Tragic by J.A. Huss
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.
AGAIN? REALLY, J.A. HUSS? WHY CAN'T YOU JUST STOP BEING SO..........AMAZING!!!???
J.A. Huss surprised me AGAIN with Tragic. First, I fell in love with the I Am Just Junco series, now she has me screaming over Tragic. What in the world is wrong with you J. Anne? Why can't you just stop being so amazing and incredible?
So (breathe out calmly), now that I am under control, I can finally write a review.
This book left me utterly speechless in the middle of the night. I received this as an ARC from the author herself, and I finished it in 2 whole hours straight (not straight since I had to go to the bathroom couple of times, but you don't need to know that). I have to say, it's the most SMEXIEST book ever! I mean........why is it so hot in this room?
The story starts of with Rook Walsh. She is homeless, has no money to even buy a cup of coffee in the morning. Rook had a rough past with her family and her abusive boyfriend. She is, what you say, unlucky. But one day, when she came into a coffee shop to buy a drink with the little money she had, a group of girls "accidentally" flicked a business card at her head.
So this is when it gets really interesting. The business card offered a chance to become a model with a pay of $100 an hour. Rook needed the money, so she had no choice but to go to the test shoot. But Rook had no idea what type of world she was stepping into until she had dug in too deep to pull herself out.
I love Rook, she might be broken from the abuse back home, and she shows it, but she doesn't want pity, and even I don't want anyone to pity her. She is strong, she might not shows it on her face, but she really is on the inside. She shuts herself out from anyone that gets too close, even the brooding-hot Ronin (lol, I just realized, ROOK&RONIN : R&R).
Well, what can I say? Ronin was HOT HOT HOT!! He's the type that you would fall head-over-heels for. Well, I didn't because my heart belongs to someone else (*cough cough* Tier). He's a 22-year-old professional model with a sister (Elise) who is Antoine's lover. Of course, I forgot to mention, Antoine is the photographer that basically owns the whole modelling project (since he's the best photographer alive).
I love every single characters in here. I love the relationship between Rook, Ronin, Elise and Antoine. There were a lot of moments that were so funny that I laughed out loud in the middle of the night. You should have seen me, I was crazy!!
"I take another bite of apple and he sighs, trying to peek out the door and see something, but not be noticed for noticing. I can hear them talking, just faintly, but I'm intrigued.
"Want me to go spy?" I ask, smiling.
"Oui," he grins back.
That grin says we have to stick together or they will overpower us. They being woman, us being men. He's forever on this guy thing with me, like we are in some secret fraternal society—sometimes these secret plans even come with a wink."
Man, that bit was so freaking funny!! I don't know why, but I laughed out loud a lot at that bit, it was hysterical!!
Now, this book wasn't just about the fact that Rook needed the money. Yes, she needed it, but she had no idea what type of world she was stuck in. I love the whole plot of this book, there was a meaning to it (I won't reveal it but you will just have to read the book yourself) and I loved it.
Of course, like I said before, J.A. Huss delivered such an epic story of a broken girl stepping into a world that could break her into million of pieces instead of putting her back together. I know it was a change of style of J.A. Huss since her debut series was more futuristic and scientific. But I thought she did an absolutely incredible job at creating this new modern world of fame, money and modelling.
I swear, J.A. Huss can never fail to surprise me. I love her so much!
P.S: I only have two or three absolute favourite authors, and I can tell you now that J.A. Huss is one of them. I love her so much!!
About The Author
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.