Full Tilt by Emma Scott

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“We might not have months or years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, seize it and wring it dry.”

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There’s something familiar about the story and yet I saw myself still pushing through. In my mind, it was a mashup of BrightSide and Me Before You but this time, the predictability was piercing.

Things happened a bit too fast, too much. Too instant. Too cheesy. I just can’t find it in me to connect to Kacey. I tried but her character does not appeal to me initially and by the time I warmed up to her, I’m almost three quarters done.  

What I liked though are the secondary characters – Oscar and Dena, Beverly and Henry as well as Tania. I also enjoyed reading about Jonah’s work and how it is done. It’s not all the time that we read about interesting and unique professions so kudos to that.

The thing is, I really loved Emma Scott’s Rush so maybe that’s why I had such high hopes for this book. Also, maybe it’s a factor that I’ve read the likes of A Thousand Boy Kisses before. Maybe this is a “It’s not the book, it’s me” situation. Whatever the case, I was, in a way, expecting an epic life changing love and I SAW IT. I SAW IT UNTIL that hint of a twist in the end. I kind of wish the book ended where it did, without the need for a second book but there were still a lot of holes and closures to me made.

Writing wise, I’ve learned to like Emma Scott’s writing even before. This time, it’s the plot, the predictability and the main characters I can’t seem to wholly love. I really thought that the second half was rather stronger than the first and found myself more engaged past 50%.

But seriously, don’t close your doors on this book. It’s rather good, I was just looking for more.

Perhaps if you haven’t read any of the books I‘ve mentioned above, this could be the emotional read you’re looking for. 

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“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…” 

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. 

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing. 


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