Title – Manic
Author – JA Huss
Series – Rook & Ronin #2
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 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. Rook’s new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy it.
When I read Tragic, I thought I had devoured it because of how much it sucked me in, but MANIC blew that book out of the water! I finished this one within just a few hours. Where Tragic set up a lot of the back story and introduced us to these fabulous characters, Manic held a lot of action while still delving deeper into the complexity of these relationships.
There were honestly a couple twists that I never saw coming which only made me even more curious. I love that Rook stayed cautious in this book, but started to trust a little more. She was learning to figure out what she liked and wanted, but never fully letting her guard down; she still questioned things. It was an appropriate response to the events of her past. I will admit that I got a little upset with Ronin at times, but somehow you still just can’t but love him. There is one point where he discusses the assumptions people make about him, Spence, and Ford – and he was completely on point with what I got out of all them. However, then the twist came and my jaw was in a perpetual state of dropped! Furthermore, it was nice to see traditional roles/thought processes sort of reversed in this book where Ronin is set on marriage and a family, and Rook is the one second guessing that future. It just further sets this book apart from others of the same genre! We’re also introduced to Ford in this book, and I developed a serious love hate relationship with him. There were times that I felt like he was such a prick, though JA did that intentionally. Other times, we saw glimpses of this other piece of him, and the things he would say to Rook made complete sense, which in turn made me take a liking to him.
I also loved the premise of this story and how everything unravels! I love that the men become so protective of Rook, but all for different reasons and bring out different sides of her. It’s a journey of strength and revelations; a powerful tale of courage and strength. The book in many ways is more of an experience than just words on a page. I’m so excited to read the last installment of the series before the spinoffs just to see more inside that lovely brain of JA! Definitely one of my favorite reads this year!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Tragic (Rook & Ronin #1)
Panic (Rook & Ronin #3)
Happily Ever After (Rook & Ronin #3.5)
Spin-Off Novellas to the Rook + Ronin Series:
Slack (Ford Aston)
Taut (Ford Aston)
Bomb (Spencer Shrike)
Guns (Spencer Shrike)
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