by J.A. Huss
Publisher: Science Future Press (Oct 15, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (232 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
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?
At A Glance
I just love this series, and Panic was an awesome addition. I loved the drama, the intrigue and how things ended.
It was literally impossible to but this book down. I felt that way for every book of the series. But Panic was better put together compared to the other books. I felt like the plot was more well rounded.
Rook still has a lot to deal with in Panic. She is starting film school, working for Ford’s motorcycle shop, and seeing less and less of Ronin. Her life is changing so fast and she is having trouble dealing with it. But at least now things are finally settling down. NOT! Things go downhill fast as people behind the scenes are after Rook and what she could be hiding. Her past comes back to haunt her once again and it seems like she is never going to be able to get over what happened to her. But she does, because Rook is so strong. She works so hard at being independent. She may have help from her boys, but she takes matters into her own hands when it’s needed. Rook goes hardcore near the end and I swear I was squealing the whole way through. I was so excited but also so scared.
Ronin, surprisingly, isn’t as strong as I am use to. But, I kinda liked it. He had to have a weakness and we found it. He can’t always be the leader and the fixer, sometimes he needs to let other people take care of him. Ronin’s secrets come out but he faces them like a man. He makes mistakes but he works through them. He wants more from Rook but he is willing to wait because anything that makes Rook happy makes him happy. God, I love this guys.
Ford blew my mind. He is such an amazingly confusing person. He is like the glue that holds the group together, but he also causes the most cracks. He is cold, he is secretive, but he is compassionate. He loves Rook, no matter if he can’t be with her. He actually opens up this time around. I feel bad for him because he really needs to find his own true love. I have a feeling he will though.
I was so happy to see some intrigue in this book. Things are going down and no one is safe. Huge secrets are revealed and we are left breathless by the results. I feel like I have a good concept of all the characters now. Some of their pasts were brought to light and most of the group seems closer for it. The closure for Rook was the best part. Her past was always so horrible, but things happen in Panic that make us feel better about her moving forward. You will be surprised often as good guys become bad and bad guys become good. I am still wowed by how everything ended.
There were more artistic elements in Tragic and Manic that I missed in Panic. I also missed Rook modeling. Her new job was so boring and it added nothing to the story for me.
The beginning was a bit slow, but I expect that with these books.
We don’t get to see Rook and Ronin together as much in Panic. They still have a few problems but they are pretty solid all around. They are in a good place in their relationship and they are respecting each other’s boundaries. I have a good feeling about these two.
We get some sex scenes, but it stays new adult-ish. Still pretty hot though.
I can’t tell you guys how much I love this series. I wish I could give these books 5 stars because I enjoy them so much, but there is always something that holds me back. But there is not one person I wouldn’t recommend these books to. Panic was pretty close to everything I hoped for, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the characters. Highly recommended.
“I’ll ruin everything if you touch me. I’ll ruin us. I’ll ruin this. I’ll ruin you, just like you said. I’ll ruin you and I’ll ruin your life. And I love you too much to ruin you. So I’m leaving.”
“I like you. I’d like to show you how much, actually. I’m being a gentleman to make life easier for you, but believe me, it’s not really in my nature to be so accommodating. I typically just take what I want.”
He wants me to be strong all on my own. Not to need anyone. I like that about Ford. It’s like he trusts me. Like he’s got faith in me. It makes me have faith in myself.”
“Fate is fragile. Deviate from it just a tiny fraction and you end up somewhere else. And as scary as that sounds, what it really means is that I’m the one in control. I’ve always been the one in control, I just never saw it clearly before. I control my reactions to the things life throws at me, so I control my fate.”
“Ronin Flynn, you are my forever guy. I’d just like to say that right now. You are my forever guy.”
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).