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Sometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author praised for her “likeable characters, steamy liaisons, and surprising plot twists” (Kirkus Reviews).
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…
About the Author
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series and the novels He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, and Keep Her Safe. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.
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Five Ways to Fall
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I love the angry ones.
Of course, anyone who knows me would argue that I love any and all women, and I can’t exactly disagree. But I love the angry ones the most. They’re a challenge to be conquered, the reason for their fury usually fitting neatly into three buckets: insecure, scorned, hormonal.
And this chick gazing up at me with fire in her caramel eyes?
I’m betting on bucket number two.
“My, what an awfully bright red shirt you have on,” she pushes out between gritted teeth, as if she’s trying to be polite but can’t hide her disdain.
I didn’t know what I was walking into when the punk-rock chick with the crazy-ass muscular body waved us over, but her friend with the purple hair and her back to me had me intrigued. Now that I’m getting a good look at her face, I know who I’m spending my last night with in Cancún. She’s not what some would call traditionally “pretty.” Her eyes are slightly too big and far apart, her nose is slightly too long and slender, and her lips—though nice and wide—are on the thin side. Yet something about all of that put together makes her sexy as hell. Maybe it’s the little nose ring. Or maybe it’s the way her decent-sized tits are pressing up against me, her low V-neck tank top—a casual shirt, telling me she’s not trying to pick anyone up—giving me a fine view of her cleavage. Whatever it is, my dick is certainly pleased. “You like it?” I ask.
An irritated glare flickers to the material. “No.”
I can’t help but chuckle at her candor. “Will you at least give me a head start before you gore me?”
Those thin lips curl into a condescending smirk. “Bulls don’t see color. That’s a myth.”
The only thing I love more than an angry girl is a smart, angry girl.
This is going to be fun.
“Well, how about I solve the problem for you.” I take a step back from her and swiftly yank my shirt off, exposing six days of suntanned skin and an upper body that I know looks damn appealing because I work my ass off to keep it that way. The random catcalls from the tables around confirm it.
And then I simply stand there and grin like the cocky ass that I am as Angry Girl can’t keep her eyes from scanning the muscles I’ve honed since my college football days, her lips parting ever so subtly. I see the shift in her, the moment where she realizes that, though she’d prefer to castrate the entire male species right now, she can’t ignore her attraction to me.
At least, that’s what I want to see.
“Sir. Excuse me, sir.” A glance over my shoulder finds Angelo, the short Mexican waiter who’s been serving us all week, standing there with a tray of beers for my friends and me. We didn’t even have to ask. Hell, I love Cancún. I could live here forever.
“Angelo! Why the fuck are you calling me ‘sir’?”
“Uh . . .” He licks his lips as his eyes dart to the tile floor. “Please. Management requests that you wear proper attire in the lounge area. Please.”
“No worries, pal.” Poor Angelo is probably ready to shit his pants, as afraid as he is to offend me, the guy who has lined his pockets with a month’s worth of rent in tips. Snagging a beer off his tray, I take my time sucking back a few mouthfuls, feeling her eyes riveted to my throat.
Yeah, I’ve got this one in the bag.
With an easy smile, I place the bottle down on the table and pull the shirt back over my head. “Though you may have to deal with Angry Girl in front of me, now. She hates my shirt.”
Angelo casts a polite smile her way as he hands out beers to my friends, and I know exactly what he’s thinking. He’s seen me walk out of here with a few different women this week.
What else can I say but . . . I’m on vacation.
I was planning on just hanging low tonight, going to bed solo. Now, though, getting this purple-haired chick naked sounds like more fun.
“Angry Girl will try to restrain herself, Angelo,” she purrs, draining the last of her drink and placing it on his tray before scooping up a fresh one. She still has a full one sitting on the table, too. “But only if you come back with another one of these in under five minutes. Otherwise, there’s no telling what she’ll do.” Narrowed eyes glimmer with secret amusement.
I smoothly tuck a twenty into his shirt pocket and pat his shoulder. “For causing you any trouble with management.” Angelo nods and quickly heads off as I stick my hand out. “I’m Ben. And you are . . .”
Angry Girl accepts it, the skin of her hand soft and cool within mine. “Jill.” Thumbing to her left, she adds, “Sabrina. And that’s Kelly over there. She’s Korean.”
What? My brow furrows as I regard the cute girl-next-door blond sitting across from us, trying to make sense of that strange introduction. A skillful distraction, it would seem, because it gives Jill a chance to slither into her seat, her back to me once again. She props her feet up to rest on the only vacant chair at the table, her long, shapely legs all the more visible thanks to the tiny shorts she’s wearing.
“Travis, Kent, Murdock,” I toss out with a lazy gesture toward the guys, three of my roommates from Miami. They can take care of themselves. I’m on a mission. I waste no time seizing an empty lounge chair from the table next to us. Flashing a big smile at the cougar eyeing me, a redhead who is definitely hot enough to fuck should this thing with Jill go sideways, I swing the chair around and take a seat so close that my knee—the one that cost me a guaranteed NFL career and still throbs in damp weather—rests against Jill’s bare leg. She doesn’t shift away. “First night in Cancún?”
One of her perfectly shaped brows arches. “You’re persistent.”
“A persistent fool,” I correct her with a grin, earning the non-Korean girl’s laughter. “First night in Cancún?” I repeat.
“How can you tell?”
Finally. An open door for a conversation. I jump through it like a circus dog. “Because you’re way too tense, you’re downing those drinks like you’re on a mission to wake up naked on the beach, and you have no tan lines.”
“Huh . . .” She ponders that for a moment while I inhale her perfume. She smells like strawberries and cream. I wonder if she tastes like strawberries and cream. “What are you, a detective?”
“Bouncer at a strip club.”
Her head falls back and she starts laughing, a deep, throaty laugh that I want to record and play back again at a later date. “Of course you are.”
I shrug. “It pays the bills.” I could kill whatever assumptions she’s making about me by telling her why I’m really here in Cancún: to celebrate finishing law school and taking the bar exam.
But I don’t.
I simply watch her tongue curl around the salty rim of her glass. Dirty thoughts flash through my head and I’m forced to discreetly adjust myself. If she notices, she doesn’t comment. Hell, she probably knows exactly what she’s doing to me. There are no innocent vibes coming off this chick.
“And what do you do?” I ask.
She purses her lips. “I’m a marine biologist. From Seattle.”
“A Doogie Howser marine biologist?” The girl could pass for twenty-three. Twenty-four, tops.
“Sure you are.” I jut my chin in her friend’s direction. “And she’s Korean, right?”
In response, her friend spews off a string of something that sounds a hell of a lot like Korean, followed by a smug smile, and I’m left with my mouth gaping wide.
Okay. Still . . . “Marine biologist? Really?”
She takes another long draw of her drink and licks her lips before she announces, “I love me some big fish.” Yeah . . . lying. Fine. I’ll play along. “How long are you here for?” she asks, feigning disinterest, as the guys find chairs and pull her friends’ attention away.
I let my eyes skate over her features again, silently counting seven piercings—two in her nose and five in her ear—and wondering how many more she has hidden under those tight little shorts and that tank top of hers. And I suddenly find myself wishing I were just starting my vacation today. “This is my last night.”
“Really . . .” An unreadable look passes through her eyes as they quickly flitter over my features, landing on my mouth. “The exorcism needs more time,” she mumbles under her breath.
What the fuck? Wouldn’t that just be my luck to land a nut job for my last night. Not that that couldn’t be fun. I’m always up for something different. “Maybe we should start right away then?”
The heated look she shoots me with—like she’s deciding between jumping onto my lap or filleting me—makes me give this a moment’s pause. Maybe I should be more careful about who I bring back to my room. I take another look at her frame—she’s probably too small to cause any real damage without weapons—and notice the giant name inked into her arm. As much as I want to trace the letters, I keep my hands to myself. It’s like petting a strange dog; you don’t even reach out until you know it’s not going to lunge at you. So I point at the tattoo instead. “That would suck if it were an ex.”
“Yeah, it would.” The bite in her tone is suddenly back, and this time it comes with a sheen just barely glistening in her eyes. She quickly blinks it away, trying to keep the tough act going. Dammit. I groan inwardly as disappointment settles in. She’s not just scorned. She’s still raw. She’s going to be one of those drunk chicks who suddenly erupts in tears. Probably during sex.
Nothing worse than a girl crying halfway through sex. A definite limp dick maker.
She clears her throat. “I don’t see any tattoos on you.”
Okay, at least she’s trying to steer the conversation away from her and her current situation. I can roll with that. “You haven’t seen all of me yet.” I know I sound like a cocky bastard, but it somehow works for me.
A tiny sly grin curves her mouth for just a moment before she stifles it, as if she didn’t mean to let it slip out. “Any hidden ones?”
“Nope. Hate needles,” I answer truthfully.
I shrug. “You obviously don’t mind them. Any tats or piercings besides the ones I see?”
All I get is a taunting smile in return. Fuck.
A sudden burst of Rihanna pumps out over the speakers as the regular lights dim down and the dance-floor lights kick in, indicating that the hotel lounge is turning into a club as it does every night at this time. Jill’s cringe tells me she’s not impressed.
“Not your kind of music?” My gaze immediately drops to her tank top, a faded Pearl Jam album cover printed on the front of it.
She shakes her head. “I’m more into classic rock and nineties alternative.”
Seriously? “Were you even alive for that?”
“I can play every single Aerosmith song ever recorded on the guitar,” she says, as if that answers my question.
Sweet Jesus. Stretching my legs out as I try to picture her rocking out with a guitar strung over her shoulder—naked—I offer, “You know, girls who play the guitar are fucking hot. You any good?”
Another cunning smile behind her drink answers me. Yeah, she’s good. And, damn it, so sexy. In a loose-cannon kind of way. The only kind that snags me like a trout on a shark hook. Just like Kacey, one of my best friends, did. That girl had a self-destruct button affixed to her chest for the longest time. I saw it a mile away and I still fell for her hard.
Angelo chooses that moment to swoop in and place a drink in her hand and a shot of tequila on the table for everyone. Jill doesn’t even wait. She lifts the glass to her lips and downs it. No salt, no lime.
“Am I going to have to carry you home tonight?” I offer with a wide grin.
She smacks her lips as she drops the glass onto the table rather loudly. “I think I’m going to aim for waking up naked on the beach.”
“I have some experience with that. I can give you a few pointers.”
Her hawkish eyes roll over my body slowly before landing on my face, fixing a hard gaze on my mouth. “You’re not my type.”
I’ve heard this before and I don’t believe her. Hell, I’m everyone’s type! Eventually. “And what is it exactly about me that you don’t like?”
A wicked gleam in her eyes tells me she thinks I’m going to regret asking. Little does she know, I don’t give a shit. I have a thick skin and an easy sense of humor. This should actually be amusing.
“The womanizing mama’s-boy football-player part who spreads the charm on like peanut butter and has had a different girl in his hotel room every night this week.”
“Not every night.”
She rolls her eyes. “Oh, and you’re blond. I’m not into blonds.”
“You’re completely wrong about me.” She’s pretty much nailed it, actually.
“Really?” As if to prove her point, she taps the ring on my finger. The one I earned taking my team to the national championship.
“I don’t play anymore.”
“Not good enough?”
I chuckle. She’s good at the hits to the ego. “Too good, apparently, because some guy felt the need to wreck my knee.” Between the dislocated joint, the torn ligaments, and the nerve damage, I’m surprised I can even run anymore.
Those caramel eyes soften for just a flash, so fast I almost miss it. “I’m still not sleeping with you.”
“Well, I don’t know what you had planned, but I’m just here to hang out and make some new friends,” I offer, feigning innocence.
This one’s going to be a bit more challenging than I thought.
But she’ll change her tune eventually.
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4.5/5 stars *sniffle* I can't believe this series is over! I have loved each and every book and I am going to miss these characters so much! K.A. has constructed stories that are filled with heart and emotion and she does an amazing job of really making you feel connected to these characters and what they have to overcome. I have been super excited for Ben's story, as I loved him back when we first met him in Ten Tiny Breaths. Pacing: Just right! I loved the slower build up of Reese and Ben's relationship. Reese is rather fragile to handle, so it wouldn't have made sense to have things escalate between them too quickly. Instead, they form a friendship first and from there we see the lines between friendship and more start to blur. Storyline: After a rather entertaining night in Cancun, Reese hoped she'd never lay eyes on the sexy, ripped blonde she'd humiliated herself in front of again. However, in her haste to exorcise her ex-husband from her brain, Reese neglects to get more details on Ben. Such as where he lives, or what he does.... The two find themselves face to face again months later, realizing they both work for the same law firm. Ben is constantly teasing Reese about their night in Cancun, which pisses her off to no end. Their banter is so amusing to watch and I loved seeing them actually develop a friendship with one another. Reese is still hurt over the infidelity of her ex-husband and to find he's also moved to Miami with his new wife is a shot to the gut for Reese. She was blindsided by their relationship and for a woman already struggling with abandonment issues, this does not bode well for any involved. Reese wants to make her ex jealous and what better way to do it than with a certain sexy, blonde haired ex-bouncer like Ben? Ben is a fun loving guy and has never gotten attached to any particular woman. While he is attracted to Reese, he loves that they have this casual, no strings relationship too. However, the more time he spends with her and getting to know her, makes him stop and wonder if there's something more here? And as for Reese, is making her ex husband jealous all she wants? Or does she want him to love her again and go back to the way she once thought things were between them? Characters: Oh, Reese. She is a firecracker and I loved that about her. For those of you who have read Ten Tiny Breaths, she is VERY similar to Kacey. (Ben once crushed on Kacey hardcore, so it's no surprise he's drawn to Reese.) Reese has a wild streak and has always been known to attract trouble. Underneath that sassy, spunky exterior is actually a very hurt woman. Having been abandoned by her father as a child, and now her husband- she is much more delicate than she lets on. Her former step-father Jack, is the one person who actually treated her like his own and loved her like a daughter. He owns the law firm both Reese and Ben work for and he is very protective of her and doesn't approve of inter-office relationships. This makes things rather interesting for flirtatious Ben and a very guarded Reese. Ben Morris reminds me of a teddy bear. He is one that I would want to clutch forever and ever and never let go of. He is a genuine good guy. He is a true mama's boy and watching his scenes with her are just precious. She desperately wants him to find a good girl and settle down, to which he jokes and blows off. However, the minute he brought Reese home with him, that mother's intuition kicked in and she just knew she was something special. Ben has his own demons to deal with concerning his father, however, which may give insight as to why Ben has never done serious relationships. Reese's step-brother and Ben's good friend, Mason, is also a fun addition to the storyline. He and Reese have never really gotten along and you would think they would give up their childish poking and prodding. Nope! They cracked me up and they were also really funny to watch, as Mason is the complete opposite of Reese. He is a rule follower and doesn't like to embrace the crazy. We do get to see Storm and Dan's wedding from Ben's POV, so Kacey does pop up briefly in this book, as does Nate, the other bouncer at Penny's. I will admit I missed seeing Livie, Cain, and Trent, but I do like how the series occurs in the same time frame. Final Thoughts: I really did enjoy this one. Reese and Ben are two great characters with a lot more depth than they let on. The slow build up of their relationship makes everything that much sweeter, even though they take plenty of liberties before they realize what they really mean to one another. Reese and Ben's flirtatious banter is one that will leave you chuckling and also giddy inside. I am sad to leave these characters behind, but I am satisfied with the stories K.A. did provide from their world and how she concluded them. Still, I wouldn't mind a novella of sorts to see how all our characters are faring....
You can read my reviews for the previous books by visiting my blog. I will admit that since I’ve been reading the Ten Tiny Breaths series, I haven’t really had a desire to read Ben’s story. However, after reading it, I’m so glad it was written. In fact, this may very well be my favorite book of the series. The humor is what did it for me. While there may have been funny parts in the other books, this book had it in spades. And I loved it! First, there’s Ben. He’s handsome and cocky. He’s unapologetic about his ways. He’s a great guy, though. He’s a good friend and he’s got love to give. Then, there’s Reese. She’s wild and a little bit crazy. She’s unapologetic about her ways. She’s perfect for Ben. Together, they were witty and funny. And full of sexual tension! It was a delight to watch these two come together. K. A. Tucker stated at the end of the book that this is the last planned book of the series. While that’s sad (I could think of a couple of characters that I’d like more insight into), I’m looking forward to reading other things by her. * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. * You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
First Thoughts: I have loved Ben for a long time, and I have been super excited to finally get his story. He has always been sweet but determined, and he definitely liked to have fun (as evidenced by his going away party in the previous book). I was also excited to see what kind of girl would be able to tame Ben because well the women in this series are just as amazing as the men. The Story: I loved this story, it was more humorous then the previous books in the series. It does still have your heartache but it was majorly toned down and not nearly as heartbreaking. I think the main difference in this book is that although Ben and Reese have issues, they aren’t as severe as characters from previous books. The Characters: Reese: As I said earlier, the women in this series are just as amazing as the men and Reese is no exception. Smart, witty, fly by the seat of her pants, she is absolutely amazing and she is definitely one of my favorite women in this series. Ben: Oh Ben how I love you… Ben is absolutely fantastic! Each book in this series I think I fall in love with the main man (for good reasons) but Ben well, so far he is my favorite. He is charming, fun, spontaneous, sweet, and just EVERYTHING! I think what I loved most about him though is that he is a crazy mama’s boy. I love me some bad boys but give me a sweet mama’s boy any day! Final Thoughts: It is not a surprise that I found this book utterly fantastic and I recommend that everyone pick this book up and read it. The great thing is, although this is a series they can all be read as standalone as well! I have also come to the conclusion that K.A. Tucker is magic with her words. She is always able to make you feel as if you are in the story with the characters, you are friends with them… not just a reader, this is REAL! That is why I keep coming back to her books, regardless of what she writes, I will always be excited and chomping at the bit to read her newest stuff
“If you have to fight over a guy, he’s not worth it. Go for the one who’s waiting for you.” THE STORY: Becca: WOW! This book was amazing! The characters were amazing! K.A. Tucker is amazing! I loved absolutely everything about this story…it was… well… AMAZING!! Without giving too much away I will say…this is not your typical romance. Lisa said it best when she said to me “finally reading a book with a slow burn romance is awesome!” The initial dislike, then friendship and finally build up of Reese and Ben’s romance was absolutely perfect! My favorite part of the whole book? The farm! It was so well written that I could actually see the beauty and feel the peace and relaxation when Ben and Reese were there. This story also tackles some real life issues that I do not want to give away and spoil the story, but Tucker handles them brilliantly in the genius way only she can! Lisa: GAH! K.A. Tucker never ceases to amaze me. This is probably one of my favorites in the series, though I’ve loved them all honestly. The slow burn romance was so refreshing after reading so many romances lately that border on insta-love. And I definitely agree with Becca… the setting for this story was fantastic! The farm was so much fun, and so unique compared to other books in this genre. People tend to be scared off by the NA genre lately, but trust me, there are some pretty fantastic books out there if you look… and this is one of those books. I can’t say one bad thing about it. “Have you always loved yourself this much?” “I had an awkward year in ‘ninety-nine, but I got over it quick.” THE CHARACTERS: Lisa: If you’re anything like me, you fell in love with Ben long ago. He’s the super-sweet, rough and tough bouncer with a heart of gold. A heart that he’s terrified to give away to anyone. He strictly forbids any type of commitment and insists that feelings do not find a place in any of his “relationships.” One night in Cancun he stumbles across Reese, the purple-haired spunky girl that’s looking for one fun night. Score! That one night (which is hilarious and had me rolling around in hysterics!) is just the beginning of this wonderful story. I loved that characters from the prior books, such as Casey and Trent, make a cameo appearance as well. My favorite series have companion novels like this, where each story is unique and separate to different characters, but here and there we get a little blast from the past to make us smile. Ben’s group of friends is so much fun! Getting to meet his family in this story made it so much better. Trust me, you will LOVE Ben’s mama! She was flat-out hilarious and easily my favorite character in this book. Becca and I went back and forth several times about how awesome she was. There are also characters you will despise and want to smack across the face, over and over again. But mixed in with those duds are quite a few gems that will steal your heart. What a group! Becca: I could not agree with Lisa more on all counts! This group of characters stole my heart! I honestly do not know who I loved more, from the giant, dimpled teddy bear Ben, to his Mama the tough lovin’ sweetheart who I wish I could have as my own Mom :) and then finally Reese… OK she is probably my favorite! I absolutely loved her! Her purple hair, her harley, her love of pecan pie and her minion cell phone ringtone :) She was so fierce and loyal and totally bad ass! I just loved her! I loved to hate the villains in this story and will just say that when Reese seeks revenge… you better watch out! I was laughing so hard at so many moments in this book, from Reese and Ben’s witty banter, to the moments in Cancun and finally those sweet, sweet revenge moments. K.A. Tucker amazes me again with the strength of her character building, and I agree with Lisa I loved the cameo’s from characters in the past :) “No way a guy who’s been in there wouldn’t be bothered watching someone else stick his tongue in your mouth.” “I think you should send that straight to Hallmark.” OVERALL: Becca: So shall I GUSH some more… I mean I have not one negative to say about this story. It was perfect from start to finish! *excited squeal* maybe I’ve had too much coffee today :) but seriously, K.A Tucker has done it again! amazing characters, breath taking settings, humor and a slow burn romance to die for! When you are finished checking out our review please put this on your MUST read list!! Lisa: Ha! Well said, Becca! As you can tell, we have massive crushes on K.A. Tucker and she can do no wrong in our eyes. We’re completely in sync with that fact. :) Five Ways to Fall, just like the other books in this series, was flawless and pure enjoyment. Becca and I both like our characters flawed, prefer our romances on the slow-burn side, and absolutely adore Tucker’s writing style. So if you’re anything like us, this is a series you won’t want to miss. And a book that’s worth the read even if you haven’t read this series. Though some characters from the past make an appearance, it’s not necessary to read all of the prior books before this one. Another A+ MUST read book from K.A. Tucker!
Oh, Ben and Reese. I wasn't sure about you two, but holy moly am I sure now. <3 Basically, I just want to read anything and everything KA Tucker writes. She knows how to write complicated characters and stories. She can keep readers engaged, interested, and emotionally involved throughout her books. She adds just the right amount of steam, tension, angst, depth, emotion, humor, wit, etc. Her characters stay with you for a long time, and I love that. :) This book is full of amazing characters, and we get updates about past characters from this series too, which always makes me happy. In FWTF, Ben and Reese are two fairly similar and completely different people. Their similarities threaten to keep them apart, while their differences bring them together. It's an interesting dynamic—one you don't want to miss. Ben also has a huge family, and Reese has her family (Mason and Jack!) and friends. They all come together to make this book special, fun, and unique. I love the writing style. Tucker keeps things fresh throughout the book. It never feels stale or overdone. It's always witty and funny without trying too hard or being over the top. Reese is vulnerable while being so tough. Ben is a softy even though he seems like he shouldn't be. But it's all believable, entertaining, and emotionally engaging. I laughed, I cried, I got angry...and I enjoyed it the whole time. <3 Seriously. If you haven't started this series, do yourself a favor and pick up Ten Tiny Breaths. Then move on down the line.
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.
I just realized I never wrote a review of this read and now I've reread it. Let me just say the banter between Reese and Ben is priceless...seriously among the best I've read. I wish I was cool enough to think of this stuff to say or write because geez, amazing! A must read. Really quit reading this review and read this book. Wickedly hilarious and yet poignant.
Funny, sexy and smart writing. Sad to see the series go....wishing for more!
I have enjoyed this series so much!! And although this is to be the last book in the series, I see one more in here! Like the others in the series i would love to see Reese's and Bens love story come full circle with the happy ever after endinging!! And how can we leave Wilma and Jake with just a wink and an inuendo? Surely they must come together (with Reese and Ben's help) go keep the citrus grove thriving and back to its historical glory! PLEASE!! There must be one more novel in that creative mind that you posess!!! Just love these stories!
I loved this series. I am sorry to see it end. Loved the interaction between Reese and the playboy, Ben. Story pulled and flowed well and left me wanting more.
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 3 I’ve jumped about a bit with this series, but to Tucker’s credit, the story does stand without needing to have the information from the earlier books in the series. This is a solidly new adult series, with characters that are still finding themselves, at times frustrating but always engaging. This is predominantly Ben’s story – we are focused on his versions of events – with a solid input from Reese, and the total train-wreck that is her life. For me, Reese was about as emotionally mature as a turnip, or perhaps a 12 year old: spiteful, vengeful, angry and wholly insecure: completely unwilling to look forward to ‘consequences’ until long after she leaps. Her attempts to regain control of her life is a step in the right direction, but she still needs to deal with many more issues. Ben was the playboy in college, and he hasn’t changed his stripes at all. Even passing the bar and starting as a new associate in a law firm hasn’t matured his own views on relationships. That whole commitment-phobe storyline is well crafted, Tucker manages to give him enough personal insight to have an awareness of the immaturity, even as he is unwilling to change. Now, these two meet as a one night stand in Cancun – never believing they will meet again. Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a story if one night was all it was, and they meet again and Reese enlists Ben’s help in enacting her vengeance against her ex-husband. Oh, and she’s the stepdaughter of the boss, a relationship that Reese has studiously avoided and is acting out against, even though more backstory on that interaction would have served the story well. Tucker creates wonderfully compelling characters: easy to engage with, and wholly consuming your emotions for good and bad. Where this story lacked was in the actual storytelling: giving enough background to explain WHY Reese was such a train-wreck and so very vengeful: the attraction between she and Ben was well done and easily explained. And Ben? Most of his behavior was pretty self-explanatory and easy to understand, even when he didn’t quite see the writing on the wall. Narration in this story is provided by Elizabeth Louise and Deacon Lee. Both of these narrators did a wonderful job incorporating subtle nuance into Reese and Ben to bring their characters to light. Additional characterizations were also easy to delineate, pitch and pacing changes to indicate each secondary character’s appearance all were distinct and easy to pick out. Both narrators worked in concert to present a story that wasn’t overacted or overly presented, and never once distracting. Tucker’s conclusion to the series is a light and fun story, perhaps not what everyone that is a fan of her story to date will have expected, but a decent escapist read. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Simon & Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is an awesome series.. I have loved each and every book. Like others I am sad to see it end. I really wish she would write one on Nate though. He was a constant in all the books and I think he could have an awesome story. If she wrote a book on him I think I could be in peace and she can quit after that. Lol. Read this series because u will not be dissapointed. She is an awesome writer and I will continue to be on the lookout for more of her books.
I hate to see the series end but what a great book to end on! K.A. Tucker writes so well that you are sucked into her story and you just can't stop reading!
Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker surprised me and was everything I hoped it would be, and I’m so so so so so so so so sad that it’s the final book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series. In this final installment, the story of Ben unfolds. I will be honest, I wasn’t all that excited read Ben’s story. He was a secondary character in the Ten Tiny Breaths books, and in all honestly, I didn’t really care to hear his tale. But I have already kicked myself repeatedly for even having those thoughts. Shame on me, and shame on you if you were thinking the same. Ben is…amazing. A hardcore player/manwhore, but underneath that all, he is the sweetest guy ever. And the pairing of him and Reese were perfect in every way. In Five Ways to Fall, after a heartbreaking opener, the story opens up in Cancun, Mexico where our love birds first meet. It’s not exactly romantic and all fireworks, but it certainly is a night that they won’t forget. They probably will never run into each other ever again, right? Righhhhttttt. Ben leaves his job as bouncer and emerges into the lawyer world. Unable to relocate somewhere else due to his devotion to his mother, Ben lands a pretty great job…and runs into the one person he won’t soon forget. Reese, the girl from Cancun. And her stepfather is the big boss man. After a sorry excuse of a marriage (6 months), Reese hopes to “exorcise her demons” in Cancun with nights of debauchery. Unfortunately, the guy that she was supposed to use to forget about her cheating ex-husband lands a job as a lawyer at the firm she works at. Wanting to get back at her ex for crushing her heart, Reese and Ben decide to be each other “fake girlfriend/boyfriend” knowing full well that they will not develop any sort of feelings for each other…Let the games begin! In Five Ways to Fall, we learn the deep dark secret of Ben’s family and of Reese, both of which rocked me to the core. Past characters from the series make cameos (which I love), and Cain’s story kinda intersects with this one. It was interesting to see just how the effects of their parents’ relationships affects the relationships that both Ben and Reese have had. And it was completely heartbreaking when the secrets of their parents’ past catches up with them. What I really enjoyed about Five Ways to fall by K.A. Tucker was witnessing the budding relationship between Ben and Reese. There’s only one way that things can go when you have a “pretend to be my boyfriend/girlfriend” type relationship going on. I adored when the realization hit them both that there was definitely something going on between the two of them…something that they both weren’t counting on. The feisty Reese is the epitome of a woman scorned. She is one tough chick that I would NOT want on my bad side. The jabs between Reese and Ben is what made this book really addicting to me. I needed to breathe this story into myself. I was entranced by the interaction between these characters, finding them too cute for words. Ben is the ultimate playboy that only needed the right woman to change his ways…and I’m so thrilled that Reese was the one. Trust me when I say that you do not want to miss watching this unforgettable love story unfold before your eyes. With the personal demons that they are both exorcising, it was amazing to watch them find each other… even if it was a bumpy road.
Ten Tiny Breaths was one of my first New Adult novels and I really, really liked it. Then I had the worst luck with One Tiny Lie and Four Seconds to Lose (Hey, we cannot all love the same books! I’m glad that almost all of you loved FStL.), so I was legit scared to read Five Ways to Fall. I’m going to be really, really honest with you right now. Five Ways to Fall is K.A. Tucker’s best work to date and was also the best book I had read since Hothouse Flower in March! I absolutely loved loved loooooved it and you need to read it ASAP. Don’t believe me? Let me convince you a little more :) “If you have to fight over a guy, he’s not worth it. Go for the one who’s waiting for you.” Two words: BEN. MORRIS. OH GOODNESS. I didn't like Ben in Ten Tiny Breaths as a love interest for obvious reasons, but I've always loved him as a character and hoped that one day he'd have his own book. Boy was I ever glad it happened. His POV was brilliant! He has a sweet side and is super funny and bantery, but he doesn't turn a 180 simply because he feels an attraction towards Reese and is so very intrigued by her. Nope! He still notices every gorgeous woman and appreciates them in every way possible, including Reese. He is still very much a guy and I appreciated that aspect a ton! Made the story all the more realistic. I mean.. how realistic do you guys think it is that a guy who has spent time with a girl for a week and barely knows her is now a saint and doesn't look at other women? Not a sweet guy, but a well-known player? *shrug* I don't think it's very realistic, so moi applauds for a realistic and awesome guy POV. Since Reese is out for revenge when it comes to that ex husband of hers and Ben is the fake-boyfriend, her co-worker and new-found friend, we get LOTS and LOTS of Reese & Ben time. They have magnificent chemistry and their banter is just everything. EVERYTHING!!! I loved both of the backstories too which added great depth to an otherwise fun and adventurous story. There are so many hilarious moments and I had to contain my grin and LOL moments while reading this out in public. Obviously didn’t do a very good job since people kept giving me weird glances. Awkward. There are two minor complaints: Reese was a tad too obsessive over her ex-husband, but it’s still understandable. Reese's POV was a little troublesome for me simply because she's so full of hurt from Jared's betrayal and cheating. She's so caught up in revenge and making him pay, and still somewhat in love with him, that I just wanted to shake her and tell her that "Look! You have a good thing next to you! Notice him the way he deserves to be noticed, please." Of course, that happened as the novel progressed, but Reese chatting it up with Jared on Facebook and playing games was a little bit annoying. At the end of the day, the slow burn with Ben was totally worth feeling a little annoyed by Reese's obsession with revenge. The other complaint I have is the way the thing with Reese’s dad was dropped on us at the very end. Didn’t really like how info-dump the whole thing was, but even though a bit extreme, it felt like it could happen IRL. You guys!!! *shakes you* So freakin' glad I tried this one. Especialy after how mediocre I felt about OTL and FStL, but not this one. Adored the fiery persoanality of Reese and the evercharming Ben Morris with his handsome looks. It was the perfect blend of slow-burn and fantastic chemistry. The book moves on very nicely and the pacing was spot on! I loved it so much that I finally caved and got a paperback copy too so I can re-read it all day everyday in physical form when the mood strikes :) (I have a feeling that it'll happen a lot.) A definite recommend, my lovelies! Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5.0
I don't want this series to be over! I was so eager to read this book but I held off as long as I could, knowing this was going to be it. I know we're getting Trent's POV in September, but it's not the same at all. I started this book a little before midnight and finished it at 3 AM. It was so worth it. I miss this series already and hope she will one day choose to revisit it. Ben, Ben, Ben. What can I say about him? If you've read any of the other books in this series you know he's cocky, hot, smart, and a total man whore. One you'd like to sleep with of course, but a man whore nonetheless. He's honest about it too, so it makes it hard to hate him for it. Who knew he had such hidden depths and turmoil in his life? I felt so bad for him and the rest of his family. I have personal experience with some of what he went through, but that was rough! And no I won't say more because I don't want to spoil any of the book. I was so proud of him. Even with everything he turned out to be a good man. Reese was just full of surprises. Her outer appearance didn't completely match her inner personality. You know the cliche of hard on the outside, but soft on the inside? Well Reese was sort of like that. But only when it came to the people she cared about. I REALLY did not like Jared or Caroline, but as the book progressed I only felt sorry for her and so happy Reese had moved on. I loved Reese's humor. She's sarcastic but honest and rarely intentionally mean. So maybe the cliche is true when it comes to her. She's got a tongue that'll cut you like a razor but a heart of gold. The chemistry between Ben and Reese was fantastic. I was on the edge of my chair when they first came into the same frame and I stayed that way though out the book. Their first meeting is VERY memorable. As mentioned above, I read this book in three hours flat. I couldn't put it down. I laughed frequently and cried too, but not as much as I laughed. I really wish this series wasn't ending. K.A. Tucker has not only won me over with her books but thousands of others as well. Luckily, you can pick up any book in this series and read it as a stand alone. If you do, I can promise you'll want to read all the other books too, so you may as well as start at the beginning with Ten Tiny Breaths, followed by One Tiny Lie, and Four Ways to Lose.
I wanted to read Five Ways to Fall because I have totally fallen for K.A. Tucker's characters and the world she has built in relation to Kasey and Charlie... with Cain and his club making for a tight circle of friends and drama. This one helped prove to me that NA is still for me since the last I read was a DNF. Reese is fiery and handles herself. But she has a lot of pain inside her not only from her new husband cheating on her early into the marriage to her father leaving her and a tumultuous relationship with her mom. She really stole my heart, but she also frustrated me because she made such rash decisions over and over and it only ended up in hurting herself and making a failed relationship hurt even more. Then dealing with the law and keeping herself out of trouble, I just wished that she could have learned more from the past and made her life better. She was doing that for the most part getting into a good job with her stepdad and devouring the paralegal world. We know Ben from previous books, and he's the same here. Happy, goofy, funny, a player. But we get to see another side of him. We see his relationship with his mom, and some insight into his family life growing up. We get to see all professional and serious Ben at work and that is pretty hot. Ben also befriends Mason, Reese's stepbrother, and that creates an inside for getting the job there, and also shows how he will be friends with anyone. Though we do see a lot of growth from Mason, and I liked that. He was able to find himself and be a little more laid back and accepting once in the hands of a woman. That was another thing that I liked about this one. Not only do we get a peek into the lives from some of our fave main and secondary characters from the first books, but this one also adds some strong side characters. Lina had a lot of personality and I appreciated the honesty but loyalty between her and Reese. The ever present hot chemistry between the characters has swept me off my proverbial feet once again. Reese and Ben meet in an unexpected circumstance and then their first attempted hook up goes array. Which leads to some hilarity once they end up working together. But though there were some potential for hot moments that were unfortunately interupted early in the book, it makes for a better and longer tension to build between them with wanting to keep Ben's job, since her stepdad owns the law firm they both work for. The ending took me by surprise in some ways, but I ended up loving it. I think that it worked out well and gave me a sense of closure with Reese and Ben even if I will miss them, and wish that I could get more time in their world. I was sad to find out this is the last planned in Ten Tiny Breaths series, but can always hold out hope that she'll change her mind, or that somehow I can love a new set of characters she writes just as much. Bottom Line: Hot, romantic and sweet.
From what we all remember of Ben, was there any doubt his book would be fun, flirty and wild? Absolutely not. This guy is hilarious and sexy all rolled into one magnificent package. How can you not love him? Sure he can be a bit obnoxious and manwhore’ish at times (ok, all the time), but I have loved him from the start. And I for one am glad that he is looking to settle down, even without knowing it himself. Reese is a firecracker and you can be sure trouble isn't far behind. Even now, she is trying her best to walk the straight and narrow. But you guessed it...not long after returning home from her vaca gone horribly wrong, Reese learns that what happens in Cancun doesn’t' necessarily follow the same rules as Vegas and stays there. Oh no. Trouble found her and she is falling prey to its charm. I loved the whole storyline. They have this god awful hook up in Cancun, only to turn around and have to work together not long after. I loved these characters. Reese is this unattainable wild horse that can no longer be tamed. And Ben, the womanizing manwhore, has a past that has kept him from settling down. But together they become something entertaining and awesome. A power couple of sorts! And last but most definitely not least, I was smitten with the romance. Their romance built and built and built until us readers were about to explode, right along with them. I have absolutely loved every minute of this series. And FIVE WAYS TO FALL was one of my favorites out of the series. Of course, TEN TINY BREATHS will always be my most favorite. But FIVE WAYS TO FALL definitely came in second. The storyline, the characters, the building romance...ahhh! Loved it all. Tucker is one of those authors that no matter what she writes, I will be there to read it. 5 Kick Arse Stars!
** 5+ stars ** AMAZING! That was my last though when I finished reading the last line of this book. This series has to be one of my top three favorite series. It honestly got better with each book that came out. If I had to choose a favorite out of the 4.5 books within the series. It would be for me hands down, Five Ways to Fall. Each of the other books were still uniquely well written, with such a great story line. I loved how each book connected with the next one. They all intertwined with one another. Since I first read about Ben in Ten Tiny Breaths I LOVED him. He was so funny, easygoing, sexy in so many ways. This book was such a well written story line. I can honestly say that I myself got lost in the book, forgetting my surroundings, what I was thinking. I was able to picture everything and feel has if I was in a movie front row watching it instead of reading the book. Honestly whats there not to like about this book. I loved everything about it, from getting antsy because of the teasing between them to the small ways in which Ben and Reese were so affectionate towards one another without even realizing it. They created such a funny, loving, comfortable friendship between them that lead to falling for each other. It was so easy to get trapped within these pages of black and white. I stayed up late hours in the night finishing this book, time past i didn't even realize it. The way each character was portrayed was also something I enjoyed most. Usually from the books that I have read, which have been quite a lot, usually the heroine isn't so carefree, confident and funny person. Thats what I enjoyed most about it, that laughs between Reese's or Ben's comments were the best! They both had such a genuine personality which I adored from the very first page learning about the little situation she is in, to the Cancún incident where he was so confident and saw her as a challenge. I could honestly go into great details of things I LOVED about this book; given that about 90% of the book is highlighted with things that made me laugh, cry, feeling antsy, smiling, you name anything good about it and its highlighted. I honestly can also say that I would love like a mini sequel to Ben and Reese's story. Its probably me because I could just read book and books of them two. They became actually people instead of characters you're reading about (if that makes sense haha (: ) Needless to say I fell in love with these two characters. I applaud the author on her recent and future success. Amazingly done ! Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths, #4) by K.A. TuckerK.A. Tucker
Five Ways to Fall is the final book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series. This is playboy Ben's book, and one I've been looking forward to for some time now. I just knew he had a story behind his man whoring ways. Ben's always been a bit of an enigma. When Kacey first got a job at Penny's back in Ten Tiny Breaths, Ben was one of the bouncers by night while he toiled away at law school by day. He had a thing for Kacey at first, but when she started dating Trent, Ben got over it quickly with the assistance of Mercy and Hannah. *snicker* Now, Ben is a real lawyer and has secured his first job at a law firm. By chance, it's the same firm that Reese works at as a paralegal - Reese, the girl he had an awful near-one-night-stand with in Cancun a few months before. Reese, the first girl he hasn't been able to put out of his mind in... well, ever. And, now not only do they work together, but she happens to be the boss' step-daughter. Reese is trying to recover from a failed marriage and a lot of wild living. She was never supposed to see Ben again, and now she has to see him every day. For awhile they have this amazingly awesome love/hate thing going on. Reese is horribly embarrassed by what happened between them in Mexico and that Ben won't let her forget about it. But, then when she decides to use him to get back at her evil, cheating ex, they forge a sort of partnership. Both Ben and Reese are fun and free-spirited, so they really are perfectly suited for each other. Their snark and banter back and forth was hysterical and the perfect kind of foreplay for them. I absolutely loved these two together. This isn't the usual squishy, emo love story. Neither Ben nor Reese are the type to spout sonnets or flowery lovey dovey words. They get off on speeding around on dune buggies, playing paint ball and chugging beers. It was a very refreshing change. That doesn't mean that the hallmarks of a good new adult book aren't present. Ben's backstory is truly sad, and unexpected. Reese's life was equally tragic and her relationship with her awful mother is completely unhealthy. Of course, this gives Ben and Reese some common ground and something to start a meaningful relationship on. That and hot sex. That always helps. I loved the slow build of their relationship. It took Ben and Reese awhile to actually come together in a meaningful way. They seem to become good friends first, helping each other out of some sticky situations. Ben helps Reese get over her ex, and Reese helps Ben on his parents' citrus farm. And, in return, they reform their wild ways (at least with the opposite sex) and focus on each other. I'm so sad to see this series come to an end, but based on the characters that K.A. Tucker has created in her Ten Tiny Breaths series, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.