Review: Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Posted June 24, 2014 in Review / 4 Comments

Five Ways to FallFive Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4)
By K.A. Tucker
Published June 24th, 2014
Atria Books
384 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received copy from Atria Books in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)



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About the Book:

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…


Ben has always been a favorite side character of mine in the entire Ten Tiny Breaths series.   He looks like the All-American boy next door but he is so far from it.  Honestly, I didn’t think he’d make that much of a book of his own.  I am such a fool.  How dare I doubt the prowess of Ms. Tucker.  Of course he couldn’t hold a book on his own.  Enter Reese…

I have mad love for Reese.  I really didn’t think I would from what I had read about her in the synopsis.  I had set myself up to moan and groan about all of Reese’s bad choices.  Well, let me tell you… the beginning of the book made it very clear I was going to be reading a very different story.  Reese is humble, smart, quick witted, and she loves fiercely!  But we learn in just the first two chapters that she’s had enough heartbreak in her life to crumble a mightier soul.  So its incredibly easy for me to give her a pass when her passion gets a wee bit out of hand when she takes her heartbreak out on her soon to be ex-husband and lands in jail. 

It’s after this point that she meets “our” Ben in Cancun and that’s a hysterical story worth the cost of the book itself!  Okay, I might be exaggerating a tiny bit but it is quite humorous. 

Ben, oh Ben…  I liked him in all the other Ten Tiny Breaths books but he was such a “player” that you just had to cringe sometimes.  Especially when he had his law school graduation party at Penny’s.  If you’ve read the previous stories, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  I’ll admit – I wasn’t a fan of his behavior.  But he redeemed himself in my book, err, in this book.  It’s all part of the plot 😉

The story becomes a sweet story of forbidden office romance with some “will you pretend to be my boyfriend?” added in for even more enjoyment!  There’s even more going on in the this story that I don’t even want to hint at – I’d be a big fat spoiler if I told you everything!!  You’d think the plot would get messy with all this going on but it doesn’t, at all.  I was never confused, never bored, and I just couldn’t put this one down.  I read this book while traveling to Chicago on a train (translated: I read it super quick!). 

Supporting characters, as always with Ms. Tucker, were superb.  I especially enjoyed Reese’s stepfather Jack, her stepbrother Mason, and her best friend Lina (who doesn’t love a 5’7″ skinny blond who’s parents are Korean so she speaks it fluently?!).  Oh my gosh, I’m almost forgetting Ben’s mom and her orchard!  Yes, that is where Reese is on the cover. 

I have got to stop before I give anymore away.

Okay, to sum up my non-review: 

1. I’m crushing on Reese

2. Ben is bad, which is sooooo good!

3. Ms. Tucker has made me happy (again) with another phenomenal entry in her Ten Tiny Breaths series


That is all… you’re excused 🙂



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KA TuckerAbout the author:

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker 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 currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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Other books in the series:

In Her Waketen tiny breaths








One Tiny Liefour seconds to lose










About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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