Title: All In (Full Tilt Duet Book 2)
Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tagline: Love has no limits
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.
Part II of the two-part Full Tilt duet, coming Oct 2016
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.
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2eno13M
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/EmmaScottAllIn
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Usually when I write reviews, I write them in one sitting. I sit and type all my thoughts out and they come flowing. Not this time. This review? It was written over two days. I honestly had the hardest time putting into words just what this book meant. And once you read this book, you will understand why.
“Jonah once told me I went up to eleven. Theo went up to one hundred.”
Kacey Dawson is still haunted by the loss of the one person who made her believe in love. The one person that showed her that to love is the greatest privilege one could ever have. And the best gift one can ever give. She struggles to keep the promise she made to Jonah as she faces a downward spiral in her daily drunken stupor. She runs away. For memories of Jonah surround her and she can barely breathe. Theo Fletcher has never forgotten his promise to Jonah. But he holds a secret. One that could change everything. How can he let his heart feel something for someone that does not belong to him? What he does know is that he never gives up. And he’s about to face a darkness only his love could overcome.
“I know what I feel now. I know my heart. It’s been forever altered, but its not broken anymore.”
Without going into detail regarding the plot, this story is nothing like the first. It goes deeper. Your heart will ache. You become breathless and immersed in their story all at once. This not simply a story. It is an experience. It’s exhilarating. Astounding. Deeply moving and profound. If you thought Jonah and Kacey were a universe, just wait until you read this book. Their love? It slays monsters. Through conflict and pain their love prevails. Endures all. Their love is resilient. Infinite. Brave. If love could be defined, it would be defined by a love like theirs.
“Theo and I, a treasure out of the ruin.”
Theo is simply all the good in this world. He is self-less. And so is his love. He puts the happiness of others before his own. He imprints himself on Kacey’s heart. And he doesn’t even try. He just is. With his actions. His words. His love protects. Covets. He loves her fiercely with his heart. Loudly without any words. Wholeheartedly with his entire being. Just when you think love can’t go there, because it’s too dark, too broken? His love does.
“…thinking it could show you how much I love you. I was so afraid you’d never know how much. How deep it runs. Worried some small part of you would always doubt or wonder.”
The writing in this story is unparalleled. The author writes with such precision. Every moment is vivid as if you are within the pages of this book. The execution? Brilliant. Miss Emma Scott has this innate ability to grab her readers and weave them through a love story you never thought possible. Her flawless character development is what drives this story. The emotions are raw and unfiltered and its as if the author is writing the characters and their story from the the very depths of their soul. This devastatingly beautiful story will leave you in awe with its poetic prose and heartbreaking yet uplifting storyline. To put it simply, when Emma Scott writes, you live it.
“Love had no end. She was infinite. She was a universe, my universe, and I was hers. Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.”
All In is a gripping and thought provoking story about love and healing. How opening your heart to love can lead you to the most epic love of your life. It is easily the most heart wrenching book I’ve ever read in my life. I was enthralled by the characters within this book. Especially Theo and Kacey. I found their story to be compelling. Their love inspiring. This is no easy love story, but the author tells it with the honesty, sensitivity and grace it deserves, and it will leave you weeping.
I concentrated on the music, pretending to listen and resolutely not looking at Theo. But the damn music was bluesy, sexy… A slow burn of want and longing. It dialed into my already aching body, filling me with a need to be touched.
A shadow fell over me, and I looked up to see Theo standing, his hand outstretched.
“Dance with me.”
It wasn’t a request, and my traitorous body was already rising to its feet before I could think.
Theo took my hand in his and led me to the small dance floor, where a dozen other couples were swaying to the music. Some, driven by the sultry tones of the song and the singer’s smoky voice, were grinding their hips together, thighs intertwined.
Theo slung my arms around his neck, then put his hands on my hips, and began to move.
I’d never stood this close to Theo before. Our bodies pressed tight. Our faces so close, I could smell the sweet heat of his food, the bitterness of beer, the salt of his sweat. His heart beat thick against mine. The ragged exhale of his breath.
“You told me at the wedding you didn’t dance,” I said, every part of my body conscious of touching every part of his.
His mouth shaped the words, “I lied,” but no sound reached me over the music.
I could barely breathe. I was losing myself in him. Our eyes locked. I couldn’t look anywhere but at him. The light brown of his eyes fiery, like a shot of whiskey backlit by a white-hot flame. His hips ground a slow circle against mine, his thigh inching between my legs. One arm slid around my waist, the other came up the middle of my back, holding me close. My arms wound around his neck, my fingers burrowed into his damp hair.
“I like this,” he murmured. His whole body was flush against mine. I could feel its power, the strength of his muscles holding and moving me with the music. The hollow of his neck glistened. I felt my own sweat slide over my collarbone and between my breasts. My blood was on fire in a way that was entirely separate from the Louisiana summer. A heat Theo was building in me with every roll of his pelvis against mine. I felt the stiffness of his jeans against my skin as his hand slipped down to my ass, pressing me tighter against him. Grinding in a dance that felt more like…
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.
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