by J.A. Huss
Publisher: Self-Published (Jan 20, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Light Erotica
Format: eARC (Novel Length)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)
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.
Since A LOT of people have been asking here is the scoop on how this book fits in with my Rook & Ronin series:
Ford first appears in Rook and Ronin #2, Manic. He has a bigger role in Panic, R&R #3, and then he has a novella, called SLACK. This TAUT book is only FORD. It’s not really part of the R&R series, as that plot has all been sidelined for this one romance book.
At A Glance
I loved Ford and Ashleigh, and I loved them together, but I do feel like something was missing. I wanted a little more.
Who loves Ford? I LOVE FORD. Does it say something about me that I always love the effed up guys in books? Ford is crazy, neurotic, smart, and sexy! And I hate that my tongue is not on his fictional body right now! Obviously, I was super excited to get a book dedicated to him. For those who don’t know, Ford is a character from the Rook and Ronin series. He is like the epic mind-f*ck of that series. You never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. And now, with TAUT, we know him a lot better.
I totally understand Ford now. He actually reminds me of me. I have this weird thing about being touched or people getting in my space, I don’t take anyone’s crap, and I am insanely smart (okay, the last one is not true but it sounded good, right?) Ford was not in a good state in the beginning of the book. He had just friendship-broke up with Rook, someone he wants but can never have. So he decided to go for a ride…and then kept on going. On the road he meets Ashleigh, a woman with a baby that needs help. And it feels good to have someone needing him. But Ashleigh is so much more complicated than Ford first thought. I loved how Ford felt totally twitterpated with Ashleigh. Ashleigh kept him on his toes and Ford could actually see a future with this girl and her kid. Yeah, you heard right: our crazy, dominant, unemotional Ford is in love. But does Ashleigh want him back? They both have enough emotional baggage to fill a skyscraper, but who cares. They totally work as the effed up couple.
Ashleigh was iffy for me in the beginning. I just didn’t get her. She didn’t seem like my kind of gal. Then I just loved her. I don’t even know how it happened. It was like a sneak attack. Her and her baby just crawled their way into my heart, kind of like they did with Ford. Ashleigh was a mystery for most of the book. So many secrets, so many heartaches. She really gave Ford a run for his money without even trying. She knew when to push his buttons and when to be the submissive. She needed help and she admitted it. Ashleigh was just so real. By the end I totally GOT her.
I loved the mystery behind Ashleigh and her past. I loved Ford’s growth. The writing was good and the dialogue was, as always, spot on. TAUT is definitely a character book. You read Huss’s books for the characters more than anything. Though I would suggest reading the Rook and Ronin series first, TAUT can be a stand alone book for the most part.
There was nothing obviously wrong with this book but I just turned the last page and felt I wanted more. More could have happened. There could have been more excitement but about half the time Ford and Ashleigh were either sleeping or staying in. Kind of boring.
At first I didn’t see how Ashleigh and Ford could work. They don’t seem like the perfect couple. But they truly grow together with each page. It was like watching magic. There were a lot of bumps along the road but I think Ford found his soul-mate.
I think this book is suppose to be new adult but it feels very adult to me, especially with the sex. We are almost hitting erotica territory. It’s all super steamy and sexy though. I loved Ford and his bad boy teasing ways!
Huss’s books are never perfect but they are always amazing. TAUT was another great addition. Finally getting Ford’s HEA was so satisfying. I want more already though. These books are freaking addicting. Very recommended.
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.Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter