Thursday, February 16, 2017

*ARC* All In - Review

All In (Full Tilt #2)

By: Emma Scott

Published: October 11, 2016 by Trillian

280 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Reeling from her loss, Kacey Dawson is grieving and heartbroken, her addictive demons hauling her back into the alcohol-soaked abyss she worked so hard to crawl out of. Kacey teeters on the edge of oblivion, and must fight her way through the pain, to build a new life for herself with her music, and somehow fulfill the promise she made to Jonah…one she feels is impossible to keep.

Theo Fletcher has a secret burning in his heart, one that he holds close, while he struggles to keep strong for his family that is falling apart. His mother’s health is fragile and his father’s disapproval is breaking him down. Theo is afraid if he follows his heart, he’ll fail, and not just himself, but his brother who believed in him when no one else did.

Drawn together by their pain, Theo and Kacey slowly build a friendship, re-forge old ties, help each other to heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of grief and guilt, they learn to laugh again, to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the shattered pieces of their broken hearts.

Part II of the two-part Full Tilt duet
PLEASE NOTE, this novel is NOT a standalone. It is highly recommended one read Full Tilt first to get the entire arc of the story and to avoid spoilers.
Turns out my prediction from book one (check that out here (spoiler free) was correct. Again though, I didn't view this as predictable, so much as what made sense for the characters given their situation. Frankly, I was cheering for it and pleased with the outcome.

After the tremendous loss from book one, Kacey can't handle being surrounded by constant reminders of Jonah everywhere in Las Vegas. So she moves to New Orleans. Her grief demons follow her and she leans back on alcohol to numb her pain.

Theo, the brother who is the silent pillar of stone in his family and for his few friends, is there for her and helps her climb out of the dark hole she's fallen back in to. Theo is hurting too though, and eventually he has to start putting himself and his wants and desires first, instead of always putting what everyone else thinks is best ahead.

For much of the story Theo and Kacey remain as friends, living thousands of miles apart and only talking on the phone. They see each other a few times, but never crossing the friendship line. Well over half way through the book, they begin to realize there's more than just friendship between them. Denying it due to guilt first, they don't pursue any feelings. But oh man, when they do?! The story gets goooooood.

I highly enjoyed this series! Book two didn't quite hold the same emotion for me as book one did, but it didn't disappoint either. The ending was perfect for me. Fans of NA contemporary romance will definitely enjoy this love story!

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
You can prepare all you want for someday. Nothing prepares you for the day of.

"Real men take care of the women in their lives as a matter of course. Not because they want something in return."

Tell me what you want, I thought, glancing at her from the corner of my eye. Because I want everything.

Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.

"If Jonah was the glue that held us together, you're the rock we set out backs to."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars


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