J. A. Huss
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I look her body up and down as I circle her.
I smile a devious, deviant, I'm gonna make you sorry you ever started playing this game with me smile.
And then I take her hand.
I lead her to the elevator.
We go up to my apartment.
I tie her wrists together with rope.
Raise her arms above her head.
And chain her to the ceiling.
It's my turn.
Truly Impactful Read!!!
Well, Bric may think he wields the ultimate mind f*ck, but I disagree. That honor goes to J.A. Huss. My mind and my emotions are still reeling after reading His Turn. This whole series has been one giant emotional roller coaster… but oh, what a ride! If this were an actual ride, I'd already be lining up to ride it again, and bumping people out of my way to get to the front. I honestly cannot imagine a better way to wrap up this series. With an intriguing plot, extraordinary writing, extremely vivid imagery, and characters that just jump off the page, this book certainly checks every box I can think of. Authentic, engaging, and passionate, these characters completely draw you into the story, and you just can't help but be obsessed with these characters’ lives. This book is gut wrenching and heartbreaking yet hopeful and oddly romantic. Impassioned and honest, it’s a truly impactful read, and one I would highly recommend.
*I was given an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
The Game Is On And Winner Takes All
In characteristic style, author J.A. Huss delivers a highly combustible, dramatic big finish to her Turning Series with Elias Bricman’s story, His Turn. Throughout the series, Elias (Bric) Bricman has been the dark horse in the game he plays with his best friends, Quin and Smith, but in His Turn, we get a whole new picture of this complicated man.
There is a reason Elias prizes his privacy. It is the same reason he is controlling, distant, aloof, and dangerous. It is also the same reason he hides behind that aloofness. Elias is vulnerable, and his inner doubts multiple as he seemingly loses everything when Smith, Quin, Chella, Rochelle and his little pumpkin, Adley, leave the game. They move on to normal, adult lives. Bric’s desperate loneliness and emptiness shattered me. His longing for Quin and Adley is so desperately sad. He is being pulled under by a whirlpool of self-pity and sorrow. He’ll go under, drown even, if not thrown a life preserver.
With Bric’s friends out of the picture, Jordan, tries to pull Bric into his game by offering Nadia, a beautiful, stubborn, ballerina. She and Jordan seem to be a fantastic couple, so Jordan’s insistence that Bric join them in a game, is odd. I didn’t warm up to Jordan in the prior books, and I never understood his role in the story. He is like a “wannabe”; he desperately wants to be in the inner circle with the kings of the playground. In his sadness, Bric acquiesces to Jordan’s charms, and that made me fear for Bric’s livelihood. Even after the explanation of Jordan’s behavior, I question his motivation.
What of Nadia? Her grace and talent are matched by her anger and baggage. She is a mystery. Even she questions her windfall of landing a significant position in the Mountain Ballet Company. How? Who? Why? I questioned her motivations and ultimate plans. Her inner dialogue and gamesmanship made her seem like the ultimate puppet master. Is she a spiteful dominatrix or is she being played?
His Turn is a smolderingly sexy game of chess. With each move, one of the players calls check, but who will ultimately call checkmate? What is the prize? For readers of this series, the prize is another fantastically moving story of yearning, family and friendship. Each book brings deeper understanding of and emotions for the characters involved. Heartbreaking, soul baring, and ultimately hopeful, The Turning Series and especially His Turn dragged me through the ringer and left me spent and satisfied.
I'm seriously blown away by this trilogy! I swear every book gets better and better!! Bric has finally met his match when it comes to Nadia. I'm not going to lie, I at first wasn't a huge fan of Nadia. She was so into just "playing" the game that I just.. didn't like her. About half way through the book though, I started warming up to her!
One huge thing I loved about this book is we got to see another side to Bric and truly get to know him for the man he is. We got to see how lonely he is from losing the guys in the game. I really fell in love with him even more in this book.
Overall I loved the ending to this trilogy, but I am so sad that it's over!! I'm hoping for some spin offs!! 5 stars!!