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Taut: The Ford Book

(Rook and Ronin Spinoff #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  5,291 ratings  ·  679 reviews
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 th
ebook, 422 pages
Published January 20th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oceans I think it is better to read in order - more things will make sense. Read in this order:
1. Tragic
2. Manic
3. Panic
4. Slack
5. Taut
6. Bomb
7. Guns
8. Happi…more
I think it is better to read in order - more things will make sense. Read in this order:
1. Tragic
2. Manic
3. Panic
4. Slack
5. Taut
6. Bomb
7. Guns
8. Happily Ever After: A Day in the Life of the HEA(less)
Oceans I think it is better to read in order - more things will make sense. Read in this order:

1. Tragic
2. Manic
3. Panic
4. Slack
5. Taut
6. Bomb
7. Guns
8. Happi…more
I think it is better to read in order - more things will make sense. Read in this order:

1. Tragic
2. Manic
3. Panic
4. Slack
5. Taut
6. Bomb
7. Guns
8. Happily Ever After: A Day in the Life of the HEA(less)

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Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

5 Ford stars!
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While reading J.A. Huss’s Tragic series, there was one character that stuck out to me more than any of the others. One guy that was a little odd, a little weird, but someone I found endearing. This guys name is Ford Ashton. He made the story for me. I was so happy when I saw that he was getting his own book. This was one of those books that kept me smiling the whole time I read- I LOVE FORD <3 Seriously love the guy! He’s so quirky and funny. And crazy hot... did I mention that
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★ 1/2! Taut (Duet). Ford Aston, while running from his problems, runs into a mother & baby. Together they take a journey filled with reflection, growth. mind-blowing sex and.. the possibility of more?!

“I’m not looking to punish people. I just like to be in control. I don’t want to hurt you. I’m not into whips, I don’t want to humiliate you or piss on you for fuck’s sake. I just like to call the shots and I like to fuck girls who let me do that.”

This Due
Amy | Foxy Blogs
**5 "I'm in" stars**

TAUT can be read as a standalone even though the last scene of Manic is the prologue for the this book. If you have never read the Rook & Ronin series the author does an excellent job of letting you know what is happening so that you don't feel lost when you dive into TAUT.

Ashleigh is down on her luck and stranded in a snow storm when an angel of mercy offers her a helping hand. Even though she has a lot of self respect and isn't going to allow anyone to make her feel worthle
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed

ARC received from the author. Seriously love this woman! BRING ON FORD!

I am going to really try to sort out the feelings that are bouncing around inside my head, because this was just such a fantastic book. I was not expecting to get such a complex view into Ford, I know that sounds weird, since this was his book after all, but I expected to see a bit of the Ford we saw in Manic & Panic. We get a bit of that, but we start to see the layers get pealed back throughou
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 There.Are.No.Amount.Of.Stars.
High.Enough. Stars **********************
There are certain authors who just “take you there”. We as readers have our favorites; we devour their books; wait feverishly for the next; talk endlessly about the characters from them…. I think you get what I am saying…

Well, of this group of authors for me, J. A. Huss is in the top ten. She came to my attention with a little book I found on Amazon call Tragic.

She introduced me to this girl, Rook. She was not cookie cutte
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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J.A. Huss did a superb job of writing the all male pov of Ford Aston. This full book gave me more than a glimpse into the mind of my favorite character of this series!

I'm in the minority, but I didn’t love the heroine, Ashleigh. To be honest, I wanted the whole fairytale experience for my Ford, although the execution of their relationship was well done. I think I wanted Ford to be someone's END ALL and FIRST CHOICE. I would have been thrilled if the pet who threw the cookies from th
Jana Aston
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have so much to say about this book, but… whenever I want a review to mean something I freeze up and blurt “I love bubblegum” and hit enter.

TAUT deserves better so I’m spitting out my gum, pulling on my big girl “Ford’s Pet” panties and getting to work.

TAUT is a stand alone novel, yet you may have met Ford Aston before, because he’s a secondary character in the Tragic series. If you haven’t read Tragic, Manic & Panic, you could start here. (Or the Ford Aston novella SLACK.) I’m glad I starte
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

We met Ford in JA Huss’s Rook & Ronin Series. While everyone was cheering for Ronin I was thinking “WTF, why isn’t she going after FORD!” THANKFULLY Julie gave Ford his own book: Taut.

Ford is a difficult man, he is complex, eccentric and a genius. The brain of the operations, but in his book everyone finally gets to see the compassionate and protective side of Ford.

I competed in a contest for JA Huss to win a trip to Vegas and be on her ST. I am only telling you this to explain why I have a “l
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

Ronin...I'm so so

but you have officially been DE-throned!!

This book was nothing like I expected it to be but I really liked the direction it went. There were a few things keeping it from getting the full five stars--insta love and the ending.

The story begins with Ford walking out on Rook. If he can't have all of her, he doesn't want any of her. Not as a friend. Nothing.

Damn Ford.

He can't even stand to be in the same town as Rook so off he sets for LA in his Bronco
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(BR with Patty & Jennifer Kyle)
(4.5 "Can I be on your team?" Stars)

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This book takes us back to the Chaput New Year's Eve party in Denver, where Ford confesses his feelings for Rook and then leaves town, and runs away with his broken heart. He just gets on the road and drives as far as he can. He ends up in Vail in a snowstorm near his family's home in the mountains. When he is about two miles away his car breaks down. An old friend that has a tow truck picks him up and takes him to a mote
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dear Ford,

I just wanted to let you know that I think

I know you tried to push me away, but I’m not buying your act. You like to tell everyone…

You can try to scare me with your “crazy” tactics, but again, I’m not buying it.

I personally liked your level of insanity and lucky for you so did Ashleigh. She was exactly what you needed (besides me of course). I think she’s smart, brave and a badass. I loved how she kept you on your toes. She didn’t always give into you, something you are not used to

Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
(BR with Melissa and Jen)

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Where do I even begin????!!!
I FREAKING LOVED this story!!
Dare I say it??? was my FAVORITE out of the series so far!!!
I am absolutely, positively, head over heels in LOVE with this guy!!

Why oh why does he have to be a fictional character????!!!!!

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Ford, seems odd and quirky, and it's all been blamed on Asperger's, but I think he needed the right woman to come along and shower him with the love he so much deser
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Ford stars

This book is somewhat different from what i'm used to reading by JA Huss and yet it's still her.
It's slower in pace and the storyline dwells into some pretty "deep" emotional roads and dips from both characters Ford Aston and Ashleigh Li that are dealing with their own sorrow, guilt, emotional shatter..

They are set on this road trip by chance meant figuratively and literaly, and this trip is actually a journey of second chances, of healing and fighting for the notion of belonging..
Kim Bailey
5 stars are not enough ... I loved every fucking second of this book. I didn't want to put it down, but I didn't want it to end.

I'm new Ford. Fuck happiness. Fuck the nice girls. Fuck everyone. I'm all about me now.

Ford Aston is officially my new favorite book boyfriend. I will be dreaming about him for a long, long time. He is so complex ... probably one of the most well-developed, best thought out characters I have ever read in this genre. His thought process is intriguing, his fe


Dear Ford,


Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kara by: J.A. Huss

I'd give this book a thousand stars if I could!
Ford was everything I wanted and a lot of what I didn't really expect.

As I was reading - I knew it would be "Just one of many flutters I'll make you feel today, so get ready."

Ford likes his suits - but we get to see him in jeans too... but seeing a man in his a perfectly fitted suit - "And by the way, your package looks so good in that suit."

wait until you read this line "Give me something soft, because I really need it." could you imagine?

J.A. H
S.M. West

Okay, I don’t know what it is about Rutherford (Ford) Aston because he’s a freak and has issues but, I lurve him. He was entertaining in the Rook & Ronin series but somehow he wormed his way into my heart and he has become SO MUCH MORE. I love Ronin but sorry babe, move on over because Ford is the SHIT! I am overjoyed that Ms. Huss gave him his own book. Ford is fascinating, quirky and freakin’ HOT.

Taut begins where Panic ended with Ford fleeing from his confrontation
Lise *friends don't flag*
“Did he send you, Ford? Please. You can tell me if he did.”

How is it possible for me to go into this book without reading anything by JA Huss before including the three books this one was a spinoff of?

Well, I did and I loved every freaking moment I spent with Rutherford Aston.

Damn, this author can write a male POV with a storyline that had me so moved and emotional that I actually choked up a few times.

I loved Ford’s backstory, his Bronco, that he is an Eagle Scout, control freak, gorgeous hunk
It's Ford...need I say more?? Of course I rated it five stars! I absorbed every single word he said!! Review to come..but this is a MUST read!!! And the sex has MAJOR sizzzle! LOL ...more
6 "I want to be Ford's Pet" Stars

Oh, Ford, you make me want to save you. You make me want to tie you up and make you see what I see. I want you to be the one that ties me up, pins me down and spanks me till I scream your name. You can be my Ronin and I can be your Rook. Please, just hear me out.

You have so much potential. I can see that man you want to be, but you think you don't deserve what everyone else has. Everyone wants a gentleman on the streets and freak in the sheets. You are all of th
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Ford ... oh Ford. You are so messed up in the head I didn't think you would ever be able to get over Rook. Neither did you. But one night in the snow you took pity on a young woman and her baby and you were done for. I wonder if you knew how things would turn out, if you would have still done things the same? I think so.

And Ashleigh - you poor thing. I am so glad you and baby Kate found Ford, but I wish the road to get to where you are now had been easier for you. But remember it was a rough roa
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

I will try to review later. I am sick, so my brain isn't working...
10,000 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ford. Sigh. I love Ford.

I LOVED Rook and Ronin.

But Ford. He stole my heart.

Give me a sexy, kinky, tortured soul and I'm a big puddle of goo.

Ashleigh - she was awesome!! I love how she didn't take any of Ford's crap and dished it right back to him. She kept him in his toes.

I loved Ford with Ashleigh. But the absolute kicker was Ford with Kate!!! Just...Sigh. So freaking cute.

This book was intense. Ford is intense. And complex And sexy. And smokin' hot. I loved getting
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 I’m CRAZY about Ford Stars

When my life is unraveling, and everything about it is slack, my poems are taut. My poems take the fray and wind it back together

I’m in love with Ford and I’m in love with J.A. Huss. Oh my goodness, what a rush, what a treat!

Note: Taut:The Ford Book is a spin off from the Rook and Ronin series. You do not need to read the Rook and Ronin series to understand The Ford Book, but you must know that Ford has feelings for Rook, who is the Heroine in the Rook and
Kelli C
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-alpha, amazing
Ford Aston...I will hold you dear to my heart for a long time

JA Huss...I flipping love you! Thanks you a hundred times over for this wonderful trip inside one of my favorite male character's head! His POV and internal dialogue was so amazing. I think I am a bit shocked, yet so happy, that this story went out of the box and away from Ford's comfort zone. So many books have followed a typical alpha/dominant male type storyline, but I love that this hard, man, keeper of "pets," put aside his norm
NOW THIS... is what I'm talking about!

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Ford is the epitome of Knight in Shining Armor in this one. He and Ashleigh meet through some interesting circumstances, and are thrust together. Then there are a bunch of twists and turns and by the end our boy Ford has grown exponentially!!!! I loved every minute of it!!! JUST WOW!!!! Ashleigh's story was extremely sad, I really felt for her. I was able to figure out the BIG twist but it still sucked balls when the story got to it. I know this will be
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book was just perfection!!I loved every minute of reading it.

From the minute we met Ford in previous books there was something about him that piqued our interest.

The not connecting to anyone and keeping a distance. Until Rook. He wants Rook but he can't have her because she belongs to Ronin.

So Ford leaves to forgot her because he doesn't wanna betray his friend.

Enroute Ford gets stuck in Vail his old home town and meets a girl called Asleigh.

Alone and stranded with her 3 month infant, Ford
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ford is a very interesting character. Without having read the Rook and Ronin or the Spencer series, I was introduced to Ford in the Dirty, Dark and Deadly series with James Fenici. Ford and his relationship with Sasha was intriguing and I wanted to know more about him. In Slack, you read about Ford's pets - which made him seem so insensitive. But after reading Taut, Ford is one of my favorites! I loved that he was a bit nerdy and in his own sphere at times. Having the entire book on Ford's POV w ...more
Dirty Romance Reviews

This book is Ford's stand-alone book. You don't have to read Tragic, Panic, or Manic but if you do you will have a lot more background information. I chose to read them later on because I couldn't wait to get into this book. I did read Slack which is a short novella that tells about a day in the life of Ford Aston. It helps you understand him and previous characters he has relationships with. I recommend you read at least the novella before this book. It really helped me understand who Rook was

VB Book Reviews
Boy, am I a sucker for a great road trip book!!

I can't even formulate a thought right now. That book was amazing!!! Exactly what I was needing right now! I loved every page of it! One of the best books I have read all year. It had everything, angst, twists, emotions, sadness, humor, passion, mystery....sigh, I just fucking loved it and if you want a KICK ASS it!

Book hangover, right here!

I want more Ford Aston!!!

Full review to follow with hot pics and quotes.....

Oh yeah, I almost f
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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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