Release Blitz (Book Review): Wasted Lust by JA Huss

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Book: Wasted Lust (A 321 Spin-off)
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

A GIRL WITH REGRETS…

Sasha Cherlin died the night she let Nick Tate walk out on her for a life of crime. Her very essence was destroyed when they broke their promise to one another.

A MAN WITH REMORSE…

Nick Tate made his choice with her future in mind. He loved Sasha enough to know that leaving her behind was the only way to keep her safe.

A PATH TO REVENGE…

Special Agent Jax Barlow understands the bond of love and he plans to use it to get justice. Nick and Sasha will do anything to rewrite their past. He’s counting on that to bring them down.

Wasted Lust is a 321 spin-off, full-length, romantic suspense filled with lies, secrets, and the power of redemption by the New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

Just some general info about this book and how it relates to the rest of my books:

This is a story about Sasha Cherlin who appears in Slack, Come, Come Back, Coming For You, 321 (unnamed at the very end), and Meet Me In The Dark. It CAN be read as a standalone, but readers should be aware that this book is meant to be “The End” for Sasha and her life in the Company. Wasted Lust occurs ten years after Coming For You, two years after Meet Me In The Dark and AT THE SAME TIME as 321, so it is a parallel book, and although there are no real spoilers for 321 (I was very careful to avoid them) the plots converge in the middle of Wasted Lust. I would consider this to be a traditional romantic suspense and it is not dark.

Grace Review

Every time I sit down to read a new book from this author, I know I’m going to get something original, unpredictable, sexy, and thought provoking. And while each storyline is unique, there is one thing all of her books seem to have in common: trust no one.

The synopsis felt like a one two punch.  First, I expected some serious heartache.  Second, I was desperate to read as soon as possible.  Am I a masochist?  Doubtful, but I knew the author wasn’t going to make things easy for me, and I couldn’t wait.  So figure that one out.

While I would have surmised that this story would mostly be about Sasha and Nick, I was wrong.  Most of it actually takes place between Sasha and Jax.  One is trying to protect Nick, one is trying to capture him.  If you’ve read the author’s other books, it should be clear which person was which.  Although you don’t have to read the other books by the author, this book felt like a treat.  Being the master storyteller that she is, she wove together 3 plot lines from previous releases (Come series, Three Two One, and Meet me in the Dark). Since I’ve read all of the other books, it was a great way to reconnect with those characters and fill in the missing pieces of each story.  At the same time, I felt the author gave you enough background on each that it isn’t required to read those books before this one (although there is a big spoiler for Three Two One in this book, so it is suggested you read that one first).

Sasha is suffering a bit of an identity crisis.  With a passion for dinosaurs and attempting to get her PhD, her path becomes murky and she begins to challenge her own direction.  Added to that is the FBI agent, Jax, who won’t leave her alone.  With Jax, she is reminded of the person she never got over, her “promise” Nick who left her at the age of 13.

Thirteen and wanting to die so bad because this boy left me.  Live your life, he told me. Grow up, move on.  You will love again.

I never had a choice, did I?

What Nick has been up to all these years is unclear for some time, in fact he doesn’t actually enter the story until much later.

“You’ve locked yourself away in this prison of your own making, and it’s killing you.  I can see it in your eyes.  You live in the past when the present is all around you.”

I wavered on my feelings about Jax.  The revelations about his past were slow to come so I didn’t always trust him.  He was forceful at times in getting Sasha to follow his plans, and it’s good her instincts are still sharp, because he unknowingly puts her in danger.  He eventually does win me over with his honesty about Nick and his own home life.  Which is right about the time when I started to get nervous about Nick. Was he going to come in and create some crazy ass FBI/assassin love triangle?  How things do play out was a complete surprise.

After it all, I’m not sure what to think about Nick.  What he did for Sasha and her friends was honorable. What he did prior regarding the Company children, I may never understand.  But he felt he was saving them. In the end, he manages to do that for a select few.

“We win.”

Who was part of the Company is a puzzle that is only revealed piece by piece, as the author quickly lays them out in the last 10% of the story, leaving my head spinning.  “Promises” are not as they seem and even family can’t be trusted.  While I felt Sasha’s decision about her direction between Jax and Nick was made for her, it seemed like the right one.  And although my heart did hurt, it was clear only one was the right choice.

The epilogue of this series seems like it was written specifically for JA Huss fans.  We don’t just get a HEA for this story, but also one for James and Harper (Come series) and Merc and Sydney (Meet me in the Dark). The latter being so special because the future of that couple didn’t seem solidified in my mind, until now. I do wish there was some hint as to what Sasha planned to do with her life, but that was a minor detail.  This story gives you closure to a lot of storylines and a firm end to the Company.  I hope.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Excerpt

SASHA

I’m not a player. I know there are girls out there who do this kind of thing for a living. They scout out prospective husbands. Dress up, put on a show, try to hook one with the bait.

I have no bait. I’m cute—not sophisticated like my mom’s friend Rook, or badass like her friend Veronica, or even smart and sassy like my mom, but cute. A Smurf, they used to call me.

And those ladies are the only real role models I ever had growing up. That’s it. The extent of my wily ways with men come from half-ass copy-catting people who have more game in their pinky fingers than I have in my whole body.

So I’m at a complete loss here. Because Jax insists on treating me like a woman. And I’ve spent a good number of years trying to avoid this kind of scenario. The kind that sweeps you off your feet. The kind that jumpstarts your heart and makes it hum in a way you never thought possible. The kind that makes you doubt all those pledges you made to yourself through the years.

I will never love again. I will never give my heart to a man. I will never have to endure the crushing reality that comes after the only person I ever wanted to be with practically begged me to forget about him.

I tried it, it just didn’t work. I can’t just erase my first crush. I can’t just throw away the one thing I held onto after my father died. I kept the boys at bay all during high school. I didn’t even lose my virginity until my first year of college. Ford made sure of that. The memory of his crazy overprotective antics as I grew up make me smile.

So I don’t have much experience.

But Jax is a player, I can see that now. He’s got me wound up tight. My head is pounding with the possibilities he comes with.

Sex being one of them. I have not had sex in over two years. And I’m not one of those girls who go for a toy at the first hint of a dry spell. After two years though, I’m considering that option.

But now Jax is here. Kissing me. Making my whole body tingle. Awakening the desire I’ve pent up for so long.

“Are you afraid of planes, Sasha?”

I look over at Jax. “What?”

“Does landing bother you?”

“No,” I say, confused. “Why?”

“You’re squeezing my hand so hard, you might be cutting off my circulation.”

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About

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JA Huss is the New York Times and 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.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Comments

  1. Timitra says:

    Tattooed guys!

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