Today is my stop during the Taut blog tour. I’ll be sharing some information about the book with you and my review! You can view the whole tour schedule here .
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.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review
As soon as I finished Panic, the last book in the Rook and Ronin series, I have been looking forward to read Taut. Ford is such an interesting character and I couldn’t wait to read and learn more about him. Then I started seeing some teasers around the web and I got the feeling sex was going to be the main focus of this book, I am glad that when I started this book I quickly found out that isn’t the case. There are some hot sex scenes in this book, but it’s not all about the sex. This book has a great story and there is so much character development.
Taut starts where Panic ended, with Ford talking to Rook on the new years eve party and then walking/running away from her. Then Ford get’s stranded in the mountains while trying to escape and he meets Ashleigh, a young mother with her baby, who also got stuck in this village. And Ford decides to help them. From the beginning it’s obvious both characters are running, but Ashleigh still keeps a lot of secrets for a long while. Nearing the end there is this big plot twists I didn’t see coming, it was so well done. The possibility of this happening didn’t even cross my mind. As soon as I started Taut I just wanted to sit down and read the whole book in one sitting. Ofcourse life got in the way, but I still managed to finish it pretty quikcly, especially concerning my readign spead for the last few books. And the last one-third I ended up reading in one sitting and staying awake till 2 past midnight because I coudn’t stop reading and had to know how it ended.
There are only two small things that bothered me in this book. First is this explanation at the beginning of the story about how smart Ford is (he has an IQ of 190) and I thought that part was a bit overdone, I did google this and the internet says it’s actually possible to have an IQ of 190, but I still thought it was a bit too much. And how he talked in russian first and learned that form only watching one show? I get it he is smart, but this was a bit too much. Second I felt the ending was a bit rushed, it was a great ending, but there are some scenes towards the end that felt a bit rushed. While the pace was great the whole book, the pace suddenly seemed to pick up a bit too much towards the end.
Ford was such an interesting character in the Rook and Ronin series and it wa sgreat so see things form his perspective and how he views things. He is such a great characters and has this unique way of thinking and trying to show people he doesn’t care, while in fact he does. In this book you see Ford his soft side and it’s amazing to see. Ashleigh was a great character too and I loved how she acted around Ford, she was messed-up, but she was also still a strong character and told Ford what she thought and wanted. She didn’t just follow orders, she was deviant and fought for what she wanted. The baby Kate is also a great addition to the story. When I first heard Ford would fall in love with a women with a baby, it felt like an impossible situation, but apperantly it isn’t.
The romance is well done and developed gradually, they grow closer and closer, but it still takes them both a long time before they admit it. It was so awesome to see their relationship grow more and more every day. The romance is really done well in this book.
While this book is a spin-off from the Rook and Ronin series, they don’t play a big role at all. Thay are mentioned, but they make very little actual appearances. This book really focusses on Ford and Ashleigh.
To conclude: I really loved this book, as soon as I started reading I didn’t want to put this book down. The story is great and I loved seeing the characters develop and their romance grow. The romance was done really well. It was also great to see things form Ford’s point of view and see his soft side.
You can view the trailer for Taut on youtube
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.