Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker
Published: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Papoti Books
“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.”
What drew my into this book right from the start was the gorgeous cover. The contrast of the blue and red is an eye catcher for sure.
The first few pages pull the reader right into the turmoil of life as Kacey Cleary.
Kacey is a severely troubled girl with a messed up past trying to start fresh in a new city. Her past closes her off to all forms of love and affection to anyone other than her sister, Livie. Tucker did a great job of writing Kacey as a girl who was genuinely afraid of being hurt once again. She went through a huge tragedy and didn’t come through as unscathed as one might expect from a romantic novel. Tucker portrayed her fear very fluently and had me cheering for Kacey more than once, despite wanting to smack some sense into her at times.
The setting of Miami was the perfect balmy, seductive weather that is befitting a book with characters who have chemistry like Kacey and Trent do. Trent had just the right amount of mystery to him that I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Despite the off the charts chemistry Kacey and Trent had, they didn’t jump into sex or a relationship within the first few chapters of the book, which is so common in romances of any kind that it gets to be predictable. Ten Tiny Breaths was all about healing from tragedy and opening up yourself to love.
Kacey and Livie’s next door neighbours Storm and her daughter Mia rounded out this cast of characters beautifully. Kacey’s friendship with Storm was the perfect way for her to open up step by step, and learn to let new people in once again. And Mia was the darling little girl who wormed her way into Kacey’s locked heart. And Livie was the strength that Kacey needed in order to push herself into healing.
The title defined this book so perfectly. Ten Tiny Breaths allows Kacey a connection to her mother and a method of slowing herself down.
This book is fantastic for young adult comtemporary romance lovers who are looking for a more mature story about love, healing and forgiveness.
I give Ten Tiny Breaths