by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4
Genres: Contemporary 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…
I have been enjoying the Ten Tiny Breaths series by K.A. Tucker and excited to read bouncer Ben’s story. Admittedly the synopsis of Five Ways to Fall made me a tad nervous but I should not have been. This turned out to be one of my favorite books in the series. Filled with emotion, humor and family I quickly became caught-up in Ben and Reese’s story.
Clicking the series link in the book description above will take you to my reviews of the previous three novels. Each works as a standalone and deals with one couple.
Five reasons to grab your swimsuit, towel, iced coffee and Five Ways to Fall for an afternoon at the beach:
1. Two people who become friends, and are attracted to each other. Who want absolutely nothing to do with a committed relationship and suddenly find someone who turns all their plans upside down! Wicked banter, pretend boyfriends, office politics, revenge and passionate kisses. I love when couples discover the exact opposite of what they think they want in life and find out it is exactly what they needed.
2. The characters in Five Ways to Fall have depth, humor and flaws. We met commitment phobe Ben Morris when he worked at Penny’s Palace as a bouncer. We know he is an outrageous flirt and has never been in a serious relationship. Now he has graduated and lands a job at a prestigious Florida firm. When we meet Reese MaKay, she is sitting in jail waiting to be released to one of her Mom’s ex-husbands. Purple hair, piercings and anger paint her face. Her short-lived marriage is over, and she needs time to lick her wounds and change her ways. I thought I would dislike her, but the more Tucker revealed, the more I adored this snarky woman. Tucker allows both characters to grow throughout the novel, and it strengthens my relationship with them. Each is flawed by their past and watching them grow, heal and love was delicious.
3. The romance is fresh and slow-paced despite the great chemistry and heated stolen kisses. I laughed as much as I sighed. While we get some action, it is heavier on the emotional experience then bedroom details. Tucker made it hot, as she built the sexual tension; I swear I could see the sparks flying.
4. Mama Morris, the citrus farm, and secondary characters added an additional layer. Ooo I adored Ben’s Mom. The storyline involving her was warm, and heartbreaking. We get a second storyline romance with Reese’s geeky brother, and it gave the book a warm, small-town feel as we witnessed relationships transform.
5. While the romance is predictable, Tucker added twists and side stories that kept me fully immersed within its pages. I laughed, swooned and rooted for these folks. I closed the book with a tear as this wonderful series came to an end.
Five Ways to Fall was delicious, heartwarming, and laced with humor.. While I am sadden that Ten Tiny Breaths has ended I am equally excited to see where she takes us next.