Series: Full Tilt #1
Published by Self-Published on 06/28/2016
"I would love you forever, if I only had the chance..."
Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch...
Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.
Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.
Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.
I’ve seen this book flitting around Goodreads for a bit, receiving quite a positive reaction. At first glance, I loved it. The cover is just so pretty and the title was simple yet alluring. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed this one a lot.
I’ve never read a novel by Emma Scott so I was feeling a bit nervous how I would take this in. You could say I’m a little picky or hard to please. So, imagine my surprise to be completely engaged having fallen in love with the characters quickly and easily. Written with an alternating dual POV, the story unfolds and the relationship between the characters progresses out of necessity rather than being manufactured or generic. There was strength in the writing that was combined with a sweet and touching story that gave me lots of feels for a lovely reading experience.
Full Tilt definitely made me react. I laughed, cried, was angry and thoughtful, but it lacked a bit of oomph that would really have made this a powerhouse of a novel. I mean, sure I cried but I think maybe something was missing between Kacey and Jonah? I thought their friendship was genuine but when it came to a romantic connection it felt more as a result of convenience than being fateful. I understand the give and take of the relationship and I did absolutely fall in love with their story, but perhaps my figuring how it would play out in the end skewed my perception of it?
I’m not sure just yet, but I think maybe the author’s intent with these characters hasn’t been fully reached. I think that our heroine here needs something more; out of life and love, friendship and family. Her story doesn’t feel complete. In fact I have some unanswered questions that I’m hoping will be brought full circle in the follow up.
I’d recommend this to readers who enjoy well paced and thoughtful new adult novels.