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Posted November 18, 2013
Loved, Loved, Loved this book. Awesome second book to Tragic. I'd almost say that Manic is so good it could be read as a standalone,
but you really do need to read Tragic to give you the history of the characters you come to love in Manic. I also do not think Spencer could
have painted Rook into a more perfect portrait at the end. And of course it leaves you dying to finish off the series with Panic, which I will
be starting now.
Posted November 5, 2013
Ok, JA Huss, I need to add you to my favorite author's list. I so thoroughly enjoyed Tragic and I have to say, Manic topped it. I found the challenges that Rook faces in the Sturgis campaign to be very realistic. She is having to do some very uncomfortable things with people and she really is confused about how she feels. This to me was a very real portrayal as Rook is young and obviously not a trained model. Top it off with her history of an abusive relationship and you understand and feel her confusion.
Throw into the mix Ronin and his need to be there for family and to not make another mistake with someone he cares for, and you have just the right amount of "get me angry" factor as he is having to run off and deal with Clare and her issues. I felt for Rook having to deal with this on top of everything else.
I loved Spencer just a little more in this book and I loved the visuals Huss created with the paintings and the bikes, they seemed awesome. Now Ford, I'm not sure what to make of him and I continued to wonder if he was gonna pull some crap to ruin stuff for Rook and Ronin. I'm thinking he just may be a good guy.
Another reason to love this book was that it had an ending for me, and although there is a mini cliffhanger with Rook's past, not sure which way this is gonna go, I still feel like this was a complete story in itself. Loved it and luckily I was able to go right into Panic.
Posted October 18, 2013
This is the best series I have ever read! It is sexy, sweet, crazy oh gosh I could go on and on!
The only complaint I have is the big event at the end, ended a little to quick. But that is the only complaint I have for this one! I love Rook and Ronin! Spencer and Ford are awesome.
Posted October 14, 2013
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Posted September 13, 2013
Manic seemed more drama based this time around. There was less romance and less anticipation, but more suspense and more has been added to the plot. It was a good, strong story all around. I enjoyed it very much. The ARC of Manic by J.A. Huss was provided to me by the Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2013
I desperately wanted to love Manic as much as its big sibling Tragic, but I just felt there was something missing. It certainly was not J A Huss' writing style which is again fast-paced, compelling and sexy!
Obviously there is a shift in Rook and Ronin's relationship now they are a couple and Ronin is absent for periods of this story because of Clare, yet I also went through the book sensing a change in Rook's personality. I understand her character has to develop but in the three months since the beginning of Tragic, Rook has a much tougher exterior which means for the majority of Manic there is a less emotional quality. Instead,I felt the book had a more journal-like feel although Rook and Ronin were still the narrators.
The reader sees less of Antoine and Elise in Manic and in their Ford is introduced, and Spencer takes an important role in the plot. The atmosphere is strained at times, particularly when Ronin is in the studio and I think this adds to Rook's distance.
I was enjoying the story, in a different way than Tragic, but J A Huss certainly had me on the edge of my seat by the climax, and now I am excited for Ronin and Rook's third book, Panic.
Posted August 30, 2013
Posted August 25, 2013
I really enjoy this series and I am eagerly awaiting book three to be out in October.
Rook, Ronin, Spencer, and Ford are great characters. I want to be in their group. The sex scenes are of course HOT. The paintings scenes are described so well, I could close my eyes and have the mental image.
I was worried about Clare messing things up with Rook and Ronin. We dont see her much but I dont like her one freaking bit. I feel like she will make a sneak attack soon.
My only wish would be to actually have a few pictures from the books. :) The pictures from under the cherry tree and some of the bike shots.
Posted August 9, 2013
I fell in love with Rook and Ronin in Tragic, and was happy to see that I continued on with my total obsession with their relationship right on through book two. Though I was a bit sad that Ronin wasn’t in the story as much as I wanted him to be in the beginning, I was happy to see him make a bigger appearance halfway through the book. This also gave me more time to also fall in love with Spencer, the amazingly-talented nude painter. Ford, the overly-obtrusive producer and longtime friend (if you want to call him a “friend”) of Ronin’s and Spencer’s, definitely wasn’t a favorite of mine. I kept thinking I would grow to love him, or at least not loath him, but even at the end of the story I was still NOT a fan.
I loved the painting scenes. I’ve seen pictures of nude painting before, and it’s really amazing. The level of description Huss used in those scenes was fantastic. Just as in Tragic, the modeling scenes were beyond steamy. And the background relationships of all of the characters was perfectly outlined and explained so as to give a wonderful insight into their lives, both past and present.
I’m still quite surprised that I liked this series as much as I did. This isn’t my usual genre, and I’m not ordinarily into stories like this. But I have to say, JA Huss has such a wonderful writing style that it’s nearly impossible not to love her stories. They are intense, realistic, and totally HAWT! Can’t get better than that!
I have high hopes for book three, Panic, which I’m happy to say has an expected release date in October of this year. Phew! I don’t know how long I could go without more R&R! With a series that’s as intense and gripping as this one is, I can’t imagine not enjoying more of it. With a great beginning, fabulous middle and fantastic ending, readers are sure to love this story. Can’t ask for more than that!
Posted August 8, 2013
Being the second in a series I'll try not to give anything away from book 1, but can make no promises.
In a fit of pique Rook signed the Sturgis contract without having Ronin review it first, and she only skimmed it before signing. All because she wanted to prove that she could make her own decisions. Decisions that are coming back home to roost.
It turns out the contract stipulates that Spencer will be painting her nude body in different styles for every bike of his in inventory for erotic shots of her on each bike, doing what Rook privately calls the "Walk of Shame" live in front of about 5,000 drunk bikers, while wearing nothing but body paint, and finally a private showing where Rook will be modeling on the Shrike Raven, Spencer's newest bike which he is unveiling at Sturgis. If that weren't enough Rook just found out that there is an entire section of the contract that she missed, about making a reality show of the entire process. This means three months of a camera team following Rook around all the time. But the worst part was that they put cameras in her apartment, so the only space she had a semblance of privacy is her tiny bathroom, and that only if the door was firmly closed.
On top of all that is this unexplained friction between Spencer, Ronin, and Ford (the money guy and client to an extent). Every time Rook turns around one of them is glaring at the other. Then Ronin flat out tells Rook to stay away from Ford, but since he won't say why, Rook ignores his 'request.' It is clear the three men have a history, the question is what kind of history, and why won't anyone tell Rook about it?
While out at Spencer's shop Rook gets behind the wheel of one of his trucks and she floors it because she's having so much fun. Suddenly the red & blues are flashing in Rook's rear view mirror. After the cop runs her license he gives Rook a piece of news that sends her into a total meltdown, causing a full on panic attack like none of the guys have ever seen before.
What will happen when everyone finds out the truth about Rook's past? Will Rook lose her new family? Will she lose Ronin? And her contract with Sturgis, not too mention her future in modeling - will those disappear as well? And the really big question - what did the cop say to cause Rook a major meltdown?
These questions and more will be answered by the end of this book, but there is still plenty of good stuff waiting to be uncovered in PANIC, book 3 of Rook & Ronin series. This book was unusual for the second book in a series, as it was actually better than the first, and that is a very difficult task to pull off. Once again kudos to Ms. Huss for another exciting book. Plan ahead before you begin reading this one, because it is a cover to cover in one sitting book, so you don't want to start reading it without knowing you've got enough time to read it straight through. And you will read to straight through, Ms. Huss made she of that!!
Posted August 7, 2013
Here is where I reviewed Tragic, the first book in the series. I have to admit I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Manic, the second book!
Ronin and Rook just totally have me entranced. I completely love them as characters.
Their relationship is so wild and crazy, you can’t just categorize it in one neat little shell. And that is probably why I like to so very much! But, I digress! This book introduces us to Ford, and we get a whole lot more of their crazy complicated relationship.
In the wrong hands, this book would be a mess, but JA Huss makes this book so amazing, I swear that I can’t put it down. I just keep reading because I have to know what happens it next!
This book was just as amazing as the first and I can’t wait to read the final book in the series!
Posted August 6, 2013
Wow, just wow! Manic is seriously even better than Tragic. And I loved Tragic quite a bit. Manic has so much more...it's meatier. And it's packed with suspense, hot guys, action, hot guys...y'all get the picture.
In Manic, Ms. Huss works some magic...keeping her readers even more involved and interested in Rook and Ronin's story through the reveal of some major revelations. We knew Rook's past was not a pretty one, but we learn even more about the extent to which she suffered. And then there's the shock of the sordid (look Ford, I'm smart too! ;) past between Ronin, Spencer and Ford. And then there was the panic attack inducing, pulse pounding bombshell part of the book. Yeah, I can't tell y'all about that. ;) I really don't want to want to delve into the plot of Manic too much because that would ruin the experience. Y'all need to have those OMG moments yourselves! And I promise you'll have them.
Oh...about Ford...Manic introduces us to yet another hot guy. Yeah, I was thinking Ronin and Spencer were quite enough. Ms. Huss has provided us with the trifecta of hot guys, y'all. Seriously, we get everything we long for in a guy wrapped up in the very different packages. The trifecta of hotties! *grin* They are each mm-mmm good!
In Manic, we get to see Rook grow as a character. And I'm delighting in watching the evolution of Rook. Ms. Huss does an excellent job illustrating the dichotomy that exists for a new adult...that of wanting independence and that of wanting to be taken care of. Rook wants to be taken care of because she's been denied that care all her life. Yet, she also wants the independence, to make her own decisions. She was deprived of that ability in her last relationship. She's not always going to make the right decisions, and she may defer to others to make those decisions for her but it's all part of her growing up.
I really enjoyed getting to know more about Spencer in this installment. Kudos to Ms. Huss for her descriptions of the incredible artwork that Spencer creates. The detail provided allowed me to envision what Rook looked like once the painting was done. I also found Ford to be a delightful character. Yes, he can be an a$$hole, but his character grew a lot throughout this book. I liked his techniques in providing Rook with the tools she needs to gain her independence. Ronin, well I know he loves Rook and would do anything for her. He proves it in Manic. I do hope to see him mature a little more in Panic, the last book in the series. I know it's early in their relationship, but he's holding out on Rook. Although, I guess the reality is they've both been holding out on the other. So I hope to see that resolved.
Rook and Ronin both have a long way to go to meet their goals in life. But they're getting there...together. And with a little help from their friends, Spencer and Ford, I think they might get there. And I'm sure as hell enjoying the ride!
Posted August 3, 2013
Manic continues to delve deeper into Rook’s life. She has just finished the TRAGIC campaign, and now she has signed a three month contract for STURGIS. Ronin is angry because Rook will be spending three months being body painted by Spencer to match his motorcycles. Spencer wants Rook and he wants to spend the next three months convincing her to choose him over Ronin. Rook can’t say that she is not having second thoughts about signing the contract, especially when she realized she missed some of the fine print where a camera crew will be filming her 24/7.
Then there is Ford. Ford is helping on set and is a good friend of Ronin’s. Rook is surrounded by three sexy men who want to possess her body, consume her soul, and win her love. Ronin is intense and confusing. Just win Rook thought everything was good Ronin gets all cryptic on her. Spencer is nothing like Ronin. When he touches her with his brushes and seduces her with his eyes, she wages a battle within herself. Ford might be the man she is most comfortable with. In some ways he feels safe since he is Ronin’s friend, but she would be fooling herself if she did not notice how his eyes caress her.
Rook has some choices to make. Her body is a traitor and her heart is conflicted. She is in love with Ronin, but the more he pushes her away the more her body starts to take over. When her past comes back to haunt her a three men move in to protect her, but they are all keeping something from her and she is going to find out what it is.
Manic is intense, sensual, alluring, erotic, suspenseful and seductive. J.A. Huss has a refreshing and original writing style that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot and characters are unpredictable and do not fall into society’s preconceived norms. From the moment I picked up this book, I could not put it down. You will drawn into the character lives and feel the storm of their emotions. This is a series that you will want to read over and over!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 2, 2013
Posted August 2, 2013
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
What can I say...How can I start...I can’t believe I finished this book and now I have to wait until October. Why did it have to end? I want more!! I am hooked by author J.A Huss writing style. I became an overnight fan of her and I’m not leaving. So let’s get to the point. I really liked the fact that Manic picks up right where Tragic left off. I truly think this was an excellent second book to this series and there's a lot going on in this sequel. I fell in love with Rook and Ronin in Tragic and they are still my favorite couple, they are real and they fight for they’re relationship and for they’re lives. Through all this pages, one thing I came to appreciate about Rook and Ronin, they support each other no matter what, and they can overcome any problems, they stick together. Even with Rook’s past and Ronin’s secrecy about his life, they are a wonderful couple.
The story starts with Rook who just finished the Tragic contract and now she’s getting ready for the Sturgis contract. Sturgis contract involves some sexy body art, specifically, Rook’s body will be airbrushed to sell a line of motorcycles. But she didn't read the contract when she signed it, and now she found out what she that she might have made a huge mistake by signing it. Rook it’s starting to have more fate in Ronin and she is trusting him with every step she takes, now he is even her manager.
Ronin is back and forth between being there for Rook, and going off to rehab center to help Claire. Rook wants to understand, but it feels like Ronin is abandoning her when she needs him. Not to mention they aren't on the same page with their relationship. Ronin wants out of the erotic photography business. He is frustrated but supportive of Rook’s obligation to complete this contract. But all he wants it’s a normal life with Rook.
We are introduced to a new character, Ford, also referred by Rook as the man in the suit. He is uptight professional but damaged and surprised, just like the other men in Rook’s life, gifted. The more she interacts with Ford, the better she understands him. He pushes her but for the most part, it's in the right direction and for her to succeed. I am curious to see if he plays a role in the other book, Panic. Ronin, Spencer, and Ford attended high school together, Ford two years older than the other two. When Rook’s past comes back to confront her, personalities of the three men— Ronin, Ford, and Spencer are exposed while revealing the past connection of these three long lost friends.
This book kept me on my toes! I have to say the twist that J.A Huss put into the story towards the end was totally unexpected. I thought part of the twist would've happened earlier in the story but the rest of it I didn't see coming at all.I think I've said enough, you should go and pick up her books, because trust me, they are amazing!!!! If all books could end the way J.A Huss does it, my stress level would definitely simmer down If you loved the pace and the emotions of Tragic, then I highly recommend Manic. Thank you J.A Huss I cannot wait for the third book, Panic.
Posted August 2, 2013
I loved the first book in the Rook and Ronin trilogy, Tragic, so I couldn't wait to read Manic, and I ended up absolutely loving it! :D I had my doubts for a bit while reading when one of the newer characters was getting on my nerves, but in the end, he turned out to not be so bad and I loved the book just as much, if not more, than I expected to!
The characters are by far my favourite part of this series! I'm a huge fangirl for Rook--she's just such an amazing and strong character, and I'm pretty partial to Ronin, too...the boy just totally knows how to make a girl swoon, and I love his chemistry with Rook! They have some seriously steamy love connections going on, and I definitely didn't mind the more mature sections of this New Adult book. ;) I also love Ronin's sister, Elise, and her boyfriend, Antoine! Their relationships with Rook just keep getting stronger and I like seeing Rook finally let people get close to her and it's amazing to see her finally get the family she deserves! I also loved seeing Rook make some really great friends. :)
Along with the fantastic characters, I find it really easy to get completely caught and wrapped up in the world that J.A. Huss has created. Her writing flows incredibly well and the story keeps you riveted. I didn't want to put Manic down at all, and when I finished I was left satisfied, yet I desperately craved more....Panic seriously cannot come fast enough! :P
Overall, Manic was amazing! It was a wonderful followup to Tragic, and just shows that some series really do get better with each book...which makes me even more eager for Panic! This book is on the more mature side when it comes to New Adult, so be warned of adult situations. I didn't think they were over-the-top, but just in case anyone avoids that completely, I am letting you know. :) I think that contemporary fans who like their characters strong and mysterious will enjoy this one. I just have to say that Rook is also just all-around awesome...she has issues, but I really couldn't help but feel for her. In fact, if she were a person I knew in real life, I would just think she was an amazing human being and I would definitely love to be her friend! So, that kind of gives you an idea of the way that Rook has me fangirling for her. haha Last, but certainly not least, I also think that you'll like this one if you're a fan of fun banter and steamy chemistry because Rook and Ronin definitely have both of those in very, very large quantities! ;D
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* I was provided with an ebook of Manic to participate in its blog tour and give an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Posted August 1, 2013
Ronin, Spencer, Ford, Billy... there is so much to love about Manic.
I was so excited to start reading Manic (Tragic #2), I began it as soon as I got my hands on it. Rook and Ronin's relationship was a little weird when we last saw them, and I was anxious to see where things laid between them at the opening. In addition, a few new intriguing characters were introduced at the end of Tragic that I was fascinated to learn more about.
When the book begins, Rook is regretting her decision to be Spencer's body art model. She has realized that it might ruin what she has with Ronin which is still very much in its fledgling stage. But, she's signed a contract and must go through with it. Compounding matters is project manager Ford and his terrible attitude and obvious dislike for Rook. And the icing on the cake is when Ronin is called away to - yet again - take care of Clare. Rook is doubting everything she thinks she knows about the people in her new life.
I got the impression at the end of Tragic that things were good between Rook and Ronin, but not quite completely solid. They're a different sort of couple working in an industry that I would think would make real relationships difficult. They need a period of time to really get connected, but Ronin is always being put in a tight spot concerning Clare and Rook needs to get naked every day for Spencer. How can a connection occur in situations like that?
The best part about Manic is that Huss doesn't gloss over the hard parts for Rook and Ronin. Things really AREN'T easy for them, and she doesn't fashion a quick fix. Ronin makes some mistakes and so does Rook. They have some problems and the way doesn't seem clear. Rook and Ronin aren't the most poetic couple - neither has a way with words that some book characters do. Yet, every now and again, Ronin pulls something out that makes me sigh and gives me hope for these two.
"I've never dated a girl like you, Rook. You are everything I want. I love all your parts. I love the wary parts, the defiant parts, the independent parts, and your innocence and vulnerability. I want you next to me and when you're not there I feel like a part of me is missing. I'm so in love with you, Rook."
The new characters made Manic that much more interesting. Spencer and his body painting were completely captivating. I loved reading about what scenario Spencer was painting for on the different days and how it would play in with the bikes and the scenery. As a marketing professional, I can envision the brochure in my mind, and it's frikkin' AMAZING. I loved learning more about Spencer and his past too. He's a really cool guy.
But, Ford really was the one who stole the show in Manic. It seemed like he felt one way, but in actuality, he felt exactly the opposite. He's got a complex past with Ronin and Spencer that has only barely been investigated yet. I'm hoping we see more about their past in Panic (Tragic #3).
The explosive ending was exciting and suspenseful, and just a smidge over the top. I didn't mind it all that much. It just wasn't entirely believable. The thing is, I was so taken with all the rest of it, the over-the-top factor didn't seem so important to me.
Definitely check out Tragic and Manic - J.A. Huss is an incredible author weaving a fantastic story!
Posted July 27, 2013