Title – Taut
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication Date – January 20, 2014
Series – Rook + Ronin Spin-Off
Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.
And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.
Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that’s exactly what she’s got going for her. She’s broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is screwing with her head.
And she plans to mess with his right back.
It’s a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo–but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.
One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh’s whole existence.
I think I’m kind of speechless after finishing Taut. That was probably one of the better books I’ve read in a long time, and I’m not just blowing smoke. This was one of those books that makes you love the bad guy; that justifies every little thing he has done and completely and utterly redeems him. While we do get glimpses of the other team members, this book is truly all about the man that is Ford.
Ford is such a complex, insanely well-written character. He lectures Rook about not running, then he turns around and does the same thing. He has been classified as unable to experience emotions, yet that’s all we really ever see of him. Furthermore, he declares himself not nice, but we see him being awfully considerate to Ashleigh and this baby he has no connection to. However, JA writes him in a way that doesn’t make him seem fickle or untrue. It’s almost as if the person he thought he was isn’t, and he’s on both a metaphorical and actual journey to find himself. He just becomes this man who burrowed his way into my heart and left a lasting impression.
From the moment we knew about the keychain, I immediately guessed Ashleigh’s issues. However, it did not take away from the story for me at all. The moment she confronts all her demons is still powerful, raw, and so damn emotional that I found myself in tears. JA hit the nail on the head with another incredibly awe-inspiring female protagonist who has no idea the truth of her own strength.
If you weren’t in love with Ford already, I promise that you will be after Taut. There is so much beauty and power in this one book. I felt like I was on that car ride with them both, journeying to their end game. I loved every single second and honestly savored discovering the man behind the control.
(If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would!)
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Other Spin-Offs to the Rook + Ronin Series:
Slack (Ford Aston)
Bomb (Spencer Shrike)
Guns (Spencer Shrike)
Don’t Miss the Original Rook + Ronin Series!
Tragic (Rook + Ronin, #1)
Manic (Rook + Ronin, #2)
Panic (Rook + Ronin, #3)
Happily Ever After (Rook + Ronin, #3.5)
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