Full Tilt Duet – Book 2
By Emma Scott
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.
All In by Emma Scott is the second book in the Full Tilt Duet. It should not be read as a stand alone novel. It is the sequel to Full Tilt.
I knew when I downloaded this book I needed to wait for the perfect time to read this book. I needed to read this book when I was alone and could allow my emotions to explode. I knew it was going to emotionally wreck me after reading Full Tilt. I was a blubbering mess and went through a big box of tissues. I felt like I lost one of my own.
A sequel to a book with such a moving story is very hard to follow up. Like the characters in the book, the reader is also afraid to move on and let go. I’m sure it is the same for the writer. Emma Scott did a wonderful job with All In. She took great care with all of the characters without diminishing one moment of the first book, Full Tilt. She wrote a story about real life and very real emotions every human being will experience at some point in their life. She handled each moment and each emotion with great care. That is what makes this duet a 6 Star Publication.
All In begins shortly after Full Tilt ended. After losing Jonah, the Fletcher family, his close friends, and Kacey are buried in their grief. The loss affected everyone quite differently but was felt deeply by all. Even though Jonah left his legacy in the art world, his greatest legacy was the deep abiding love he gave to those he cared most about. He touched each of their souls and left the best part of himself with them. How can they go on after losing a man that touched them so deeply?
Kacey could not handle losing Jonah. Her grief has consumed her. She had to leave Las Vegas because every where she turned she was reminded of Jonah. Instead of embracing the support and sharing her grief, she fled to New Orleans. She has returned to burying herself in the bottle and is back on the path of self destruction. She can’t get past the loss, she can’t completely grieve because she can’t deal with her emotions. Her life is on a downward spiral to rock bottom. Thankfully there are a few caring people in New Orleans that contact Theo Fletcher.
Theo Fletcher is still grieving his brother’s death. He has always been the rock in the Fletcher family. He stood by Jonah’s side during his illness. He attended every doctors appointment, made sure he followed his health care regimen, and helped him finish the art installation. He’s lost without his best friend, his brother Jonah. Now he’s going through the motions to fullfill one of Jonah’s wishes, to open his own tattoo shop. He’s back in school taking business courses. He’s also putting up a front for his family and friends. His parents are falling apart. They are both dealing with their grief differently and depending too much on Theo. He keeps his own grief bottled up tight.
When his brother’s girlfriend disappeared from Las Vegas, he felt he had broken one his brother’s dying wishes. He had promised Jonah that he would take care of Kacey. He also made a promise to love her. His family was devastated to lose Kacey after losing Jonah. When a phone call from New Orleans leads him back to Kacey, Jonah’s final gift will be presented to Kacey and Theo. First they have to get past the grief, accept Jonah’s death, and learn to live their lives once again. They need to learn to lean on each other and also learn take care of themselves. It’s time to heal and live again. Only then will they be ready for Jonah’s final gift, the greatest legacy he could leave… the gift of love.
Once again Emma Scott had my full attention and engaged every emotion. I was a blubbering mess and felt I was living my life alongside of Kacey and Theo. I felt their loss, their fear of letting go, and most of all their fear of beginning a new life.
I was All In when I read this book.
Emma Scott is a gifted writer. Her words were more than a story, they were a profound emotional experience.
Full Tilt Duet – Book One
By Emma Scott
“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 was not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster this book would take me on. I began reading this book to pass the time on our family vacation. I found myself a blubbering mess without the adequate amount of tissues needed to read this book.
Without giving away spoilers I am just going to say this book had a powerful message. Love is what validates life. It is what makes the soul thrive. It’s the one thing that makes our day worth while. It’s the one thing that will keep memories alive.
Emma Scott did a beautiful job with this book. I highly recommend reading this with a full box of tissues.
About Emma Scott
Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it’s amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it’s that love always wins.