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Posted February 7, 2014
This is not a spinoff that you should read without reading Rook & Ronin first. Granted, Ashleigh is a new character but Ford is not. He plays a huge role in the last book of the trilogy and his character is very complex. It’s found out in the trilogy that he has Asperger Syndrome but he still ends up developing feelings for the main character and well, I’ll just let you read the story. Trust me on this, you have to read the original trilogy before you can dive into this. I don’t care what anyone tells you. Otherwise it will be a half-ass read. And no one likes half-ass reads.
Ford has been a fascinating character since he came on the scene in the Rook & Ronin series. I was really sad when the series ended because I really wanted to know what happens to Ford. So, suffice to say that I’m extremely happy with this novel. I didn’t read the little novella that came before this (I personally don’t think it was necessary) and honestly had no idea that it existed until after I finished Taut. That was kinda just a teaser for anyone wanting more Ford. This one however is his story, his HEA, and I LOVED it.
“I trust you. But I like soft kisses. So in between the rough stuff you like, be careful with me. Give me something soft, because I really need it.”
Ashleigh was a very interesting character as well and I feel like she compliments Ford nicely. She’s a little messed up in the head as well and has her own issues. But two things are certain, she likes to be naughty when it comes to Ford and she adores her infant daughter. I never thought babies in a story could work but I could not imagine this story without Kate. Heck, without Kate, this story would probably be a 4 star review. That’s how important to the story she is.
“She smiles at me and I melt a little and pick her up. She flings her little fists around in agreement. I take her back over to the couch and sit down. She’s got her head on my shoulder, just kicking it, so I flip through channels until I get to the news.”
The second we meet Ashleigh and get a glimpse at her key chain I knew right then and there what the outcome of her story would be. I may not have known the twist and turns that Huss would take us through to get there but being in that lifestyle myself, I knew it the moment I saw it. That’s not to say that I didn’t react when the time came though because I honestly balled my eyes out. Yes, even the expected pulled an intense reaction out of me.
I swear, I could go on and on about this book. I loved everything about it but I was a bit confused by the semi-rushed ending. I didn’t understand Mr. Li’s change of heart so suddenly. I felt like maybe I was missing a page or two. However, that wasn’t enough to detract a star. I was already head over heals in love with Ford and his “team”.
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Posted January 22, 2014
Posted October 8, 2014
I loved Ford in the Rook and Ronin series and was secretly pulling for him. I'm so glad he got his own books, so we could see more about him. The books kept me on the edge of my seat! Love them!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2014
I went and read them all before i write my reviews. Entire series is awesome cant wait for the new spin off to wrap up. Ford is definitely my fav. Cant wait for number 5's story. If you dont know who number 5 is READ the series! LolWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2014
Taut is a spin-off story from J.A. Huss' series about Rook & Ronin. Ford Aston is on the road, and he is trying to
leave Rook far behind and find some peace away front he woman he loves but can't have. Along the way, he
finds new meaning in his life.
This in-depth look at an already loved character, Ford Aston, is a fun and fast-paced read. J.A. Huss has a knack
for creating credible, imperfect, neurotic characters that you can't help but love.
Posted May 20, 2014
Posted May 17, 2014
Posted April 25, 2014
I've read all the books in this series and I loved Fords story the most. I was looking for something new and different when I started these books and I was not disappointed. I always read reviews but never actually do a review or recommend. If you want, fun, funny, erotic, mystery, these are the books. Laughed and cried, what more can you want?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2014
I have really, really enjoyed this series "Rook and Ronin". I must say I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, because its about Ford, but oh my, this is my favorite. I can't wait for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2014
Ford was such an enigma. I liked him then I hated him then I fell in love with this character. Maybe it was how J. A. Huss described his quirks. I could feel the pain both characters were feeling, and that to me is a well written book. Anything J. A. Huss writes I will definitely read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2014
Taut is a spin off of the Rook and Ronin series by J.A. Huss that is completely from Ford's perspective. The author recommends that you read the Rook & Ronin series prior to reading Taut and I wholeheartedly agree. It will be worth your while, let me tell you. I love Ford. LOVE him. I think I've mentioned this a time or two in the Rook & Ronin reviews. In Taut, we really get to see the inner workings of the Ford brain. He's controlling, doesn't like to be touched, stubborn, guarded, hilarious, scary intelligent, and sexy. Ford is at least 10 different kinds of naughty, and I'm okay with that. There is no other character out there like him. Ashleigh walks into his world, and piece by piece completely turns Ford as we know him upside down. She touches him. Oh no. He won't have any of that. She talks back to him. What?! It's true. She has a kid. If you read the Rook & Ronin series, could you ever picture Ford tolerating a kid for more than 5 seconds? The interactions between Ford and Ashleigh are so funny! I can just picture the look on his face during certain moments. At the same time Ford is broken. Ashleigh is too. Do they put each other back together again? I'll never tell.
Taut: The Ford Book by J.A. Huss was kindly provided to me by the Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
Posted February 25, 2014
5 "I'm a Ford Fan" Stars
Wow. Can I just say Wow. I loved the Rook and Ronin series and during those books I just wasn't sure about Ford. It kind of was a love/hate relationship but after reading this book, I just love him. Getting insight into the crazy mind of Ford was awesome. It really helped you understand his issues. I loved how this book took off from the New Years Eve party with Rook as it helped you understand his behavior towards Ashleigh.
I loved Ashleigh, such a beautifully broken character and yet still struggling to move on for herself and for her daughter, but she is just so broken she doesn't know how. Her banter with Ford was such a welcome change from the relationship Ford had with Rook. Ashleigh was a great compliment to Ford.
Ford's transition during this book was something I was hoping for as he deserves so much even though I never would have thought that during the Rook and Ronin series. His evolving tenderness, yay, made me so happy.
There were so many parts in this book that I loved. The first part was about 22% into the book when Ashleigh stands up for herself. Ford was being his crass self at that time and Ashleigh wasn't giving in to it I loved how she put him in his place.
"I sit here thinking it over for several minutes before I come to the conclusion that I have just been word-slapped by a girl who never raised her voice or used profanity."
Around the 80% mark, Ford understands what Ashleigh needed to take care of and the emotion during that one scene shattered me. The visual Huss created when writing that scene was perfect and it literally had me in tears.
Then as I was wondering if she was going to be able to get everything together, Huss does an amazing job wrapping this story up and I loved the ending. This was a HEA I truly enjoyed and I now absolutely love Ford!!!
"God never sent me to save you,(view spoiler)[Mrs. Aston. (hide spoiler)] He sent you to save me.
Posted February 5, 2014
J.A. Huss is an amazing author! Taut was really different from the Rook and Ronin series that made me a fan of hers, in some ways I
think it was better. Maybe that is simply because I already knew Ford and was fascinated by him. Ashleigh was also a character that was
easy to love. Although how she turned out so normal considering what her family was like is beyond me. I highly recommend this book,
and the other J.A. Huss' books.
Posted February 1, 2014
This was the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed how complicated and well devoloped the characters are. It was a great read and I had a hard time putting it down when I had to. I didnt feel like I was reading a young persons view of life. I did feel the last 2 chapters were a bit rushed so would have liked to have seen her draw that out a bit more. Even saying that, I would still buy another book by this author since it was so enjoyable of a read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2014
Such a great book to go along with such gret series! For is amazing! I loved this book! Super steamy and a can't put down read! I love J.A. Huss! You definately won't be dissapointed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2014
Posted January 28, 2014
Ford Aston, is a cold, domineering, sexy, exceptionally smart, social outcast, whose heart has been broken by his special friend, Rook. He finds himself fleeing from her, and runs into a snow storm and car trouble in the mountains. It is here that he meets up with Ashleigh, and her three month old daughter Kate. He is more than willing to help Ashleigh, when her car breaks down, and she is short on money. He soon realizes that she is a very troubled and sad woman, and that he wants to get to know her better. He starts having feelings for her, something that is foreign to him. These two broken people end up helping each other, and in the process they start getting closer. Ford even becomes emotionally attached to her daughter, not knowing what to make of these feelings. Can they get beyond their past, and find happiness together? Several times I had to reach for a tissue, because the story line got so emotional, and each time I ended up falling more in love with Ford. This book was told from Ford's POV, and it was great, deserving more than five stars!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2014
This book was given to me in a contest. I was looking for something good to read and this literally landed in my lap. I am so glad it did. Emotional, raw, sexy, frustrating and oh so good. I loved it. Ford was a total butt but lovable because he has his own issues. He never sugar coats anything, no matter what. He says how he feels and that's his way. I loved Ash. She gave Ford just as much as he gave her.
It's such a different story than I am used to. Ford is dealing with the loss of someone special and so is Ash. They come together in a situation that is not ideal. Ford learns he can have emotions and Ash learns to trust, something both of them have problems with. They work together and in the end Ford gets his HEA.
Its a great story and you can't give much of the plot away without revealing the story. You must read this book!!!
Posted January 20, 2014
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review
As soon as I finished Panic, the last book in the Rook and Ronin series, I have been looking forward to read Taut. Ford is such an interesting character and I couldn't wait to read and learn more about him. Then I started seeing some teasers around the web and I got the feeling sex was going to be the main focus of this book, I am glad that when I started this book I quickly found out that isn't the case. There are some hot sex scenes in this book, but it's not all about the sex. This book has a great story and there is so much character development.
Taut starts where Panic ended, with Ford talking to Rook on the new years eve party and then walking/running away from her. Then Ford get's stranded in the mountains while trying to escape and he meets Ashleigh, a young mother with her baby, who also got stuck in this village. And Ford decides to help them. From the beginning it's obvious both characters are running, but Ashleigh still keeps a lot of secrets for a long while. Nearing the end there is this big plot twists I didn't see coming, it was so well done. The possibility of this happening didn't even cross my mind. As soon as I started Taut I just wanted to sit down and read the whole book in one sitting. Ofcourse life got in the way, but I still managed to finish it pretty quikcly, especially concerning my readign spead for the last few books. And the last one-third I ended up reading in one sitting and staying awake till 2 past midnight because I coudn't stop reading and had to know how it ended.
There are only two small things that bothered me in this book. First is this explanation at the beginning of the story about how smart Ford is (he has an IQ of 190) and I thought that part was a bit overdone, I did google this and the internet says it's actually possible to have an IQ of 190, but I still thought it was a bit too much. And how he talked in russian first and learned that form only watching one show? I get it he is smart, but this was a bit too much. Second I felt the ending was a bit rushed, it was a great ending, but there are some scenes towards the end that felt a bit rushed. While the pace was great the whole book, the pace suddenly seemed to pick up a bit too much towards the end.
Ford was such an interesting character in the Rook and Ronin series and it wa sgreat so see things form his perspective and how he views things. He is such a great characters and has this unique way of thinking and trying to show people he doesn't care, while in fact he does. In this book you see Ford his soft side and it's amazing to see. Ashleigh was a great character too and I loved how she acted around Ford, she was messed-up, but she was also still a strong character and told Ford what she thought and wanted. She didn't just follow orders, she was deviant and fought for what she wanted. The baby Kate is also a great addition to the story. When I first heard Ford would fall in love with a women with a baby, it felt like an impossible situation, but apperantly it isn't.
The romance is well done and developed gradually, they grow closer and closer, but it still takes them both a long time before they admit it. It was so awesome to see their relationship grow more and more every day. The romance is really done well in this book.
While this book is a spin-off from the Rook and Ronin series, they don't play a big role at all. Thay are mentioned, but they make very little actual appearances. This book really focusses on Ford and Ashleigh.
To conclude: I really loved this book, as soon as I started reading I didn't want to put this book down. The story is great and I loved seeing the characters develop and their romance grow. The romance was done really well. It was also great to see things form Ford's point of view and see his soft side.
Posted January 20, 2014
Advance Read for an honest review
We first met Ford in the Rook and Ronin series, and he was an A**hole, but he loved Rook. That was the problem. He loved Rook, but Rook loved Ronin. And this is where Taut starts. He tells Rook, he loves her too much and has to go, on New Years Eve, in the middle of the night into a snow storm.
Who would have guessed that he would meet up with another young woman, who didn't need his help, but she got it anyway.
In the week together, they rock each others world. Ford is impressed and aggravated by Ashleigh (and her baby) as much as Ashleigh can read Ford like a book - which he doesn't like.
What happens will make you laugh, cry horny and sigh.
In the end I fell in love with Ford. I can't say too much more or I would give the story away. Just take my word for it - a romping good read.