Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
Ben meets Reese his last night on vacation and figures she is the perfect girl to end his week in Cancun with. Factor in that she has gone a few too many rounds with Mr. Cuervo and Ben figures it will be a night to remember. It is, only not in the way he was thinking! When things don't go as expected, he chalks it up to a crazy night in Cancun with a beautiful purple haired girl that he won't soon forget. They part ways without so much as a goodbye and that is fine with Reese. Because there is no way they'd ever see each other again, right?
Fate would never be that kind, especially to Reese. She is having a run of bad luck and Ben walking into her place of employment as the newest employee proves things aren't going to get better anytime soon. He was the LAST person she ever wanted to see again as he was witness to one of her less than stellar performances. And let's just say, Ben is taking delight in her total discomfort with memories of their night together.
This book had me cracking up at only 10% in and didn't let up until the end. Not to say it was all fun and games, because it wasn't. But Reese's quick wit and Ben's even quicker comebacks kept their story from getting too heavy. Some examples of the banter between these two....
"Have you always loved yourself this much?'
"I had an awkward year in ninety-nine, but I got over it quick."
"Babe, the only way a wedding ring is landing on this finger of mine is if I'm in a coffin."
"You might be in one by the end of the night."
And while these two have some mad attraction, there is a whole host of obstacles that stand in their way. One, Reese is still very much hung up on her ex, Jared. Second is the fact that Ben doesn't "do" relationships. Add in that pesky rule at work about no hook ups with coworkers and well, these two have about zero chance of ever having any type of relationship. But the problem is, the more time they spend together, the more they realize they WANT to find a way to make it work. Is it possible??
Five Ways to Fall was a GREAT end to this series! If you have not picked up any of the books yet, I highly recommend doing so ASAP. Check out my reviews of the Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie and Four Seconds to Lose via the links below.