Five Ways to Fall

Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4) by K. A. Tucker

4.5 stars!

“If you have to fight over a guy, he’s not worth it. Go for the one who’s waiting for you.”

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The fourth and final book in this series, Five Ways to Fall is the story of the bouncer Ben from Penny’s, and wild child Reese. The two meet while on vacation in Cancun, and a horribly embarrassing sexual encounter ensues, leaving Ben wondering where the girl with purple streaks in her hair went. A few weeks later and Ben shows up to his new job as a lawyer and discovers Reese is a paralegal at his new firm.

The two embark on a snarky friendship, with Ben being his usual horny self and Reese fending off his advances. Reese recently divorced her husband who she caught cheating on her, and well, she lost her shit. Trashed his apartment and escaped charges being filed against her, Reese is putting her life back together by working for her former stepfather. So while Reese isn’t looking for any kind of relationship, Ben is looking for someone with no strings attached. The friendship between the two remains borderline “with benefits” status.

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I gotta say, I really loved this wrap up to the series. The first three books had such a serious tone, and having Ben and Reese as the main characters added a lightness that weren’t in the previous books. After meeting Ben in book 1, I always hoped he would get a girl who would tie him down, and Reese was his perfect match. She was wild enough to keep him on his toes, she didn’t take his crap and called him on his corniness at times. The two of them loved spending time together and didn’t play games. They saw what they wanted and went after it.

“Have you always loved yourself this much?”
“I had an awkward year in ‘ninety-nine, but I got over it quick.”

I loved the development of the relationship between the two of them. They genuinely didn’t mean for anything more serious, but as they spent more time together that changed. There was also very low angst in this book which was very much appreciated. I don’t think over the top drama was this couple’s style and to add any in this book wouldn’t have done right by them. And I have to say KA Tucker is fantastic at writing characters with so much depth, I honestly felt like Reese and Ben were real people I would know.

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This was an all out genuine friends to lovers story. Yes there was an attraction between the two, but with the development of feelings it was a wonderful slow building romance. This was the perfect end to one of my favorite new adult series.

**sidenote: I really want Nate to get his own book. Is that at all possible?

“I want your womanizing mama’s-boy football-player butt all to myself and if I catch you with any Twinkies or beautify queens or anyone else, you’d better run fast because I will hunt you down.”

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