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…
There are many things I like about Ben, but let me share just two of them. First off, even though he’s a complete player who doesn’t have hookups for any reason other than for sex for pleasure, he’s completely open and honest about it. He doesn’t play games. He doesn’t lead women on. He is who he is, and he has no plans to change. The second reason is because underneath all that charm and easy humor, he’s a genuinely nice guy. He’s also smart, witty, and gorgeous. What makes Ben steer clear of any type of emotional ties/relationships is something we learn about much later on in the book. It’s pretty heartbreaking, but it explains so much.
“You’re not my type.”
I’ve heard this before and I don’t believe her. Hell, I’m everyone’s type! Eventually.
Reese is impulsive but not in a flighty way. She’s also feisty and headstrong. Of course I like her instantly. Her mother is the antithesis of what a good mom is, and her father has been absent since she was very young. You’ll find out lots more on that subject later on as well. Despite all the emotional baggage you’d think she’d be carrying, she’s surprisingly well-adjusted.
How Reese and Ben meet for the first time has some pretty LOL moments, although not so much for her. When they meet again both are pretty shocked, and slowly a friendship begins to build. First out of need for both of them, and then because they actually like each other. Ben has no problem admitting his attraction for Reese, but she plays it pretty close to the vest for a while. I loved the slow burn of UST through most of the book while they really get to know one another. Once they both finally admit to what they’re actually feeling it is pure awesomeness.
There are also great secondary characters that really added to the heart of this story. Ben’s mom is a great character, and I really enjoyed reading a story where there’s a lot of love and respect between the two. Reece’s stepfather was another great one. He cared about her and helped her out long after it was necessary because he really loved her like a daughter. He gave her an important second chance and she didn’t disappoint. There are also some characters who were awful people. I already mentioned Reece’s mom…trust me you’ll hate her, but her ex-husband is a complete and total douche. He’ll make you cringe and think of torturous things you’d like to do to him.
The emotional journey these two take…both separately and together makes for a fantastic…can’t read it fast enough…book that I am giving a high recommendation to. It’s romantic, passionate and written beautifully. My favorite book in this series was Ten Tiny Breaths, and as much as I enjoyed the others that came after I didn’t think any of them could surpass my love of the first…until now. Five Ways to Fall is now on top, and I really, truly hope you’ll take my advice and read it.
My rating for Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker:
5 FLOVED it hearts!
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it is fabulous**