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TAUT: The Ford Book (Rook and Ronin Spinoff)
     

TAUT: The Ford Book (Rook and Ronin Spinoff)

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by J. A. Huss
 

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TAUT IS A STANDALONE NOVEL - you do NOT have to read any of the Rook and Ronin books first.

Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps "pets" instead of girlfriends.

And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.

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TAUT IS A STANDALONE NOVEL - you do NOT have to read any of the Rook and Ronin books first.

Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps "pets" instead of girlfriends.

And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.

Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that's exactly what she's got going for her. She's broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is screwing with her head.

Big. Time.

And she plans to mess with his right back.

It's a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo--but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.

One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh's whole existence.

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Since A LOT of people have been asking here is the scoop on how this book fits in with my Rook & Ronin series:

Ford first appears in Rook and Ronin #2, Manic. He has a bigger role in Panic, R&R #3, and then he has a novella, called SLACK. This TAUT book is only FORD. It's not really part of the R&R series, as that plot has all been sidelined for this one romance book.

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BN ID:
2940148299080
Publisher:
Science Future Press
Publication date:
01/19/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
422
Sales rank:
208,536
File size:
329 KB

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TAUT: The Ford Book (A Rook and Ronin Spinoff) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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”.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Ford!!!! Best book I have read this year!!!
rvingmillers More than 1 year ago
Even though the description says it can be read as a stand-alone book, I would recommend reading the Rook and Ronin series first.  Ford is in the last 2 books of that series and will help the reader understand him better in his books.  So glad Ford got a HEA.  Now on to Spencer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lisnaupet More than 1 year ago
How can you not love Ford?? A must read addition to the Rook and Ronin story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear, this is one of my favorite books ever!! I love Ford!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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tracy814 More than 1 year ago
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.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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.
psee More than 1 year ago
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.
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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a strangely wonderful book. I strongly recommend it.  
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
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!!
mackandmilo More than 1 year ago
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!!!
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
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.
Fisherbabe More than 1 year ago
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.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Y'all know I love, adore, worship J.A. Huss. With Taut, I think she's kinda outdone herself. I don't know what it is about this book - maybe it's simply that I know Ford so well at this point that seeing this deeply into his psyche is that much more pleasurable. Whatever is is, I love, love Taut and I love Ford and all his many peculiarities. Ford, for those of you who haven't read the Rook & Ronin series, is a genius. He's a genius with few social skills. He's a genius who puts his talents to use in hacking into powerful peoples' business for purely philanthropic reasons. He's also a film director. And he doesn't do relationships, although he would have made an exception for Rook, if she hadn't been Ronin's. Ashleigh is dealing with some major life tumult. She's traveling alone with her baby, trying to make her way to see the father of her child one last time. She meets Ford when her car dies and leaves her stranded in Vail. Is it fate? Taut has so many shocking revelations. There were many 'oh my's and 'what the?'s and *gasp* 'Oh no!'s. I'm not going to dwell on the plot though. You can read the synopsis above. I'd rather tell you about how Taut made me feel. One thing I realized about Ford in Taut? Ford is really looking for someone who needs him and who he can help to be strong and fulfill their potential...and I realized that's exactly what he needs as well. Another thing I realized is how others' perceptions of us can affect our perception of ourselves. Ford perceives himself as weird, off-putting...a freak. But he's really none of those things. Others have formed that impression of him, and because they see him in those ways, he's decided he is that way. Ashleigh...well I'm going to love any girl who can steal Ford's heart. She's obviously going through a lot of stuff - I mean she's on a road trip, alone, with a baby. But this girls seems to have some pluck. She definitely keeps Ford on his toes. I really liked that she was genuine. She generally told Ford - straight-up - how things were. And with him, she usually gave as good as she got. Ashleigh is intuitive - she seems to really get Ford. She's crumbling his walls - over-stepping his boundaries and he doesn't even know it. It was so much fun watching Ford try to put Ashleigh into one of his categories, especially since she doesn't fall neatly into any one. Taut is an incredible read. I adored watching Ford grow and learn about himself a bit. And I loved seeing Ashleigh be able to begin to heal with a little help from Ford. I think this may be my favorite book in the Rook & Ronin world, and it's all because of Ford. The emotion evoked in this book off the charts. And I'm forever a Ford girl...pet...er, lover. :)
LittleReadRidingHood More than 1 year ago
Ford ... oh Ford. You are so messed up in the head I didn't think you would ever be able to get over Rook. Neither did you. But one night in the snow you took pity on a young woman and her baby and you were done for. I wonder if you knew how things would turn out, if you would have still done things the same? I think so. And Ashleigh - you poor thing. I am so glad you and baby Kate found Ford, but I wish the road to get to where you are now had been easier for you. But remember it was a rough road for Ford too, so have some patience with him. He needs a gentle but firm hand, and I know you will take good care of him. If I can't have him, I am glad it is you. Baby Kate - you are so loved already you have no idea. If all single mom's were as lucky as your mom there would be no kids unloved in the world. You will want for nothing, not things nor love and attention. You are going to be raised around some of the smartest and most loyal people I've ever known of. I am not going to lie, my parents are great but I am little jealous of you. All readers - I suggest you read the Rook and Ronin trilogy before reading Taut, but it is not required. Either way, Taut is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down and my love for Ford surpassed my love for Ronin, and I didn't think that was possible, I LOVE Ronin. Huss' writing is beautiful and tragic, and you will be sucked in, wondering what will happen next, and left satisfied and a little sad that it is over at the end.