Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: All In
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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.
THIS POST IS FULL OF MAJOR SPOILERS FOR FULL TILT.
There was absolutely NO waiting to read this book. No. Freaking. Way.
The MOMENT that Full Tilt was over, I bought this book and listened to the entire thing practically in one sitting.
I needed this story. I NEEDED it. I KNEW it was going to be as incredible as I anticipated it to be. I mean, we had an entire FIRST book as build up to this one in that way A Court of Thorns and Roses was a necessary prelude to the magic that was A Court of Mist and Fury.
I was living for this OTP as much as I loved Jonah, I wanted this so much more.
I was invested in Kacey and Theo since Full Tilt. Even as I was all in with Jonah and Kacey, Theo was gently hanging out in the back of my mind… and when I got to the heartwrenching end of Full Tilt? I knew I needed this book.
I appreciated the subtle and obvious differences between Theo and Jonah… and how their relationships with Kacey were. Neither relationship felt sullied by the other. They were symbiotic, each one necessary for the other to have existed as perfectly as they had.
The moments in this book were so intensely charged, I’m pretty sure my hair was standing on edge from the static.
You guys… I need more Emma Scott in my life if the rest of her books are anything like these. Give. Me. More.
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: YES
Bookshelf Placement: YES
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars