Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Spotlight: Rook & Ronin by J.A. Huss

The Rook and Ronin Series has SEVEN books TOTAL





(4) SLACK: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston

(5) TAUT: The Ford Book

(6) BOMB: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike

(7) GUNS: The Spencer Book


(Rook & Ronin #1)

By JA Huss

Publication 5-15-2013

How far are you willing to go to start over?

Rook Walsh is homeless, jobless, and down to her last ten bucks when opportunity knocks her in 

the head and delivers a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Internationally renowned photographer, Antoine Chaput, knows the minute he spies Rook in his 

studio that she's got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive 

TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model Ronin, and he knows exactly what to do to make her blush for 

Antoine's camera. Her luck changes in an instant and suddenly she's got more attention and 

exposure than she can handle—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


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The girl catches me staring and I hold my breath. But neither of us turns away. We stare, 

unabashed, until Antoine's direction pulls her back into the shoot and she's lost again—guarded 

and unhappy, frowning and resigned. She's a blackbird sitting in a tree staring out at the world, 

daring the wind to come and knock her off the swaying bough.

She is wrecked, Elise is right. But she's not down yet. The look on her face is defiant.

When I look over at the clock it's well past five. Antoine has been shooting her for almost 

two hours. Elise left a while back but whether she's still here in the studio or up in her apartment, 

I have no idea. I lost track of her because my eyes are only on the girl.

Antoine does pretty well until the end. It's clear he's finished shooting and the girl is starting 

to look uncomfortable when he asks her what she was thinking about during the shoot.

I cringe. No, you don't ask them! You make them want to tell you, you idiot! I want to pull 

him aside and stop the crash and burn that's coming, but it's too late. She snaps at him and he 

pulls back when he realizes his mistake.

He turns the conversation to business and this is where it really gets interesting. She tells him 

she's not a model and has no portfolio. I'm just about to laugh when she starts yelling about 

pictures as payment.

I look back towards Elise's station and realize she forgot to explain the terms to her.

We are so off our game today. One tragic girl has disrupted all the carefully laid plans and 

protocols we've had in place for years.

The tragic girl storms off yelling. Antoine walks over to me and we wait together as she rants 

to Elise.

"You better fix this, Antoine," I say calmly, but inside I'm screaming too. "Pay the fucking 

girl, she needs the money." 

He snorts like a fucking Frenchman. "I do not pay for test shoots."

"This," I say, turning to face him, "was no test shoot and you know it. You've got hundreds 

of shots in that camera. Pay her and make sure she comes back or I won't do the contract. I want 

her. I've put up with hundreds of stupid girls over the years for you and I've never asked you for 

a favor like this. I want this one, or I won't do it."

He fishes through his pocket and pulls out the cash that Clare never earned. 

The studio door slams and we are all reminded that two models have walked out on us today.

"Elise!" Antoine calls, thrusting the bills out at her. "Catch her, pay her, and invite her back 

on Monday."

Elise grabs the money and flies out the door.

"We're in trouble, Ronin. She is trouble." He turns a little to look me in the eye, something he 

rarely does unless he's serious and wants me to consider his advice. "You should stay away from 

her, keep it professional. Or it might get messy."

I shrug. "I'll do what I want. And staying away from her isn't even in the top million things I 

want to do with that girl."

"Elise will hurt you if you ruin this one, Ronin. She won't tolerate another Mardee."

Fuck you, is what I think. But I don't say it, I just sigh and we wait in silence for Elise to 

come back.

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