Title: All In
Author: Emma Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 2 of 2 from Full Tilt series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: Oct 11, 2016
SPOILERS FOR FULL TILT….
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.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Warning: This review contains spoilers from Book 1, Full Tilt.
I don’t want to write spoiler review but it’s impossible to express my thoughts without mentioning things/names from previous book. And I don’t like to repress my feelings (lol!) so please don’t read this review unless you’ve read book 1. No spoiler for Book 2.
Months after her loss, Kasey Dawson ran away to start a new life in a new city. But demons from the past re-emerged amidst her grief threatening to drown her already flailing soul.
Theo Fletcher had his own grieve to deal with. Yet all around him, he saw people crumbling away and can’t help but want to fix it, choosing to ignore his own heart’s call for help. But when two broken hearts reconnect, it has the ability patch back the shattered pieces as long as they are willing to take the risks.
I’m not going to lie, I was not happy when I found out who are the pairing for this book. I love Theo but I didn’t know if I could accept the “betrayal”. I’m glad the author managed to convince me to accept them as a couple.
I’d already lost Kacey. One broken promise. I couldn’t take another fucking failure.
Theo was my favorite since book 1 because I understand his position. He made a promise that’s close to his heart yet, it’s also a burden considering the situation. I also feel sorry for him with how he had to deal with unsupportive people around him.
She needed to do what was best for her, to heal and move on.
Kasey was back into her self-destruction path. She was struggling to stay afloat but lucky to be surrounded by people who cared about her well being.
I love how their relationship progressed organically. It was developed at a believable pace, which helped convince readers that the relationship was real.
You can prepare all you want for someday. Nothing prepares you for the day of.
I do wish there were bigger issues for them to deal with though. But then again, that’s just me because I love when characters suffered lol! Also I would be happy with just Epilogue 1 – another personal preference :p
All In is a story of two individuals bound by shared grief and how they overcome their personal fears. It provides closure for the characters without taking away what happened in the past.
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Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.