Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker Review: Cocky playboy meets scorned wife

October 29, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker Review: Cocky playboy meets scorned wifeFive Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Australia on June 24, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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…

If there was ever anyone who could make Penny’s playboy bouncer settle down, it would be Reese.

Ben’s story reveals a softer side to the cocky, arrogant and handsome playboy who flirted with all the girls. In Five Ways to Fall, he meets his match in a wild, fiery and kick ass girl called Reese. Reese is hellbent on the destruction of her ex husband after he was caught cheating on him, and the last thing these two want is commitment.

I’ve only ever seen one side of Ben – the playful, easygoing guy who’s unruffled by anything and confident as all get-out. I didn’t realize how much I’d come to appreciate that consistency until it was disrupted by an argument with Wilma. 

Slowly but surely, seeing this couple being hopelessly attracted to each other and developing feelings for each other was the best slow burn romance one could hope for. I really loved the vivacious Reese who didn’t try to hard at all and her “don’t give a fuck” attitude really made herself stand out next to Ben, who has girls throwing themselves at him. Reese’s darker side which has gotten her in trouble with the law was hilarious to witness through her revenge schemes involving red paint and paintball. Their chemistry was strong and being able to read both their points of view will glean their developing attraction and deeper feelings for each other.

“Well seeing as I’m seeking revenge on my ex-husband, I don’t think I have time in my schedule for a second unhealthy relationship. But thank you for being concerned.” – Reese

I loved seeing the softer side to Ben as he visits his mama who lives at the grove. He was always the cocky bastard at Penny’s who couldn’t keep his pants on, but here you can see the caring, defensive, commitment phobe side to him. Seeing Ben in his natural habitat really does explain so much about his character, why he becomes a lawyer, what ‘relationships’ he developed at Penny’s, and why he doesn’t want to get into a relationship.

As always, K.A. Tucker’s amazing writing and chemistry filled romance just made me feel so much. Compared to the rest of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, this one felt a lot more vanilla as Ben and Reese work at a law office, visit his mama’s grove, and sit in cafes. I felt like there was something missing, as we moved away from the cliche damaged characters with a shadowy past and focused on the commitment problems these characters had. For this reason, the depth of emotion was shallow.

“Have you always loved yourself this much?” – Reese

“I had an awkward year in ‘ninety-nine, but I got over it quick.” – Ben

As the last planned novel in the series, I felt like it ended with a fizzle as the most straightforward book in the series. While I’ve enjoyed most of this series, many of the books have been hit or miss (eg. my least favourite was One Tiny Lie). I really admired the chemistry and the different characters from all walks of life though, which K.A. Tucker has made us fall in love with.


While Five Ways to Fall couldn’t live up to the awesome Four Seconds to Lose in this series, it offered excellent character development between two bright and vivacious characters and a wonderful slow burn romance. With intense chemistry between the two and them finding the better parts of themselves with each other, it was definitely worth reading. I loved seeing the softer side to Ben who has only been portrayed to us as a playboy before and seeing him finally meet his match.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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29 responses to “Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker Review: Cocky playboy meets scorned wife

  1. Lol oh Glass, don't worry there are others here who haven't read the rest of the series either. It definitely DOES get better, I was impressed because I was thinking whether to continue too.

  2. That's a good idea in flipping it around, I mean I could have even done that with this series and it wouldn't have been too bad. Although sometimes they do make mention of characters and I wouldn't want to spoil myself. Thank you Faye!

  3. Oh it was a really emotional, heart wrenching series where I shipped most of the couples that came out! I just loved the character development between all of them. I liked how each book was dedicated to a different couple as well.

  4. I am so glad you are keen on reading the series again Marianne. I must say after the less than glowing reviews for the 2nd book, many people weren't keen but it's skippable hehe. There are some really amazing moments in each installment though. Thanks lovely!

  5. I actually think Book 1 was the most stereotypical of the lot, kind of reminded me of Katie McGarry's series, although I didn't give the rest a shot either. The writing and the rest of the books have great premises though, something for everyone. How come I had no idea she had a paranormal series, I'll have to check it out. Maybe skip book 2 and head to book 3 <3

  6. Yeah, one Tiny Lie wasn't my favourite either, but I still enjoyed the writing if that makes sense? Four Seconds to Lose is probably my favourite out of all of them. I think you'd like them Alise!

  7. Yeah, this one definitely wasn't the dud. The dud was One Tiny Lie 😉 I think I rated that 2.5? Even though that had strong character development as well, I felt like Livie went backwards in her development. Ben and Reese were such a hot couple!

  8. Love those quotes, I think I would enjoy this one! I've read her other books and while I enjoyed them, I didn't think the romances were the best. One Tiny Lie is probably my least favorite as well, I still have yet to read Four Seconds to Lose (glad to know it's good!) This one sounds much more promising, the two sound like they are a great match for each other.
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  9. I read book one in the series when I think it was marketed as a standalone. It wasn't bad, but sadly didn't really engage me as well. I'm curious about the rest of the series though, as apart from this one that let you down a little in comparison, you seem to really enjoy them. I think it's just not bonding with NA for me, but she's an awesome author though, and can definitely spin a story. Going to try her YA paranormal series soon. Have book one and hopefully I can enjoy those a little more. Awesome review Jeann, might check out book two of the series and give it a go <3
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  10. Every series has to have at least one dud, and with a 3.5-star rating I wouldn't even go so far as to say that this installment falls into that category. You can't go wrong with strong character development, and YAY for Ben finally meeting his match in Reese. I'm relieved that the author took the slow burn approach to their romance.
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  11. I am one of those people that pretty much loved all of these books. Have you read her paranormal series yet? I have read the first two, and really liked them as well. I hope you enjoy Burying Water!

  12. Yeah, I can see where your criticism is coming from. If this book comes after another one that was more intense and frustrating (in a good way) and was an emotional rollercoaster, I can see how it would feel incomplete. This is why I prefer the "softer" "vanilla" books to come first before the intense ones! At least the positive aspects trump in the end 😀 Great review, Jeann!
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  13. Even though I don't think anything could beat Four Seconds to Lose, this definitely sounds amazing. I'm really excited to find out more about Ben since he's always been represented as so shallow. Reese sounds amazing as well so I need to meet her!
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    • I do enjoy slow burn romances, especially ones that differentiate the attraction/lust with actual love and romance. I think the last 2 books were dual first person, the first 2 books were single person perspective. I still really enjoyed them both, though. Nope they are completely stand alone, although they do have the same characters around them at some point. I think you'd do fine skipping around 🙂

    • I have really enjoyed all of this series, Ten Tiny Breaths felt a bit stereotypical but it was still a great read. I really loved the 3rd book in the series, Four Seconds to Lose. Hope you get to pick them up, Quinn!

  14. GUUUURL!!!

    I loved Four Seconds To Loose so much and nothing could quite compared to that one for me which is while everyone loved this one and considered it their favourite of the series, I gave it the same rating as you. Don't get me wrong, I liked this one, a lot and Ben was a hell of a lot of fun but nothing could compare to Cain and Charlie and everything that book made me feel! That being said, YOU NEED TO READ BURYING WATER NOW!!!
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    • I totally agree, I just Loved Four Seconds to Lose so much, it was freaking amazing! So much thought and care went into that one. I did like this one a lot but definitely, no one could compare to Cain and Charlie! I can't wait until Burying water, you just reminded me I have more KA Tucker to look forward to <3