October 18, 2013 Excerpt, Giveaways, Release Day Blitz, Teaser 33



JA Huss

Series: ROOK and RONIN

Published on October 17, 2013


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.
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TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!
It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.
Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? ;)
Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.
Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her goods are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!
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Rook is chasing her dream—film school and a chance at a life beyond the one she ran from six months ago. But before she can become the girl she wants to be, she must deal with the girl she left behind.
Ronin is also chasing his dream—a family of his own and a life away from erotic modeling. And he too, has a past he’s trying to forget. A past that makes Rook question everything about their life together.
Lies, secrets, and shocking truths will rock the foundation Rook and Ronin have built. Can they put the past behind them and move forward together? Or is this just another too good to be true relationship that will crash and burn in the end?
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We pass by her Shrike Rook bike as we walk to the truck and I catch her eyeing it with longing. “You gonna ride that thing, you think?”
“Absolutely. I can’t wait.”
“Hmmm, I’m not sure about that, Rook. It makes me nervous. Don’t ride it alone, OK? Make sure you’ve got Spence or one of the shop guys with you.”
I lean back against the truck and she pushes herself into me and purrs in my ear, “You worry too much, Larue. I’m a big girl. I’m only gonna ride it for a few weeks before it starts snowing. Besides, I have the Shrike truck to hold me over until I figure out what kind of car I want.”
“And that’s another thing—”
“Don’t start with me! I’m buying my own car, I already told you that.”
I lean down and kiss her gently. “What were you gonna give me, Gidget?” Her hands slip under my t-shirt and chills ride up my body. “Fuck, I’m gonna miss you.”
“Well,” she coos in my ear. “I’m gonna miss you too. But the gift I’m giving you before you leave is my heart.”
And then she turns her bright blue eyes up at me and I feel it.
I’m not a romantic, I’m really not. I believe in love and all that shit, and I like to make girls happy with presents and careful attention as far as sex goes. But this is something else entirely. She makes my heart ache. Literally. My chest feels like it’s gonna be ripped apart from the longing, that’s how much I love this girl. “I’m totally taking that gift, Rook. And I’m never giving it back, so please don’t ask for it.”



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About JA Huss

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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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  1. Isis

    Just bought PANIC and can’t wait to have a moment to sit down and read it (without getting fired that is!)…. :-)

  2. Isis

    Hmmm, Dream Guy with Skeletons. Depends upon the skeletons in the closet and how far into the relationship we are when they come out of the closet. Sooo, each one would be judged on a case-by-case basis. Of course I’m single now, so that may be saying something about my decisions re: those pesky skeletons! LOL

  3. Bartra Churchill-Stafford

    Everyone has a story and a past. Skeletons in his closet would just tell me that he’s into living life and being a part of it, rather than sitting on the sidelines watching tv, holding a beer.

  4. Shanti

    I think it depends on what those skeletons are because we all have a past. If they will cause me to compromise who I am and what I believe in I couldn’t do it.

  5. Brandi Bradford

    It would depend on the skeletons, but as long as the past doesn’t repeat itself I hope I would be able to look past it.

  6. Jen

    No, we all have some skeletons in our closets. I feel it shouldn’t and wouldn’t matter.

  7. Tina McClay

    I believe everyone deserves a chance so I do not think, if I really liked him, that I would toss him to the curb unless, of course, he proved unworthy.

  8. Anna E

    Totally depends on how hot he is. JK It depends on what they are. If they are too bad, then hes not my dream guy after all.

  9. Kristina Taylor

    It would depend on the “skeletons”, if he was a murderer or something like that, I don’t think I could look past that. And no it doesn’t matter how good he looks.

  10. Tami Peterson

    Depends on the skeletons and his hotness isn’t relevant….my feelings would be the factor. Great post and giveaway!

  11. Bube

    I would accept him with his past!
    Love forgive everything,we are all people :)

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  12. Meg from This Bish Luvs Books

    Would my lover’s skeletons in his closet make me turn away? Wow…ummm…it would depend on many things. Firstly, it would depend on what those skeletons are. Secondly, no amount of hotness can make me over look some serious skeletons. If I really loved him and staying with him wouldn’t further hurt myself or someone else, I could most likely over look them.

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