Monday, August 4, 2014

Quick Pick: Five Ways to Fall, by K.A. Tucker

  • Opening lines: Is it just me?
    Or does everyone have a moment of "crazy" in their life - when raw emotion runs over your common sense like an eighteen-wheeler, compelling you to do and say things that make others stare in shock and shake their heads at you, wondering why you're acting so foolishly, why you won't just let go, why you can't see the truth.
  • Reason I picked up the book: This is the last book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series (which is a bummer, because the books in the series are great!) and I've reviewed all of them so far.
  • And what's this book about?
  • 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…
  • Favorite paragraph: 
"Have you ever had a girlfriend, Ben?" Has he ever held someone in his arms all night, laughing and sharing his deepest secrets? Has he ever let someone cry on his shoulder or held her tight when life dealt him a shitty hand? Trusted her with everything, wanted to be someone she could trust? Has he ever watched the clock, waiting until he could see her again?
  • Recommended for: Anyone who likes a good YA (Young Adult) novel or romance - however, definitely read the other Ten Tiny Breaths books first, because they do give some of Ben's back story.
  • Something to know: Ben is a minor character in the other Ten Tiny Breaths books - he worked as a bouncer at Penny's - but in this story, he's now a clerk at a law firm, putting his law degree to use.
  • What I would have changed: Jared, Reese's ex, is probably one of the more annoying book characters I have encountered lately, and although Reese explains during the book why she fell for him, I still can't believe she did, because he seemed like a major jerk. I guess I would have given him at least one redeeming quality, then!
  • Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Where can I buy this book? Click here.

    *Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

    Ten Tiny Breaths series:

1. Ten Tiny Breaths (review, buy)
2. One Tiny Lie (review, buy)
3. Four Seconds to Lose (review, buy)
4. Five Ways to Fall (buy)


  1. Looks like a great read! I'll be sure to read the Ten Tiny Breaths book first! Thanks!

    1. Yes - good idea to start with Ten Tiny Breaths first, the characters repeat throughout the series :).

  2. This sounds like a good book and I think I will have to check out the series.

    1. Yes, definitely do! I enjoyed the books in it a lot.

  3. Sounds interesting - this might be my next pick

  4. Sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Sometimes it's hard to see a series end. Especially when you have become attached to the characters.

  6. I generally don't read YA but what the heck? Plus, I have a soft spot for book series. They really get you invested in the stories and the characters.

  7. The characters seem very vibrant on one end of the scale or the other- villains or heros, looks like a good read.

  8. I love YA books. I'll have to be sure to check out this series, since this is the first I've heard of them.

  9. I'm now teaching Language Arts so definitely looking for books my upper level readers would enjoy. I've wanted to read the Ten Tiny Breaths series -- glad to know it was good!

    1. Yes, YA or upper level readers would enjoy these! Check them out.

  10. This sounds like a good afternoon read. I like the premise of hitting the "restart button."



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