Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Australia on June 24, 2014
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.