Title – Profile
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication Date – October 22, 2014
Series – Social Media, #5
All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.
Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.
The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back.
Sometimes not even a prince can save you.
I am totally guilty of continuously hitting the refresh button at midnight waiting for this release to hit my kindle. I’m also #SorryImNotSorry for sacrificing my sleep and letting it absolutely devour me! Given the ending of Status, I knew that this installment would have me on the edge of my seat, but I never could have guessed it would have consumed me the way it did. I finished it in one sitting, and am still reeling over the events of it.
“Life is a give and take. I’ve always known this. You can’t always get what you want, so you have to just try to get what you need.”
In Profile, Grace is back in the throes of her captor from ten years ago. However, she’s no longer Daisy; she is Grace Kinsella, and that is part of what keeps her fighting. While Vaughn knows in his heart who has taken her, he has a difficult time convincing any official authority of this stance. Her kidnapper is careful and covers his tracks very well and he wants to pin everything on Vaughn. This means that it is up to Vaughn and his “team” so solve the puzzle quickly and bring Grace home.
“Don’t let the sad take over your life or make you afraid. Don’t let it stop the words.”
Grace’s chapters are so gripping and enthralling in a way. You fear along with her, and catch those moments of strength as well. It was so interesting to me that she created Grace and her twitter personality to run away from her past. However, when it came down it, she was using Grace as a beacon of hope and strength. It was no longer a facade. Her character is written so well, particularly with the inner dialogue, that you truly sympathize with her and feel yourself becoming attached. As for Vaughn, you can feel the terror and urgency in his chapter’s tones, especially between those beginning chapters and the ones once he realizes she’s missing. The feelings and emotions that J.A. Huss evokes through her characters are just superb. For those who have previously hated Vaughn, he becomes so much more endearing and completely redeems himself. His life becomes about Grace and her safety. He’d sacrifice anything and everything and you get to see how much he truly cares for her. I’ve just loved seeing his growth throughout the series.
“There’s no possible way I won’t find you. Our hearts are tethered by love & fate. I’m tugging on that string feel me? #OnMyWay #Soulmates”
There is something about this series and the way that J.A. Huss writes that is just so unique. It’s thrilling and exhilarating to read. I LOVE that she takes something we’re so obsessed with in our society and morphs it into this brilliant story. Profile in particular will have you on the edge of your seat, and it’s nonstop, nail-biting, action straight to the very last words! There has been build up to the moments and events that occur in this installment that you truly just feel like you need to be buckled in for the ride. It will suck you in and still leave you panting for more. Buckle up and make some time, because Vaughn and Grace will do nothing short of captivate you in this one!
I reluctantly admit, that girl in the movie is my Grace.
“Vaughn,” Felicity says as she places a gentle hand on my shoulder. “We’re gonna find her. Just write her a nice message in case she has a chance to log in. If he deleted her account, then maybe she’ll have an opportunity to get to that computer.”
I nod at her and take my attention back to the secret accounts we made. I pull up the pictures we traded. Naked selfies. This makes me smile at the memory. It was only a couple weeks ago, but I feel like she’s been a part of my life for ages. I feel like I’ve known her forever. Like our souls are connected by some ethereal string that was stretched taut from our absence. But the moment our eyes met back in Saint Thomas, we reconnected. We were pulled together by the forces of a long-lost love.
I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this girl. I feel like she is my soulmate.
My fingers find the keyboard and I try to put that into a tweet. Try to give her hope with a few words and some well-placed hashtags.
There’s no possible way I won’t find you. Our hearts are tethered by love & fate. I’m tugging on that string – feel me? #OnMyWay #Soulmates
I press send and hold my breath, hoping against hope for a reply.
But the minutes tick off and I get nothing. Just nothing.
My phone rings and jolts me out of my funk. “Vaughn Asher.”
“Mr. Asher, this is Detective Torrino. We’re suspending the search. Grace Kinsella just called Channel 9 and stated she’s accepted a job in Singapore that was offered to her in Vegas last week in order to get away from you.”
Singapore. “Well, how the hell do you know that was her?”
“She confirmed her social security number, her childhood address, and her bank account number. He best friend Bebe Chambers confirms it was her voice.”
“So? My daughter can get that information. That’s not a confirmation of identity. And maybe she’s being forced to say those things? How about a picture? How about a FaceTime? How about you ask her to log into her other Twitter account and read the message that’s posted there?”
“The case is closed, Mr. Asher. We’re satisfied she left of her own accord.”
“Maybe she’s being threatened?”
“I asked her—”
“You can’t ask her, Torrino. If she’s being told to say something, then she’s going to deny it. And that wasn’t the job she was offered—”
“We’ve shut down the case, Asher. You can appeal to my boss if you like.”
I’m just about to protest again when the line goes dead.
“What just happened?” Conner asks.
“They shut down the fucking case. They say she called them and said she’s taking a job in Singapore to get away from me.”
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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.