute of them!!

And who knew that an orgasm could obey the laws of moonlight photography exposure times?

The shit storm that Ronin, Spencer and Ford have created in their previous "jobs" all comes to a head in this book. It's so suspenseful. So unpredictable. I was on the edge of my seat. What's going to happen? What's going to happen? WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?????

Spencer has it covered.

And then there's only one thing left to do.
I get the guns.

Hells yea.

I don't want to spoil anything. But I just have to say, I think I'm more in awe of Ford after reading Guns. He is a mastermind.


The second epilogue. I f'n loved that second epilogue so hard.

The bottom line is this: I'm in awe of JA Huss. She is a phenomenal writer. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing books!!

I highly recommend.
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759 reviews92 followers
July 22, 2014
review to come tour. omfg epilogue 2! eeeeeeeek! :)
Okay, putting up my review a few days before the tour.

This is the end of it, my friends. The finale. The big boom. The last book in the series. /sadface Before you venture further, before you click "Read More", you should know that THIS is not a standalone novel. This brings it all together. This connects the dots. This is where it ends. You need to read up on the team, which means you need to read the novels previous.

This was one of those books that you dread reading. You are dying to read it because you've read the whole series and you REALLY want the book, but you dread reading it, knowing that it means the series is over.

I haven't read a book in a while that handles flashbacks in a seamless fashion. As Spencer is desperately trying to keep Veronica out of the shady side of his life, we get him reminiscing about their relationship. It is an incredible juxtaposition of their relationship then and their relationship now. You see this young, tough, sex on a stick man, hellbent on keeping his Ronnie out of harm's way even if it means she hates him forever, and then you see them just a year earlier romancing one another, lusting after one another, taking the utmost care. It's really incredible and gives such insight to this alpha male who has an ooey-gooey center.

The reason why you need to read the other books in the series: While this is a spinoff, Rook & Ronin's story introduced us to THE TEAM - Ronin the face, Ford the brains, Spencer the brawn. You learn what they do, what they did, and what is currently screwing up their lives. This is what Spencer is protecting Ronnie from; he doesn't want the taint to fall onto the innocent Bombshell who owns his heart.

J.A. Huss has this knack for writing characters that make you as the reader REACT. You itch to bi*chslap some of them, you want to yell at some, you want to cuddle some, you want to kick them in the shins and tell them what's what. These characters POP off the page, so vividly that you are nearly ready to text them to tell them something.

The action is constantly building, the mystery man will make your brow furrow, you will want to kick Spencer's shins in the very beginning for that schmuck move in the alley, but you know he has good intentions. (And he knows for sure that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and what makes him SO likable is that he's willing to sacrifice his own happiness and desires of being with Ronnie forever in order to make sure that she is healthy, safe, and happy. You have to admire that.) You'll get to the final action sequence and say, son of a gun, that sneaky jerk!

I recommend this entire series. It is smart, sexy, and full of action and twists. Characters have personalities that are totally formed by their backgrounds and experiences making them multi-dimensional and realistic as you see them struggle to not be so controlling, or so protective, or to get over themselves. The action is intense, the sex between the couples is explosive, and things definitely go BOOM.

Oh...and that second epilogue? Killer. Absolutely killer!
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582 reviews63 followers
April 3, 2014
5 Ford you still my favorite stars


First, I just need to have a bit of a fangirl moment... Okay, now with that out of the way, let us talk about the book. I'm not sure where to even begin with this review! I can't even begin to say what a fantastic read this was! As much as I loved it, I hated to read it at the same time. I felt like I was saying goodbye to long time friends. No one likes to do that. Guns was a bittersweet read for me. One that will stick with me long after I've read it. I will truly miss these characters.

The plot. Oh my lord, the plot! I swear, I was on the edge of my seat! I thought I had it all figured out and then BAM! and I was like, I didn't see that coming! There are some intense moments, sad moments, and most definitely some sexy moments.

And that epilogue.....Best epilogue ever!!!! All I gotta say is number 5.

Do we want number 5's book???????


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703 reviews180 followers
July 25, 2014
It was hard for me to rate this one actually. A lot of my rating has to do with enjoying the series as a whole not really just this book. In the previous books I liked Spencer. He was funny and a bad ass biker. And I liked Veronica too, she was a bad ass too and she had so much attitude and personality. So naturally I assumed that I would love their story. And that wasn't really the case. It was ok, but it fell short for me. It made me actually dislike Spencer and Veronica. Spencer was an ass for pretty much the whole book, he acted like Veronica's keeper more then a guy who loved her. And it was so annoying that I actually started to get annoyed with Veronica giving in to him so easily.

I don't want anyone who reads my review to decide not to read this book or series because of it. They are a really great series and they have awesome characters but there was just some things that didn't work for me in this one.
I still love these books and the characters! I will miss them. And I was really happy with the way the series wrapped up which it nice because you don't always get that with a series :)
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April 7, 2014
From the very beginning, I knew that of the three on The Team - Ronin, Ford and Spencer - that Spencer was my favorite.

And now I know why.

All of the posturing and scheming and manipulating have led up to this moment. Ronin, Ford and Spencer formed an ace Robin Hood-esque Team years ago, which allowed them to steal from rich jerks who hurt others. Instead of giving their riches to the poor, however... they kept it. And now the culmination of two jobs gone wrong - one where Spencer killed a man and one where a man nearly killed Rook - is threatening absolutely everything these three guys have worked to build.

On the surface, it's easy to think that Spencer is a serious prick. It seems as if he strings the girl he supposedly loves along for no reason other than that he has some serious commitment issues. Veronica Vaughn loves him so much and would do anything for him, and yet, he tends to treat her like a whore. But, the awesome thing about Spencer is, that's exactly what he wants you to think.

Spencer has sat by during all the drama and danger and legal wrangling and watched Ronin and Ford worry themselves sick over the outcome of the final trial and what it will do to the women they love. And, Spencer loves Ronnie so much that he's willing to allow her to hate him than to see her involved in their situation. And, right there is why Spencer is better than all of them.

JA Huss does a masterful job weaving a complex story about human trafficking, drugs and murder. It all started four books ago in Tragic when Rook escaped her scummy abusive husband and, purely by chance, met Ronin and fell in love with him. Over the course of the next two books, she met Ford and Spencer, all the while, her past was racing to catch up with her. And, catch up with her it did.

Soon after, Ford met Ashleigh and her baby daughter Kate - again, purely by chance - and fell in love with both of them, despite Ashleigh's ties to a mobster.

To all appearances, Spencer is the stable one. He met Veronica, a.k.a. Bombshell, at school. They shared romantic dates, sweet words, and super hot sex. Her father and brothers approved of him. They both held steady, normal jobs. They were together for years. And yet, when the shit hit the fan and Rook, Ronin, Ford and Spencer are forced to take part in the trial of a dirty FBI agent involved in Rook's husband's human trafficking ring, it's their relationship that falls apart.

Spencer Shrike is an amazing character. He's incredibly artistic, and his talents are brought to light in many ways. He creates beautiful custom motorcycles. He can paint masterpieces on the human body. He designs tattoos. Spencer is also wicked intelligent, crafting master plans, the ends of which can't be seen until they're actually upon you. And, the love he has for Ronnie is to-die-for-swoon-worthy. He would do anything for her - including give her up.

Veronica is actually kind of perfect for him. She is equally creative and works as a tattoo artist in her family's shop. She is a force to be reckoned with and isn't afraid of much (except for blood, which does create a bit of a problem at times in her profession). And, Ronnie will go to ridiculous lengths to protect the people she loves.

Guns tells the story of Spencer's efforts to cull The Team together in the final days before the trial and to hold them and his relationship with Ronnie together until it's all over. It was action-packed, incredibly sexy and included twists and turns that I never saw coming, including a huge one that goes back to Ford's book, Taut. Guns was also highly emotional. I felt so awful for Ronnie as she struggles to understand why Spencer pushes her away, yet seems to adore her at the same time. The flashbacks to the beginning moments of their relationship were so bittersweet, they brought tears to my eyes.

The ending, though. was totally worth all the angst. The epilogue was absolutely perfect. But, the real treat came in the second epilogue, and it proves that JA Huss is not just good at what she does, she's freaking brilliant.

Be forewarned, you absolutely need to have read all the books in the Rook and Ronin series - Tragic, Manic and Panic - plus Ford's book, Taut, before you read Guns if you want to have a prayer at understanding what's going on. The good news is, you can pick up all three books for only $0.99 right now. Seriously - if you haven't met these characters yet, this is the perfect excuse to do so. This series is gritty and dirty and sexy and fun. Although I'm sad it's over, it was an absolutely incredible ride while it lasted.
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July 29, 2021
**This isn’t a standalone. If you don’t read Rook and Ronin’s books first, you’ll more than likely be lost.**

Spoilers from first three books Originally, Spencer’s story was divided into 2 separate books , but now they’re combined in KU. I’m only leaving one review for both.

Veronica (Ronnie, Bomb, Bombshell) has been around since the start of the series. We know that her and Spencer have had a long-term relationship, but in recent years it’s been very strained. This was exasperated when he chose Rook for his body painting tv show rather than Ronnie.

The Bomb part takes up the first 100 pages or so, and consist of a lot of flashbacks filling us in on their relationship. We also learn why Spencer is pushing her away. This part is a bit slow moving.

The Guns part picks up when a mystery/action part is introduced. Someone is out to get the gang, and they need to figure it out before it’s too late. This final showdown pulls all three couple’s storylines together, and sets us up for the next spinoff focusing on the secret organization, The Company.

I like Spencer, he is the “master planner/muscle” of their team. He has more personality than Ronin, but Ford is still my fav. Where Rook was a wimpy, and Ashleigh was sweet… Ronnie is balls to the wall tough.

Bottom Line- I didn’t care for the first (Bomb) part, but did really like the more fast-paced second part. (Guns) We get a little bit from the gang, and Rook again acts like a selfish biatch while all the characters comment on how perfect she is, and chastise Ford for breaking her heart when he pulled away from their inappropriate friendship.

And I tell you what, Ronnie Vaughn, I was so filled with jealousy for this woman, I could barely function for like thirty minutes. I mean, she’s not really that pretty. She’s cute, she’s got a curvy body, her hair and skin are beautiful.

I’m sorry if this sounds catty, I’m just making an observation— but her wardrobe reminds me of my homeless days.
-Rook discussing Ashleigh

There’re two epilogues. I don’t think she knew at the time that she’d write the Happily Ever book. The first is 1 yr out. Then we have one 5 years out that is a teaser for her Misters series.
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