TAUT: The Ford Book by JA Huss(Rook and Ronin Spin-off)
Published January 20, 2014
Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New-ish Adult
Goodreads: ClickTAUT IS A STANDALONE NOVEL - you do NOT have to read any of the Rook and Ronin books first.
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.
Ford wants Rook but won't do anything because he doesn't want to loose Ronin. While heading home on new years his old car ends up failing him leaving him stuck in a blizzard in his hometown. The tow truck driver that was willing to help happens to have another stranded person in his car. It was that moment that he saw Ashleigh and couldn't get her out of his mind. Normally closed off and a bit a a jerk, Ford is willing to help this women and her child. The more time spend the more his cold heart starts to get close to her. Ashleigh is a fiery young women who will challenge Ford, she's everything he needs. She's not at all like his pets and will fight him if she has to. Both have pasts and secrets will it tear them apart?
I'm not even sure where this book comes in, one things that's plain to see is that this book is a branch off of Rook and Ronin series.
For me, when it came to Rook and Ronin's series the one person that really stuck out to me was Ford, he was the mysterious oddball that I just wanted to know more and was so happy that his story was able to come out. This book was not at all what I was expecting and with a personal touch this book connected me to were I can understand the character and really enjoy Ford. I have asperger syndrome and when you have a diagnosis and a book character has the same, you tend to get really pick at the characters to look for a bit of certain traits or characteristics. (Or maybe that's just me.) I really appreciate that the author didn't make him seem to out of the ordinary, there was so much more to him then his asperger. I just found his character interesting. By far out of all the characters even from Rook and Ronin's series Ford is my favorite. (But then again I should read the rest of the books that also branch out from the series I may change my mind but I doubt that.)
I loved the overall story. I enjoyed seeing Ford come out of his shell and try to open himself to the possibilities of seeing Ashleigh more then a pet but as a love interest. I loved hearing his thoughts about the baby and Ashleigh some I just couldn't help but laugh at. The steamy scenes were great. I just loved everything about this book and highly recommend you lovely readers to check out this book! 5 of 5 stars!
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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.