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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 stud
Paperback, 282 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by Science Future Press (first published May 15th 2013)
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Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 Tragic Stars!
5 Stars!!!

After listening to this audiobook and remembering how much I LOVED it, I have no idea why I didn't give this one 5 stars... Hmmm. Either way, I'm bumping my rating up :D

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I kind of got sucked into reading this one... after seeing so many friends read it and love it, I had to check it out. And I wasn’t disappointed! Once I started this, I had trouble putting it down!

TRAGIC is a story about a girl named Rook...

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Rook hasn’t had an easy life. In fact, it’s been

Rook Walsh is ♦ TRAGIC. ♦

Or at least, that's what she seems to be. Beautiful, but tragic...

After ending the abusive relationship with her ex, Rook's life hasn't been easy. Granted, she's finally free and escaped from his agressive behavior, but having to start over a new life, in a new city with no friends and no money, is not an easy task.

However, luck seems to be on her side when she's handed an invitation for a test shoot at Antoine Chaput's photography studio.

She decides to take a chance and
• Lisa •
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok


Thoughts from me ...
I'm not sure What went wrong? It feels like everybody but Lisa loved this story. This was supposed to be an easy five stars, but sadly this time this story didn't work out for me. All in all this book has gained a disappointed 2.5 stars and confirmed my ongoing book funk that is starting to feel like a never ending battle, I'm chasing after a five star read and fingers crossed my next read will be. Would I read the author again? Yes. I am going to car
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Farah by: *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

WOW That was amazing!!!!!!!!!!

The only TRAGIC thing about this book is that it had to end! I cannot wait for the sequel!!!!

I was completely hooked from the time I started reading.

There are those moments in your life where something happens to you that will change your future…..

"Beauty is fleeting. I know someone important said that, but I have no idea who it was. I just know it's true. So I'm gonna grab this second chance with everything I've got and I'm gonna ride this wave until it spits m
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kara

Lately my romance reads have been in such a downward spiral that Tragic was a refreshing change.

Rook, a blackbird from Europe, is a teen girl escaping her abusive past.

Ronin, a samurai warrior with no master, is in charge of taking care of the girl models.

TRAGIC is a modeling campaign in search of a 'tragic' model. Rook fills that role with her calm and quiet demeanor.

Rook & Ronin collaborate on the Tragic campaign. Their unusual bl
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

”So I’m gonna grab this second chance with everything I’ve got and I’m gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out onto the beach of bullshit.”~Rook

Ever finish a book and immediately go stalking so you can properly fan girl the author? This was me today after I finished Tragic. We book fanatics love to find out more when a book is as captivating as this one. Don’t get me wrong this is not a cliffhanger…the story will continue in the next book and thank goodness because I want more!

Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
03/29/14 You can get all 3 books in this series for only .99!!

I freaking loved this book! Adding to my favorites shelf!
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This is the story about Rook who has had a shitty life and gets a lucky break when she spends her last $10 at Starbucks. She shows up for a job where Ronin works as a model. The relationship blossoms from there. This book had a great storyline, awesome characters, and sexy scenes. I can't wait for book 2!

And the scene with them shootin

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Rook has just escaped from an abusive boyfriend that nearly landed her in the grave. She takes the bus and ends up in a town called Denver. After loosing her job because of a thing she did not do Rook becomes homeless. Then fate gives her a chance, and when Rook finds a modeling invitation card she takes the opportunity. She likes it there and is trying to start anew.

If there is one thing in life i can count on, is that eventually, no matter how freakin
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love

That was.....

I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about it. It was different, it was raw, it was real, it was HOT, it was heart-breaking, it was sweet, it was funny!

Tragic is the story of Rook and Ronin, it's told in alternating POVs. The story begins with Rook...she's down to her last $10. And what better way to spend your last $10?!?! On a Starbuck's coffee. She's just been fired from her lastest job as a maid (after being w
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5-4 stars

“But it's better to have bad options than no options. And people won't save you either, ya know.”

I enjoyed this book from JA Huss, a fairly new to me author. She's one I've been meaning to read more of her stuff for a long time and I finally squeezed it in. This was a very compelling book, I loved getting to know Rook, she's a haunting character. I still don't know how I feel about Ronin. To be honest, the reason this book wasn't rated higher from me was the characters (other th
C.D. Reiss
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

NA doesn't always work for me, but JA Huss took all the annoying NA shit out there, nailed it to the wall and pissed all over it.

Wait, that sounds like she fucked it up.

No. She blew stars into the sky.

Fuck. I'm really botching this.

Thanks to Ash for the recommendation.

Full review to come, some day, in the far future.
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

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I absolutely loved this one!!!
All I can say is, I really can't believe I waited this long to read it.

I actually like the heroine, Rook, which doesn't happen all that often for me.
She's had a tough life and has no friends or family.
She has recently escaped an abusive boyfriend and ends up in Denver to start a new life.

It starts off rocky, as she was living in a homeless shelter and had to sleep with a knife to protect herself, and then loses her job as a house keeper after
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
What a refreshing story. Even though it may have a lot of the same general elements as many New Adult novels - a protagonist with a rough upbringing who's inexperienced in romance and meets this drop dead gorgeous guy that sweeps her off her feet - I found this one still had a lot of originality to offer. The whole erotic photography scene is new and pretty fascinating if you ask me. As a web designer, I admit to never thinking about the people on the stock images that I've worked with. Even tho ...more
Georgia ♥
3.5 Tragically Beautiful Stars

"Vous avez tort, mon amour. Je suis juste ici."


Rook is calm, quiet and a little bit tragic.
Only nineteen years old she has suffered foster homes, abuse, poverty and despair. She has nothing left to lose. She takes a chance and she shows up in a photo-shoot. And guess what... Her kind of tragic, just booked her a campaign.


Ronin grew up with the temperamental photographer, Antoine Chaput and he has witnessed the downfall of many models. Arrogant and smooth, a model hi
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story starts out when Rook uses her last $10 on a Starbucks coffee.

”If I wanted to change my life then I'd have to do it myself. Because no one was coming to protect me, or save me, or heal me. There was just me.”


When a group of girls sit near Rook in the coffee shop, she can’t help but eavesdrop on their conversation. They must be models because they complain about a photographer and toss a white card over their shoulder that ends up hitting Rook in the head. This white card is actuall
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 01-signed
For a girl like Rook, life had never been easy. She just spent the last ten dollars she had on coffee - she just lost her job. Her life is about to change when a chance drops in her lap. A card... a shot at easy money. Rook heads off to a test shoot in the hopes of making a few bucks but what she finds when those doors open is something beyond what she ever imagined she would find.

A photo shoot for Tragic. The right face, the right look and Rook is just the right girl. Beautifully broken with a
I just spent an hour on a review and lost it...when will I ever learn..GRRRRR!

Now I will keep this short. I really enjoyed this read. JA Huss is an author that I am glad I have been introduced to. I am loving the Rook and Ronin series, and the way this couple interact together is explosive! The interaction between the two of them during the photo shoots of the Tragic campaigns are electrifying! They are also very erotic, and have a sweetness to them too.

I love Rook's character. She has been thro
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Buddy read with my Bezzie !!! The silly big pond can't come between us !

Lisa Jayne let's dooooooo it !❤️
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm picky. I nit pick faults. I can't help it. It's in my nature. So when I'm reading a book with a thousand holes in it, you can damn well be sure I'll point it out because it's pure shit.

“Starbucks look like they work around here, like they belong. I look down at my clothes and wonder if I fit in. My jeans are not designer, shit, they're not even Levis.”

1. Don't know what kind of gold fucking Starbucks she's going to where the norm is to wear designer jeans.
2. Wtf. What kind of extravagant c
Jacqueline's Reads
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Jenn
Shelves: 4-star-books
4.25 Photo Shooting Stars

Rook is poor. She lives in the shelter, she has only ten dollars in her pocket and she is on the run from her abusive ex-boyfriend. She lands a modeling gig that pays $100 and decides to take it, only for the money. Ronin is a model and works on the shoots with the photographer. Ronin is in charge of the models, he makes sure they have the right look and attitude for the photo shoots. Ronin and Rook have photo shoots together, however it’s not the typical photo shoots, b
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's new?
I think the mix of romance and erotic art made the storyline refreshing and interesting.

The characters: both LCs were very likable. Rook's past was not the focal point that drove the plot so the typical anguish in new adult romance was less heavy in the story. Her past was mostly used to define her personality and her view in life. The chemistry between LCs was BURNING.

It was a very pleasant read and a "can't-put-it-down" book.

Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars - Jointly reviewed for

Jenny: Well, didn’t this one turn out to be a surprise? And to think I originally assumed this was going to be a quick, light read between books. How wrong I was! This book was so much more. Great characters, engaging story, sexual chemistry and yep, I enjoyed it immensely!

Rook Walsh is a survivor. She has broken the cycle of abuse, moved to Denver and vowed to never again allow anyone, except herself, control her life.

Hers hasn’t been an ea
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
“I'm gonna grab this second chance with everything I've got and I'm gonna ride this wave until it spits me back out on the beach of bullshit.”

3.5 stars

Rook has escaped an abusive home and a tragic past. She’s only 19 years old, but she’s incredibly mature for her age, and she’s so freaking strong! After all that she’s been through, she’s out on her own and she’s determined to create a good life for herself. I really like spirit.

If I wanted to change my life then I'd have to do it myself. Bec
4.5 Stars, I absolutely loved this book. Rook has a tragic past but she is not naive nor is she stupid, a really strong character. Ronin on the other hand is totally swoonworthy.

Set in a modelling studio that is a bit different to the norm, I was fascinated with the whole set up and it really was intriguing. Straight onto book 2 to see where this goes.
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-review
Really fantastic book. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I adored both Rook and Ronin. I found (for once) Rook to be a very believable post-abusive relationship heroine. Ronin was not at all your typical hero either. I can't wait to see where these two go.

Full review to come.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poop-shelf
It was OK. I didn't really connect with the hero. I thought Rook, the heroine, could do better. Every guy in the book seemed manipulative and I didn't find the modeling scenes sexy like I think I was supposed to. It felt dirty and not in a good way. That said I wanted to know more about Rook. She was interesting. ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-a-copy
I had heard so much about this series. It was another one of those that I really wanted to get to, but just never quite found the time. Well I decided to give it a shot, I went in blind without reading reviews or the blurb. I was delightfully surprised by how good this was. I loved Rook and how for as messed up as she was she was also very strong and free willed. Given her situation it makes sense that she would want to make her own decisions and do things her way. I really loved the little fami ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow this book wasn't what I was expecting at all it was way better than that, I really enjoyed it and I have to say that the characters were amazing, awesome book! ...more
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A Spicy, Engaging Read

When I read NA Contemporary Romance novels, I expect a couple of things. Feels by the boatloads, and hot 'n steamy times. TRAGIC certainly has plenty of both, but for me, what separated this book from the rest of the pack was its sheer enjoyability. Told in alternating POV's (my favorite!), it clips along at a brisk pace and does everything a good story should do. Namely, entertaining its readers and providing them with
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J.A. Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxic ...more

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