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.
How do I love thee? Let me count the FORD ever lovin ways! GAWD, I thought I was Ronin’s. I mean I freakin loved Ronin. He was hot, sweet, brought me to my knees. But then I got to know FORD. I mean really got to know him. And sweet baby JESUS he brought me to the floor. In a fetal position.
I want him.
I need him.
I want to be his pet.
I LOVED Tragic, Manic and Panic. LOVED THEM. When I say loved, I mean I totally fangirled on JA Huss. Wrote her love notes. Yep. But this, this book TAUT, there are no words. I wanna show up at her house and just bring her flowers, chocolate, diamonds. She is a genius.
She gave me the biggest BOOKGASM ever!!!
Poor FORD. He is a misunderstood genius. He is so in love with Rook—but she’s Ronin’s.
The story begins with FORD leaving the Chaput New Year’s eve party. We hear from his point of view how hard it was for him to walk away from Rook. But he does. He has to get away from her. Too bad there’s a blizzard going on and he gets stuck—stranded—forced to stay in a cheap ass motel.
“Shit, if Ronin was in this predicament, he’d have broken down across from the Four Seasons, they’d tell him they only had the penthouse available, and he could have it for half price since it was sitting empty anyway. They’d send up complimentary fruit baskets and give him free spa passes to ease his worried brow.”
This is where he meets Ashleigh.
It wasn’t instalove, it wasn’t instasex. It was slow, kind of a torture almost, leading up to the freakin most intense sexual experience in a book. I literally wanted to just jump in and freakin force them to just do it already (and kick Ashleigh out, but that’s besides the point)!!!
But really, I loved Ashleigh. The poor girl was a flippin mess. She has a beautiful 3 ½ month old daughter who she is trying so desperately to care for on her own. She has an unresolved issue with her husband. My heart broke for her.
But FORD is nice to her. He’s not usually so nice. She caught him on a “bad day”. They leave the motel and head to Ford’s house. So the two are stuck together in his house in Vail. Both completely fucked up people for completely different fucked up reasons. They fit like a fucked up puzzle, but they don’t even realize it.
“What do you like, Ashleigh? You like it slow and tender? Because if so, you’re out of luck. I’m not that kind of guy.”
OH. MY. GAWD.
“I like what you like, Rutherford.”
“You have no idea what I like and if I were you, I’d be careful what you agree to. Because I like it dirty and if I decide to fuck you, I’ll expect compliance.”
So—there go my panties!!! Jesus FORD, you own me. You are the hottest, sickest book ORGASM I’ve ever had in my life. Want one more quote?!!! YES YOU DO!!!
“…I’m going to have a lot of rules, Ashleigh. And a lot of commands you’ll have to follow. I’m going to touch you in places that will make you scream. I’m going to let you please me in ways you’ve only dreamed of, and then I’m gong to fuck you sore.”
I LOVED Ashleigh’s reply:
“I think I just came, I swear to God, I’m not even joking.”
So did I!!! I just came…honestly…it is just GAWD I have no words.
But seriously, TAUT moves in so many directions and will have your emotions in an upheaval. You will laugh, you will cry, you will fall in love. The storyline is perfect, the pacing is perfect, the writing is perfect. The characters are flawed, deep, and there are many twists and turns along the way. JA is seriously one of the best storytellers I’ve come across. Words cannot express how HARD I loved this book. It was like a fantasy come true. It had everything I look for in a book. So do yourself a favor—go buy TAUT and meet FORD. You will fall in love. I guarantee it!!!
5 BILLION smack myself in the ass stars!!!
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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