Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4
Published by Atria Books Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Revenge, Romance
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Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
There are very few authors that I know are going to be on my list of favorites after reading just one book, K.A. Tucker is one of those people who managed to do that. Half way through reading my first book of hers I knew hands down, without a doubt, that her writing put her at the top of my favorites list. Her latest release, Five Ways to Fall, is no exception to this rule (although I am completely reading this series ridiculously out of order).
So here’s why K.A. Tucker is one of my favorites, and it sounds so simple, but I’m sure its actually quite difficult to master: she writes in such a way that it just feels effortless, like you are sitting down and having a long conversation with a close friend when you read one of her book. Her books make me laugh out loud, butterflies swarm in my stomach, gasp at sad parts, and all in all just become immersed in the book (P.S. thanks again for another sleepless night, I should know better than to start a book at midnight, it’s now 5 a.m. and I’m writing this review, ain’t no rest for the wicked though). Five Ways to Fall had me going through all the same emotions with completely different characters, who I fell in love with just as much as the characters from the last book.
So I love Reese. In some ways she kind of reminds me of myself, and in other ways she reminds me of my best friend, so for me it was super easy for me to relate to Reese and want the best for her. I loved her sense of humor, she always has a witty response for any comment that comes her way. And the scene in Cancun where Reese introduced herself and her friends with the names of Charlie’s Angels is just perfect. I liked that she is a bit on the damaged side, and I liked that she wanted to strike out against her slimy ex-husband and new wife, it’s definitely an emotion I can relate with. But what I loved most about Reese is that she evolves as the book goes on.
Ben I also adored, from the way Tucker writes him, I can just tell he is delicious. He’s definitely a player though, more of a good time guy then the kind of guy you bring home to mama. But he definitely seems like the kind of guy I’d be friends with, the party follows him not the other way around. There is so much more to Ben then just the guy who is a player, he’s a good friend, he’s sweet to his mother, and is surprisingly more deep than you would think given his reputation. I love that he rolls with the punches, and goes along with some of Reese’s crazy antics. More than that though, the chemistry between Ben and Reese is red hot, and so much fun to read as it progresses.
All in all I would hands down recommend this book, especially if you love new adult. You should pick up this book and any other book by Tucker if you are looking for a book that makes you feel like you are in the book instead of just a bystander to it. I love this author and so will you.