Wasted Lust by J.A. Huss
Series: A 321 Spinoff
Published by Science Future Press on June 23, 2015
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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. 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 standalone book, BUT, you have to be willing to go along for the ride. The Sasha character has a long history in all my other books (she was 12 in those books, now she's grown up). And it's a parallel book to 321, so new story, new characters, but same timeline and the plots converge in the middle. No spoilers for 321 in Wasted Lust.
Don’t know about any lust being wasted, there was no holding back on lust when the opportunity arose. Be assured, there was more to the title than my literal take. Put aside the steamy moments and I am still in shock at the way this story played out. Not knowing which character could be trusted nor who the Company puppeteer was, had me overthinking every possible clue. Sasha is Company and known as Zero. We meet Sasha Aston, in her reconditioned ‘Ford’ self in Wasted Lust. Life is seemingly going well for Sasha, studying and making the most of this second chance she has been given. In essence though, she is a loner, keeping very much to herself. She has managed to stay under the radar for years and she needs to stay that way. But her bubble burst the moment Jax came into her life. If I had my way, she would have ‘dealt’ with Jax very early on and never allowed herself to step into his world.
I was never Sasha Aston. She doesn’t exist. I was born, and have always been, Sasha Cherlin. Company kid. Daughter to a traitor. Child assassin.
Sasha has been a hard character to process. First up, she’s young when we first meet her in previous books. Initially, I lost faith in the wild card that Sasha was and still could be. And even though this is a stand-alone, there was such an array of characters and back story, that reading JA Huss’s other series would really add and pay homage to all that Sasha has gone through. In earlier books, she is portrayed as she is meant to be, as an innocent child, her killer instincts slowly revealed. I’ve always struggled with her being so young and not knowing whether I could trust her or not. In Wasted Lust, Sasha is an open book and that provided an interesting twist of fate. I say interesting with hesitation…because the game that they enter into, is far from innocent.
It’s your game, Agent. Not mine
Jax, I mistrusted him right from the onset. I didn’t get the chemistry between him and Sasha until about the 50% mark. Then for whatever reason, I was on-board with what was happening. What I couldn’t understand was that after living such a carefully guarded life, she was leaving herself too open, physically and emotionally. I needed to call Ford and let him know that she was off her game and to come and sort her out. At this point of the story, I was torn between enjoying the suspense and seething at her being so trusting. It went against what I expected from her. He taunted her with information she didn’t have as a lure to trust and tempt her to consider his offer. He fully intended to use whatever means it took in the beginning. Not that it was one sided, I think he was thrown by the chemistry they shared. This is where the line between loyalty and lust became blurred and I was never quite sure how it all would pan out.
But there’s only one thing worse than not knowing about secret shit, and that’s knowing more that you should
To be born into the Company is a destiny with no obvious control from the individual’s fate of birth. If I would have gone back and read all the books that lead up to Wasted Lust, I would have been more in-tune with the background story of why the characters are so hell bent on following through on their personal vendettas. It didn’t take away the ability to follow this story at all, only added to the complexity of how the Company has impacted on so many lives.
I highlighted non-stop while I was reading, hoping to pick up on clues as to the ending that I had been warned about. That ending, even knowing something would occur, I had no idea! No way did I predict the scenario that played out. It was not what I expected. Not what I had hoped for, yet it made so much sense. That doesn’t have to mean I liked it but in a strange mixed up way, it seemed like it was as it should be.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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