Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Published by Papoti Books
Publish Date: October 9, 2012
Source: Kindle Loan
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness. -(summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: From the first moment I saw this cover, I could not deny my attraction to it. It screamed out to me and I had to see what the book was all about. In a nutshell, Ten Tiny Breaths is a candy-sweet New Adult issues-contemporary that I blasted through. Despite a few editing glitches, the story was engaging, and I tore through it in one short sitting.
Kacey Cleary used to have a great life, but in one instant it was taken from her. A horrifying car accident left her parents, her best friend, and her boyfriend dead. While Kacey survived the accident, she was left with gut-wrenching guilt that plagues her every day. Younger sister Livie survived the accident because she was not in the car, and it has been Kacey’s mission in life to take care of Livie since that time. After staying with their aunt and uncle for a few years and then running away (after their uncle tried to put the moves on Livie), the two decided to make a new life for themselves in Miami.
For years after the accident, Kacey tried to numb her pain and guilt with drugs, alcohol, and meaningless encounters with guys, but lately she has stopped this dangerous behavior and herself up. She attributes this change in her life to Livie and has vowed not to make the same mistakes again. It’s no surprise that Kacey almost can’t stand herself when she begins falling for her next door neighbor, Trent.
There’s just something about that boy. Trent is so incredibly good-looking. And charming. He doesn’t seem to be like all of the other guys – he doesn’t seem to want to use her for her body. Trent is able to get past all of the walls that Kacey has built – and despite her best efforts – he finds a way into her heart. So do Kacey’s neighbors Storm and Storm’s 5-year-old daughter, Mia. Kacey planned to live along with Livie in solitude, but they’ve suddenly got this makeshift family, and it feels great to them. They’re happy.
Until the THING – the big twist.
And Kacey’s life spins out of control. Again.
This can not be happening to her! It. Can. Not. How on earth will Kacey survive her life being shattered again?
When the story begins, you think the issues are that Kacey and Livie are on the run from
Let’s talk about Trent – the love interest. He’s a cutie, that one. And he seems to be just as stubborn as Kacey is, so the two seem to have good chemistry in the story. Trent is good for Kacey, because while he can’t get her to open up and share her past with him, he knows she has issues and he is careful to be mindful of her. He is patient and he is kind. It is because of this that Kacey can’t help but fall in love with this boy.
But friends, Trent also has issues. And they kind of clash with Kacey’s issues. Big time. You can imagine that when this girl finally lets her guard down – finally – and lets this boy into her heart, and THINGS happen…well, let’s just say it isn’t all cupcakes and roses. There’s some heartache and pain. And anger.
I have to admit to everyone that the THING that happened was something that I felt was a little predictable. I wasn’t entirely sure if I was right, but I was. Still, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this story at all. I read it anyway and loved the heck out of it. I never mind a predictable story if it progresses well and if there is some originality to the plot, and this story was good. Plus these characters were really great and I felt connected to them all, main characters and secondary characters. I felt empathy for what they all were going through, before the THING and after. So even through the predictability, I loved this story a lot.
Worth noting: the structure of the story is pretty neat. The author chose to segment the story in stages, with stage one being numbness, stage two being denial, stage three being resistance, stage four being acceptance, and so on. It became clear to me as the story progressed exactly how each stage perfectly matched up with the stages of, I suppose, Kacey’s grief. I thought it was very clever. I didn’t realize exactly what the stages were at the beginning, but at the end everything made complete and total sense.
Ten Tiny Breaths packed an emotional punch, but was so enjoyable. It was one that pulled me in from the first paragraph. I did not put the book down at all until I was finished. I read straight through. I will absolutely continue with the series when the companion is released because I want to see where the story is headed for these characters. I recommend this book for fans of contemporary New Adult romance, particularly those that do not mind some steamy love scenes or books with issues. Also, I am still loving that cover! It ties in with the story very nicely, and y’all know how I love it when that happens.
Romance: No triangle. Slow-Burn.
*A little bit of mature content!*
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
I’m kind of all about it.
ALL. ABOUT. IT.