5 STAR REVIEW : FULL TILT by EMMA SCOTT
First book in duet – both books now available.
A story of loving with your whole heart, inspiration, friendship and hope. Emotional and beautiful
“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.
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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
“In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a mess.”
“You’re no more a mess than anyone else,” he said in a low voice.
Oh wow- this book was everything, absolutely everything. We loved every single minute reading Jonah and Kacey’s story and Emma Scott grabbed our heart and soul with her words. It was perfection- such beauty and heartbreak. Such tender and sweet moments. This is the kind of intense romance we know we’ll never forget, it hit us right into the depths of our hearts.
‘Little moments, day by day. This is what I have to give.’
The impact of what we read, the message of life and what it is to truly live and what is ultimately important. Well it’s all there. Love, inspiration, friendship and hope. Sorrow, grief and tragedy. All part and parcel of life. All written flawlessly with such realistic passion. Emma Scott gave us her all. A love of a lifetime.
‘I’d learned by now that everything Kacey felt was revealed in her large, luminous eyes. She cared about everything, passionately. She goes all the way up to eleven.’
Everything felt so incredibly real and the beauty of the characters had us riveted. We first meet rock chick musician, Kacey who’s a singer songwriter and a member of a band just about to hit it big. Her life’s not been easy and she’s lived a cold and affection-less childhood. This girl is starved of caring human contact and craves someone – anything – real in her life. Her life is empty of what she truly needs yet filled with everything set to destroy her. Until Jonah. The man with a plan. Jonah was everything- oh how we fell in love with this boy. A loving brother, a gifted artist and a friend. Jonah is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside, caring for everyone around him and offering help and support to Kacey – a stranger in need – when he picks her up on one of the nights working as a limo driver. Jonah was as quick witted as Kacey making their banter a much needed and humorous reprieve. When you feel trapped, lost or scared and someone holds out their hand and says I’ve got you, come with me. When you feel their warmth, their support and their love – you grab that hand and hold on tight.
“We may not have months or years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, seize it and wring it dry. Okay?”
Kacey and Jonah – night and day. In theory it shouldn’t work but oh wow be still our hearts because it completely worked. These two brought the best out of each other and gave to each other what was ultimately needed- all the while two halves became a whole. Two souls entwined. Like glass, fragile and breakable by life’s obstacles yet strong and hardened by actual life itself.
‘No more living life halfway. We had to go full tilt, just like the card players did. I would hit instead of stay. Always.’
As we read we marvelled at Emma Scott’s ability to write a story where we truly felt every important moment, where we followed the characters at a steady yet intense pace. Where no character was compromised nor made a victim to the storyline development. It quite simply worked beautifully, expressively and passionately.
“I’m scared that I’m so busy being scared that I’ll never be anything at all.”
Whilst this is part one of a duet there’s no cliff-hanger and Full Tilt can be read as a standalone. We do not want to spoil this poignant read so all we’ll say is READ this book, you will not regret it.
“Don’t let me vanish, Theo. Please. Help me…”
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FULL TILT the conclusion now available
I am a universe
I have more love to give
Fold my hand? Not me
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THE FULL TILT DUET
Full Tilt Book One
All In Book Two