Thursday, November 10, 2016

REVIEW: Full Tilt by Emma Scott

Shel: I've heard about this book. I knew it was going to try to make me cry. I knew it was going to pack an emotional punch--I just didn't know how or why; I went in to this book completely blind (other than knowing some of my favorite bloggers LOVED it) and I was itching to spoil it for myself time and time again, but I refused. I refused to go read the spoilers because I wanted to experience everything in the book without any expectation. If I was going to feel the weight of this book, I wanted to feel it all--the grief and the joy and the hope...all of it, without someone else telling me how they felt. Court: She did. She wanted to find all the spoilers, to abate all of the potential tears (she doesn't cry much, y'all) but I'm glad she hung in there. And I'm equally glad she kept pushing me to get this one read, because it really is incredible. The way that the story is written...with seamless flow of the words, and the characters really make you invested in them quickly. I also was very amazed with how they met and got to know each other. I just all around really liked this book.

Shel: I don't want to focus on retelling the synopsis--I really want to just purge all of the feeling Full Tilt evoked. I want to talk about how my heart felt heavy even when I was happy for Kacey and Jonah. How I practically heard every tick of the clock as time passed by in warp speed. How proud I was of both of them that they took chances, did the hard thing and let themselves love and be loved. Court: Exactly. This one really just makes you step back, evaluate and appreciate all of the things in your life. Good or bad, they can teach you something...and I think Jonah has many lessons to teach us with his perfect heart, figurative'll see. Kacey is a really good person inside too, she is just a little rough around the edges and I appreciate when our heroine isn't exactly prim and perfect.

Shel: I love that Emma Scott made all the right choices with these characters--from the lack of contrived drama from outsiders, to the strength that Kacey found, to the hope mingled with sadness that I felt pouring on to every single page. She also created scenes that will stay with me for a long time--there were some really vivid moments where I felt like I could see and feel everything Kacey and Jonah were (the butterfly scene, the rain scene, the very first scene when she wakes up in his apartment, the hospital scene when he talks to Kacey, and on and on); I was in those pages with them and it felt so special. But perhaps one of my most favorite moments was a final moment Kacey had with Beverly--in the depths of a building despair Emma Scott managed to soothe my heart in a way that let me go on to finish this novel with some sort of hope through my stinging of my eyes trying to hold back tears. Court: This booked grabbed hold of me and won't let go, Shel. I am just in awe of the words that came out of Emma Scott, and the feelings that I have because of them. This is another one of those heart healers - if you let it - and I absolutely cannot wait to dive into the next book!  

Shel: Without a doubt this is one of the best things I've read all year. Beautiful and emotional story. Court: I second that. It was incredibly beautiful.


Read about it here:

"I would love you forever, if I only had the chance..." 

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch... 

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch. 

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it. 

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing. 


About Emma Scott:

Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count. 

She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it's amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it's that love always wins. 

Twitter:P at @EmmaS_writes. 

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