ARC Review: Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Posted June 12th, 2014 in book review / 21 comments


Ten Tiny Breaths Series #4

by K.A. Tucker

Publisher: Atria Books (June 24, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (384 pages)
Source: Free book from publishers (NetGalley) for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

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…

At A Glance
This was my favorite book of the series.

The Good
From the get-go I was laughing my ass off. Reese and Ben are quite a pair. The things they get into, the things they say to each other. I just loved every second of it. If you want to read an amazing f*ck-buddy story that turns into something a little more, then Five Ways to Fall is perfect for you.

Reese is a mess. She is too impulsive, too much of a risk taker, and too smart-mouthed for her own good. And that’s why she’s perfect. She is so flawed that it just made her more interesting. Sometimes I didn’t even like her and still she fascinated me. I loved her passion, especially for her work. She is the kind of girl you would rely on to get the job done, though she might bring drama along the way. Reese doesn’t always make the right choices, or say the right things, but she is a good, honest person at heart. I think that’s why Ben found her so intriguing.

Ben is a pig when it comes to sex and women. I was even a little offended by some of his actions and words. But he is unashamed by his randy ways. He is not into relationships. He wants sex and he gets sex. The charming bastard is not even that charming, and that’s why he’s so charming. 😀 Makes sense to me. He has a dirty mouth and no filter, but his honesty was refreshing. You always know where you stand with him. But his closed heart makes him a little detached. When he meets Reese, he can’t help but like her witty comebacks and no holds barred way of living. They were both just looking for a good time. She was his perfect woman.

It’s hard not to fall in love with these flawed characters. They are offensive, they often don’t make the right decisions, but they are beautiful in every other way. Reese and Ben have hilarious and fun adventures together throughout the whole novel. They help one another in ways neither knew they needed help.

We get some good, interesting side characters and side stories that added nicely to the book. We get to see a few of our favorite characters from the series, which was nice. The writing was beautiful as always. Tucker is a great story teller. Even at the slow moments, I remained glued to the pages. I already can’t wait for the next book in the series.

The Bad
Nothing. It just worked for me on every level. It may not for others though. It’s kind of a different read when it comes to Tucker’s other books. Some will love the change up, some wont.

The Snuggly
This is the least romantic book of the series and it made it that much more special. Ben is a over-sexed pig and Reese has relationship/drama issues. Don’t expect the perfect ending for these two, though they have a happy ending, no worries. This is not about true love or marriage. This is about two people having fun sex together and having their feelings slowly grow. I liked that. It was honest and simple, not flowery and romantic. What a nice change-up.

Final Thoughts
I tell everyone I know to try out this series. Tucker knows what she is doing. These character driven stories stay with you long after the last page. Five Ways to Fall is a must read. Highly recommended.

“You’re not my type.”
I’ve heard this before and I don’t believe her. Hell, I’m everyone’s type! Eventually.

“Have you always loved yourself this much?”
“I had an awkward year in ‘ninety-nine, but I got over it quick.”  

“You know you’re a pig, right?”
“Yeah, but I’m your pig tonight.”

“I want your womanizing mama’s-boy football-player butt all to myself and if I catch you with any Twinkies or beautify queens or anyone else, you’d better run fast because I will hunt you down.” 

A single light crests over the hump in the driveway. Squinting, I mumble to myself, “Is that…?” My stomach does a giant flip as the Harley races up the driveway, its low rumble competing with the thunder above. Streaks of blonde and purple poke out from beneath the helmet.
“Who’s that?” my brother Josh asks.
I smile, my insides tightening up with excitement. “That’s mine, is what that is.” And right now, I mean it.”

“Besides, I’ve already found my Cancun fling. Lina, meet Mr. Cuervo. Mr. Cuervo… My best friend, Lina.” Leaning in, I waggle my brow and whisper, “If you’re nice, he’ll let you call him Jose. I plan on spending the next six nights with this naughty little Mexican.”
Ten Tiny Breaths Series:
Book #2: One Tiny Lie
Book #3: Four Seconds to Lose

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21 Responses to “ARC Review: Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Ashley

    I loooove your review! I’m still upset that I didn’t get approved for this >:( It sounds amazeballs though.

    Interesting that it’s a bit different from the other books. Hopefully I still adore it! There are a lot of times when I don’t mind pig-like, sex-crazed bastards, but it has to be done in a way that doesn’t bother me.. which can be tricky. So maybe this one could go either way for me!

  2. Brandi Kosiner

    I skimmed your review because I am totally reading this soon. Great to hear that it was your fav in the series though. Sounds like characters that I would love

  3. Olivia-Savannah

    Ooh definitely something for me to try! I don’t like the cover much at all :3 But it is more so the content that counts in the end! I love that the main character is flawed and that makes her all the more realistic. And the idea of a light and playful chasing romance that doesn’t bother with clichéd loved triangles and all that. I can’t wait to get to this! Love the title <3

    Check out my non-spoiler book review of City of Bones:

  4. Braine TS

    This being funny is the LAST thing I expect from this series because of the cover art and the blurbs are kinda angsty-ish.

  5. Melliane

    wow it’s nice to see it’s your fave in the series. I didn’t know it but now I’m intrigued and I like the cover! thanks for the review!

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