Author: J A Huss
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reading Age: 18+
Now that Tragic has set the foundation, Manic takes off. And boy this book is… Yeah, those answers I missed last time, we get the plus so much more in this book.
Rook has unwittingly signed on to do the Shrike Bikes reality TV show. So with her and Ronin at odds she is having Spencer paint her naked body daily while it’s all filmed for national TV. Her anonymity is out the window, and all the things she is running from risk coming back to the surface.
In this book we got to meet Ford.
“Incapable of emotion—high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome with areas of prodigious savant skills.”
Oh my, let me have a fan girl moment here, because Ford. He sky rocketed to the top of my fave character list for this series, oh so questionably hot. J A Huss has given us our villains and made them the good guys, how? I have no idea, but that’s how it is. Even Rook, there are no good guys, just bad guys and worse guys. Does that even make sense?
J A Huss has thrown me through the spinner with this book. Putting Ronin aside while he deals with Antoines niece in rehab it gives us time to focus on the introduction and development of Spencer and Ford. Bringing them into the series as main characters. Rook herself began to grow a bone in this book and started standing up for herself and her decisions and developed an unlikely relationship with the two men. Questioning everything, will Rook manage to make it work with Ronin, while Ford is whispering in Rooks ear, getting closer every time Ronin turns his back?
There is an obvious history between the three lead men in this book. Ronin, Spencer and Ford are not particularly happy to be working together again. But Rook pulls them back together with her friendship with each man. Giving them a common ground to work together.
I will say I didn’t see it coming, when their past was revealed I was shocked. It was perfect. But totally unforeseeable. Ronin finally made sense to me in that moment, and all those questions started spit firing again.
“Your first impression of Spencer should be dumb. Your first impression of Ford should be well-dressed asshole, but maybe a little on the weak side. Your first impression of me should be honest, trustworthy guy. Your first impressions would be dead-ass wrong in all three cases.”
Rooks past finally catches up to her, bringing the Team together keep Rook safe and put her past in the past where it belongs. In the final chapters of this book tension is high and I found myself holding my breath in angst, waiting for everything to go down.
“Spencer is a certifiable genius, Ford is as ruthless as they come, and I’m an accomplished liar.”
This book was SO EXCITING! I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t know if I should be rooting for Rook and Ronin, or Rook and Ford. I didn’t know if Rooks past was going to blow up in everyone’s face. Or if everyone would make it out in one piece, I just didn’t know! The book finished without a cliff hanger again and has Panic as its direct follow on. I suggest you don’t wait, and read all these books back to back, because they just keep. Getting. Better.