All In (Full Tilt, #2)
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.

All In (Full Tilt, #2) Details

TitleAll In (Full Tilt, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 11th, 2016
Rating
GenreRomance, New Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

All In (Full Tilt, #2) Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5+ stars!!!All In is the all-consuming, beautiful conclusion to Full Tilt. It’s one of those books that ‘hurt so good’. Full Tilt was one of the very best books I’ve read this year. It’s an unforgettable and touching read. I was anxious to read this one. Would it live up to the first? I can easily say with no hesitation YES. It did. Just like the first book, this one left it’s mark on me. I have been thinking of it non-stop since I finished. This story won’t leave my head or my heart. My tears w 5+ stars!!!All In is the all-consuming, beautiful conclusion to Full Tilt. It’s one of those books that ‘hurt so good’. Full Tilt was one of the very best books I’ve read this year. It’s an unforgettable and touching read. I was anxious to read this one. Would it live up to the first? I can easily say with no hesitation YES. It did. Just like the first book, this one left it’s mark on me. I have been thinking of it non-stop since I finished. This story won’t leave my head or my heart. My tears were like a faucet the entire read (sad tears, happy tears, all the tears) but I love that when I read. I love the feelings that stories like this give me. Emma Scott is truly gifted when it comes to brining them out in me. This duet was completely epic and these are two books I can’t recommend enough. My review will be as spoiler-free as possible, but if you haven’t read Full Tilt you should not be reading this review any further. It’s such an incredible read, I recommend you read it ASAP, but don’t read anymore of this review. STOP READING. It’s impossible to review this book without SOME spoilers of Full Tilt and I don’t want that book to be spoiled for anyone. “Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.” After I read Full Tilt, I was devastated. I wanted closure for Kacey, to know she would be okay after all she’d been through. Losing someone is never easy. Losing that one person that gave you hope, completed you, and loved you like no other is unthinkable. And no one can be okay with that kind of loss. Kacey is not okay. Theo, or Teddy as I now refer to him, is Jonah’s brother. In Full Tilt, I had mixed emotions about Teddy. When I saw that this book was going to be about him and Kacey was I was a nervous wreck. How was this going to work? Would I be okay with how this turned out? I was more than okay with it. Teddy is so much more than I thought he was. So much more amazing than I ever gave him credit for. That man has a heart so big, and I didn’t see it. Not at first. Not completely. Now I do, and there is no going back. Teddy will capture your heart. I loved seeing him with a new set of eyes. He totally made this book for me. Now back to Kacey. Kacey is not in a good place. Grief has taken over her life. But Teddy is there for her. To be her friend. To listen. To help her in anyway he can. Kacey also had other friends to help her along the way. I loved all the new characters that were introduced. They were truly special. But none of them as special as Teddy. This story had moments that were devastating. It also had moments that brought me hope and gave me peace. As I said earlier, I cried through the entire book. Just when I thought my tears had dried, something would happen, a memory would come back, and just like that, I’d be in tears again. Not all the tears were sad. Some were happy. I was in emotional overload and I loved every second. This story is so much more than a romance. It’s a story of friendship, of family, of healing, and love. There are many different kinds of love. This book made me believe that you can truly have two great loves in your life. Everything was full circle by the end of the book and I couldn’t have been happier with how it ended. Full Tilt and All In will both be towards the top of my 2016 favorites list. These books are so special to me and I can’t recommend them enough! Believe me when I say, these books are MUST READS! Love had no end. She was infinite. She was a universe, my universe, and I was hers. Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.
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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    "Despite our losses, we would keep going. Never give in or give up. Because love always wins. Always." ➦I will keep this review short and sweet. First of all, if you haven't read the first book in the duet you definitely need to read that one first. You can read my review to the first book HERE➦Passing out while reading before bed is a pretty regular occurrence for me. But sometimes... RARELY... a book will keep me up. That's a great book! This book, however... THIS BOOK has not only kept me "Despite our losses, we would keep going. Never give in or give up. Because love always wins. Always." ➦I will keep this review short and sweet. First of all, if you haven't read the first book in the duet you definitely need to read that one first. You can read my review to the first book HERE➦Passing out while reading before bed is a pretty regular occurrence for me. But sometimes... RARELY... a book will keep me up. That's a great book! This book, however... THIS BOOK has not only kept me up, but I couldn't even fall asleep for a while after I put it down. If that's not a sign of an amazing read, then I don't know what is!➦Emma Scott's writing is absolutely stunning. The characters she creates are so unique and beautiful - you cannot help but fall in love with them. The experiences she describes are so raw that you feel like you've lived through them yourself. Nothing felt over the top for me, it all felt authentic and real. There were a lot of events in the book that have left me angry and sad and I just... FELT.❤This is a story about loss, love and healing. With it being a rather slow paced read, I felt like I was healing alongside with the main characters while flipping the pages. It took them some time to accept, move on and live. ❤Overall, the book is not heavy on sexual content, BUT... when these two finally come together...I might or might not have spontaneously combusted. lol IT. WAS. HOT!➦The two books in Full Tilt duet are my absolute favorites of all time and I could not recommend it enough! They are tear jerkers though, so just prepare some tissues in advance and may be stock up on ice cream :)
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  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Full Tilt was one of the very best books I’ve read this year. It’s an unforgettable and touching read. I was anxious to find out what would happen to Kacey Dawson.All In is an intense, powerful and beautiful conclusion to the Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott.A compelling, touching, moving, unforgettable and inspiring story of love, loss, hope, heartbreak, family, friendship - a story that makes your heart and soul hurt and makes you cry with sadnessbut also inspires you to believe in the power of lo Full Tilt was one of the very best books I’ve read this year. It’s an unforgettable and touching read. I was anxious to find out what would happen to Kacey Dawson.All In is an intense, powerful and beautiful conclusion to the Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott.A compelling, touching, moving, unforgettable and inspiring story of love, loss, hope, heartbreak, family, friendship - a story that makes your heart and soul hurt and makes you cry with sadnessbut also inspires you to believe in the power of love......I loved Full Tilt, the 1st book.... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.... I cried my heart and my eyes .......the ending just totally broke me...How does one cope after losing someone you loved so much? Having lost my husband, someone I had loved so much last year, I could identify with Kacey's loss. The pain, the heartbreak........so hard to bear. Days just pass by without you knowing. You miss their voice, their touch, their love!!! You don't want to get out of bed in the morning. You want to scream ...you want oblivion!!! You want that person back so desperately.... All In is more than just Kacey and Theo discovering their feelings for each other ........it's being there when you need them..........It's about survival, accepting loss, embracing new love.I loved Jonah and loved that he had a part in this story....memories of the man and his art, his love..... but Theo........I loved him just as much as Jonah. He was the most incredible man.....underneath, beat a heart of pure gold. He put the people he loved before himself. KInd, compassionate, protective, loyal, giving, thoughtful!! A beautiful soul. I so wanted Kacey & Theo to be together. I felt that they had this incredible deep connection, this amazing capacity to love and heal each other. And it was a joy to see the two finding happiness and love together.The secondary characters play a big part in this story. Their development was amazing....you really get to know them. Emma Scott's writing is a thing of beauty. Flows skilfully and effortlessly from page to page. It emotionally pulls you in from the start until the very end. ‘There is beauty everywhere, even in the things that scare you the most…’ An unforgettable, haunting, uplifting story of life, beauty and never-ending love.If there are books that you should read this year....it's Full Tilt & All In. Don't miss out!I loved this quote - it has stayed with me since I first read it...and it's going to be with me for a very very long time...
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  • Dana Ilie
    January 1, 1970
    While the book wasn’t as earth shattering as its predecessor, it did more than hold it’s on. It stood on it’s own, a different story but just as beautiful. And while Full Tilt taught me to revel in the moments, All In reminded me where truth lies. I’m the kind of person who overthinks everything, so these words were the perfect antidote.What an amazing discovery Emma Scott is to me. I can’t wait to read more of her books!Just perfect. A true romance, with all of the angsty touches that keeps tug While the book wasn’t as earth shattering as its predecessor, it did more than hold it’s on. It stood on it’s own, a different story but just as beautiful. And while Full Tilt taught me to revel in the moments, All In reminded me where truth lies. I’m the kind of person who overthinks everything, so these words were the perfect antidote.What an amazing discovery Emma Scott is to me. I can’t wait to read more of her books!Just perfect. A true romance, with all of the angsty touches that keeps tugging at our hearts, a look into realistic “side” characters, and the pain and growth that comes from such personal experiences.It was a wonderful and sad journey to take alongside these characters. Emma Scott perfectly rendered the vastly different and personal ways to cope with grief. The path to recovery. The slow healing of the souls. Because when you lose a loved one you have to live again, sometime. There is hope, light and even love at the end of the day.It’s once more been a very emotional rollercoaster. I was overcome with grief and fear for Kacey just to hope she could find happiness with Theo and be crushed later when fate struck again. I’ve been torn apart just to be remade again. And I don’t have a single tissue anymore.Thank you Mrs Scott, it’s been a story dear to my heart!
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  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    January 1, 1970
    "Love had no end. She was infinite. She was a universe, my universe, and I was hers.Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites.And no limits." "Full Tilt" and "All In" books were the hardest books I ever read. They gave me the best but also the worst days of my life... I cried too much while I was reading them but it was so worth all my tears... Jonah, Theo, Kacey touched my heart, touched my soul... I’ll never, ever forget this story, I'll never forget them.. Never… <3 "Despite our los "Love had no end. She was infinite. She was a universe, my universe, and I was hers.Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites.And no limits." "Full Tilt" and "All In" books were the hardest books I ever read. They gave me the best but also the worst days of my life... I cried too much while I was reading them but it was so worth all my tears... Jonah, Theo, Kacey touched my heart, touched my soul... I’ll never, ever forget this story, I'll never forget them.. Never… <3 "Despite our losses, we would keep going. Never give in or give up.Because love always wins. Always…”
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*This is book 2 of the Full Tilt series and it's advised that you read Full Tilt before reading All In.Three words to describe this book: Empathic. Fluid. True. I would have been tempted to get all giddy about this story if, having lost a sibling myself, the subject matter hadn't been so close to home. Following Full Tilt, I waited with baited breath to read how Emma would handle this slightly controversial plot move. Truth be *ARC generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*This is book 2 of the Full Tilt series and it's advised that you read Full Tilt before reading All In.Three words to describe this book: Empathic. Fluid. True. I would have been tempted to get all giddy about this story if, having lost a sibling myself, the subject matter hadn't been so close to home. Following Full Tilt, I waited with baited breath to read how Emma would handle this slightly controversial plot move. Truth be told, there really was no other way to arc this plot and by deciding to follow a steady, respectful story path, Emma displays a distinct empathy for her readers and for the characters . We all reeled from the death of Jonah but the period between book 1 and 2 allowed for a start to the healing process. If Full Tilt was devastation, then All In is the corresponding panacea and really, the perfect coda for this duet.(view spoiler)[For those of us that have lost loved ones, it's something that never goes away but rather becomes part of you, seeping into your core and ready to rip one open at random. I appreciate how Emma did not disregard the need for an appropriate grieving period for Jonah. She was true to the story. She didn't pretend all was well; or as if Jonah was suddenly irrelevant. As if only Theo and Kacey's story needed to be told. As if all could be made right by a few pages of heartfelt longings and insipid desires. (hide spoiler)]And how about that Theo, huh? I simply adored him. Not many men would have navigated all those curveballs without once faltering. (view spoiler)[At a point, even I wasn't sure if Kacey truly deserved him. He was simply beautiful.The plot crescendos when both Kacey and Theo finally decide to accept their need for each other. They transit from being non-friends to friends to best friends, and finally, lovers. (hide spoiler)]Another point to Emma's credit is the writing. For a book to span months and yet retain such fluidity, is a testament to impeccable writing. Nothing jarred; it all was done so seamlessly that you'd be forgiven for thinking mere weeks had elapsed between (view spoiler)[the tragedy and Kacey and Theo's emergence as a couple. (hide spoiler)]Can I just reiterate that there was only one way to have written this story and that Emma wrote the heck out of it? It, simply, was perfection. Playlist (mine, not ES's) on a loop while reading All In; all from iTunes1. Gravity of Love - Enigma2. I Want To Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey3. Higher Love - Steve Winwood4. Nothing's Real But Love - Rebecca Ferguson5. Heaven - Emeli Sande6. Company - Justin Bieber7. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding8. Mountains - Emeli Sande9. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake ft Justin Bieber10. Love Can Save It All - Andra11. The Flower Duet - Delibes12. Bring me to life - Evanescence
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    “Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.” Extreme - More Than Wordshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIiL...You're in for an emotional roller coaster ride SO →I loved every single page, and to be honest, I could not put these books down, not even the second time, SO YES I will highly recommend this! Theo Fletcher was this hero I fell in love with all over, I loved him in book 1 and I loved him in this book! “I could tell my words had helped to make her feel better. And making her feel “Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.” Extreme - More Than Wordshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrIiL...You're in for an emotional roller coaster ride SO →I loved every single page, and to be honest, I could not put these books down, not even the second time, SO YES I will highly recommend this! Theo Fletcher was this hero I fell in love with all over, I loved him in book 1 and I loved him in this book! “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.”My heart broke all over for Kacey "I had Jonah. For a few short moments, that beautiful man was mine and I was his… I’ll never have anything that real or good again, will I? Who gets a second chance like that." Quotes I loved: “Love had no end. She was infinite. She was a universe, my universe, and I was hers. Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.”"It was easy to feel like I suffered the most. To believe the bulk of the pain was mine to choke down - an enormous mouthful, while everyone else only had to chew little bites. But everyone who’d known Jonah had a plate of pain to swallow…" I cannot recall when or if I ever cried in both books of a duet and I mean Big FAT ugly tears, the first time I read these books it was a few months apart, this week I reread both, and I can tell you I am still sad, my emotions still feel raw and all over the place and YES I feel as if my world have fallen apart and was put back together into little small pieces! There are lots and lots of friends who did not read this series but I can say to them this series is perfect- I will recommend it! To the Author It is not always that I love both books in a series, for that to happen the series must be really good, this author took this novel's created lots-and-lots of feelings, heartbreak, and memories, these books will remain in my memories for a very long time!The Synopsis of this book is a perfect review on its own → 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. Part II of the two-part Full Tilt duet, coming Oct 2016PLEASE 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.
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  • Pearl Angeli
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars! “Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.” I really needed a warm hug after finishing this book. The heartbreaking yet heart-warming journey was as good as can be expected.All In was a perfect follow-up to Full Tilt. It's a powerful story of starting over and emotional healing. I don't want to give too much away by describing the plot but all I have to say is, the book effortlessly took my breath away, moved me in so many levels, and made me feel happy in a major 5 Stars! “Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And no limits.” I really needed a warm hug after finishing this book. The heartbreaking yet heart-warming journey was as good as can be expected.All In was a perfect follow-up to Full Tilt. It's a powerful story of starting over and emotional healing. I don't want to give too much away by describing the plot but all I have to say is, the book effortlessly took my breath away, moved me in so many levels, and made me feel happy in a major way.Emma Scott's writing managed to surprise me yet again. The book was perfectly executed. The characters' dialogues made me cry tears of sadness and joy. I loved how emotionally well-balanced this book was and how the story progressed in a beautiful way. There were parts when I found myself taking a break in the middle of some chapters because I just wanted the scenes and the words to linger on my mind for minutes.The romance in this book was undeniably amazing, sincere, and life changing. I have to thank the author for giving Kacey the second chance for love that she deserves. “Whenever I feel I'm coming apart, you always hold me together.” Everyone who loves a good cry and fancies emotional books should never miss this book and this duology. I would recommend this over and over again because the emotional punch it gave me was truly worth it. It's now officially my new favorite! “I know what I feel now. I know my heart. It's been forever altered, but it's not broken anymore.”
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  • Emma Scott
    January 1, 1970
    “How can I ever let go when there was still so much I didn’t do?” she demanded with sudden fire. “Because I could have done more. I should have done more. I should’ve married him. Did he want that? A wedding? Or I could have had his baby. So he could know that a part of him would go on forever.”“Kacey—”“I could’ve done it,” she said fiercely. “How can I let go when I didn’t do enough?”“Bullshit,” I said. “Was Jonah ever not honest with you about what he wanted? Ever?”She sniffed and shrugged. “H “How can I ever let go when there was still so much I didn’t do?” she demanded with sudden fire. “Because I could have done more. I should have done more. I should’ve married him. Did he want that? A wedding? Or I could have had his baby. So he could know that a part of him would go on forever.”“Kacey—”“I could’ve done it,” she said fiercely. “How can I let go when I didn’t do enough?”“Bullshit,” I said. “Was Jonah ever not honest with you about what he wanted? Ever?”She sniffed and shrugged. “He wouldn’t ask you for those things,” I said. “He wouldn’t legally bind you for the sake of a stupid ceremony. He wouldn’t ask you to have a kid and leave you to raise it on your own.”“I know he wouldn’t, but…”“No regrets, right? Isn’t that what you told him?”Kacey nodded. “It is. And it’s true. Except the regret I didn’t do enough. The regret I couldn’t….”Don’t say it, I thought.Her eyes overflowed. “I couldn’t save him.”Kacey’s hair fell over her face as she bent over, weeping.I couldn’t save him, either. That regret is what I had felt every day of my life since Jonah got sick. Only I couldn’t cry it out like she could. If I touched her, if I touched her grief with mine, I’d rage and howl and lose my fucking mind.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh. I knew it. While this wasn't bad and I did enjoy it mostly, I was hoping for more than the cliche. I had read another review stating this wasn't going to be the token "girl jumps from brother to brother" romance, but it ended up being exactly that. I don't judge the author for taking this in the direction she did; it was written well and she formed a great storyline. It felt as I had become so attached to Jonah that I couldn't switch gears immediately for a new romance (especially his broth Ugh. I knew it. While this wasn't bad and I did enjoy it mostly, I was hoping for more than the cliche. I had read another review stating this wasn't going to be the token "girl jumps from brother to brother" romance, but it ended up being exactly that. I don't judge the author for taking this in the direction she did; it was written well and she formed a great storyline. It felt as I had become so attached to Jonah that I couldn't switch gears immediately for a new romance (especially his brother) to enter the picture so quickly. I do feel like that was a personal problem though and not one that reflected on the writing. Overall I enjoyed this, but I maybe wish I'd waited to read it and let me feelings settle a bit.🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩
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  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    All the feels = All the stars in the universe. Again.Review @ Vanilla & Spice BooksHello epic book hangover. That's it. I'm done. This series has captured my heart and wrecked it, yet I can't help and want to start at the beginning right now. I'm in love with the whole lot of main and secondary cast and I just missed them ten minutes after closing the book. I'm trying to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible but if you haven't read Full Tilt yet...what are you waiting for?Theo is angr All the feels = All the stars in the universe. Again.Review @ Vanilla & Spice BooksHello epic book hangover. That's it. I'm done. This series has captured my heart and wrecked it, yet I can't help and want to start at the beginning right now. I'm in love with the whole lot of main and secondary cast and I just missed them ten minutes after closing the book. I'm trying to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible but if you haven't read Full Tilt yet...what are you waiting for?Theo is angry at the world for having his brother taken away. Despite it all, he shoulders the tasks of taking care of his frail mother, going back to school for a business degree and dealing with his father's displeasure about his choice of career. Six months ago he made his brother Jonah a promise. Two weeks later this promise slipped away and he hasn't been able to locate Kacey since, the feeling that he has failed Jonah always present. Until a well-meaning bartender tracks him down and asks him to take care of his late brother's girlfriend.Kacey's escape from the place with too many memories was silent. She drove all the way down to New Orleans only to play her songs about Jonah at bars. Booze back on the menu she drinks herself into oblivion. Day after day, night after night, not being able to function without being numb. She sees the gaping abyss in front of her but can't pull away. When she sees Theo again after six months the reunion isn't joyful. She is full of shame, guilt and regret but Theo gives her a reality check and she knows she has to get her life back on track. Teddy finds solace and comfort in his brother's legacy at the exhibit so he ventures there to talk to his brother whenever he feels unsettled. He is the kind of person who tries to carry the weight of everybody's problems, being the rock everybody leans on to. Theo wasn't only there for Jonah during the worst moments of his life. He was there for a lot of other people, too. Taking their pain, listening to it, deconstructing it. Turning it around and giving it back to them as a piece of art. Uniquely their own, just as pain is unique to the person who bears it. Where Jonah was light and love, Teddy is something else entirely. He is fierce and passion and not as open. He has walls in place but when they crumble he is magnificent.Kacey is such an endearing heroine. I adore her. She is sweet, soft, strong and her love for her friends and adopted family beams from the pages. The way she pulls herself out of the black hole with Teddy's help had my emotions all over the place and I admired her so much for it. "Live in the stars, baby. Okay?" My voice cracked but didn't break, and I smiled through my tears. "You're free. You made me free." The development of their relationship is stunning, heart-wrenching and devastatingly beautiful. It's a deliciously slow burn and you can't help but root for them. Their dance and their first time together are one of the most erotic scenes I've read.While you may think at the beginning that their love is unthinkable at some point you will see that these two are perfect for each other. That there was never another choice than for them being together, the love for the person they both lost the common denominator. With their friendship comes acceptance, with their love healing. I know I said Jonah was perfect in my review for Full Tilt. But Teddy? Glorious. Best book boyfriend EVER. On and on we danced and in the back of my delirium, I knew I'd been right about Theo: if you had him, you had all of him. His kiss was the purest essence of himself: intense, fiery, devoted, entirely in the moment. This close, he was my entire world, with no place for anything else. His body pressed to mine, his hands on my body, his sweat, his mouth... I think Emma Scott upped the ante with this one. Full Tilt was already amazing but damn. This book did Jonah's story justice if that makes any sense. He was present in every word and thought. His love was shining through the loves of his life and while I thought Jonah's and Kacey's love can't be topped, this author did just that without diminishing it. Kacey and Theo? Utter bliss. ...I love you and that's it. I love you. I love you however you are. No strings or conditions. I love you, and that's it. Again, the writing is gorgeous, the secondary cast fantastic. At the end there were tears, yes, but they were a mix of a bit sad and a big junk of happiness, enough humor to help you through the sad parts. My emotions are still clogging up my throat. Rarely have I read a story that made me feel so much like the Full Tilt duet, it is hands down one of my top 10 favorites. Dear Emma Scott, please consider writing novellas about these two. I hate to leave Kacey, Theo and Jonah. They are so deep under my skin and hold a special place in my heart. "He was right about everything," she said. "We have so much love in us. No end to it."
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: All InSeries: Full Tilt #2 Author: Emma ScottRelease date: October 11, 2016Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]You can prepare all you want for someday. Nothing prepares you for the day of.Emma Scott has created something so special with these characters in the Full Tilt Duet. I wish I had the proper words to express how much they have affected me. Let me put it this way, there are some books that you read, enjoy, and you feel satisfied over the few brief hours that you s Title: All InSeries: Full Tilt #2 Author: Emma ScottRelease date: October 11, 2016Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]You can prepare all you want for someday. Nothing prepares you for the day of.Emma Scott has created something so special with these characters in the Full Tilt Duet. I wish I had the proper words to express how much they have affected me. Let me put it this way, there are some books that you read, enjoy, and you feel satisfied over the few brief hours that you sat and immersed yourself inside the pages. But then there are ones like these that will never stop touching you, enriching you for having read them. If you've read Full Tilt, you know that Kacey is dealing with the kind of crippling pain that encompasses her entire life. After the loss that she suffered, she's unable to function, unable to breathe with the memories that she is left with. Removing herself from her new friends and falling back into her old habits has sent her in a dangerous downward spiral all over again. This was probably some of the hardest pieces of the books to read. Her pain was expressed so vividly, so honestly. It wasn't brutally sad like the last book, just more of a throbbing ache. I got teary eyed, but I had complete faith that with Theo's support, she would come out the other side of her grief and be stronger for it. My fears that Theo wouldn't be able to meet the towering expectations that have been built were not realized. He was simply amazing in his own way, I loved him for his loyalty, his giving heart, and his strength. He is the rock that everyone leans on, but asks for no recognition or thanks in return. Easily taken for granted and underappreciated by some and that really made me empathize with him. Not only is he suffering the loss just as strongly as Kacey, but he's shouldering everyone's burden without complaint. He has to hold up those he loves, even though inside he's breaking apart. Realizing Theo wasn’t only there for Jonah during the worst moments of his life. He was there for a lot of other people too. Taking their pain, listening to it, deconstructing it. Turning it around and giving it back to them as a piece of art. Uniquely their own, just as pain is unique to the person who bears it.I'm not going to give much more away about the plot. This book was about triumphing over grief, healing, and acceptance of what we can't change. It's also about grasping happiness in life wherever you may find it, and cherishing the gifts that we've been given. Kacey and Theo didn't have a traditional path to love. It was twisted and filled with heartache, guilt, and fear over whether or not they were doing the right thing. Theo made a promise, and fulfilling that promise left him conflicted, very much torn. I think that their emotional struggle was very realistically done. And by the end, I got what I've been waiting for all these months after reading Full Tilt. Closure and hope. There were a lot of tears shed. At times in the previous book I felt like their grief was too heavy to stand. But turning the last pages of All In, I knew I wouldn't take back reading these for anything. These characters didn't fade one bit in my mind since I read the previous book and I'm pretty sure they never will. Kacey, Jonah, and Theo will forever be old friends of mine, ready to be revisited many times to come. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Chantal ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    5++ HEART-HEALING STARS "We stood up together, emerged from the barren space together, bonded not in shared grief, but in shared love. Theo and I, a treasure out of the ruin." This is it for me guys! I am calling It MY BEST READ of 2016! This is the book duet that makes all others look like failed fairy tale wannabe! This is NOT a "traditional feel good" book with everything coming easy and everything black and white. It's all about the gray area and the struggle. And in this book the struggle f 5++ HEART-HEALING STARS "We stood up together, emerged from the barren space together, bonded not in shared grief, but in shared love. Theo and I, a treasure out of the ruin." This is it for me guys! I am calling It MY BEST READ of 2016! This is the book duet that makes all others look like failed fairy tale wannabe! This is NOT a "traditional feel good" book with everything coming easy and everything black and white. It's all about the gray area and the struggle. And in this book the struggle felt real! The love felt right! HELL THE WHOLE BOOK FELT RIGHT!I can't thank Goodreads enough for allowing me to see a review on this book. Honestly, I would NEVER (and I mean never ever) have read this book had it not been for this!So to those reviewers I say:This story takes off from book 1 Full tilt. And as we all know (view spoiler)[Jonah is dead (hide spoiler)] so Kacey and Theo are left to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. I don't want to give the story away just give you a few teaser. So predictably Kacey goes back to her old habit of "coping" using booze. She is devastated and can't deal with the reality of life without her love. She must love again she promised Jonah that she would! But how does she move on? It's Jonah brother Theo (Teddy) that comes charging to her rescue when she was at her lowest. As he had heard through a friend that she was in bad shape. She wasn't expecting this, but she desperately needed him and there he was. Those scene was so powerful, "I’d screamed at Teddy. He had run from the monster with me, catching me when I stumbled, and helping me keep my feet. I fell down a hundred times, but without him, I don’t know that I would’ve gotten back up again." She thinks. SO MANY FEELINGS! Meanwhile, poor Theo is in the WORST possible situation a brother/guy could ever be in. He has been in love with his brother's Girlfriend since he first heard her sing during a camping trip! "Something shifted in me that night. Some cataclysmic alteration of who I was as a man. It was that night that she ruined me. Or saved me. I didn’t know which." He was with a girl at the time but the minute he realized his feelings, he breaks it off with this other girl. He tries to hide his feelings but his brother knows. Jonah even asks Theo to take care and love Kacey! "How do you console a woman over the loss of her man when you wished—with every particle of your body—she’d someday feel that deeply about you?" His thoughts. How can they do this when they have so many obstacles in their way? Not the least of which is their own guilty conscience, friends, and family. I have never felt so many conflicting emotions while reading a book. It was intense and engaging. So worth a READ AND REREAD! MUSIC, HEA, and KICKASS EPILOGUE WITH BABIES! WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR?I really hope you try these duet books. I don't make many recommendations but this one I recommend to anyone! It is everything good writing should be! I will be back reading all books by this author. I have never FELT SO MUCH EMOTIONS! BRAVO EMMA SCOTT!You have a new fangirl!On a personal note My favorite scene is when they dance at the wedding and their lives change. "The DJ played Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do.” I got to my feet and held out my hand. “Dance with me.” And that was the first time they touched and allowed themselves to feel!! OMG THAT SCENE!That song was my wedding song (as it was a popular choice at this time). It was so fitting and right here because the words fit their story at this point. I really wished authors would include more popular songs in their books. It sets the mood for me as a reader and enhances my reading experience!PLEASE!!!
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    5 - Instead of feeling bad that it ended... I'm just happy it happened. Stars!Emma Scott, comes full circle with the second part of the Full Tilt duology, with All In, this is probably one of the books I have anticipated the most this year, and if you have read Full Tilt I am certain you would understand why. If you haven’t the below review does contain spoilers, and to be blunt, you need to read it first, to understand just how awesome-sauce this book actually is. ITs LIVE! Amazon US: http:// 5 - Instead of feeling bad that it ended... I'm just happy it happened. Stars!Emma Scott, comes full circle with the second part of the Full Tilt duology, with All In, this is probably one of the books I have anticipated the most this year, and if you have read Full Tilt I am certain you would understand why. If you haven’t the below review does contain spoilers, and to be blunt, you need to read it first, to understand just how awesome-sauce this book actually is. ITs LIVE! Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2c34yWyAmazon Universal: myBook.to/EmmaScottAllInI think it takes a brave author to stick to a story arc that may not necessarily promise lots of sexy-times and the traditional elements that we as readers of romance have come to expect. All In although still a love story, focuses on a lot more than just that. Grief, and understanding how it affects you, coming to terms with the fact that you will never stop loving someone, but accepting that it is okay to love again, as well as learning to embrace all of these elements that make you up, and being able to accept, adapt and acknowledge them in ways that work for you and those around you, in your day-to-day life."It was easy to feel like I suffered the most. To believe the bulk of the pain was mine to choke down - an enormous mouthful, while everyone else only had to chew little bites. But everyone who’d known Jonah had a plate of pain to swallow…"We pick up briefly in Jonah’s hospital room at the beginning of the book, and Emma had me in tears from the off-set, I had to put my Kindle down for a few minute to pull myself back together again, as it just bought back all of the emotions I felt at the end of the first book. But it was a good nod to a pivotal character, someone although who has now passed, plays a massive role in this story."You hurt as much as I do."We then pick up roughly six months on, and its glaringly apparent that those who loved and cared for Jonah are still struggling massively to deal with his loss in their lives, and hearts. Theo and Kacey go through so much in this story, and I think again, that as a reader you could get a sense at the end of Full Tilt as to where this book would go, but prepare yourself, this is one of those stories that just grabs on and doesn’t let go. "I can wait..."I finished it a few days ago, and I still find myself drifting off for moments here and there thinking about it. And I think that’s one of the great things about this authors writing, she’s not traditional in her story telling, but she’s refreshing, exceptional and unabashed in making sure that she gives her readers a full HD, no-holds-barred reading experience, and it is just that, an experience.I am not going to touch on the plot with this review, because I feel that the book is something everyone needs to read fresh, so that you take away your own things from the experience, I think if you have read anything by this author previously, you know that you aren’t going to be disappointed, some things that happened were expected, some weren’t. There were great highs, and lows, all of which felt pertinent to the story, that’s another thing Emma does so well, you feel the story being told if as it should be, not overly embellished or dragged out, but for all that everything is still fully explored and tied up."I had Jonah. For a few short moments that beautiful man was mine and I was his… I’ll never have anything that real or good again, will I? Who gets a second chance like that."I love this authors work, I always feel a great sense of privilege when I get the opportunity to crack open and read something she has written, All In carries on that feeling for me, because once again, I just feel that I have had the opportunity to be a part of something that is just so special, when you read as much as I do, that is a feeling you really treasure, because it doesn’t come along with any great frequency."Live in the stars, baby. Okay? … You’re free. You made me free."ARC generously provided by the author, and it was my great pleasure to provide the above honest review.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    5 "Because love always wins. Always." StarsAll In was my most anticipated read of the fall, and it was perfect. Theo and Kacey traveled a long and winding road but in the end their happiness played exactly as the universe planned. While it may not have been easy and it may have broken my heart more than once, this duet and its ending were proof that love never ends and true love is a real and tangible thing.Picking up where Full Tilt ended, Kacey and Theo are suffering from Jonah's death. While 5 "Because love always wins. Always." StarsAll In was my most anticipated read of the fall, and it was perfect. Theo and Kacey traveled a long and winding road but in the end their happiness played exactly as the universe planned. While it may not have been easy and it may have broken my heart more than once, this duet and its ending were proof that love never ends and true love is a real and tangible thing.Picking up where Full Tilt ended, Kacey and Theo are suffering from Jonah's death. While they knew it was coming, the grief is stronger and more encompassing than they can fully deal with or understand. And each copes in different ways. Kacey decides that living in Las Vegas is impossible so she leaves and spends the next six months coping with a bottle in her hands. Theo does the opposite. He stays and immerses himself in all the pain while still trying to take care of those around him. But both or stuck and unable to move forward. Yet Theo never stops trying to fulfill his brother's final wishes and as he helps Kacey face her pain, both realize that there is love in healing and maybe they are exactly where they're supposed to be. Right from the prologue my heart was in my throat and I was filled with more emotions than I knew what to do with. I was expecting some revelations but I was shocked and a little awed at the twists when they were revealed. As their story unfolded I could physically feel the pain, anguish and deep and unending love these characters felt. Ms. Scott wrote a story that I experienced right alongside them. Their struggles were my struggles and their happiness was my happiness. I am so glad that I met these characters. They will forever live in my my heart. I will never forget them, their struggles or their love affair. Theo, Kacey and Jonah lived one of the best love stories I've ever read. And even in the sadness, love and life shined through making this duet one of my favorite stories I've ever read. ARC provided for honest review.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Story Rating ~ 5 Stars!Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars!Heroine Rating~ 5 Stars!Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars!Heat Rating ~ 3.5 Stars!Ending ~ 5 Stars!Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars!This review contains NO spoilers, NO gifs, NO photos! What it does contain is my heart and soul feelings.I’ve been dying for this book ever since I read the last words in Full Tilt book one of this two book series. Book one left me in emotional shambles. As I started reading All In all the emotions I felt at the end of Full Tilt ca Story Rating ~ 5 Stars!Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars!Heroine Rating~ 5 Stars!Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars!Heat Rating ~ 3.5 Stars!Ending ~ 5 Stars!Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars!This review contains NO spoilers, NO gifs, NO photos! What it does contain is my heart and soul feelings.I’ve been dying for this book ever since I read the last words in Full Tilt book one of this two book series. Book one left me in emotional shambles. As I started reading All In all the emotions I felt at the end of Full Tilt came crashing down on me once again. This book held SO MANY FEELINGS and EMOTIONS!! This was a story of hope and loss about losing control and taking it back again. About wanting something so bad and about going after it when the time is right but most importantly about never giving up on love! I CAN NOT recommend this series highly enough for those of you who LOVE reading books that flat out grab you full on emotionally and take you on a journey about love that you wish would never end. This was an AMAZING read, one of the best series I’ve ever read and I know it will stay within my heart for a long, long time to come.THANK YOU EMMA SCOTT!! You totally captured my heart and soul <33Warning! You MUST read Full Tilt before All In otherwise, you will be lost. Both ebooks are offered up at Amazon for an amazing price of $2.99 each.One more warning! Have plenty of tissue at hand especially for those of you with soft hearts like mine.
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  • Dee Montoya
    January 1, 1970
    Infinite Stars**********(ARC kindly provided by Author in exchange for an honest review)This story was beautiful and heartbreaking. Is a book that starts with a lot of pain, and ends with even more hope. You'll feel, and live each word as if they were your own, making this duet simply magnificent... I'm going to be honest here, I'm struggling trying to find the right words to review this book, because I don't want to give too much away for the sake of your enjoyment. If you read Full Tilt you k Infinite Stars**********(ARC kindly provided by Author in exchange for an honest review)This story was beautiful and heartbreaking. Is a book that starts with a lot of pain, and ends with even more hope. You'll feel, and live each word as if they were your own, making this duet simply magnificent... I'm going to be honest here, I'm struggling trying to find the right words to review this book, because I don't want to give too much away for the sake of your enjoyment. If you read Full Tilt you know this second book is going to be heart-rending and stunning, but also so much more than you ever thought possible. Theo and Kacey are struggling to cope with the loss that its eating away their hearts. One of them succumbs to the easy way out by hiding away in numbness, the other one ignores all feelings and personal needs and wants, putting everyone else's first. Every character in this book is dealing with the heartbreak in a different way, even you as a reader feel pain and confusion by the possibilities of moving on. There is a beautiful quote in the book by Rumi that goes: “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.” The meaning behind this beautiful quote is the heart of this book. I allowed the words, the pain, the hope, and the love to envelope me and take me on the beautiful journey that was the story of Theo and Kacey. And is my hope that everyone who reads this books can feel the same. All In was magnificent, and I would recommend it to everyone. Don't be afraid; read it, enjoy it, and let yourself feel the love and the music deep inside you heart.
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  • Jeannine Allison
    January 1, 1970
    *Major spoilers from Full Tilt are present in this review* This will, without a doubt, be the longest review I've ever written. But we all love reading, so it's not super obnoxious, right?! ... Right?!?? Well I hope not, but I have a lot of freaking feelings about this amazing novel (and duet, really). So I'm going to write this long ass review and hope people will take the time to read it ;)I am so incredibly glad that I discovered Emma Scott at the beginning of the year. How to Save a Life wa *Major spoilers from Full Tilt are present in this review* This will, without a doubt, be the longest review I've ever written. But we all love reading, so it's not super obnoxious, right?! ... Right?!?? Well I hope not, but I have a lot of freaking feelings about this amazing novel (and duet, really). So I'm going to write this long ass review and hope people will take the time to read it ;)I am so incredibly glad that I discovered Emma Scott at the beginning of the year. How to Save a Life was my first novel by her, and I've fallen in love with every word I've read from her since. Her writing is amazing, but more than that her characters are some of my absolute favorite. They are heartbreakingly real and even when they're being assholes-*cough* Noah *cough*-I'm still completely in love with them. Theo, Kacey, and Jonah from book one, were no different. This is not a standalone. I mean, you could obviously try, I think you'd be able to figure everything out, but I don't know if it would have the same effect.-Theo-This. Man. Sweet Christ, this man. He was perfection. Theo is by far my favorite book boyfriend EVER. And if you know me at all, that is a bold statement. I'm extremely indecisive and have a hard time picking a favorite anything, but he without a doubt has ruined me for all other men.Theo is reeling from the death of Jonah, and for more reason than one. He had to contend with the loss of his brother, the fact that he's in love with Kacey, and he thinks he needs to stay strong for everyone around him. "Jonah was the glue in our family. Without him, we were going to fall apart. It was only a matter of time." And sure enough, they did... "We'd all drifted apart after Jonah. He was the center of our goddamn universe and without him, we were starting to lose whatever pull it was that kept us in the same orbit." But Theo tried, he tried so damn hard. And every time he compared himself to Jonah, thinking he wasn't enough, my heart ached. He constantly felt like everyone looked at him and wished Jonah was there instead. "I picture everyone thinking, Jonah should be up there." "He should’ve been here. To give the toast, to dance with our mother, with Dena, and especially with Kacey. It would’ve broken my damn heart, but I would have given anything in the world to look over and see Kacey wrapped in Jonah's arms. Instead, she was in mine, my body absorbing her peace like a sponge soaked up water. Part of me felt like a fraud. Like a con man. A consolation prize." He just wanted to fix his family. He wanted his father to accept him, his mother to move on, and Kacey to be happy again.But even though he was afraid of not being enough, he was never bitter. He just kept going, taking care of his mother and fighting for Kacey. He dropped everything for the two of them. If either one needed him, he was there. And he never asked Kacey to forget about Jonah. Or for her to love him more than his deceased brother. He just wanted her love. "This is what I want. To live in her space, my razor sharing the same shelf as her toothbrush. Our clothes tangling in the bedroom. Making breakfast together, then letting the food burn as I took her on the kitchen floor… Tell me what you want, I thought, glancing at her from the corner of my eye. Because I want everything." "I'll take care of her.. I'll love her enough. I'll love her enough she'll never want for it. I'll spend my entire life loving her and making her happy. And she will be happy." There were times when he was awkward, when he didn't know what to say, and when he felt like he would never be able to give her all the romance he felt she deserved. But what Theo didn't understand was that his power was in his simplicity. For example, when a drunk guy pawed at Kacey and the idiot said to Theo, "Sorry, man. Didn’t realize she was yours," Theo's response was, "Don't apologize to me. Apologize to her."This was technically a small thing, but it was HUGE to me. And that's pretty much who Theo was, he was a guy who did little things without realizing the giant impact they had on others. His respect, love, and devotion were unparalleled to anything I've read. He wasn't smooth one-lines, or long, poetic speeches, but he was perfect all the same. This line got Theo absolutely correct... "If Jonah was the glue that held us together, you're the rock we set our backs to." -Kacey-It is never good when a recovering alcoholic loses someone, that much change and grief is a surefire way to fall off the wagon. She's drowning in pain and alcohol, becoming an artist in New Orleans... "La Fille Submergée, they called me. The Drowned Girl. I loved this. It was hard to read about her struggles, but it was amazing to watch her pull herself out from under it. She didn't always trust her strength... "You remember the depth and blackness of the hole you were in and not the strength it took to pull yourself out." But she slowly grew, and realized that she had the power to make her life better. She could say no to what would lead her down that self-destructive path again, and yes to what she needed in her life. And she needed Theo. "It’s been almost impossible to imagine loving someone else. But when I let myself have that kind of hopeful vision, the only person I see is Teddy." "One minute I’m torn apart by guilt. Next minute I'm angry about being guilty. And in between all that, I want you to kiss me again too." It was a difficult situation between the two, but what I loved was that she never compared them, and I don't think she ever really felt guilty for loving Theo; she just thought that that's what she should feel. And you know what else I loved? It wasn't ever a decision of whether or not they loved each other... they knew they did. It was just other people and logistics that made them pause.I know at a glance some people won't like the sound of this duet; it's different from the typical romance and not quite normal, but that's what real life is sometimes. It sucks, but sometimes it's raw and painful. And these books explore that.I need books that'll make me laugh, make me giddy, and make my heart-pound. I often need ones that take me out of reality, but sometimes I need ones to suck me right into and remind that it is to be human. To love, to screw-up, to forgive, and most importantly, to not know what the fuck you're doing.So even though it's difficult sometimes, I need books like this. Books that show reality a little too well, that show that even reality can have all the things we love about the romance books that help us escape. This book is perfect because it's real. Because it's flawed and full of pain and heartache, but in the end there's love and hope.I hate that Jonah died. I absolutely loved him and between this two books, my heart broke for him countless times. But death is a part of life, and what I loved about this duet was that it essentially gave everyone a happy ending, or the only happy ending reality really allows... to fall in love deeply and completely. All three got that. Jonah and Kacey had a brilliant, short-lived love, proving that it's not the length of time but the depth of feelings, that make love real. Then Kacey and Theo fell in love, showing that the loss of one great love doesn't mean never loving again.I think Jonah prepared Kacey for Theo. He taught her to love in a way Theo never could have; and not because Theo didn't love her or wasn't completely awesome (I think I've demonstrated that I'm head over heels for him), but because he was too shut down and awkward with his own feelings. I know some would just like for Theo and Kacey to have an epic love story without all the complications of a "dead ex" (it feels crass to say it that way because Jonah was so much more than that), but the reality is, their love wouldn't have existed without Jonah and his love for Kacey. I think when Theo tells Kacey he loves her for the first time, it proves it: "I love you. It was so simple it almost went straight past me.I love you." Theo is simple and his love would have gone straight past Kacey. She needed Jonah to show her how to love, and she needed Theo afterwards to show her how to heal.Kacey says something toward the end that I think encompasses the entire duet (and life): "It's crazy, right? Or…maybe not?" I gnawed my lip, trying to read his face. "Maybe it's…really wonderful?" Things can be crazy or weird or unexplainable, but that doesn't mean they're not wonderful. This book was wonderful. Life, for how much it sucks sometimes, is wonderful. The sucky (like death) things don't negate that.There are some books that simply can't be explained (although I certainly tried), they can only be experienced. This is one of them. I'm amazed by what Emma Scott has done here. As breathtaking as all her novels, as unforgettable as all the characters she writes, and as thought-provoking as her words are, this duet is on another level.It's obviously a must read if you read Full Tilt, and even though I know this will frighten some who use novels to escape, but I suggest you keep it in the back of your mind. It's a must-read, change-your-life type duet :)*I will say that a lot kind of happened toward the end, it might seem rushed to some. I'm not particularly picky with that sort of thing, but I know others are, so just a little heads up! :)And before I end this, like I haven't said enough... here are a couple other quotes from this book that left me speechless... "It hurts, right? It's messy and complicated and it's like a tattoo that never ends. A million needles inking something on your heart that isn't even beautiful." "The feeling you have in that moment right as you wake up, before your brain mucks it all up with thoughts and words? That very first feeling is where the truth lives." "Because love always wins. Always." Safety: (view spoiler)[There's the obvious case of Jonah. But other than that there's no one else. I believe in book one, Theo was described as a manwhore, but it's pretty clear in this one that it was mainly a front. And both Theo and Kacey go on other dates one time. But it's clear to both of them that they feel nothing on these dates. They're constantly thinking about the other. (hide spoiler)]Closure: (view spoiler)[A HEA! Finally :) We get two epilogues. One a few months after the final chapter. And the second three years later, where they are married with one daughter and another child on the way :) (hide spoiler)] "He told me to love again, and I do. So much.""He told me to love you. But I already did. So much." *ARC generously provided by author*
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  • NiCoLeTa E.
    January 1, 1970
    ***5 "You're my forever!!!" stars*** All in (n) (poker): when a player has moved all of their chips into the pot; an all-or-nothing bet.“WHERE THERE IS RUIN, THERE IS HOPE FOR TREASURE.” -RumiThis book was bittersweet for me...I freakin' loved it as much as i did the first book, but i couldn't shake away my sadness for Jonah's absence...Unfortunately, I'm from those kind of girls that i can't get over things very soon, even in fictionary world... Jonah's loss cost me a big part of my heart a ***5 "You're my forever!!!" stars*** All in (n) (poker): when a player has moved all of their chips into the pot; an all-or-nothing bet.“WHERE THERE IS RUIN, THERE IS HOPE FOR TREASURE.” -RumiThis book was bittersweet for me...I freakin' loved it as much as i did the first book, but i couldn't shake away my sadness for Jonah's absence...Unfortunately, I'm from those kind of girls that i can't get over things very soon, even in fictionary world... Jonah's loss cost me a big part of my heart and i can't get over it!!!! "He was right about everything," she said. "We have so much love in us. No end to it." To be honest with you, i was afraid to start this book... I thought that i couldn't handle the things moving forward without Jonah, but i have to admit that Mrs Scott did a great job... She let the heroes to grieve and to take the time that they will needed it to get over the heartbreaking and i love her for that!!!She let me grieve with them and to accept that life can continue even with a big ache inside your heart!!!Thank you for that, Emma Scott!!! "Despite our losses, we would keep going. Never give in or give up. Because love always wins. Always." This was Kacey and Theo's story...They were both lost and heartbroken... They were grieving a big loss from their lives and each one of them was copying with that in a different way...Theo was the rock for everyone, he tried to do his best for him and the rest of his family, even though that his heart was broken in tiny pieces...Kacey run away from the memories and drown herself in a sea of booze and tears... She couldn't forget and get over the love of her life....Both of them had given a promise to Jonah, but it was impossible for them to keep it!!! "Theo wasn't only there for Jonah during the worst moments of his life. He was there for a lot of other people, too. Taking their pain, listening to it, deconstructing it. Turning it around and giving it back to them as a piece of art. Uniquely their own, just as pain is unique to the person who bears it." “I had Jonah. For a few, short moments that beautiful man was mine and I was his. I’ll never have anything that real or good again, will I? Who gets a second chance like that?” Theo lost his brother and with him he lost the love of his life... He wanted to keep his promise, but he didn't know how to do it since Kacey had disappeared...And then, she found her and he stand beside her to save her from herself.... And then, he became her rock, her best friend, even if his heart was longing much more... “Only a simple truth: I needed her. Maybe more than she needed me.” Kacey for once again was in bad shape... She couldn't accept Jonah's absence... She couldn't copy with the pain that was reeling inside of her... She couldn't live with clarity in a world that he wasn't living in... She wanted him to come back, but her wish never came true...She knew that she had to let go of him and keep her promise to him, but it was so damn difficult...And then Theo became her rock and she started to live again.... "Every night, I called one final thought into the deep darkness: Come back to me. And just before the dark consumed me, a whisper returned: My angel, let me go…" “For one short second, his hand rested on my shoulder. I wanted to take it and hold on all night, but the dark kept me limp and motionless. Still, I knew Theo was there. I wasn’t alone anymore. And that was enough. That was everything.” A great pain bounded them together and a new love guided their lives....Theo and Kacey were right together... They were having big chemistry and they manage to heal each other... They got out the best of each other and it was inevitable to end up together....I really loved the way the things turned out, but a big why is still lingering inside of me... Not because they forgot, but because of what Jonah could have and lose... "He told me to love again, and I do. So much.""He told me to love you. But I already did. So much." "We stood up together, emerged from the barren space together, bonded not in shared grief, but in shared love. Theo and I, a treasure out of the ruin." For once again, i loved this story and i loved the way the things were moving...I adored the scene with Theo's father at the end... It was about time to pull his a$$ out of his head and he did it with a magnificent way...I also hated Kacey's father... He was from those kind of persons that they shouldn't have childrens...For once again, i loved Dena, Oscar and Beverly... I could understand their hesistations... I was having them too!!! "It was easy to feel like I suffered the most. To believe the bulk of the pain was mine to choke down - an enormous mouthful, while everyone else only had to chew little bites. But everyone who’d known Jonah had a plate of pain to swallow…" I loved, loved, loved this series...They wrecked me, but they healed me...They made me smile and they made me cry, but i will holding them forever close to my heart!!!I loved Jonah, Theo and Kacey... With their goods and their bads, with their ups and their downs... "Live in the stars, baby. Okay?" My voice cracked but didn't break, and I smiled through my tears. "You're free. You made me free." ***ARC generously provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: Book 2 of 2 from Full Tilt seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Warning: This review contains spoilers from Book 1, Full TiltI don't want to write spoiler review but it's impossible to express my thoughts without mentioning things/names from previous book. And I don't like to repress my feelings (lol!) so please don't read this review unless you've read book 1. No spoiler for Book 2.Months after her loss, Kasey Dawson ran away to start a new life in a new city. Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: Book 2 of 2 from Full Tilt seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Warning: This review contains spoilers from Book 1, Full TiltI don't want to write spoiler review but it's impossible to express my thoughts without mentioning things/names from previous book. And I don't like to repress my feelings (lol!) so please don't read this review unless you've read book 1. No spoiler for Book 2.Months after her loss, Kasey Dawson ran away to start a new life in a new city. But demons from the past re-emerged amidst her grief threatening to drown her already flailing soul.Theo Fletcher had his own grieve to deal with. Yet all around him, he saw people crumbling away and can't help but want to fix it, choosing to ignore his own heart's call for help. But when two broken hearts reconnect, it has the ability patch back the shattered pieces as long as they are willing to take the risks.I'm not going to lie, I was not happy when I found out who are the pairing for this book. I love Theo but I didn't know if I could accept the "betrayal". I'm glad the author managed to convince me to accept them as a couple. I’d already lost Kacey. One broken promise. I couldn’t take another fucking failure. Theo was my favorite since book 1 because I understand his position. He made a promise that's close to his heart yet, it's also a burden considering the situation. I also feel sorry for him with how he had to deal with unsupportive people around him. She needed to do what was best for her, to heal and move on. Kasey was back into her self-destruction path. She was struggling to stay afloat but lucky to be surrounded by people who cared about her well being.I love how their relationship progressed organically. It was developed at a believable pace, which helped convince readers that the relationship was real. You can prepare all you want for someday. Nothing prepares you for the day of. I do wish there were bigger issues for them to deal with though. But then again, that's just me because I love when characters suffered lol! Also I would be happy with just Epilogue 1 - another personal preference :pAll In is a story of two individuals bound by shared grief and how they overcome their personal fears. It provides closure for the characters without taking away what happened in the past. Books in the series: ♠ ᛞ ♠ . . . (F)BR With CryBaby Loyda . . . ♠ ᛞ ♠For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    For all that Full Tilt shattered me, All In put me back together again and there is absolutely no question that these books are two of my favourite all-time reads.Simply put, Emma Scott has created a wonderful, and again poignant, story of love, loss and hope. To take the story down the path she does was a bold move and to do it with such flawless perfection displays real talent, and whilst my emotions weren't quite so extreme this time around, they were roused so many times. "The heart wants For all that Full Tilt shattered me, All In put me back together again and there is absolutely no question that these books are two of my favourite all-time reads.Simply put, Emma Scott has created a wonderful, and again poignant, story of love, loss and hope. To take the story down the path she does was a bold move and to do it with such flawless perfection displays real talent, and whilst my emotions weren't quite so extreme this time around, they were roused so many times. "The heart wants what it wants." These books will stay with me forever. The characters and their journey will stay with me forever. And as long as Emma Scott continues to write heart-achingly beautiful stories with characters who consume me, then she'll have a reader in me, forever.
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  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    January 1, 1970
    :::4 Solid Stars!:::"This close, he was my entire world, with no place for anything else."All In is the conclusion to one of the most sweetest, heartfelt stories I've read all year...Full Tilt. If ever I anticipated a book it would be Theo and Kacey's story. I fell in love with these two characters from book one and I was so excited to see what becomes of them. The chemistry between Kacey and Theo was undeniable. It was beautiful, if a tad bit forbidden, but hey the heart knows what, or who, it :::4 Solid Stars!:::"This close, he was my entire world, with no place for anything else."All In is the conclusion to one of the most sweetest, heartfelt stories I've read all year...Full Tilt. If ever I anticipated a book it would be Theo and Kacey's story. I fell in love with these two characters from book one and I was so excited to see what becomes of them. The chemistry between Kacey and Theo was undeniable. It was beautiful, if a tad bit forbidden, but hey the heart knows what, or who, it wants. If Full Tilt was tragically beautiful, then I would say All In is hopefully beautiful. There was an element of hope beyond the pain that made this story touch my heart. It's about two people coping and dealing with tragedy in their own way and falling in love in the midst of pain and sadness.Because of book one, it almost felt like I was on the sidelines cheering these characters on! They had been through so much and I needed a win for them. There were moments when I said to myself "don't give up, keep going, it's time to let go!" Yep these characters are so real, I felt like I could grab them by the shoulders and give them a pep talk. I walked away from this book with a double mixture feeling of pain and happiness. My heart is still broken, but Emma Scott does an amazing job at patching up the readers heart. The scar is still there, but now it's healed.Emma Scott's writing is superb! The secondary characters are amazing...all of them! I loved seeing how they themselves were coping. I did feel like at times there was bit of a lull and there was at the end some unnecessary drama, but overall, this is a must read! I would shout it from the rooftops if I could. This is one of those series you do not let it pass you by. So if you're in the mood for a deep, albeit emotional read, then this book is for you.
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  • NMmomof4
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars **This review has BIG SPOILERS for those that haven't read the first book, Full Tilt, please do not read the following review if you haven't read that book first** (view spoiler)[Overall Opinion: I really liked this one! I rated the first book 5 stars, so while I really liked this one -- I didn't quite love it as much as that one. Why? Well, I guess all I can say is that I wanted more time with them actually together as an official couple. I wanted to experience some more of them mak 4.5 Stars **This review has BIG SPOILERS for those that haven't read the first book, Full Tilt, please do not read the following review if you haven't read that book first** (view spoiler)[Overall Opinion: I really liked this one! I rated the first book 5 stars, so while I really liked this one -- I didn't quite love it as much as that one. Why? Well, I guess all I can say is that I wanted more time with them actually together as an official couple. I wanted to experience some more of them making their dreams come true! We deserved it after all we went through with these two, dang it!! If you follow my reviews, you know that 4.5 stars is still a really high rating for me -- so please understand that I still really liked it! I'm just a greedy, greedy reader and I wanted more! I was uber excited about the idea of Theo getting his HEA and I got it. His experience with his Dad at the end I think is what made me cry the most (and yes, I did cry in this one too). He was so hard and protective in the first book, that I loved to see his super sweet (and sexy) interior here.Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Kacey and Theo's story. This takes place 6 months after the funeral and Kacey has disappeared from Las Vegas. Theo is taking care of his mom and feeling immense guilt over losing track of Kacey making him break his promise to Jonah. He eventually finds her, but she is in a bad place drowning in alcohol. He helps her get on her feet, and over time and distance they become really close. Their friendship grows to more, and they fall in love. There is a lot of grief and guilt to deal with, some family issues, some hot sexy times...but they do get a HEA ending. POV: This alternated between Kacey and Theo's POV.Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.Instalove: No. (view spoiler)[The H starts pretty much in love with the h already. The h loves him as a friend, but the feelings take a while to develop into something romantic. (hide spoiler)]H rating: 5 stars. Theo. I loved him! He was so sweet, loyal, protective, and hot!h rating: 5 stars. Kacey. She was a damaged girl, but she loved fiercely and I appreciated that.Sadness level: High. I did cry and need tissues, but it wasn't quite as bad as the first book.Push/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ Both of them are hesitant because of the h's past relationship with the H's brother and push away at times, and they both pursue the relationship at times as well. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Moderate. They have really hot chemistry and scenes. It doesn't happen until later in the book, and it isn't so much it takes away from the storyline.Descriptive sex: YesSafe sex: Yes (view spoiler)[Mentions of condom use and birth control, but I don't remember any mention of std statuses or previous practices. (hide spoiler)]OW/OM drama:No (view spoiler)[Except feelings of guilt about Jonah. (hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating: NoSeparation: Yes (view spoiler)[They aren't technically together when they separate, but they are apart for ~6 months. Neither of them have other partners during this time. (hide spoiler)]Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[ Loss of a loved one, alcoholism, unexpected pregnancy, and ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. (hide spoiler)]Closure: This had good closure with a jump ahead epilogue and a HEA ending.How I got it: It was part of my kindle unlimited subscription.Safety: This one is probably Safe with exception (view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have both the H and h pushing away- Does have a ~6 month separation between the h and H- Does Not have abuse- Does have OTT sad parts (from last book)- Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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  • KAS
    January 1, 1970
    *5+ Unforgettable, Mouth Watering Stars*AND ....... EXHALE. It has been 82 days since reading the gut-wrenching first book of this duet "Full Tilt". My heart pure ached for Jonah and Kacey, but I also knew Theo was waiting in the wings to put all the broken pieces back together. I just could not fathom how Emma Scott was going satisfy her readers, who like me, were lying prostate in the fetal position and basically looking like Humpty Dumpty. Not only did All The King's Horses and All The King's *5+ Unforgettable, Mouth Watering Stars*AND ....... EXHALE. It has been 82 days since reading the gut-wrenching first book of this duet "Full Tilt". My heart pure ached for Jonah and Kacey, but I also knew Theo was waiting in the wings to put all the broken pieces back together. I just could not fathom how Emma Scott was going satisfy her readers, who like me, were lying prostate in the fetal position and basically looking like Humpty Dumpty. Not only did All The King's Horses and All The King's Men arrive to put me back together again, but Emma and her brilliance in writing this most extraordinarily epic sequel, relieved, revived and renewed my soul. It is breathtaking! It is beautiful! It is bewitching! And Theo, gracious sakes, Theo! He will make you drool like a fool ;)While tears were trickling down my cheeks by the third page of the prologue, I just kept telling myself Theo will somehow find a way to become the glue his family and most importantly, Kacey, was going to need to get through the horrific days, weeks and months ahead, as Jonah, everyone's everything, loses his battle with life. Jonah asks one favor of his only brother, as he is lying on his deathbed, "Take care of Kacey and love her, Theo." But Kacey runs and hides, so devastated by his death, she drinks herself into oblivion everyday, everynight, 24/7.When Theo finally finds Kacey 1500 miles from home, and is unquestionably committed to being there to help her heal, no matter how long it takes, I felt the yoke of deep sadness, which had filled my heart, begin to lift and dissipate. Yes, my heart sang because Theo was ALL IN. A magical rebirth was weaving Theo and Kacey lives together. Against all odds, they forged a beautiful, inseparable bond. It was a glorious union of two emotionally wrecked and lost souls healing each other.What I am trying to say is ........ this is one gorgeously written and captivating love story. And FYI ..... Un! Put! Down! Able! "Acceptance child, that is the key. Accept that which has ended and let go so you can move on. So you may grow. So you may thrive. The light in your eyes - in your heart - has dimmed, but it is not put out. Let it roar once again."IT GREW! IT THRIVED! IT ROARED! Oh how both their hearts and mine roared once again!!!Thank you Emma Scott for a magnificent and stunning duet I will never forget!*I received this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Lo Bookfrantic
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW COMING...BUT this book just wow I loved it so much it hurts. It deserves a good review and i shall do my best. Loved it all. However; if you want to read this book please don't read blurb and read book one first otherwise you will ruin the experience that this book delivers.F(BR) with my shhlut War, I'm the blonde on the left she looks like trouble lol Dying for this baby can't wait to see how this will end upBook Order:
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  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    "Choose your card, sweetheart."There was no fortune card choosing for me in this story. I think the deck was already fully laid out. When I read Full Tilt, I was shattered, completely and utterly shattered. Starting All In, I read the love, the passion, I could literally sense the dedication, the commitment that Theo had in making Kacey his in every way. Not going to lie, I was ready to pull my hair out at the lack of communication between Theo & Kacey when it came to their feelings but once "Choose your card, sweetheart."There was no fortune card choosing for me in this story. I think the deck was already fully laid out. When I read Full Tilt, I was shattered, completely and utterly shattered. Starting All In, I read the love, the passion, I could literally sense the dedication, the commitment that Theo had in making Kacey his in every way. Not going to lie, I was ready to pull my hair out at the lack of communication between Theo & Kacey when it came to their feelings but once the lines of communication were opened, game on. And oh my how well the game played out. I love this series, it's such a story of healing, yet a story of absolute pure love. These two books, two different loves, completely different outcomes, definitely a series you can not pass by. It's beautiful, it's so engaging it literally holds you captive till the end of the second book. Hands down one of the best series this year❤️❤️
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  • Robin Hill
    January 1, 1970
    5.5 stars.***Review contains spoilers for Full Tilt*** If you haven’t blocked me from hijacking your feed yet, you may have noticed I’ve spent the last few days beta-reading for Emma Scott. If this had been an ARC, I would have inhaled it in one sitting. As it was, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not reading purely for my enjoyment. Even though I did enjoy it. Immensely. And that is the magic word folks… "ENJOY." If you’re reading this, then like myself you probably LOVED Full Tilt. Yo 5.5 stars.***Review contains spoilers for Full Tilt*** If you haven’t blocked me from hijacking your feed yet, you may have noticed I’ve spent the last few days beta-reading for Emma Scott. If this had been an ARC, I would have inhaled it in one sitting. As it was, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not reading purely for my enjoyment. Even though I did enjoy it. Immensely. And that is the magic word folks… "ENJOY." If you’re reading this, then like myself you probably LOVED Full Tilt. You probably had one hell of a book hangover. You probably felt oddly motivated and forever changed. But did you enjoy it? Did it not twist your stomach into a pretzel? Rip your heart to shreds? Did you not throw your kindle at your homemade Emma Scott dart board even though you knew what was coming? (don’t lie, we all did).Yeah, OK...maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration.Full Tilt was a piece of art. It was gut-wrenchingly, heartbreakingly, beautiful. All In is its perfect counterpart.The Band-Aid on the wound. The crème brulee at the end of dinner. The H. E. A.If Full Tilt broke you, All In will heal you. As always, Emma Scott’s writing is absolutely beautiful. If you follow my reviews, you may have noticed I’ve started DNF’ing more and more lately. That is why. She spoils me with her words. If she wrote a book on the effects of watching paint dry, I’d pre-order it.One thing I love when it comes to a book series is consistency. All In flows nicely from Full Tilt, even though it is a completely different book with a completely different tone. Both books are bright, colorful, and vibrant—not only in their gorgeous covers, but also on their pages. And just as Las Vegas provided the perfect backdrop for Kacey and Jonah, New Orleans does the same for Kacey and Theo. Its old, deep-south vibe is a nice contrast to the vibrant newness of Las Vegas, yet it somehow maintains a similar feel.My husband took me to NOLA once. “Let me plan the trip,” he said. “You’ll love it,” he said. We went during Mardi Gras and while waiting for a parade to start, he decided to refill our daiquiris. He crossed the street and disappeared into the crowd. THEN the parade started. Just an FYI, nothing good can come from a stranded husband with two daiquiris. My first NOLA experience was reduced to Bourbon Street and our hotel. Thanks to Emma Scott and her uncanny ability to set a scene, I finally feel like I’ve seen a bit of the city. Just yesterday, my husband promised me a do-over. I handed him All In and told him to use it as a travel guide.Aside from one notable absence *deep breath, long swallow* all the characters from Full Tilt resurface in All In as well as the addition of a few more, most notably Yvonne, who had me in hysterics more than once. As far as the MC’s, Kacey is still beautifully flawed, but following Jonah’s death, she’s lost her way again. She’s broken and struggling, desperate to numb her pain—falling victim to old habits that, this time around, really have their claws in her. Enter: Theo. Without his POV in Full Tilt, he came off guarded, protective, and somewhat icy, but within the very first pages of All In, you discover so much more about him. He’s loyal and selfless. Honorable. He keeps his promises. As far as book boyfriends go, he’s perfection. There was so much to love about this book: Kacey’s affinity for eighties movies, Viv’s magic 8-ball, palm reading, beignets, and the steamiest NON-sex scene I’ve ever read. The romance is off the charts swoon-tastic. I grinned. I giggled. At one point I broke into song.Because I read this in beta, I was able to shoot anything I didn’t love back to the source...but there really wasn’t anything. And believe me, I pored over the pages, looking. I pointed out every little thing I could find until I felt stupid for trying so hard. Finally, at about 1am last night/this morning, I realized…if Emma Scott is the standard I compare everything else to, is it really such a shock I can’t find anything to dislike?All In isn’t dramatic. There’s no unnecessary angst. The relationship isn’t rushed; its progression is natural. It is simply a love story. And I loved every perfect word.
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  • Talia (Red Hot Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    5 blue butterfly stars.ARC kindly offered by the publisher through NetgalleyPROBABLY SPOILERISH.DEFINITELY SPOILERISH IF YOU HAVEN'T READ FULL TILT.LAST WARNING. IT'S GOING TO BE QUOTE-YBefore starting this book, I was suspicious. Everyone who'd read it kept saying it would make it all better, it'd make the hurt go away. That it would HELP. Still, after being destroyed by Full Tilt, I couldn't imagine how it could ever be better.Then, the bomb: Theo was going to be Kacey's new love interest.Now, 5 blue butterfly stars.ARC kindly offered by the publisher through NetgalleyPROBABLY SPOILERISH.DEFINITELY SPOILERISH IF YOU HAVEN'T READ FULL TILT.LAST WARNING. IT'S GOING TO BE QUOTE-YBefore starting this book, I was suspicious. Everyone who'd read it kept saying it would make it all better, it'd make the hurt go away. That it would HELP. Still, after being destroyed by Full Tilt, I couldn't imagine how it could ever be better.Then, the bomb: Theo was going to be Kacey's new love interest.Now, I hadn't given much thoughts to Theo in the first book. I'd loved his protectiveness towards his brother, but from that to becoming the hero... His dark hair slicked back, his hands clasped in front of him where cufflinks glinted in the sun. His expression was flat with boredom, until he caught sight of me. His mouth fell open a little and his eyes widened. I smiled at him, tried a little wave behind my small bouquet of white roses. Theo didn't respond but stared at me in that way he had, like he couldn't believe I was real. I thought he was playing around but as I neared my place on the platform, his stare hardened and then he suddenly looked away. And yet the biggest surprise for me was him. Theo is an amazing man and the perfect match for Kacey. First of all, because they share the same grief. He understands her loss and he'd never want her to forget Jonah or deny their past together. Also, he's the rock everyone is hanging on to. He's the man who's there for you no matter the sacrifice. This characteristic of his personality was what really endeared him to me.What surprised me was instead that Theo had been in love with Kacey for a while, even from before Jonah's passing. It made sense, but it also created a lot of guilt in him. How could he dare substitute his brother?Indeed, Jonah and Kacey were EPIC. They were meant to be. The frantic desperation of their relationship was something unique and unrreplaceble. I understood his feeling bereft at the thought of filling his brother's shoes and how he berated himself over his feelings. The promise Jonah made him swear on his death bed, for how heartbreaking, for me was incredible. It made me cry like a baby, but it reassured me, too. Because it told me that everything was going to be fine in the end. The installation was perfect. Flawless. Like Jonah had been in my mind's eyes -- the idol big brother who could do no wrong to his little brother who'd worshipped the ground he'd walked on. The first part of the book was painful, I won't lie. There were so many moments in which Jonah was present in thoughts, memories, actions. Every time his name was even hinted at, my heart squeezed and my breath hitched. It. Hurt. That moment, at the BBQ, when Theo is thinking about Jonah's place, Jonah's chair next to Kacey... wow, that was a bad moment. Not to talk about Oscar and Dena's wedding. I miss you, Jonah. We all miss you.It was easy to feel like I suffered the most. To believe the bulk of the pain was mine to choke down -- an enormous mouthful, while everyone else only had to chew little bites. But everyone who'd known Jonah had a place of pain to swallow. Then, with Theo helping Kacey resurface back to life and the two of them getting closer, the pain dissipated. The sadness was still there, but it was... dull. They clicked together effortlessly and yet not so gracefully. Of course, they're both plagued by doubts and guilt. They both wonder how it's possible to fall for each other after losing Jonah. They start as friends, chatting over the phone since they live in different states now, and the slow burn was beautifully made. You could feel the tension simmer then undeniable pull they felt.Also the family doesn't seem to understand it, which was something I hadn't expected, yet it made sense given Theo's past occasional relationships and hookups. Yet, when you read it, you can feel the utter adoration Theo has for Kacey. It made me love him even more, how he fought against his feelings not to upset his family and Kacey herself. I had to go. I made a promise. I went to her now, and I'll go to her again if I have to. I'll fail a hundred classes and be fired from a hundred jobs before I let anything happen to her again. Kacey too went through a transformation. She has to let go of Jonah, and Theo will help her both physically and emotionally to overcome her damaging coping mechanisms and starting a new life.My favorite scene of all, though, was the moment Theo and his father shared at the end of the novel. It had the emotional punch of a mack track straight to the stomach and it was the perfect closure for the arc of their relationship, especially given the confrontation between Kacey and her own parents. Those were twists that I hadn't anticipated occurring, but I was happy they did because they showed how serious Theo was about Kacey, how protective. I have this image of you holding a baby, tucked in the crook of your arm like a football while snagging a diaper of another toddler right before he tips over and clock himself of the edge of a table. And you do it with zero stress. Don't even bling an eye." (Yeah, my ovaries didn't survive this unscathed. I dare yours to.) "I love you." (Theo)"I love you too, but--""No, I mean I love you and that's it. I love you. I love you however you are. No strings or conditions. I love you and that's it. Okay?"I bit back a smile. "Okay." Theo's not a chatty caty. He's the silent, strong type who admittedly doesn't always have to words to express how he feels. Especially at the beginning, when they're still friends, I was almost angry at him for not telling Kacey how he felt, but I admit that it was too soon. "And I don't dance.""Yeah, right," I laughed. "You'll have to beat the single ladies off you with a stick. Maybe the married ones, too.""That's not happening.""You sure about that?" I said, grinning. "Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. You're going to look amazing in a tux, Teddy.""Yeah, right." In the end, it was the perfect ending, the perfect closure to a story that is raw, real, moving and emotional. It's life in all its complexity. And even though it wasn't devoid of grief, old and new, It left me satisfied, almost at peace. Love had no end. She was infinite. She was a universe, my universe, and I was hers. Love had no boundaries, no rules, no favorites. And not limits.
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    Fuckin beautiful... that s all i can say at this point...It's been a while since I've read Full Tilt and made my peace with the emotional part of that story, yeah, it was emotional even for me, even though there were NO shed tears...LOLAnyway, it was about time to wrap up this wonderful journey...and hold all the little pieces together, once more!So, you need to read Full Tilt (Full tilt duet #1) first, then All in (Full Tilt duet #2) to fully appreciate the message and the beauty of the Fuckin beautiful... that s all i can say at this point...It's been a while since I've read Full Tilt and made my peace with the emotional part of that story, yeah, it was emotional even for me, even though there were NO shed tears...LOLAnyway, it was about time to wrap up this wonderful journey...and hold all the little pieces together, once more!So, you need to read Full Tilt (Full tilt duet #1) first, then All in (Full Tilt duet #2) to fully appreciate the message and the beauty of the bond the main characters, Theo/Teddy Fletcher and Kacey/Kace Dawson found in each other on the grounds of battling grief for loss of Jonah, an older brother to Theo and prematurely lost love of Kacey's...but even though their time together was short and unfairly cut in the master plan of fate and universe, Jonah left with a favor to ask...and a promise to keep Take care of Kacey. She'll need you. She's strong. But if she falls, help her...Love her, Theo. This life is...short. Don't hold back. Theo and Kacey's friendship grew stronger out of need for consolation, comfort, familiarity and support. I knew Theo was there. I wasn't alone anymore. And that was enough. That was everything.My best friend. What else would you call the person who dropped everything to fly across the country to save my life.She was my friend and she comforted me like nothing and no one ever had before. It was a bond so strong that it could NOT be denied and the need was only intensified with the simple act of love. It was natural as much as it sounded awkward or surreal, BUT they needed each other like air to breathe as they both grew as individuals, dealing with inner pain for loss, coping with fears of love and life...and learning to let go It still hurt. It would always hurt. But I'd purged the poisonous grief and what remained was cleaner. The pain had a peace in it. I could think about Jonah now. I had all of him back-his voice, his laugh, his stupid jokes and the way he'd turn globs of colorless glass into fucking masterpieces... - Theo - And once I accepted he was gone, I was free. Not free of the love we had. I'll carry that with me forever. I'll love him forever. But free to start again. A new chapter. - Kacey - Sometimes the most beautiful things come out of the ugly, hurt and pain... Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure. yes, Jonah's departure in eternity, left a hole in the hearts he prematurely left behind BUT his LOVE for them made the transition easier for those who stay on this Earth for a little bit longer, giving them a chance to live again with full force, full lungs and full hearts... "He told me to love again, and I do. So much." "He told me to love you." Theo's warm, soft eyes meet mine. "But I already did. So much." *drops mic*
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  • Shannon Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Just just as a forewarning, All In is second to Full Tilt in Emma Scott’s newest duet. All In CANNOT be read as a standalone. With this being said, I’ve included an excerpt (spoiler free) at the top of this post and will include my review after. My review will contain some spoilers to Full Tilt so unless you’ve read the book, you may want to skip my review of All In and check out my spoiler free review of Full Tilt instead! http://tbbsisterhood.com/2016/07/01/r...After you’ve read FT, feel free Just just as a forewarning, All In is second to Full Tilt in Emma Scott’s newest duet. All In CANNOT be read as a standalone. With this being said, I’ve included an excerpt (spoiler free) at the top of this post and will include my review after. My review will contain some spoilers to Full Tilt so unless you’ve read the book, you may want to skip my review of All In and check out my spoiler free review of Full Tilt instead! http://tbbsisterhood.com/2016/07/01/r...After you’ve read FT, feel free to pop on back over to check out this review or send us a message and I’d be thrilled to chat about this duet!!BEWARE: Spoilers possible (and kind of likely) after this point!Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.Did you just start to sing Seasons of Love from RENT? Yeah, I did too. Don’t worry, that’s kind of my point.Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, and if you know the next line, you’ll know that each of these minutes in our lives can be broken down into moments. Moments we love, moments we cherish, moments that we wish could be deleted or reversed, but unfortunately that’s not how this world works.If you’ve gotten this far, I’m assuming that you’ve read Full Tilt. If not, turn around and go read that, then come back. Okay, where were we? Right, moments. Moments were so important to Kacey and Jonah and having to grasp them and use up every second of every last one. What I then didn’t really expect was that this theme of seizing moments would carry on into All In. But this was honestly one of my favourite things about the story. Emma gives you every moment you could hope for. Moments for Kacey, moments for Theo. Moments of heartbreak, lust, restlessness, confusion, love, growth and hope. But, we were gifted with, not given, moments of Jonah. My sweet, sweet Jonah.Skipping ahead just slightly, I was messaging with Emma right around when Full Tilt was released, and one of the things we chatted about was of Jonah’s importance and how moving on, he still needed to be a large part of the journey. Staying true to the characters, story and her own ideas, Emma did exactly that. This made my heart so happy. Jonah was along every step of the way from thoughts and actions, memories, his art, everything. I could feel Jonah in every page.I’ve spoken about Kacey in my Full Tilt review, so now I want to talk about Theo. I uncovered such a depth of understanding for him and his character after the tarot card reading. I knew before that that he was a protector, but I never really knew the extent of his character and truly how much he would give up. Theo is the type of man who you want to marry. The type of man who you want to raise your sons to be. He’s above and beyond loyal, protective, giving and gracious. And I sure as hell wouldn’t mind dancing with him in a restaurant to some jazz music too. In case, you know, that’s an option. “I’ll love her enough. I’ll love her enough she’ll never want for it. I’ll spend my entire life loving her and making her happy. And she will be happy.” Yvonne is such a gem, after her first interaction with Theo I knew she would become important, but it wasn’t until after her first interaction with Kacey that I decided I needed to meet this lady. She was AWESOME! Who else has a neighbour that bakes tuna casserole, yells at you through the window, comes running with refreshments when needed and can wield a Louisville Slugger? My last interaction with a new neighbour involved them yelling at me for where I parked my car. Awkward times that was. Too bad all neighbours aren’t like Yvonne, she seems like my kind of friend. Five minutes later, Yvonne busted in the front door, a half-liter of seltzer water tucked under one arm, a bottle of cranberry juice under the other.“This occasion calls for wine, but seeing as you’re on the wagon, this is the best I can do, short notice.” Ultimately, all of the secondary characters played large rolls in the grieving and growth process which was fantastic. I understood the reasoning for some of the decisions that were made by certain secondary characters, but I’m so glad everything was confronted and answers were laid on the table when needed. After Yvonne though, Big Easy was definitely a top notch guy too. “And thanks for—”He held up his hands. “Nope. No thanks required. Just doing my job.”“What is it with guys and gratitude? Teddy’s the same way. Wouldn’t hear a thank you if I paid him.”Big E shrugged. “Real men take care of the women in their lives as a matter of course. Not because they want something in return.”His words warmed me better than a shot of whiskey. “Not even a thank you?”“Not even that.” Someone asked me earlier who my favourite was: Jonah vs Theo. My truth, and I’m sure this will match up with a lot of people, is that there is no comparison. I can’t answer that question because there isn’t a winner or a loser, just two different men trying to get through difficult circumstances while finding love in an unexpected place. I love them both, maybe not quite equally yet (that’s answered below) but I love them differently. You can’t compare things that are different. Like vs like makes sense, Fletcher vs Fletcher does not. So there. I love them both lots.I feel like this aspect might not get as much attention but Emma has an incredible eye for detail. Not only visually and creating imagery to set a scene – who wants to visit NOLA with me? – but in the plot as well. Any loose end, whether it was as small as a pulled thread or as large as a frayed bow, Emma becomes the worlds best seamstress. She fills every hole, fixes every string, designs the most beautiful gown out of the ripped tatters of your heart (I know, I can be a little dramatic) and creates a jaw dropping, break taking, sometimes haunting masterpiece.When the conclusion for Full Tilt got to that inevitable point (don’t mind me, I knew it was coming but held out hope to the last second for a Hail Mary and miracle cure), I knew that Theo and Kacey would end up together. Not only could Jonah see it and believed how good they’d be together, but they were always drawn to the other from the beginning. Teddy may have started off as a man of few words but I loved watching him come out of his shell and grasp those all encompassing moments with Kacey. He loved her and I believed it, always. With seeing his devotion to her and how deep his love actually was, I did agree with Jonah and want these two together. It probably would’ve killed me if they ended up with other people entirely. I may not be the biggest fan of this trope (it’s one of my least favourites, if we’re playing the honesty game), but Emma made me a fan in this circumstance. Her words and characters opened my eyes to what was happening and how it could still be not only a good thing for Kacey and Teddy, but for Jonah too. His legacy not only lives in his art but in their love as well. It’s boundless. Infinite. As large as the universe.I’m a big believer in timing. That it plays a key part in our lives, who’s in them at which time, our circumstances, outlooks, everything. In Full Tilt, it was Jonah and Kacey’s time. I’m not saying this because he was dying, but because of what the both brought to the other. Jonah saved Kacey and showed her the incredible person she is, and Kacey brought Jonah back to life, even if only to hold those dwindling moments that much tighter. But then it was no longer Jonah and Kacey’s time. I do think Theo and Kacey would’ve found themselves together eventually, despite Jonah’s wishes, but it was his last push that sped up the beginning to their journey. Ecclesiastes 3 verses 1-9 state basically that there is a time for everything in this world. A time to live and a time to die, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to weep and a time to laugh. In All In, it was without a doubt time for Kacey and Theo. “I know my heart. It’s been forever altered, but it’s not broken anymore.” The only thing I would’ve enjoyed seeing slightly differently is in relation to how Kacey’s feelings developed. From the beginning, we know about Theo’s feelings, but Kacey’s still in such a dark place and understandably, not ready. Maybe I was looking for a little more confusion or angst on her part, just that extra little pause of not knowing what was happening or an ‘is this right?’ moment, just something small to show that she really cared for him. Not because of the proximity or past, not because he took care of her, not because he was a consolation, but because of who he was, completely unrelated to Jonah. But maybe I’m also making all of this up and twisting something simple in my head into something complex, we can’t really be sure some days what goes on up there. I stared at the lights until they blurred into fuzzy white orbs.“Now what the fuck do I do, Jonah? She’s there. I’m here…”Of course, I knew what he’d answer.Love her. I closed my aching eyes, and rubbed my aching chest. “I do, Jonah,” I whispered, my words swallowed by the night. “I already do.” Okay, so this next bit might be a little bit odd and quite a bit personal, but I need to explain why I’m rating this as 4.5 stars instead of 5. When I finished All In, I was happy. Sure I had a smile, I’m glad these characters had the ending (or beginning) to the story that they did, because I truly believe that love will always win. But what I realized was that I wasn’t ecstatic for them. There was something holding me back but I couldn’t figure out what. I messaged Wil (a fellow TBB Sisterhood founder) that she needs to read this immediately because I need to have someone help me figure out what the heck was wrong with me. Because of this, I didn’t even rate the book right away. I wanted to be jumping over the moon and proclaiming my love once more for this series, but it was just a little more subdued. I messaged Wil shortly after 11pm, and at about 12:30am, it hit me, what was missing.I’m not over Jonah.Like Kacey in the beginning, I didn’t grieve for him. I cried and cried after finishing FT and then pushed it away and tried to move on. One day this past summer, I was sitting in an airport all alone in a strange part of the country, waiting for a connecting flight. I heard some familiar guitar chords, but took a moment to realize that an artist was performing his cover of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. I sat for a few moments, but the minute my thoughts wandered to Jonah and Kacey I had to leave, I couldn’t handle them yet. Then last night, I truly believe that this is what my problem had been. I never fully accepted Theo and Kacey because I didn’t want to let Jonah go. I’ve laughed, cried, been inspired by and grown along side these characters for months now, but the one thing I didn’t let myself do was grieve. And as silly as that sounds, grieving over a fictional character, I don’t care. Jonah is a real person to me, I don’t see him as words on a page. So last night, at 12:30am, I turned off all the lights, opened up YouTube, queued up Free Falling by Tom Petty, and I cried. I cried for Jonah. I cried for Kacey and the life that they wouldn’t have together. I cried for Theo and the rock that he lost. I cried for Beverly and Henry and Tania, Dena and Oscar. I cried for them all and finally got it out. Waking up this morning, I already felt a little lighter. Throughout the day, I was having flashbacks of Full Tilt, but I was also thinking about all of my favourite moments in All In. The phone calls, the surprise visits, the dancing and movie watching. Already I was feeling better about the entire thing. So I may be a few months late, but I’m finally getting there. I fully intend to reread All In again in a month or two and see how my perception has changed from where it is currently to where it is then. At this point, I apologize Emma, for not being able to give my heart to them the way I immediately did with Jonah, but I’m getting there. If nothing else, I promise you that. “Live in the stars, baby. Okay?” My voice cracked but didn’t break, and I smiled through my tears. “You’re free. You made me free.” There were three times that I cried while reading All In. I cried in the prologue, with my sweetest Jonah, I cried when Kacey cried about letting him go ^^ (I wasn’t ready yet either, it seems), and I cried when Theo learned … Something. #vaguebookingWhat I’m getting at here is that based in how Full Tilt went and how hard All In was, it could’ve been so much more difficult. But Emma gave these two their break, they weren’t stuck in sorrow forever, they could find solace in each other. There was a resounding amount of hope written through the chapters which gives the reader that breath of fresh air, imagining everything can actually be okay for them one day. There’s good days and bad days, like there always will be, but that one day, you can trust that Theo and Kacey will be okay. Despite our losses, we would keep going. Never give in or give up. Because love always wins. Always. There’s very few authors these days where when I think of them, I stamp the word ‘original’ beside their name, but Emma gets that title so easily. In my Full Tilt review, I compared her work to that of Colleen Hoover and I stand by that proclamation 100%. You know what else? When people ask me who my favourite authors are, Emma Scott is easily one of the first names mentioned. Before reading All In, Full Tilt had been my first/only ES novel (I feel like Ashley, Robin, Jeannine and Wil are all probably giving me squinty eyes right now because they know I’ll love the others and haven’t gotten there yet), but just think that through for a second. Emma was a new to me author, I read ONE of her books, and she was instantly a favourite. I’ve told countless people about her over the past few months. ‘What’s so great about her? What makes her stand out?’ *insert gif of me throwing Full Tilt at said person* my answer always ended in: read it, then try and argue with me.No one argued.Going back to just the way she writes, Emma’s a phenomenal author. Her timing is impeccable, she not only flows but floats from scene to scene, and then her depth and emotional pull are second to none. I’ve pretty much said it all before but really, out of every author, book, and series I’ve read this year, if I could only pick one to read and give in to others, I’ll give you Emma Scott and her Full Tilt Duet.*An ARC was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *If you look on the blog page (which I will link below) there's plenty of amazing teasers and graphics made by fellow readers, bloggers, Emma and Melissa. I'm still a GR rookie and don't know how to put pictures or gifs in reviews - that's a little too complicated for me. :)JOIN THE SISTERHOOD! FIND US ON: FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER / WEBSITE
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