Title: All in
Series: Full Tilt #2
Author: Emma Scott
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars
**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Note: This book is the second book of the FULL TILT series by Emma Scott, it is NOT a standalone. Although I’ll do my best to not include any spoilers, it might give away a few things from FULL TILT. I highly recommend to read the first book before reading this review. You’ve been warned 😉
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.
Oh man, I can’t tell you how much I loved this. I’m going to try, but I don’t know if it’ll be enough.
This book is certainly one about healing. Not just for the characters, but for us, the readers. Once you’ve finished FULL TILT you realize how great these characters are and how much they mean to you, at least, they ended up meaning a lot to me. Each character brought something uniquely beautiful to the story and made it a wonderful thing to read. Now, we join these same characters in their journey to heal and move on, to find peace and happiness again. It’s not easy, because one can never recover entirely from the loss of a loved one, but we can move on and find some kind of peace around it. We never forget, but we learn to live with this loss and we learn to live with the memories that made us happy once.
So, just for the record, I’m going to say this: Jonah, I miss you. A lot.
Ok so, the story. We know Kacey. She’s definitely strong, but one can only take so many punches, right? She’s dealt with rejection her entire life, so when she met Jonah and had these wonderful and meaningful moments full of love and smiles, she became a confident young woman, ready to take the world as her own. But her happiness wouldn’t last very long. The clock ticked away their minutes together and their lives as one came to an end. And that destroyed her. Those last few moments with Jonah hurt her in ways she hadn’t been hurt before, so she went back to what she knew best. Her comfort, the booze. Thousands of miles away from her memories, she let herself fall into the abysm and so, the world started seeing her as the Drowned Girl.
Drowned in alcohol, drowned in pain, drowned in the memories that wanted to surface, and there was no way she could take herself out of there. There was no one that could take her out of it, or so she thought.
“Despite our losses, we would keep going. Never give in or give up.
Because love always wins. Always…”
Teddy. Tough on the outside, sweeter than chocolate on the inside. He’s had to bottle up every feeling he’s had since Jonah. He’s had to take everything in and be the support for everyone that needs him, no matter what. And that meant flying thousands of miles to get to the girl he dreams of, but could never have. He helps and he gives, but he never takes. His strength is infinite. His love is infinite. And I loved him for that. I loved him for everything he was. This guy can melt your heart with just one thought. The way he cares about the people he loves, the way he protects them, the way he gives himself to them, without asking anything in return. This boy right here, he’s a damn keeper. I love him to pieces.
If Jonah was the glue that held our family together, you’re the rock we set our backs to.”
When you read Full Tilt and fall in love with Jonah, you think that’s it. There’s no way you can love anyone else. Not even when he asks you to do it. But then… there’s hope. When I finished the first book of this series, I couldn’t think about how I was going to read the second book. I read the blurb and I thought, there’s no way I’ll like this. But I joined this journey and I healed with the characters. I saw a flicker of light and was able to see the beauty and love and the universe that these characters were. This book is definitely the perfect way to make you see that there’s hope around the corner, even when everything seems to be completely dark and dead.
Emma Scott managed to create characters full of everything. Each of them has an incredible personality and you grow along with them throughout the story. I loved the way each character had their own way of dealing with the loss of this amazing character, and each of them made it out in their own terms, but they came through. They did whatever it took to become the best version of themselves.
I absolutely LOVED this. I loved every second and every word I read.
Thank you again, Emma, for giving me these characters <3