Tragic by J.A. Huss

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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


“My mother didn’t bake pies, she smoked crack.”

To say Rook is TRAGIC is an understatement. Her mother is a crack addict, she is living in shelters, she spent her last $10 on coffee from Starbucks, and she does not even own any panties. But, her luck seems to change once she goes to a model open call that she found out about from a business card at the coffee shop.

Here she meets Antoine (the photographer), Elise (Antoine’s girlfriend and business partner), and Ronin (Elise’s brother and male model). The three of them immediately like Rook and decide to give her a shot at modeling and Elise even invites her to move into one of their apartments. This is not standard modeling as it borders on erotic.

“Antoine wants to shoot her, I want to keep her. Antoine wants to take pictures of her gorgeous body and her fragile face, but I want to peel away her layers and see what’s underneath. Antoine wants to make her famous and I want to hide her away in my room, under the covers of my bed, under me.”

As we can tell from that quote, Ronin wants more than a professional relationship with Rook. Huss’ writing style is simply beautiful. There are hints of sensuality and sexual chemistry but it builds up and Tragic is not simply sex scenes happening over and over again with no substance. Tragic had my full attention and not to mention the cover definitely caught my eye. I am excited to read Manic to see what happens next with Rook and Ronin!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Tragic in exchange for an honest review.




J.A. Huss

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.


“What Do Books Mean To You?”


I’ve loved books since I was a kid. I have no idea when I learned to read, I just know that by the time I got to kindergarten I already had it down. I was a crazy horse-freak of a girl so my love of books revolved around horse stories as a kid.  One Christmas I only asked for books, all of them about The Black Stallion. I was so in love with The Black Stallion!


But I read pretty much anything I could get my hands on and I went to the library every week and would spend hours there, just looking at books. I have always been around horses. I learned to ride very young and I even got a degree in equine science in college. But as a kid I never had my own horse, so all these horse books were a way to live out that fantasy of owning a horse of my own.  Here’s the irony in this—I live on a farm now and I still don’t own my own horse. But I do have two donkeys that I rescued, so I guess they will do.


When I was older I was a dental assistant for a while. It was a job, but that’s about it.  But one place I worked was right next to a book store and I used to think, that looks so much more fun that what I do for a living. I was very jealous of those bookish people.


Why do I love books? That’s harder. I’m not sure really. I think it has a lot to do with being swept up into the imagination of another person, but unlike a movie, you get to participate in the imagining stuff along with the author.  They get to describe people, and places and things, and emotions, and all that stuff.  But the reader gets to picture it all in their head, so really reading is a totally individualized and personal thing and no two people ever experience a story the same way.


So as a reader, books are a way to experience a story through the eyes of another person.  But as a writer, books are a way to share my story with someone else.  It still freaks me out that complete strangers are reading my words and feeling things I might have felt when I wrote those words.


Books are also power because books hold information and even though we all have the internet now, but books have moved civilizations.  So books to me are a lot of things, but mostly books are my life.  Because every day I’m reading one and writing one.  🙂



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