Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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…
K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series has introduced us to a myriad of interesting characters who are all a little broken in their own way. I’ve been hopelessly hooked on the characters, their relationships and Kathleen’s writing since I first picked up Ten Tiny Breaths last year. With each new book, I love this series more and more. Ben has been one of those characters who has floated in the background since the beginning and I was ridiculously excited to find the last book in this series would be his. I always knew there was more to him than met the eye.
Ben and Reese meet during Spring Break and it’s a rather unforgettable night, but for all the wrong reasons. She’s mortified and hopes to never see him again. He can’t help but be intrigued by the purple haired girl who ran out on him in Cancun. He’s more than a little surprised to see her more serious and buttoned up, but still as spunky as ever, working as a paralegal at the law firm he’s just begun working for. As they work closely with each other, neither are able to hide the attraction they feel. What begins as physical attraction and sexual tension explodes into something more, something real and while it’s far from easy, it was right.
I absolutely adored both Reese and Ben. I mean, I’ve had a soft spot for Ben from the time he first appeared in Ten Tiny Breaths. He played such a minor part, I always wanted to know more about this cocky, complicated guy. He really was the total package. He was hot, sexy, witty as hell, protective and sweet. He also had a troubled past and more than his share of family issues. Reese was a strong heroine. She was spunky, strong, smart and likable, even under the tough exterior. Both of these characters had a past and more baggage than they knew what to do with, but they didn’t let that get them down. As much as I enjoyed them each separately, they were twice as good together. I loved their banter and the chemistry between them.
This book gave me a ton of feels in the way that K.A.’s books usually do. I connected with the characters and cheered them through the good and the bad. I laughed, smiled and cried as I devoured Five Ways to Fall in one sitting. K.A. has a way with characters. They’re all a little damaged and a lot lovable. I’ve loved this series from the start and now that we’re on the last book, it’s safe to say I’ll miss them quite a bit. I see many rereads of this series in my future.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.