Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Five Aston has known Rory Shrike for as long as he can remember. He played with her in the sandbox. He went to every damn horse show just to be supportive. He helped her with her French, walked her home from school, and faked his test scores just to stay with her a little longer and not be sent off to college early.
But eventually he had to move on.
And so did she.
Never has a second chance meant so much to a boy who loves a girl.
A standalone book that is also a spin-off of the Rook & Ronin Series and prequel to the Mister Series. You can read it first, you can read it last. It doesn’t really matter because it’s f*cking Five.
“You want a kiss?”
“Mmmhmm,” I say, closing my eyes as I picture it. God, I’ve dreamed of this moment for ages. “I really need one, Five.”
His mouth touches my earlobe. Lips caress the soft skin of my neck. “Like this?” he asks.
“Yes,” I practically moan. “Just… like… that.”
“Do you want more, Princess?” he asks, his voice low now. Growly. Filled with so much promise.
“More, please,” I say, in my sweetest princess voice.
“Then promise me, baby. Just say those two words. ‘I promise.’ And as soon as you do that, I’ll give you everything you want. OK?”
“Five,” I moan. “Just—”
His hands come up suddenly. He cups my face, stares into my eyes with the most sincere expression I’ve ever seen on him. And underneath that sincerity, I see… fear. “Promise me.”
“Five,” I say, unable to stop staring back. This is everything. Everything I’ve always dreamed of. Five pressing me up against a wall. Me, the only thing on his mind. Except I’m not the only thing on his mind, am I? No. Those creeps from the past are back. That’s why he’s here. And even though I’d normally not give in so easy, I know this is not a game. So I say, “I promise. Now stop talking, you stupid genius, and kiss me already.”
He smiles. Leans in. I close my eyes, ready for it. Finally gonna get what I want.
But then he moves his mouth to my ear and nibbles on my lobe. “Good girl,” he coos. “But I’m not sure I believe you, Princess. I can feel those wheels turning inside your head. They’re grinding hard.” He presses his hard cock against my hip when he says that last part. “So I’m gonna hold off on that kiss until I get back tonight. And if you’ve been good, and if you’ve held up your end of the—”
“What?” I say, pushing him back. “You will do no such thing, Five Aston! I want a fucking kiss and I want one right now! I’ve waited six years for this, and denying me is practically emotional abuse. Now stop fucking around and kiss me, goddammit!”
“Who’s the boss of you, Rory?”
I huff out some air. “Me.”
He smiles. It’s a big, genuine, I’m-gonna-teach-you-who’s-boss smile. “Wrong answer.”
Ok, this is the JA Huss book we’ve been waiting for what seems like a lifetime for, the Knight and his Princess, Rutherford Aston the Fifth (Five) and Rory Shrike!! Once started I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t put it down, and it was epically beautiful!!
We get to experience this fate deemed love story going back to when they were young, growing up together, playing, learning, experiencing it through them, from the first day at school to the last day when he left. It was nostalgic and ultra emotional, like coming home.
We then see it from the present, to what’s happening now, as the sins of the father eventually catch up with them. Fate didn’t believe in making things easy for them. They may have had the best parents in the world, but some things you just can’t get away from. But you also can’t run from destiny, and that’s what they were, destined to be together, yin and yang, soul mates, but nothing good is ever easy, it has to be fought for.
A fabulous story, complex and intriguing, just as you’ve solved one puzzle another one comes and takes its place. Its a fabulous and unique world that Julie has created, and I have loved every minute of it in all of these books!!
Rory is such a strong, bad ass character, knowing and fighting for what she wanted and believed in, Five’s love. It was a long and difficult road, but she never gave up on him.
Five. Well what can I say. I loved him. Such a strong man, intelligent, hot, dangerous – yet everything he did, he did for his Princess. He never shied away from his feelings, always telling her exactly how he felt.
A beautifully perfect romance, full of of the typical JA Huss twists and turns, that will leave you breathless and wanting more as the pages turn quicker. So very, very emotional – I have loved every minute of their journey, reading about all the others in the families just added to the emotion as you get to say hello again to your favourite JA Huss characters along the way. Perfect.
5 beautiful shining Shrike Stars!!
JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.
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