Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review: Tragic

Tragic (Rook and Ronin #1) by J.A. Huss

Title: Tragic
Series: Rook and Ronin, #1
Author: J.A. Huss
Published: Science Fiction Press; 2013
282 pages, kindle edition
Source: Amazon freebie
 Description (from Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

 3.5 stars

My first new adult book wasn't to my disappointment. I enjoyed it a lot. The romance was sweet and hot. The plotline was eventful and enthralling. The characters were amazing.

Ever wonder how they get the racy photos for the front covers of books or CDS? Well, we are about to find out.
Tragic is the story of Rook - a homeless and truly tragic girl of nineteen whose life has been anything but perfect. On the run and a little desperate, Rook is over the moon when a twist of fate presents her the opportunity for decent work, a home and just maybe, a second chance at love?

I loved the way that this was written. It pulled me under easily and took me on quite a ride. I was kept easily amused and interested for the entire book. The writing flowed fluidly so that I could flip through the pages with ease. At no point did I have to look for the plot - often the case in romance-heavy new adult books - it was always there, smiling at me, pulling me along.

The characters were emotional and had a depth that has always been absent in other books of this kind. I loved the tension between Rook and Ronin. The relationships between each of the characters is detailed and emotional... beautiful.

What didn't work for me in
Tragic was Rook's backstory of abuse. Usually new adult books contain a main character with a story like this - in this case it was a ex-abusive and controlling boyfriend. Is it supposed to enhance the relationship of the couple in the book? I don't know, but it didn't work for me at all. Rook seemed to use it merely as an excuse. She says she is hurt and broken and tragic but she never really acted that way. Sure she shies away from Ronin's touch at first but she never struck me as the broken or ruined sort. The same was with Ronin. His supposed tragic past didn't seem to equal his personality in this. It could have worked if J.A. Huss had taken more time to delve deeper into these emotions and used them to her advantage to deepen the relationship between Rook and Ronin but she didn't. Maybe she will in Manic though.

Overall, this was pretty good. I enjoyed the story a lot and I loved the characters. I will definitely be continuing the series.

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