Monday, 23 March 2015

Review of Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

The bit on the back…

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…

This is the 4th and so far the planned final book in K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series. I have loved this series; each book has had a unique story although each book so far has featured the same group of characters.

Five Ways to Fall is all about cheeky player Ben Morris and a brand new character - Reese Mackay.
The book starts with Reese getting into trouble which gives you an insight into her past and her family history. Reese is made of much the same “stuff” as the other leading ladies in this series. She’s tough, determined and has been through a hell of a lot of crap to get her to where she is. The most recent round of crap comes from a cheating husband and a pot of red paint. I really sympathised with Reese straightaway and immediately felt invested in her story.

Ben and Reese meet on one crazy night in Cancun when neither character is aware of who the other is which heightens the anticipation I was already feeling with this story. Ben is a bit of a player in the first three books but we do know he has the ability to form deep feelings to. He’s always described as being gorgeous so going into this I had a mixture of Chris and Liam Hemsworth in my head.
The characters are reunited when they both start working at the same law firm. One that has strict rules about employee relationships. I sensed that some rules were about to get broken!

The narrative is dual POV (which I love) and as it flicks between both characters you get to fall in love with Ben a bit more each time but you also get to appreciate the change in Reese and Ben’s part in it. Ben is a great guy, he’s fun loving and completely protective of his mother which is sweet to read. His family life is less than desirable though and the full extent of that isn’t revealed until later on in the book which makes for interesting reading and keeps you hooked throughout.

The chemistry between Reese and Ben is there from the very beginning and although Reese isn’t quite confident in her appearance Ben likes her completely just the way she is – feistiness and all. It felt like such a good fit between both characters and I was really hoping that nothing would come between them throughout.

I’m sad to be leaving this series behind but I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be re-reading them at some point in the future! Make sure you check out K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water series if you’ve enjoyed this one.

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