Tuesday, October 11

*** BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY *** All In by Emma Scott

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Title: All In (Full Tilt Duet Book 2)

Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tagline: Love has no limits


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Amazon Universal: myBook.to/EmmaScottAllIn

Other platforms coming soon!



Blurb


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

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 Excerpt:

I concentrated on the music, pretending to listen and resolutely not looking at Theo. But the damn music was bluesy, sexy… A slow burn of want and longing. It dialed into my already aching body, filling me with a need to be touched.

A shadow fell over me, and I looked up to see Theo standing, his hand outstretched.

“Dance with me.”

It wasn’t a request, and my traitorous body was already rising to its feet before I could think.

Theo took my hand in his and led me to the small dance floor, where a dozen other couples were swaying to the music. Some, driven by the sultry tones of the song and the singer’s smoky voice, were grinding their hips together, thighs intertwined.

Theo slung my arms around his neck, then put his hands on my hips, and began to move.

I’d never stood this close to Theo before. Our bodies pressed tight. Our faces so close, I could smell the sweet heat of his food, the bitterness of beer, the salt of his sweat. His heart beat thick against mine. The ragged exhale of his breath.

“You told me at the wedding you didn’t dance,” I said, every part of my body conscious of touching every part of his.

His mouth shaped the words, “I lied,” but no sound reached me over the music.

I could barely breathe. I was losing myself in him. Our eyes locked. I couldn’t look anywhere but at him. The light brown of his eyes fiery, like a shot of whiskey backlit by a white-hot flame. His hips ground a slow circle against mine, his thigh inching between my legs. One arm slid around my waist, the other came up the middle of my back, holding me close. My arms wound around his neck, my fingers burrowed into his damp hair.

“I like this,” he murmured. His whole body was flush against mine. I could feel its power, the strength of his muscles holding and moving me with the music. The hollow of his neck glistened. I felt my own sweat slide over my collarbone and between my breasts. My blood was on fire in a way that was entirely separate from the Louisiana summer. A heat Theo was building in me with every roll of his pelvis against mine. I felt the stiffness of his jeans against my skin as his hand slipped down to my ass, pressing me tighter against him. Grinding in a dance that felt more like…

Foreplay.

My Review 

All 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.

Reviewed by Paige 

★★☆ 5 "Because love always wins. Always" Stars ☆★★ 

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Author Bio:

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.

Where to find Emma:


Twitter: @EmmaS_writes
Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites


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