Five Ways To Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4)

Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths, #4)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Ten Tiny Breaths
One Tiny Lie
Four Seconds To Lose

Synopsis:

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…  

Thoughts:

After absolutely loving the previous book in this series, Four Seconds To Lose, I had high hopes for Five Ways To Fall. However, I was slightly disappointed with Five Ways To Fall. I would totally still recommend the series, especially to fans of New Adult and romantic fiction but I just found this book to be a bit predictable and not as gripping as some of the other in the series.

This book follows Ben Morris who was the hot bouncer/law student (what a combination!) who we’ve seen cameos from in other books and a new character Reese McKay- who is a troubled girl who married young and then was cheated on by her husband. Ben and Reese meet in Cancun one night when Ben is partying and Reese is celebrating her 21st birthday. They very nearly get together but there’s a vomit incident…Later on they have an unexpected meeting and their feisty relationship develops even further.

I think one of the reasons why I didn’t connect with this story as much as I wanted to, was that I didn’t really buy into Ben and Reese’s relationship. I have to say that I preferred Reese to Ben as I liked her feisty side. Ben was cocky and I couldn’t really get over that…even though he does grow towards the end of the story- so there’s that!

The plot wasn’t nearly as exciting as Four Seconds To Lose and I think that was this book’s downfall. If you’re looking for a romance story then I definitely think you shouldn’t be put off as the romance is well written and it’s certainly a readable story!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

A decent read, but not nearly exciting as its predecessors!

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Four Seconds To Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Ten Tiny Breaths
One Tiny Lie

Synopsis:

When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control… and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.  

Thoughts:

I dip into this genre every now and then. I can honestly say that I’m not a huge fan of the New Adult genre. I like Katie McGarry’s writing and now, I can safely say, I really enjoy K.A Tucker’s writing. I have really enjoyed the series so far but Four Seconds To Lose felt different. It has a much darker feel to it which I enjoyed! I was excited to read this book when I learnt it was about Cain…a character who intrigued me in Ten Tiny Breaths.

Four Seconds to Lose introduces its readers to a new character called Charlie Rourke. Right from the beginning we learn that Charlie has a complicated life. She grew up with her step-dad Sam as a guardian. Charlie’s mother and brother have died and Charlie is left with a very shady guardian. Her step-dad deals drugs and uses Charlie as part of the drug drops. Charlie is sent to Miami for a dealership, but she has plants to break free. Charlie goes to a strip club owned by Cain in order to seek employment and get some money so she can finally get away from her step-dad. Cain and Charlie have a connection and Charlie finds herself wanting to stay in Miami with Cain.

The plot was brilliant. I loved the element of danger, the mystery and the build up to Cain and Charlie’s relationship. The drug element of the story built and built and I knew that it wasn’t going to end well. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

I actually really enjoyed both the characters of Cain and Charlie. I loved the way Cain treated Charlie. I was expecting him to be a bit of an arrogant idiot, but he wasn’t at all. He really cared for all of the girls that worked for him, despite him owning a rather seedy business. I adored the character of Charlie. I really wanted her to tell the truth throughout because I didn’t want anything to get in the way of her relationship. I loved how strong she was and how determined she was to change her life.

I loved to see some of the other characters from the previous two books pop up. I love when there’s connections between the books. That said, Four Seconds To Lose can be read as a standalone book as it doesn’t connect to the previous two books in a confusing way. It complements the story if you know of the previous characters but it’s not a necessity to know of them.

I am looking forward to finishing this series (I aim to pick up the next book after my current one!) and exploring more of K.A. Tucker’s work in the future.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A sweet, emotional but dark read. Possibly my favourite in the series so far!

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2)

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Ten Tiny Breaths

Synopsis:

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

Thoughts:

I had such mixed feelings about Ten Tiny Breaths. I adored it and strongly disliked the ending at the same time. Yet, something made me want to carry on the series! I read One Tiny Lie expecting not to like it, but I did. Sure, it had some moments which made me roll my eyes a little, but on the whole, I thought it was a highly enjoyable reading experience and I’m glad that I carried on!

One Tiny Lie follows Livie, Kacey’s sister from the previous book. Livie goes tp Princeton following the path she believes her father would’ve wanted for her. Kacey is trying to encourage her sister to live a little and enjoy herself. Livie has always been a straight A student and never stray from the path that she believes she should be following. Kacey encourages Livie to drink one night and make the most of her college experience. Livie finds a group of friends who encourage her to be more outgoing. Livie has dealt with so much heartbreak, it’s nice to see her unwind a little. Livie parties with her roomates and then there’s the boys…Ashton and Connor. Ashton is the guy she shouldn’t be with, but wants to be. Connor is the guy that her parents would approve of and expect her to be with.

This story is full of angst, but I loved it nonetheless. I was impressed with how well K.A. Tucker portrayed Livie’s feelings of being trapped and how she felt pressure to be someone she wasn’t deep down. I loved the interactions with her therapist and her sister. I thought the chemistry between Livie and Ashton was incredibly well written. At first, I thought Ashton was going to be a ‘typical’ arrogant character, but he has much more depth to him than first meets the eye and I always enjoy that. I enjoyed watching his story unfolding and learning more about him as a character.

I am intrigued to see where the rest of the series goes and will certainly be starting the next book with an open mind.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! Well worth reading if you like New Adult.

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Thoughts:

I have heard SO much about this book over my blogging days, I have had a copy for such a long time, but for some reason I’m only just getting around to it. I had heard a mix of positive and negative reviews for this book, but as ever, I like to form my own opinion. I thought this book was well written, engaging but I found myself very let down by the ending.

Ten Tiny Breaths centres around Kacey and her sister Livie. Kacey’s life falls apart when a drunk driver hits into a car carrying her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Kacey is the only one that survives. She can’t help reliving it over and over in nightmares. Kacey goes off the rails. She uses drugs, alcohol and sex to numb the pain. After an incident with the family they were staying with Kacey and Livie move to Miami. Kacey has to find a job to support herself and Livie. Kacey doesn’t expect to find people that she wanted to let into her very messed up life.

I thought Ten Tiny Breaths had some really interesting characters that I really grew to love. Storm is Kacey’s new next door neighbour. I really liked her character and liked the friendship that developed between the girls. Storm is a young, single mother trying to provide for her daughter, so whilst the circumstances aren’t exactly the same, the girls have caring and providing for a dependent in common. Kacey’s sister Livvie is adorable. I loved her relationship with her sister. She was struggling to deal with losing her parents and seeing her sister go off the rails. I believed in her. Then there’s Trent, the handsome guy that Kacey is attracted to from the start. Kacey tries to keep away and not fall for him, but ultimately (and perhaps predictably?) Trent manages to win Kacey’s heart.

I did find Ten Tiny Breaths predictable. Around halfway through I guessed the twist, and whilst that didn’t ruin the story for me, the ending unfortunately did. I just did not believe in it whatsoever, which was a great shame as I was thoroughly enjoying reading it! I will still continue the series, as I’m intrigued to see where it goes. I just won’t be going in with very high expectations. If you’re into the New Adult genre, then I would definitely recommend this book!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This book was heading for 4.5 stars, but I couldn’t stand the ending! 😦