Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: K.A Tucker's "Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths # 4)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway for K.A Tucker's "Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths # 4)."

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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…

Review: Surj Harvey 

Having just survived reading a couple of really dark, twisted novels, I was in much need of something light hearted... something that wouldn't be too taxing on the old brain cells and wouldn't leave me (yet again) in need of anxiety meds. Well, Five Ways to Fall fit the bill perfectly, although to be honest, after reading the first few pages, I really thought I was headed straight back to Angstville, especially when the tears threatened to fall!!! False alarm folks... false alarm because I spent most of this book with a huge grin on my face, laughing out loud like a lunatic because what I was reading was just sooooo funny!!!! From Reese and Ben's disastrous attempt at a one night stand to the whole fake girlfriend/ boyfriend thing, to the witty banter the couple shared, be warned, you will grin like a Cheshire cat so much that your cheeks will hurt by the time you read the last page.... pure brilliance and just what the doctor ordered... after all... laughter is the best medicine!!! 

“You’re not my type.” 

I've heard this before and I don’t believe her. Hell, I’m everyone’s type! Eventually. 

Reese MacKay and Benjamin Morris were fantastic leading characters. Reese was completely kick ass and it was difficult not to like her, even when her attempts at getting back at her ex made her look a little cray cray!!! She was feisty, sarcastic, sharp tongued and knew how to take care of herself. Unfortunately, Reese was also trouble with a capital T and that stemmed from abandonment issues. Ever since she was a child, everyone she loved had upped and left and that in itself had repercussions as those around her watched her spiral out of control:

"That was about needing to feel loved. About someone choosing her,
making her come first. Everyone who was supposed to make her the priority had failed,
leaving her lying on the ground to figure out how to pick herself back up."

Ben was equally a fun character to get to know. Despite being arrogant, obnoxious and very cocky, his charm, wit and laid back attitude definitely won me over. Plus he was a hottie in every sense of the word...he was definitely the full package neatly tied up with a pretty bow.. OK scratch the last bit because he wasn't neatly packaged up at all. Behind that exterior was a man who had commitment issues, unfortunately as a result of watching his parents unhealthy marriage tear the family apart. 

“Have you always loved yourself this much?”
“I had an awkward year in ‘ninety-nine, but I got over it quick.”

However despite both Reese and Ben having these demons waging war on them, the tone of the book overall remained quite uplifting. Yes the issues did surface now and again and yes they did tug at the heart strings but not to the extent where my heart felt like it had been torn out and trampled on (thank god!!!). 

"Five Ways to Fall" was a romance but it definitely didn't conform to the  usual formula we see in a lot of novels of this genre. What Reese and Ben shared was slow building and believe it or not, started off with Reese not liking Ben very much at all (but then she did throw up all over him during their first encounter and he had seen her butt naked, crawling on all fours trying to make it to the toilet before she threw up all over again!!! Even half way through, it was still friends with snogging benefits but it worked really well. 

And this is so easy. And straightforward and painless, because we both know it's completely
physical and neither of us is looking for more. And oddly enough, I feel like we're friends. 
Ben's kind of like a kid I used to play in the sandbox with 
who's seen me through my embarrassing gangly years and makes me laugh. 

There were no expectations from either characters part for anything more but the butterflies in my belly were going crazy because I could see that each of them was starting to be affected by the other just that little bit more. The question was, who would bite the bullet first? The whole "will they? won't they?" scenario made me giddy with excitement and the shenanigans they got up to only reinforced my belief that they were perfect together.  

The secondary characters in Lina, Mason, Wilma and Jack really helped to seal the deal with this book. Wilma and Jack truly made my heart swell. They were so selfless and had both made sacrifices for their kids. Their words of advice and encouragement and of course the meddling (especially on Wilma's part) only helped to reinforce my love for them. And Lina and Mason really were the kind of friends you would want on your side... they always had Reese and Ben's back... even when they didn't agree with what they were doing (and trust me... that was more often than not).

“If you have to fight over a guy, he’s not worth it. Go for the one who’s waiting for you.”

"Five Ways to Fall" was such a beautiful, sexy, funny conclusion to what has been an amazing series. The writing in each and every book has brought the story line and the characters to life, weaving them quietly into our hearts where they will forever hold a special place. From Trent and Kasey to Livie and Ashton and not forgetting Charlie and Cain and last but definitely not least, Ben and Reese. K A Tucker has done an amazing job with each and every book and as much as the full length novels are all now complete, there is a novella coming out... Oh yes "In her Wake" is Trent's novella before he met Kasey!!!! Go check it out on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1lgBbM0

So all that is left for me to do is rate "Five Ways to Fall" and I couldn't give it anything less than 
5 Hearts. 
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Excerpt:  Ben

I love the angry ones.

Of course, anyone who knows me would argue that I love any and all women, and I can’t exactly disagree. But I love the angry ones the most. They’re a challenge to be conquered, the reason for their fury usually fitting neatly into three buckets: insecure, scorned, hormonal.

And this chick gazing up at me with fire in her caramel eyes?

I’m betting on bucket number two.

“My, what an awfully bright red shirt you have on,” she pushes out between gritted teeth, as if she’s trying to be polite but can’t hide her disdain.

I didn’t know what I was walking into when the punk-rock chick with the crazy-ass muscular body waved us over, but her friend with the purple hair and her back to me had me intrigued. Now that I’m getting a good look at her face, I know who I’m spending my last night with in Cancún. She’s not what some would call traditionally “pretty.” Her eyes are slightly too big and far apart, her nose is slightly too long and slender, and her lips—though nice and wide—are on the thin side. Yet something about all of that put together makes her sexy as hell. Maybe it’s the little nose ring. Or maybe it’s the way her decent-sized tits are pressing up against me, her low V-neck tank top—a casual shirt, telling me she’s not trying to pick anyone up—giving me a fine view of her cleavage. Whatever it is, my dick is certainly pleased. “You like it?” I ask.

An irritated glare flickers to the material. “No.”

I can’t help but chuckle at her candor. “Will you at least give me a head start before you gore me?”

Those thin lip curls into a condescending smirk. “Bulls don’t see color. That’s a myth.”

The only thing I love more than an angry girl is a smart, angry girl.

This is going to be fun.

“Well, how about I solve the problem for you.” I take a step back from her and swiftly yank my shirt off, exposing six days of suntanned skin and an upper body that I know looks damn appealing because I work my ass off to keep it that way. The random catcalls from the tables around confirm it.

And then I simply stand there and grin like the cocky ass that I am as Angry Girl can’t keep her eyes from scanning the muscles I’ve honed since my college football days, her lips parting ever so subtly. I see the shift in her, the moment where she realizes that, though she’d prefer to castrate the entire male species right now, she can’t ignore her attraction to me.

At least, that’s what I want to see.

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.


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