TAUT 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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thought I knew Ford and everything he stood for, but in TAUT I experienced every range of emotion for this strange enigma of a man.
TAUT begins with Ford’s departure from Denver after saying goodbye to Rook once and for all. Ignoring all of the blizzard warnings, he heads straight for his home in Vail and his poor Bronco bears the brunt of his poor decision. When he’s forced to stay in a hotel mere miles from his home, he encounters a girl and her newborn baby in a similar predicament. The normal Ford would ignore this girl entirely, but the hurting Ford can’t seem to push her out of his mind and he ends up offering her help.
“Stop,” she says, putting her little hand against my lips. “Stop talking, you nerd.” And then she laughs and I swear to God, it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. “You had me at I will call the police and report you for child abuse.”
Ford and Ashleigh end up on a road trip to LA and just as Ford finally opens himself to another girl, he realizes that Ashleigh is hiding so much more than he could ever have imagined.
I laughed, I cried, and sometimes I just wanted to shake Ford during this story. I was annoyed that he still held Rook in such high regard when he had another girl right in front of him, but as I got to know Ashleigh I realized not only was that natural, but probably for the best as she still had her own skeletons to deal with. I loved getting to really find out what made Ford tick, even if I am still confused about just why he feels the need to control the way he does. There were even times I wondered why Ashleigh wanted Ford, but I’m so glad she did.
I loved the way J.A. Huss ended the story and was so proud of everything Ford said and did. TAUT was a great story and didn’t disappoint in a character I’d been dying to know more about!
**Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.
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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.
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