I’m here today to review Full Tilt and All in by Emma Scott
Published June 28th 2016 and October 11th of 2016
Published by Trillion
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley for review
I recieved these books for free from Trillion Fire through netgalley, for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
What’s it about?
Full Tilt: Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…
Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.
Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.
All In: 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.
My Reactions While Reading Full Tilt and All In
Just one reaction because the entirety of both books was spent holding my heart and crying.
What did I think about it?
The first book was so good I’m having a hard time articulating my thoughts. I’m iffy when it comes to romance being the theme of your book. It’s hit or miss with me. I usually need something deeper from my contemporaries, like mental health issues, book/reading motifs, or developing/changing friendships. Well this love story totally destroyed me. I knew the ending was coming and I still cried when it happened. Full Tilt is told in alternating POVS from Jonah and Kacey. Each character so easy to listen to, so easy to relate to. I felt like Kacey was real and just wanted to hug her. Their love story is powerful. The second book, All In, is written equally well. I was eager to engorge myself on Scott’s writing. I wanted to devour it in one piece, and almost did. I had one major problem with book two, which is that the plot itself is icky to me. Without spoiling anything, just know it’s the same girl in both books and the two guys are brothers. It was awkward for me and I had to wrap my mind around it mentally. But once I did my heart gave out. I was all in. Theo and Kacey mesh so well together to tell a story about recovering from grief and friendship beyond measure. Scott is a great story teller and I eagerly await any future novels.
Full Tilt : 5/5 stars
All In: 4/5 stars
Who would I recommend this book for:
Lovers of New Adult and contemporary romance. Those who love a good cry. Anyone who ever read Nicholas Sparks and were depleted of energy in the best way possible. You will adore these books.
I hope you guys check this book out when the time comes! Let me know in the comments if you like witch books and/or if this sounds interesting. Have a blessed day!