Welcome to my stop on the MANIC tour! You can find the tour schedule and see what other bloggers thought of this title HERE.
Manic by J.A. Huss
Series: Rook and Ronin #2
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
Tour Hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours
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 good are on display, and you’ve Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!
I read Tragic a couple of months ago and when I found out that there was going to be a second novel about Rook and Ronin I jumped at the chance to be on the tour!
First off, the cover is much smexier than Tragic’s cover. It fits in better with the story.
Personally, I thought that there was much more sex in this novel than the first. (If that’s possible!) Well, Rook and Ronin are in a relationship so it does make sense.
One of the reasons why I was looking forward to reading MANIC, is because of the awesome sounding body art that was going on. Rook basically stands there naked and an artist paints her up to look like she’s not naked at all. The way it was described just blew me away! And the atmosphere of the studio just leapt of the page. (errr…kindle?).
There was an interesting not-quite-a-love-triangle going on too. At one point, you start to doubt Ronin, as if he isn’t the same person that he was in the first book. But then he redeemed himself and everything was better!
One of the things that I didn’t like about Manic, was that it was a little predictable. I guess, I just read too many books because I kinda knew what was going to happen. But that was the only thing that ever-so slightly put me off. The rest of the book was fantastic.
There was even a little bit of action towards the end! As in guns and blood. I found that very interesting. Most authors are apprehensive about adding action into a romance novel but I think that it adds danger and makes the book come alive. And it also proves that the author can write a wide range of genre, not just romance.
Overall, loved it and will keep it on my kindle for a rainy day! (And when my TBR is non-existent!) Looking forward to the next book in the series, PANIC which comes out in December I think! Yay!
Rook Walsh is TRAGIC
Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…
Rook got a second chance.
And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.
Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.
Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s portfolio.
Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.
TRAGIC IS ON SALE! IT’S 99C DURING THE TOUR! GRAB IT WHILE YOU CAN!
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.