TAUT: The Ford Book by JA Huss
(Rook and Ronin Spin-off)
Published January 20, 2014
Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New-ish Adult
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.
*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*
“ TAUT: The Ford Book” was… WOW! Fuking awesome! I want to read it again, because I feel like I didn’t get enough this time and I really, really need more of Ford.
Ok, so if you’re following my blog/GoodReads profile, you probably know that I am a huge fan of the “Rook and Ronin” series. I read and loved the entire series and I would read it again tomorrow if I could. I was really sad when I finished the series, but excited when I found out that the author has a surprise for us. A surprise in the form of a spinoff! I was even more excited when I found out that the spinoff is about… FORD! Yup, Ford! I looooved him in “Panic” and “Manic”, but I felt like I didn’t know enough about him. So a spinoff was greatly appreciated!
As I said, “Ford” is an amazing book. I loved everypart of it, mainly because Ford is the main character. I loved him from the very first moment I “met” him. Even though I didn’t know a lot about him, he’s that one supportive character you love.
The book had a nice rhythm from the beginning. I was captivated by Ford and his attitude from the very first page. After I read the first chapter I was entirely hooked. I couldn’t wait to find out more about him and his story.
Ford is the perfect character for a captivating new adult novel. He’s mysterious; extremely sexy and handsome; very smart. A genius, to be honest. He’s a real genius. He amazed me with all his story from his childhood, because… well, seriously, how many kids can learn a language without any help? He’s very mysterious because he’s got that cool attitude; he doesn’t let anyone in and doesn’t say so much about him. He’s quiet and doesn’t say much. He’s extremely sexy, because, well, he’s sexy. He’s charming, he’s got a way with words that attracts everyone and he has a dirty mind. As I said, he’s very smart. Like, really, really smart. It’s scary sometimes, knowing that he can find you in any place of the words just by hacking into a computer. I like his way of thinking. He’s very wise and he sees things. Like, really sees them.
I don’t think he’s a bastard. Yes, he is emotionless, but that’s because he doesn’t know how to cope with his emotions. He’s good a very complicated mind, but he is anything but a basard. The way he took care of Ashleigh and her baby and the way he fell in love with her… it was amazing. It made ME fall in love with him. In this book, Ford shows us another side of him. A side that cares. A side that takes good care of strangers. A side that can fall in love. But you can also see a dark side of him. That side… we all have it, right? That doesn’t make him a bastard.
Ashleigh. Man, I loved her! I loved her badass attitude, her way of taking care of herself and of her baby and they way she treated Ford. She is so right for Ford! She’s smart, brave, mouthy and kind of weird. And mysterious, just like Ford.
They make a great couple. Seriously, they are hot! I am sooo glad Ford didn’t end up with Rook, because they don’t make a couple as great as Ashleigh and Ford do. Ashleigh and Ford are meant to be.
There are some really, really hot scenes in this book. Really hot.
Kate’s presence was kinda weird, though. It’s like she’s a character, she’s present, but she never speaks. She’s adorable, though!
Ford’s story is very well thought and built. There are enough secrets and enough intrigue to keep you reading without being able to put down the book. There are some pretty big plot twists that will surprise you. The Accident, or Ashleigh’s secret… everything is very well built and written. The plot is very strong and you can’t find plot holes. Amazing thing. I hate plot holes in a story with potential. This isn’t the case, though. It’s obviously that the author built her world and story and thought about it, before writing it.
Ashleigh story is sad and shocking. I was really sad to find out about her. And there is a particurly sad scene that Ford is part of. Jee, that was so sad and the emotions were so well described that you could actually feel them!
There is a plot twist near the end that will leave you hopeless. But then Ford uses his magic weapons and surprises the reader with an amazing move. I never thought Ford would do something like that. But he’s a very unpredictable guy, so you can never be sure around him.
Ashleigh’s father and sister? UGH they annoyed the hell out of me.
The love story between Ford and Ashleigh is really beautiful and romantic. Yes, I know we are talking about Ford, but it’s still romantic. And steamy as hell. The dialogues between them are so entertaining and fun! They flirt and banter all the time, but there are some deep dialogues as well. Oh, let’s not forget about the sexy flirting between Ashleigh and Ford.
J.A. Huss amazed me again. I personally think this is her best book so far. The characters feel more real and stronger, the action is more captivating, the rhythm of the book is just right to make you read without stopping, the stories (both Ford’s and Ashleigh’s) are well built, the love story is surprising, the plot twists will leave you breathless, the ending is perfect and Julie’s writing style is ah-mazing. I really, really loved this book. It’s amazing!
I seriously want more, because the ending was so perfect and so oirgarghergegwe I can’t even think about it without crying inside.
“TAUT: The Ford Book” is a captivating book that shows us Ford Aston’s heart. This book will make you laugh and cry as well. You will find yourself completely hooked with the characters, their stories and their attitudes. An unique book that every fan of New Adult can enjoy!
Rate: 5 stars out of 5
About the author:
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.
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