TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!
It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.
Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? 😉
Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.
Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her good are on display, and you’ve Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!
Jennifer Harried’s review
WOW….What can I say. I truly think this was an excellent second book to this series. I can even say that I enjoyed this book more then Tragic (book 1). I fell in love with Rook and Ronin in Tragic and that love just continued to grow throughout this book. What I really liked about Rook and Ronin in this book, is that even though they encounter some bumps in the road…they somehow come together and work them out together.
Manic starts off right where Tragic ended. Rook just finished the Tragic contract and now is getting ready for the Sturgis contract. But what she is truly starting to see is that she might have made a huge mistake by signing the contract. Rook is still all about living for herself and not letting a man have control of her again, but she has released some of that control to Ronin.
Let me just say that i thought there was mystery surrounding Ronin in Tragic…well the mystery factor was bumped up a whole nother notch. Between Ronin, Spencer, and Ford…the secrets are plentiful. It almost seemed like all three guys were fighting to keep the attention of Rook, based on past events that happened between the three guys. I was truly glad to that as the story continued in this book we got the answers to some of the dispute between the three guys. I think that will make it easier going into book 3 knowing why they don’t get along.
I have to say that Rook kind of annoyed me in this book. I really liked her in Tragic because she was a strong girl who didn’t want any man controlling her and was determined to make her own decisions. In Manic she was still that strong girl to an extent, but she was also kind wishy washy when it came to Ronin. I liked that she was willing to trust him enough to start giving him some control in their relationship, but she also allowed both Spencer and Ford to influence her thought process by things they said and did. You just need to read the story to truly understand what I am saying. Ronin on the other hand still stole my heart in this book. He even got more swoony in Manic. Don’t get em wrong Ronin is still very secretive in this book, but to me that just adds to his appeal. Ronin does have a slight lapse in judgement when it comes to Clare, but truly I believe that has more to do with Elise than it does Clare. I kind of wish Ronin would’ve stood up to Elise and Antoine more in this book when it came to Clare. Spencer and Ford are the other two guys in Rook’s life. Spencer to me is adorable…I really like him, but I have to say I don’t believe he would be a good fit for Rook, except maybe as a friend. Now Ford on the other hand….I couldn’t stand him for the majority of the book. I didn’t trust him and I thought his intentions toward Rook were kind of shady. He did kind of grow on me by the end of the book, but I am still leary of him. We’ll see if he changes in Book 3.
I have to say the twist that JA Huss put into the story towards the end was totally unexpected. I thought part of the twist would’ve happened earlier in the story but the rest of it I didn’t see coming at all..It sure did explain a lot about Spencer, Ford, and Ronin. But I will not expand on that, you will just need to pick up a copy of the book and read it to find out what I am talking about. I will also tell you that the steam factor is stepped up a notch in this book compared to Tragic, between the photo sessions and the passion between Rook and Ronin….I thought my kindle might melt. 😉
I would definitely recommend this book/series to everyone. This was a book like no other that I have read before. The storyline is totally unique, which I found totally refreshing. I can’t wait to see what happens in Rook and Ronin’s world in book 3….Panic…which comes out in October. It should be interesting to see what effect Spencer, Ford and the surprise visitor at the very end of the book, have on their relationship.
“I want you in my bed every night. I want you to be part of me forever. I want to make an us with you.”…Ronin
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