Monday, December 23, 2013

Tragic - Review

Tragic (Rook & Ronin #1)

By: J.A. Huss

Published: May 15, 2013 by Science Future Press

282 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library (won free ebook)

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s camera.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage.
Rook Walsh is a 19 year old who after being in a 4 year abusive relationship is trying to catch a break so she can restart her life. With no family or friends to speak of, it's hard to get any where when you are working side jobs that don't pay very much and are living in a homeless shelter. The select few in the world get everything, while the rest of us poor jerks get to scrub toilets for a living just to make enough to buy food and sleep in a homeless shelter at night. She finds herself fired from her latest job, $10 to her name and she decides she deserves a cup of Starbucks coffee. To say she is down on luck is an understatement. Until luck literally slaps her in the face while she is enjoying that coffee she used her very last dollars on and she takes a giant leap of faith.

Her slap in the face luck sends her to Antoine Chaput, a well known photographer. But all Rook sees is dollar signs and a way to have shelter and food. At this low point in her life she is willing to do almost anything to feel safe and secure. Including trying out this modeling gig called TRAGIC.

What she wasn't counting on, was dealing with Ronin, an incredibly hot model, who also runs the girls in their care. After coming from a four year abusive relationship Rook doesn't know if she has it in her to be ordered around again, even if the guy is sexy and charming.

And the book cover? Perfect way to describe the book! Sometimes covers are just cool or pretty but not always do they accurately depict what a book is about, or snippets of the story. This one makes total sense after you read it.

Favorite Quotes:
"You're not like the others, Rook. You're calm and quiet, and a bit tragic, if you don't mind me sayin."

"...staying away from her isn't even in the top million things I want to do with that girl."

"I could describe what you look like, but that's not what I see. You are so much more than a body inside a dress, Rook. You fit me."

"...if there's one thing I've learned, it's to appreciate the good when it happens."

Final Rating - 3.5 stars


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