Ten Tiny Breaths
by: K.A. Tucker
Source: ARC from Publisher
Ten Tiny Breaths on Goodreads here.
Synopsis courtesy of 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.
Fresh New Adult pick (and I LOVE the revised cover art :))
Kacey is a very strong heroine and I loved how protective she was over her younger sister, Livie. The sibling dynamic between these two was very believable and reminded me of how close and protective my older sister and I are (although we have been fortunate enough to not have to deal with the same domestic issues as these two). As I said before, Kacey is a very strong character, however, there were times when I felt like she was a little to physical/violent, I just had a harder time relating to Kacey's need for self-defense/kick-boxing, although she did have valid reasons.
Now let's get to my favourite part (as with most books) our hero, Trent. Loved him, he's definitely damaged and is carrying around an enormous weight on his shoulders and my heart went out to him. O how I would love to have a neighbour like him! ;) I melted during a lot of scenes between him and Kacey and even though he was emotionally distant through a large portion of the story, I never doubted his true feelings for her.
Tucker does a great job with the pacing and manages to throw in a few plot curveballs that had me saying "NO WAY!" I do plan to continue this series with Tucker's next release, ONE TINY LIE.
If you enjoy angsty New Adult filled with sexual tension and a handsome next-door-neighbour, definitely give TEN TINY BREATHS a go!