Monday, August 5, 2013

**Blog Tour & GIveaway ~ Manic ~ J.A. Huss**

Hey y'all. I can't think of better way to kick off a week than with some major fangirling!! And as you're all well aware, if you see the name J.A. Huss on my blog, fangirling will ensue! :)

If you haven't met Rook and Ronin, get with the program! You won't be disappointed! :) And, during the blog tour, Tragic is available for only 99 cents!

So, welcome to my stop on the blog tour for J.A. Huss' Manic. This is the second book in her Rook & Ronin series. In case you missed my review of Tragic, you can read it hereMy stop includes my review and a giveaway.

This tour is presented by Xpresso Book Tours. For the complete list of participating blogs, click here.


Manic by J.A. Huss
Series: Rook and Ronin #2

Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

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!

My Review

It seems when I finish any book by J.A. Huss, I want to shout out an expletive. So...holy s#*t!! Wow, just wow! Manic is seriously even better than Tragic. And I loved Tragic quite a bit. Manic has so much's meatier. And it's packed with suspense, hot guys, action, hot guys...y'all get the picture. 

In Manic, Ms. Huss works some magic...keeping her readers even more involved and interested in Rook and Ronin's story through the reveal of some major revelations. We knew Rook's past was not a pretty one, but we learn even more about the extent to which she suffered. And then there's the shock  of the sordid (look Ford, I'm smart too! ;) past between Ronin, Spencer and Ford. And then there was the panic attack inducing, pulse pounding bombshell part of the book. Yeah, I can't tell y'all about that. ;) I really don't want to want to delve into the plot of Manic too much because that would ruin the experience. Y'all need to have those OMG moments yourselves! And I promise you'll have them.

Oh...about Ford...Manic introduces us to yet another hot guy. Yeah, I was thinking Ronin and Spencer were quite enough. Ms. Huss has provided us with the trifecta of hot guys, y'all. Seriously, we get everything we long for in a guy wrapped up in the very different packages. The trifecta of hotties! *grin* They are each mm-mmm good!

In Manic, we get to see Rook grow as a character. And I'm delighting in watching the evolution of Rook. Ms. Huss does an excellent job illustrating the dichotomy that exists for a new adult...that of wanting independence and that of wanting to be taken care of. Rook wants to be taken care of because she's been denied that care all her life. Yet, she also wants the independence, to make her own decisions. She was deprived of that ability in her last relationship. She's not always going to make the right decisions, and she may defer to others to make those decisions for her but it's all part of her growing up. 

I really enjoyed getting to know more about Spencer in this installment. Kudos to Ms. Huss for her descriptions of the incredible artwork that Spencer creates. The detail provided allowed me to envision what Rook looked like once the painting was done. I also found Ford to be a delightful character. Yes, he can be an a$$hole, but his character grew a lot throughout this book. I liked his techniques in providing Rook with the tools she needs to gain her independence. Ronin, well I know he loves Rook and would do anything for her. He proves it in Manic. I do hope to see him mature a little more in Panic, the last book in the series. I know it's early in their relationship, but he's holding out on Rook. Although, I guess the reality is they've both been holding out on the other. So I hope to see that resolved.

Rook and Ronin both have a long way to go to meet their goals in life. But they're getting there...together. And with a little help from their friends, Spencer and Ford, I think they might get there. And I'm sure as hell enjoying the ride!

**I did receive an ecopy of this book as part of the tour, but I purchased my own copy as well. Y'all know J.A. Huss is on my auto-buy list...she should be on yours as well!


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About J.A.

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.


  1. Great review, doll! The reviews for this series are really good so far and it sounds like the sequel is keeping up with the storm! :) I love how character oriented it sounds even with the side characters which seem to all be well fleshed out!

  2. Thank you Brandee! :) I'm thrilled you enjoyed the guys! I enjoyed writing them! I can't wait for you to read the third book.

  3. Ack! I must get caught up on this series. I have Tragic and have heard such great things. So cool that Manulic seems to be even better.
    Great review, Brandee!

  4. I just one-clicked Tragic. How could I not after all your fangirling? Biker and athlete are tied for favorite book boyfriends.

  5. That's an awesome review Brandee. I think after reading your review, I like Manic even more than after I read the book. You put some of the parts in perspective for me, like how she's still working on growing up.

    Great job!

  6. Great review Brandee! I just picked up Tragic (see not only are you adding to my TBR but to my NEW-Must Read shelf!) Love biker book boyfriends ;)


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