Five Ways to Fall by KA Tucker 4 STARS
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…
Characters: Ben, Mason, Reese,
Page Turner: At times
Series Cont.? This is the last of the series
Recommend if You Like...any KA Tucker Books
Book Boyfriend: Ben
Genre: New Adult
KA Tucker never ceases to amaze me. She has done it again, and brilliantly. I was hooked from the first chapter to the last word. Were there flaws, absolutely (no book is ever perfect!) but I was utterly in love with Five Ways to Fall. I think what I enjoyed most about this book was the realistic feel of many parts to this novel.
Reese comes from a distraught background, abandonment from a girls father can leave a girl with quite a bit of baggage. From the start we see Reese struggle with her issues of abandonment, and the way she deals with this emotion seems quite appropriate, she marries the first guy that makes her think she finally caught someone who won't leave her...only to find him in bed with his ex. Real shocker there. Reese is a tough girl, with a big heart, but of course, on the heels of this bad relationship the last thing she needs is a new love interest. I enjoyed reading Reese's perspective most because her tough exterior and loving heart really battle one another in her daily life and is something that likely many people can relate to, being hurt by someone you love leaves you vulnerable and everyone deals with this differently, Reese put on her tough front. Reese's friends albeit annoying at times seemed to genuinely love her and attempted to help her find peace, even when she refused their assistance. KA Tucker has always had a knack of introducing side characters with lots of intrigue (obviously!), yet I never got the impression that the characters took over. (i.e. I didnt lose interest in Reese's story) I love KA Tucker's ability though to write such sarcastic and real conversations, she is amazing with her quirky and smarts remarks yet careful with the loving and beautiful moments as well. Very hard to do.
Ben was likable. I enjoyed his charismatic nature and the way his personality really lit up the room, without seeming as though he was trying too hard. Even though I enjoyed Reese more than Ben, I found his story to be interesting, albeit cliche, and a bit "weird". Ben comes from a big family torn that is at odds with their parents (can't say too much more without giving it away). Ben feels the need to stay close to home, and found himself in the field of law. Now for a moment, I will digress, I was a little miffed with the authors writing of the law firm experience (a small law firm even), which I felt to be a bit odd, and not quite accurate. HOWEVER, it wasn't off track enough to detract from the overall story. I found Ben to be a bit over bearing and annoying at times, and his interest in Reese was confusing, but I nonetheless enjoyed their journey.
Ben and Reese's story comes together quite beautifully. A chance meeting in Mexico starts the story, but the two are reunited ironically and unintentionally in the work place. What starts as a haphazard meeting, and a mutual necessity ends up turning in to a great friendship and possible romance. The back story for Reese is really interesting, the ending is a bit unrealistic, where her entire history and family issues culminate, and I was pretty disappointed there but generally speaking the issues resonate and felt genuine. As for Ben's story, I felt his story was also a little off, but his emotions always remained so true, it was hard to not like his character. His back story took some getting used to, and as with Reese in the end is a bit overkill, but I liked the story overall.
In the end, I really enjoyed this installment in the series. It may have had its downfalls, but as with all of KA Tucker's stories I was nonetheless blown away!