We are thrilled to celebrate the Release of K.A. Tucker's FIVE WAYS TO FALL!! FIVE WAYS TO FALL is the fourth novel in her Ten Tiny Breaths Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
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Reading the synopsis you know that Reese is trying very hard to pick up the pieces of her broken heart after a failed marriage and Ben (as you know from the other books) is trying hard to tame his party boy ways and begin settling down into life as a lawyer. You also know that somehow they go from two complete strangers one night in Cancun to working in the same office. Awkward? Uhhhh yeah. But so much fun to watch from the sidelines. I began laughing from the very get go reading this book, and found it hard to quit! These characters are so freaking funny! Ben. Ben is always up for a good time as we all know...but I loved how their witty banter was refreshing, Reese and her friends were engaging and likeable...and the events unfolded in a way that I never anticipated! #Winning
Before I give you my reasons for reading, let me suggest that if you haven't read the first three books (scroll down for links), you might want to start there. While this one can be read without reading the others, I think you'd miss out on some things. It does help that all of the cameos are known why. I appreciated seeing my favorite characters, and just sayin' you'll enjoy the books too!
Now, what made me stay up until 3 a.m. reading (and finishing) this book? Wellllll.....
I really enjoyed the humor. Ben and Reese (and their cohorts) had me laughing out loud many, many times (and that's one of my favorite things...laughing while reading). They both made sometimes wry, sometimes bawdy, sometimes just damn funny observations about each other and those around them. No one was spared. No, I would have died by the things that man says out loud in front of Reese...but it is great, because he is so honest. And forces Reese, and pretty much anyone in his presence to be. Mason...I really ended up liking the germophobic, quirky, insane step-brother who also keeps Reese on her toes.
I also liked that Ben and Reese had an easy friendship, once Reese got over her embarrassment about the Cancun thing. (Don't mention the Cancun thing, kind of like fight club!) This was definitely not an insta-love kind of read; their 'real' relationship began as friends ..maybe with the intention of doing the whole 'friends with benefits' thing but ...the friendship was good. The friendship was awesome. I will try to curb my gushing, but friends to maybe more, to hopefully-please-sweet-lord-let-them-get-together-before-the-end-of-this-book are my favorite couples to read.
I loved that neither of them tried to change the other one. Ben embraces casual sex, eschews relationships, is honest above all else, and has all the markings of a 'mama's boy' and doesn't care who knows. He's also a genuinely nice guy. Reese is snarky and grumpy and impulsive and bitter and sensitive and loyal to those she deems worthy. They shouldn't fit without having to change..but they do. They totally fit. Right. Ben isn't as carefree as he seems, Reese isn't as angry as she seems...and when you meet someone who you can genuinely be you with. That is awesome. I hope that is a message that is taken away here.
And then there are some miscellaneous things I loved...like the scenes in the orange grove, those seemed magical. And the periphery characters helped enhance the plot and the funny events. Being able to see how some of the characters from the other books were doing was also a treat. And even though I sometimes wanted to throttle Reese for allowing her broken heart to cloud her judgement, I loved how honest that felt too. Lina, Nicki, Mason, Jack, even Annabelle, and the Law Bot...they all make up a cast that brings more to a world that we have experienced before, love, and never want to grow tired of.
I will surely miss these characters; I'm sad to see the Miami crew go but interested in seeing what K.A. Tucker will write for us next. I can't wait! She is one of the few authors these days I buy without question. I know it will be great writing, captivating plot, and characters that I could enjoy being friends with in real life. My favorite!
Shelley: 4 stars
Courtney: 5 Stars
Courtney: 5 Stars
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ABOUT K.A. TUCKER: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.