Review: Manic by J.A. Huss

Posted September 11th, 2013 in book review / 12 comments


Rook and Ronin Series #2

by J.A. Huss

Publisher: Science Future Press (August 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (300 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 Stars)

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 almost 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. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her goods are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!

At A Glance
Manic was just as good as Tragic, the first book of the series. Even with the rush ending, I loved the story and especially the new characters.

The Good
Manic picks up right where Tragic leaves off. Rook is ready to fulfill her contract as a body art model. But she isn’t prepared for the cameras filming her 24/7 and the strain this job puts on her and Ronin’s relationship. Unlike Tragic, we get a little action and mystery with Manic. Rook’s past is catching up to her, and only Ronin, Spencer, and Ford can help her now.

I loved Rook even more in Manic. She is becoming more independent, doing what is best for her, not her relationship. She kind of regrets signing the body art contract so fast though. I think anybody would once they found out what it really entails. But Rook makes the best out of a bad situation. I loved how she got so comfortable with her nudity. It was actually hilarious, especially when she forgot she didn’t have clothes on and just walked around like normal. Woops! I think Rook handled Ronin and his asshatery pretty well. I trust that she will never let a man run her life ever again. Rook has made the most progress as a character and I can’t wait to see where Huss will take her next.

Ronin got on my nerves this time around, but I liked all the drama. His priorities are a little messed up and he needs to learn how to let Rook make her own decisions and mistakes. Ronin turned out to be a bigger mystery than we first thought. He has a past that we only get bits and pieces of. But we know it involves is “friends” Spencer and Ford. I want to know more!!!

Spencer confused me a bit. He seems so chill and relaxed about everything around him. But his interactions with Rook got awkward. There is obviously more going on behind the scenes that we are not privy to. But I still love him. He is so fun. Ford was…was…complicated. He starts out as a jerk, major doucheness. But he has a method to his meaness. He obviously has feelings for Rook but isn’t good at showing them. But the question is, are his feelings genuine or are they payback for what happened between Ronin and him all those years ago? Lol, cryptic, right?

It was exciting to see Rook’s past come back to haunt her. I was wondering when that was going to come to a head. Huss’ writing was awesome just like before. I could totally picture the body art and how much it looked like real clothes. Now I am dying for book three. Rook’s life is only getting started and I HAVE to know what is next for her.

The Bad
The only thing I didn’t like about Manic was the rushed ending. The build-up to the ‘big event’ was good but then everything unraveled then got resolved in about 10 pages. And it went down in a way that made me think less of our three boys. I thought they were smarter than that. Sorry, I can’t say too much without spoiling everything.

The Snuggly
Rook and Ronin’s relationship really take a hit in this book. I felt bad for Rook as she struggled with keeping Ronin happy while having to get naked in front of all his friends and co-workers everyday. Ronin was kind of an ass about Rook’s position but I also understood his concerns. I wish his focus was more on Rook and less on his drug addict friend though. But I think they are a strong couple even when fighting and questioning their relationship.

Very steamy sex scenes. And the sexual tension was off the roof between Rook and the rest of the guys. I know that seems wrong but you will understand when you read this book. It could not be helped. Suitable for a new adult and adult audience.

Final Thoughts
Bring on book three. I don’t want to wait. I love all these characters so much, faults and all. I am so happy I found Huss and all her writing glory. It’s hard to turn the last page of her books without a satisfied smile on your face. Highly recommended.

“You scare me, Rook.”
“Why?” I ask, puzzled.
“Because your future is making itself right now, this very moment. And you have no idea it’s happening. I want you so completely it hurts. But you and I are in two totally different places.”

“I’m not trying to fix you, I’m just trying to give you the tools to fix yourself.”

“Your first impression of Spencer should be dumb. Your first impression of Ford should be well-dressed asshole, but maybe a little on the weak side. Your first impression of me should be honest, trustworthy guy. Your first impressions would be dead-ass wrong in all three cases.” 

“I’ve never dated a girl like you, Rook. You are everything I want. I love all your parts. I love the wary parts, the defiant parts, the independent parts, and your innocence and vulnerability. I want you next to me and when you’re not there I feel like a part of me is missing.”
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12 Responses to “Review: Manic by J.A. Huss”

  1. Braine TS

    The girl on the cover is so trashy I love it! LOL

    I love their names, Rock & Ronin?! Awesomesauce!

    Lovely review, this is my favorite quote from this: “I’m not trying to fix you, I’m just trying to give you the tools to fix yourself.”

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