Book: Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Published: December 11, 2012 by Papoti Books
Paperback, 262 pages
From Goodreads: 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.
I received this book on behalf of Atria Books from NetGalley publisher in exchange for an honest review.
WOW, Ten Tiny Breaths blew me away. It is a quick read, and I read it in one sitting. Ten Tiny Breaths has been one of my favorites from the New Adult genre! Tackling realistic and big issues, the readers go along with Kacey as she tries to heal from her past.
Kacey has the New Adult girl thing goin on – she is escaping her past and is tragically damaged. Compared to some of the other NA books, Kacey’s past seemed heartbreakingly real. Just today on ABCNews.com, I saw that a family of 5 was killed in a drunk driving accident. Life is so precious and it can be taken away from us so quickly. K.A. Tucker has touched on the different stages of grief incredibly well. I really liked how she broke up the sections in the book with the stages of grief, too. Life is a process, and Kacey had some work to do to get through these dark years of her life. Kacey had turned to drugs and booze, one night stands, and finally kickboxing to act out her pent up anger, but luckily, Livie, her sensible baby sister, gave Kacey a reason to try harder. Even though the basic formula for NA books fit with Kacey, instead of being socially awkward and timid, Kacey is strong yet reserved. She was a believable heroine, and I was rooting for her to find her HEA.
I love the side characters, too! Kacey’s lovable young sister, Livie, pushes Kacey to take better care of herself. Livie is innocent and hopeful – after the car crash that killed their parents, Kacey’s personality change makes Livie feel like she’s lost her big sis too :(. Side note: I am SO excited to see Livie in the second book in this series…. I also enjoyed Kacey’s stripper neighbor and the whole Penny’s staff. Surprisingly, they were sweet and thoughtful and added a nice comic relief at times. They each played a crucial role in helping break down Kacey’s walls. I wish all work environments were as friendly as Penny’s!
Trent, Trent, Trent……. gah. I liked the relationship between Kacey and Trent. He is hot and caring, and he obviously put a lot of effort into pursuing Kacey. When the twist happened…. my jaw dropped! Honestly, I didn’t see it coming… I would love it K.A. Tucker gave us a novella or story from Trent’s POV…. (Please, please??) My heart ached for Trent after we found out what his dark past was.
Ten Tiny Breaths does an amazing job looking at some heavy issues. Forgiveness (tattooed on Trent’s back), the stages or grief, and loss. TTB had a lot of similarities with Hopeless (right down to the symbolic tattoos on the leading men), and I freakin loved that book too! The happily ever after seemed a bit far reaching… but I’m willing to still give the two of them my FULL blessing 🙂 I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the New Adult genre. In fact, I’m going to tell my coworkers about it right now….