Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher by: Atria Books
Published on: June 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
Page Count: 384
Sometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie, and Four Seconds to Lose.
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…
Perfection, that’s how I would sum up Five Ways To Fall. From beginning to end KA Tucker wrote an engaging story that was both sweet and funny and came across as truly relatable.
Reese is probably one of my favorite female characters. She was this purple haired, jaded, feisty, 20 year old and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. From her mother, to her father, Reese had been let down by most people in her life and she truly just wanted someone to love her. When she caught her husband of 6 months cheating on her with his ex, she lost it. Reese got herself in trouble after trashing her ex’s place but thanks to her former step dad Jack, she was able to get out of her legal trouble and he gave her the opportunity to start her life over.
While on vacation in Cancun, Ben and Reese meet. Ben was celebrating graduating from law school and Reese was celebrating her 21st birthday and finishing her paralegal program. The two almost share a one night stand but a hilarious and embarrassing accident happens and they never get the chance. Weeks later Ben and Reese run into each other at her Jack’s law office and they have to work together.
Ben, oh how I loved Ben. He was a pure man-who’re but he was so sweet and funny that it was hard not to fall for him. What I loved about him the most was that he was always honest. He didn’t beat around the bush and he was funny, smart, and sweet. Ben and Reese’s friendship started off rocky but I loved seeing how their relationship gradually developed. They became close and even though neither was looking for a relationship they constantly flirted and the attraction between the two was always there.
From the start I wanted the two of them together but with her lingering feelings for her ex and Ben’s own issues with commitment, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I really enjoyed these characters and I loved the gradual buildup of romance. There were bits of drama here and there and it just added to the story dynamic. I loved this story and I would highly recommend it.