Book-Review-Five-Ways-To-Fall

Five Ways To Fall

(Ten Tiny Breaths #5)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

Five Ways To Fall is K. A. Tucker’s fifth novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Again Ms Tucker has focussed on one of the original characters.

However, unlike previous offerings in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, Five Ways To Fall has but a tenuous connection to the prior books.  Five Ways To Fall reduces original characters to cameo mentions and appearances at parties and social occasions.  The only exception to this is Ben the good looking (and womanising) bouncer at Penny’s as he begins his career as a lawyer.

Reese, and Ben, meet in Cancun on Ben’s last night.  A night that could only be described as an unmitigated disaster that Reese wanted to forget and Ben wanted to remember.

Several months later they bump into each other…at work.   Reese now works as a paralegal, a brilliant one at that, at her stepfather’s law firm, where Ben has also secured a position at the firm.

Five Ways To Fall is a nice romance with an inevitable happy ending which most K. A. Tucker fans will enjoy.

I found

Five Ways To Fall

an enjoyable read and rated

Five Ways To Fall

as a solid

four star read.

***

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Five Ways To Fall

an average of 4.30 stars

from 14,581 ratings

and 1,223 reviews.

***

Five Ways To Fall

can be purchased online at

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***

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Four Seconds to Lose

(Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

Four Seconds To Lose is K. A. Tucker’s third novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Again Ms Tucker has focussed on one of the original characters.  This time it is strip club owner, Cain with guest appearances by all of the original Ten Tiny Breaths cast of characters  

 

Cain has a strict no fraternizing with the dancers policy which works well until Charlie Rourke casts her shadow over his doorway, seeking a job.   Being around Charlie sees all types of emotions stirred in Cain; basic, animal emotions which have lain dormant for many years.  In fact, Charlie is the only dancer which Cain comes out of his office to watch, each and every night.  

But Charlie is involved in shady dealings.  Her step-dad is using her as a drug mule and drugs are one thing which Cain wants nothing to do with.  As romance begins to blossom, Cain decides to air his dirty laundry for Charlie’s benefit.   He feels his hitherto unknown past may be holding Charlie back…what he doesn’t know is that it is her past, present and future which is stopping Charlie from committing to Cain.

Another easy read from K. A. Tucker which I enjoyed immensely.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Four Seconds to Lose

an average of 4.20 stars

from 18,380 ratings

and 1,445 reviews.

***

I rated

Four Seconds to Lose

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

Four Seconds to Lose

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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One Tiny Lie

(Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s One Tiny Lie follows the fortunes of Livie, the sensible Cleary sister, during her first year at College. Livie is the planner of the two girls; college, exams, medical school and a good looking respectable husband.

All does not go according to plan and she soon begins to question her choices over the past few years.  Are her choices for herself or is she complying with her deceased father’s wishes?  With her love life a mess and her party life flourishing, straight A Livie begins her mid-terms with a C- for her favourite subject.

Has Livie turned into Miss Mediocrity?  Will she ever sort out her love life?  Will she cease her hard partying?  And how will her sister, Kacey react when Livie tells her what has transpired during the first few weeks of her freshman year of college?  Will Livie’s grades keep her at Princeton?

Surprisingly all of these question are answered if not directly, certainly indirectly.  As with all good authors there is a twist which helps Livie unravel many of the problems she faces.

I found

One Tiny Lie

an enjoyable read and rated

One Tiny Lie

as a solid

four star read.

And it appears many of K. A. Tucker fans

are like minded

with 82% of readers rating it 4 or 5 stars.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

One Tiny Lie

an average of 4.27 stars

from 35,104 ratings

and 2,422 reviews.

***

One Tiny Lie

can be purchased online at

 Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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In Her Wake

(Ten Tiny Breaths #1.5, Novella)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

K. A. Tucker’s In Her Wake is not quite a sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths; it’s more like an addition to Ten Tiny Breaths. In Her Wake tells Trent’s side of the story right up until he and Kacey meet for the first time.

I finished reading Ten Tiny Breaths and immediately commenced In Her Wake where we hear of Trent’s back story where many How’s and Why’s are answered.  In essence we hear the other side of Ten Tiny Breaths.  Trent’s side, as opposed to Kacey’s pain and suffering.

In Her Wake joins the Forever Wild novella (also by K. A. Tucker) on my best novellas shelf.

Many other novellas have tried to be complete stories, end abruptly and left me wanting more.  In Her Wake wrapped up loose ends on Trent’s side of the ledger in Ten Tiny Breaths.

The ending to In Her Wake was spot on.  Another word or sentence would have been too much.

For the above reasons I am, again, breaking my three stars only for novellas rule and have awarded In Her Wake four stars as an addendum to Ten Tiny Breaths.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

In Her Wake

an average of 4.1 stars

from 6,102 ratings

and 621 reviews.

***

I rated

In Her Wake

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

In Her Wake

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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Ten Tiny Breaths

(Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

 

K. A. Tucker’s, Ten Tiny Breaths follows Kacey Cleary’s life after her parents, boyfriend and best friend are killed by a drunk driver.  Miraculously she survives the crash which also killed two of three occupants of the offending vehicle.    Fifteen year year old Livie, Kacey’s younger sister tries to be a steadying influence while Kacey resorts to sex, alcohol and drug to ease the survivour’s guilt and pain she feels.

 

It takes a visit from Uncle Raymond, to young Livie’s bed, one night to bring Kacey out of her spiral.  Together the girls run to Florida, rent an apartment and start a new life, with a grumpy landlord, a single mum, and a sexy good looking guy next door. Trent.

The question is not will but when will Kacey succumb to sexy good looking guy’s charms.

Ten Tiny Breaths may be cliched, however, I found Ten Tiny Breaths to be an enjoyable and reasonably quick read.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Ten Tiny Breaths

an average of 4.12 stars

from 72,123 ratings

and 5,747 reviews.

***

I rated

Ten Tiny Breaths

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

Ten Tiny Breaths

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

Book-Review-Forever-Wild

Forever Wild

(The Simple Wild, #2.5)

by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s Forever Wild is a sequel to Wild at Heart and features Calla’s and Jonah’s adventures/romance in Alaska.

Both sets of parents are soon to arrive for Calla’s first Alaskan Christmas with Jonah at Trapper’s Crossing.

Tension mounts as in-laws arrive bringing with them their own ideas of right and wrong and causing clashes with Jonah mostly, while Calla simply changes the subject to diffuse arguments.

 Jonah and Calla are more settled than the last time we paid them a visit.  Their life is good except for one minor detail…a wedding date is still not fixed.

I thoroughly enjoyed Forever Wild and felt that some of the spark of the original Calla and Jonah (The Simple Wild) was back with us. Their personalities seem to have matured.

There is just one complaint about the Forever Wild novella, and that is simply that it is only a novella.

 On the plus side it is probably the best novella I have read.  Other novellas have left me wanting more.  Forever Wild wrapped up all loose ends and even provides a nice ending which bodes well for another Wild book.  For these reasons I am breaking my three stars only for novellas rule and have awarded Forever Wild four stars.

 

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Forever Wild

an average of 4.43 stars

from 4,880 ratings

and 823 reviews.

I rated

The Simple Wild

as an enjoyable

five star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Forever Wild

an average of 4.43 stars

from 4,841 ratings

and 820 reviews.

***

Forever  Wild

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 ***

Book Review-Dirty-Empire

Dirty Empire

Dirty Empire Book #3

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

************

Dirty Empire, book three of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues with the Mercy and Gabriel relationship within Easton crime family.  Being book three of a series and it would be better if books one and two were read first.  I make this suggestion because all three books have had surprise cliffhanger endings the aftermath of which is the beginning of the next book. However, both Gabriel Fallen and Dirty Empire could be read as standalone short novels as long as you don’t mind not knowing all the details of the previous book.  

      

Dirty Empire is the first of the Trilogy where bedroom antics do not overshadow the story line.  Where Mercy is concerned, a softer, more human side of Gabriel emerges.  However, regarding ‘business’, the brothers Easton show their harder side in Book Three. 

 

Whether readers like, or dislike, detailed descriptions of his love life (Books 1&2), I think many readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  All three books have moved along at a cracking pace and all three have had totally unexpected cliffhanger endings. 

 

The fourth book of the Dirty Empire Trilogy (this is not a typo-see Goodreads Sweet Mercy blurb) is to be published in September 2021.

At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.

 

******

At time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers

have rated

Dirty Empire (Dirty Empire, #3)

Dirty Empire

an average of 4.02 stars

from 403 ratings

and 81 reviews.

*****

I think

Dirty Empire

is a


read.

*****

Dirty Empire

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, and Amazon

Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

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Gabriel Fallen

Dirty Empire Book #2

by

Nina West/K. A. Tucker

 

Gabriel Fallen book two of the Dirty Empire series by K. A. Tucker, aka, Nina West, continues on with Mercy and Gabriel’s steamy relationship intensifying.

      

When reviewing Sweet Mercy I commented that Sweet Mercy reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie and Fifty Shades of Grey book.  Gabriel Fallen is all Fifty Shades.  The other thing which I find interesting is the number of times we read about Gabriel’s calloused hands and how he is using them.  I confess to not knowingly reading a passage where Gabriel is working with his hands, so, where do his callouses come from?  Certainly not from any of the activities so widely written about in the Dirty Empire series.

 

The graphic descriptions of Gabriel’s sexual antics continue unabated in Gabriel Fallen, to the extent that it seemed there was very little other plot.   Mercy accepts that Gabriel is not an angel and manages to convince herself that what she is doing has an upside.

 

I think most readers will read the series just to find out what happens in the next book.  Both completed books have moved along at a cracking pace and both have had cliffhanger endings.

 

I have again rated Gabriel Fallen a three star read.  At just over 200 pages the Dirty Empire series could be labelled a series of short novels.

******

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Gabriel Fallen (Dirty Empire Book 2) by [K.A.  Tucker, Nina West]

Gabriel Fallen

an average of 4.19 stars

from 816 ratings

and 121 reviews.

***

I think

Gabriel Fallen

is a


read.

Gabriel Fallen

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, and Amazon

Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book Review-Sweet Mercy

Sweet Mercy

Dirty Empire Trilogy Book #1

by

K. A. Tucker / Nina West

 

I only borrowed Sweet Mercy because I thought K. A. Tucker had co-authored with Nina West. Not finding any mention of K. A. Tucker in the book I turned to Google only to discover that Tucker also writes under the pseudonym, ‘Nina West’

 

I think it maybe best that Nina West accepts the credit for Sweet Mercy because it is nothing like the Burying Water or Simply Wild series.  In fact, had I read this book first and known it was a K. A. Tucker book I probably would not have read the Water and Wild books, or anything else bearing Tucker’s name.

 

Sweet Mercy commences with Mercy visiting her father in prison.  During the visit she notices Gabriel a good looking bloke visiting a hardened underworld criminal.  Gabriel also notices Mercy.  One thing leads to another and she ends up living with and falling for Gabriel. 

 

To say the living arrangements are raunchy would be an understatement.  Likewise, some may not approve of the graphic descriptions of sex scenes.  However, most of my life has be spent working in ‘rough’ workplaces and while parts of Sweet Mercy were out there with the roughest workmate I can think of, the language and descriptive passages did not offend me.  That is not to say that I enjoyed it, either.

 

While the Sweet Mercy plot reminded me of the Pretty Woman movie, the narrative was definitely Fifty Shades of Grey.

******

Other Goodreads readers

have rated

Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire Book 1) by [K.A.  Tucker, Nina West]

Sweet Mercy

an average of 4.04 stars

from 1,201 ratings

and 194 reviews.

***

I think

Sweet Mercy

is a


read.

Sweet Mercy

can be purchased on-line at

Fishpond, and Amazon

Unavailable at Booktopia,

 

Book Review-Surviving-Ice

Surviving Ice

(Burying Water #4)

by

K. A. Tucker

 

Surviving Ice is the fourth and last of the Burying Water series by K. A. Tucker. 

Surviving Ice is set in San Francisco and features Ivy the prickly tattoo artist from early offerings in the series. 

Yet again Kathleen Tucker writes her novel so that it could be read as a standalone or part of a series.  There is just enough background to tie characters together without overwhelming (series) readers with too much already known information from previous books.

 

In a nutshell, Ivy narrowly misses out on coming to a tragic end and then slowly falls in love with the mercenary who was sent to end her short life.  If required.

 

Surviving Ice also does away with foreign villains and uses home-grown American citizens as villains of the day.

 

.Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)

 

Other Goodreads readers have rated

Surviving Ice

an average of 4.10 stars

from 3,671 ratings and

453 reviews.

***

I think

Surviving Ice

is a solid

read.

Surviving Ice

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon