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

Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths, #4)

Five Ways to Fall
(Ten Tiny Breaths #4)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 24, 2013=4
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Adult
My Rating:

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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…

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Well this is sad. I enjoyed the previous books of this series especially Ten Tiny Breaths and Four Seconds to Lose but this book just wasn’t in the cards. I wish I’d love this book but I honestly couldn’t get into it.

Five Ways to Fall is the fourth book of Ten Tiny Breaths series. It centers around Ben Morris— the hot bouncer slash law student that we’ve met in the previous books, and Reese McKay— a troubled purple haired girl who experienced such heartache when her husband cheated on her. The two of them met at Cancun when Reese celebrated her 21st birthday. They kind of flirted there but after a drunken night Reese disappeared and left him. It was after two months when they unexpectedly met again.

The problem I had with this book was the plot itself. It was bland. Maybe because Four Seconds to Lose left me with an adrenaline rush that made this book kind of dull for me. Five Ways to Fall lacked an interesting flow of the story. I have no problem with the writing style because K.A. Tucker does it great but the way the story was delivered was kind of meh.

I also didn’t feel especially connected to the characters. I loved Ben in the previous books but I don’t know why he lacked some appeal here. And Reese– she’s not a bad character at all but there was also something about her that’s missing and I guess it’s the depth that I’m always looking for.

The romance was also a problem here. The characters kind of lacked chemistry and I felt the romance was forced. And there was no twist and climax (which were present in Ten Tiny Breaths and Four Seconds to Lose).


Much as I tried, I just couldn’t like this book. I struggled finishing it and at least half a dozen times I was ready to put this book down for good, but I still did finish it. It unfortunately just came too short and I felt bad about it.

One of the reasons why I rated it 2 stars instead of 1 star is because of the author’s writing style which is as always, easy and comfortable to read. I also felt the characters’ development in the book. I am glad that Ben finally reached his dreams and Reese was able to move on from her failed marriage. All in all, this book was underwhelming but I still recommend the series to all romance lovers because the previous books are surely a win.


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Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

Ten Tiny Breaths
(Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication: September 24, 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
My Rating:

four stars


Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

my thoughts

Ten Tiny Breaths - K.A. Tucker

I’ve just read another phenomenal book!


I picked up Ten Tiny Breaths because of its postive reviews on Goodreads and I’m so happy that I made a great decision. It did not disappoint. The story was handled and delivered well by the author.

Ten Tiny Breaths tells us a story about the main character Kacey Cleary whose life has changed ever since the day her parents, her boyfriend, and her bestfriend died in a car accident. It’s the accident where she was the only one who survived. When she and her sister Livie moved to Miami to start a new life, she met the tall, gorgeous, and intriguing guy Trent Emerson whom she had an immediate attraction to. She later on became attached to him– but with reluctance, because of her issues.

I am a fan of romance books with deep and heavy drama behind, and I must say that this book really brought out the emotions in me. Although the writing style of the author didn’t feel as captivating to me at first, I enjoyed the book as I’ve read further because of the surprisingly peculiar effect it had in me.

Kacey is a great character. She’s a headstrong woman. What I like about her is the way she became determined to protect her sister from anyone who became a threat to them. I wish I have a sister like her! I have to admit that at first, I really had a hard time liking her. She’s one of those whiny female leads that constantly annoy me, but then I quickly warmed up to her the moment the author presented the details about her traumatic past. I ended up a bit feeling awed by her.

Trent is also one amazing character that is worthy to be praised. I love how he was introduced in a mysterious manner. I also love his gentleness towards Kacey and the way he became a remarkable part of the book.

“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

The thing you can expect about Ten Tiny Breaths is the beautiful impact afterwards. It’s a story about love, grief, denial, healing, and forgiveness. I appreciate how moving on was greatly emphasized here. I highly recommend!

Rating: 4 Stars

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