Monday, April 17, 2017

[Release Blitz + Giveaway] Turning Back by JA Huss

Title: Turning Back
Series: Turning #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: April 12, 2017

Book Blurb

I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.

Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me... Until he wasn’t.

Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.

Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.

And now he might be the only one I have left.

It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better. 

And that’s why I’m turning back.

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My Review

5 Stars from Tiffany!

Jumped Right In!

Let me start with the fact that I am a HUGE JA Huss fan. She has been at the top of my GR list for YEARS with thirty-six books read. That said, I am not a fan of menage and skipped the first book in this series, Taking Turns. Menage isn't a hard limit for me per say, it's just not my thing. Or at least I didn't think it was until I finished Turning Back. 

Turning Back picks up where the first one left off I'm assuming and jumps right back into the story of Rochelle, Bric, Smith and Quin. JA Huss gives more than enough information to catch up with this thriple and then some. Hearts were broken, statements were made, she left and now they want her back and she may want to come back. 

"It's not her I want. It's certainly not him. But I could go for another round of us." ~Bric

Bric was a narcissistic a-hole that rubbed me the wrong way at first, but grew on me as I turned the pages. He was sincere, yet wasn't. Looking to help get everybody back together, yet only to benefit him, not them. 

"If I let him control me again, nothing will have changed. He'll be the same guy, with the same motivations as he was when I left last year." ~ Rochelle

So much has happened with them all in the past year. Smith has totally moved on, Bric is trying to move on and poor Quin has been stuck in his head about the whole thing since Rochelle disappeared. That's the thing with a thriple, someone will start to have feelings and what then? The balance shifts and it gets messy.

Rochelle came back with secrets, Quin has emotional problems, Bric is Bric and Smith is a troublemaker. It makes for a perfect reading combination full of angst. JA Huss is famous for carrying that secret until you are ready to burst with anticipation trying to decide which way you want it to go. I was Team Bric, then changed to Team Quin so many different times it wasn't funny.

The book is well written from various points of view and reads easily as a standalone. For my own preference, I may go back and read the first one to really see what the deal is with Bric and Quin, not necessarily the menage. They have an interesting story and I'd like to know more about it. Bric is up next and this time, I'm going to go for it. 


“So then what happened?” Bric asks.
We’re sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, I’d sit in the middle of the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my left.
Bric is still to my left, Quin isn’t here yet—if he’s coming at all—and Adley is in her baby seat on my right.
Everything is familiar—but off.
“Then he went to bed.”
“What’d you do?”
“I sat there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.”
“What did you come up with?” Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything I’m saying is critically important.
“He hate-fucked me, that’s what I came up with, Bric!”
“Rochelle,” Bric says, throwing me one of those Don’t overreact looks.
“I’m serious. There’s no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck. Whatever you want to call it. That’s what happened last night.” I sigh and try not to feel depressed and sad. “And then this morning I got out of bed to go check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.”
“Gone?” Bric asks. “Where’d he go?”
“Just left,” I say. “I texted him. Asked if he’d be here for breakfast. And he never texted back.”
“He’s just mad,” Bric says.
“I know.” I huff. “He told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came back—”
“Now he’s just angry.”
“It’s a pretty typical reaction,” Bric says.
“I realize that. Which is why I’m not going to make a big deal about this. But I don’t know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.”
“No,” Bric says, like I’m being ridiculous.
“I’m not being ridiculous,” I say. “Maybe he’s not out to hurt me. But he’s doing something, Bric. He’s playing a game, but I’m pretty sure we’re not all playing the same game.”
“He’s mad, Rochelle. You have to expect that. He’s gonna come around.”
“What does that mean? Come around? Do you really think he’s gonna fall back in love with me the way he was? Because I don’t. I think he’s here for us. Me, you, and him together. And that’s all.”
Bric rubs his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley. She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasn’t woken up yet. Bric is still thinking.
“I don’t want an us, Bric.”
He looks me in the eye and says. “I do. But I get it. And I’m fine with you and Quin getting your little happy ending. But I’m telling you, Rochelle, he’s just trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.”
“He said he doesn’t trust me.”
“He has a good reason,” Bric counters.
“I know that,” I say, starting to get angry. “I understand that. But the whole point of us doing this… game… or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this out. I want him, Bric. You’re supposed to help me.”
But as soon as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one and I have very good reasons for that. I’ve learned over the course of my life that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Elias Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then some.

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Releasing July 4, 2017


Author Bio

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.

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