#BlogTour All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott #Review #6stars #MustRead #FavoriteAuthor @EmmaS_writes

Posted October 11, 2016 by Heavenly in 6 Stars, Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Author, Must Read, New Release, Our Reviews, Slow Burn / 0 Comments

#BlogTour All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott #Review #6stars #MustRead #FavoriteAuthor @EmmaS_writesAll In by Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt #2
on October 11, 2016
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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.

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.

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.

This series wrecked me in the best possible way; I’m talking gut wrenching, tears leaking down my face, emotional wreck. As good as the first book was, and it was fantastic, this one was just as amazing. All In will make your heart ache and soar in equal measure. Emma Scott built upon the foundation of the first book and wove a story of second chances and redemption, and piece by piece my heart was put back together. The beauty after the wreckage was worth the pain.

“I was crying now, but the audience loved it. They expected it. Tears were a part of the act. La Fille Submergee, they called me. The Drowned Girl.”

Kacey has already faced her demons and come out on top thanks to Jonah. Now, suffering from his loss, she is drowning. Those demons are back and are threatening her very life. Reading about the pain and suffering Kacey experiences is so raw. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows all about the debilitating helplessness that comes with having to move on. Then Teddy is there, and she suddenly has someone to lean on once again.

“Still, I knew Theo was there. I wasn’t alone anymore. And that was enough. That was everything.”

Teddy has spent a lifetime sacrificing his needs to make those around him happy. He is selfless, loyal, and protective of those he loves. Now that Jonah no longer needs him, his focus shifts to his mom and Kacey. Holding them together, and living up to Jonah’s legacy, are what keeps him going. Despite his many qualities, Teddy has never felt worthy, and doesn’t believe he will ever have true happiness, though he longs for it with all his heart.

“I could tell my words had helped to make her feel better. And making her feel better was as close to happy as I was ever going to get.”

I can’t even describe how Ms. Scott’s words weave themselves into your very being. I felt every emotion right along with Kacey and Teddy. Jonah was never forgotten, and was incorporated into their story in such beautiful and inspiring ways. I was amazed how these two stories flowed so effortlessly into each other, one giving birth to the next. The way their relationship evolves out of friendship, and mutual grief, was perfection. They heal one another in a way no one else ever could.

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

This was an unforgettable, 6-star read, that will stay with me for a long time to come. I cannot recommend both of these books enough and they are cemented in my top favorites of all time. The writing is flawless, and draws you in deeper and deeper with every word. The pure and soul-consuming, emotional journey is worth going all in for. Emma Scott is an outstanding storyteller on every level, and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next.

By Heavenly

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***Excerpt***

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…

Foreplay.

******

 

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About Emma Scott

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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