Book Review - Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker | Blushing Geek

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker
Ten Tiny Breaths, #4
June 24, 2014 by Atria Books
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
319 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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…


I really don’t know what to expect with this story but I’m hopeful since the author, K.A. Tucker, was recommended by a friend. But my!!!! This story made me feel a lot of emotion. I never expected Five Ways to Fall would be this good.

I was jumping from one book to another lately; when I don’t like the first chapter, I’ll jump into another book. With this one? Well, it started with a very intriguing prologue. Imagine a five year old kid left alone in a dinner by her own father?! And then I came into the first chapter, I was confused with the time warp really. I guess I could say that I wasn’t impressed with the first chapter but I was eager to know more. The female lead was in big trouble then she called in her “ex” stepfather. I’m really curious about the story behind that.

And Five Ways to Fall never failed me fortunately. It gave us the story of what happened before and why Reese, the female lead, was in such big trouble. And my! I almost want to get inside this story and paint that cheating husband of hers in red, or better yet skin him alive. Yep. I’m really mad. I don’t like cheating spouses and that usually ticks me off which would make me boycott the story. But I dunno, I keep reading anyway haha. And I’m so glad I did because I finally get to meet this obnoxious, c*cky male sl*t ever. My! This guy is a shameless flirt and a sl*t but didn’t even bother to hide it, and I like that. I mean, I love that he isn’t pretending to be someone he is not but shows them what he really is. And girls do love him for that, it’s because, “what you see is what you get”.

So yep. Their story started as supposed to be a hook up until that embarrassing (on Reese’s part) scene happened and ruined their sexy moment haha. Then they meet again, which I already guessed because the world seems too small in the book eh? Then they became friends then escalated into friends with benefits. I was glad to find out how she’s doing well now and how her stepfather Jack is working to make their relationship back to what it used to be before her mother Anabelle shagged Jack’s best friend and business partner thus hurting Jack and thus filing of divorce.

I know I know, sorry. But I guess this review is going have a “little” spoiler than what I expected it would be *wink.

All was doing fine, I’ve been really entertained with Reese and Ben’s bantering and teasing until the cheating ex husband with his new wife came back to picture. I really hated that side of Reese. She’s like this scorned ex wife that was doing all those nasty things to get back with that b*tchy new wife and maybe even making a way to get the guy back. Like duh! You don’t need that cheating idiot. Even if he’s the most handsome, the hottest or even the wealthiest guy alive, you don’t need her girl. I almost want to tear my hair off with what she’s been doing, especially the last thing she did. It’s just so lucky Ben is always cool about it.

Then little by little, the two of them got to find out that they are in love with each other but both of them are reluctant to admit. And it’s all because both of them have hidden baggage they are carrying. Reese because of her mom and cheating husband, and Ben because of his good for nothing father.

Then the pace of the story changed when they went to Ben’s place and got to meet his mother and his father. And my! I balled my eyes out especially on the scene with his father. It’s just…so heartbreaking to read that continuing the story without shedding a tear or two is impossible for me. Didn’t I tell you I’m a cry baby? hehe.

I love that this story didn’t just confuse me, made me curious, made me mad, made me feel irritated, made me swoon, laugh my heart out but also made me cry my heart out. The emotion especially when she got to find out why her dad left her that day. My! Thinking about it now makes me teary eyed again. It’s just so heartbreaking. I’m relieved that she finally understood what happened, why her mother was like that. Even if she didn’t get the chance to see his old man again, at least she finally got the closure she deserves and has Ben and her family (Mason the stepbrother and Jack) supporting her.

Btw, Mason in the first part of the book was kind of an irritating nerd because of his glasses, always following the rules and all. But I’m happy that all family issues as well as love issues we’re finally settled. Even Jack and Wilma (Ben’s mom) got their share of love stories too haha.

You know what’s funny? I’m really not that hard to please, if I love the ending, the rating will be sure between 3-4 stars, but when a story makes me feel so many emotions, I’m torn between 4.5-5 stars and this story didn’t make it easy for me.

Because even if I hated the part where Reese is so hung up with making her ex husband and his new wife, I still get the feeling that it didn’t deserve just 4 stars. Thinking about it now, I guess this is one of the few stories that is really realistic. I mean, if you happened to catch your husband and his mistress in the shower in your own place, I would sure be that bitter too. Or maybe I will kill them in that instant (kidding aside, haha I’m that crazy)  I mean, everything is just so realistic even that charming ending. 

So yep. After further deliberation, I’m finally giving this one a 4.5 star rating. 

Btw, Five Ways to Fall has some few SPG scenes so be prepared haha. This is the fourth book of the Ten Tiny Breaths series but you can absolutely read it standalone. I didn’t really know it was in a series until I saw it in Goodreads.

So if you are looking for a book that will give you some feels, then Five Ways to Fall is absolutely a perfect book for you.

Favorite Lines

  • “I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of hearing her sing. Or talk. Or laugh, or bust my balls, or tell me I’m a jackass. And I don’t see how I could ever get sick of waking up next to her in the morning, or pulling all her clothes off of her at night, because I haven’t yet. It’s the exact opposite, actually. I just want her more. She’s everything I never knew I wanted. She’s everything I never knew I could have.
  • She just….fits with me. So perfectly.


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6 years ago

I love Tucker and enjoyed this one. She does grab you emotionally. So glad your friend recommended her to you.

6 years ago

Yeah, she’s really good. And I’m glad I listened and tried Tucker. Now I’m checking my Kindle if I have another book from her 😉

Jenea Whittington
6 years ago

Tucker know how to write books that just suck you emotionally. Glad you gave this one a try and enjoyed it.

Jenea’s Book Obsession

6 years ago

Yeah that’s absolutely true. It’s just my first time from hers but I think one more book and I’ll be one of her fans soon

6 years ago

I do really like this author and even though I like her, I have yet to read this one, which is a shame because I’ve had it on my kindle for awhile now. I should try to bump it up my pile. 😉 So glad you loved this!

6 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Yay. Can’t wait for you to read it 🙂

6 years ago

I have enjoyed this author in the past, and I have her latest on my Kindle waiting to be read, I haven’t read this one yet and it sounds so good. I am going to add it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation, Vanessa.

6 years ago
Reply to  Heidi

Yay. I’m glad I was able to persuade you Heidi. Can’t wait for you to read it soon 🙂

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

Not sure that this is a book for me. Thanks for the review.

6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks Mary 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

I loved this series and each book got me teary-eyed. Loved all the emotions it took me through, too.

6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oh my! Now I’m more eager to get all the books in the series

Naomi Hop
6 years ago

I’ve read Tucker in the past, and I LOVE her work! I have this one on my shelf, and I need to get to it ASAP! I am intrigued about the Prologue and the first chapter!

Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

6 years ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

Yay! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this one soon Naomi 🙂

Greg Hill
Greg Hill
6 years ago

I thought this was a YA at first from the cover, guess I should have looked closer at your summary, but glad you enjoyed this! It does sound like they make a fun couple. 🙂

6 years ago
Reply to  Greg Hill

That’s what I thought too. I like both YA and NA so either way, it was great how this story made me feel. And yep, Ben and Reese are absolutely one of those fun couples 😉

6 years ago

You’re on a roll with good looking reads lately 😀

6 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Hehe, yeah. And it’s such a pretty good book to start my August 😉

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

This sounds good. I have only read one book for this author and enjoyed it. I guess I will be checking this one out. Thanks for sharing. Great review.

6 years ago

I am actually scouting all the books in the series now hehe

6 years ago

I’ve heard so much about this author but not this book. I haven’t read the series either but I like the sound of this one.

For What It’s Worth

6 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Yay. I’m pretty sure you’ll love this one Karen 🙂

Sharon - Obsession with Books

I have read a few books by this author but I haven’t picked this one up as yet; you have me really curious! Will have to bump it up on my tbr pile.

A lovely review! Sharon – Obsession with Books

6 years ago

Yay! Can’t wait for you to try it Sharon 🙂

6 years ago

I read the first three books in this author’s Burying Water series, but haven’t started this series yet. It does sound like a good one. It sounds well written with the well done romance and also the heartbreaking parts.

6 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It really does. I’m actually starting to scout all the books in the series now hehe

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