Thursday, August 1, 2013

ARC Review: Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
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.

First line:
"Just breathe," my mom would say. "Ten tiny breaths . . . Seize them. Feel them. Love them."
Netgalley ARC
5 deep breaths (or 10 tiny ones) out of 5
Ten Tiny Breaths deals with so many hard issues. Death, guilt, drunk driving, car crashes. Kacey's character was very raw. I loved that about her. Tucker doesn't spare us the gritty details of Kacey's life, past and present. She's very broken. She can't stand people touching her hands. The only thing she has to live for is her sister. Everything Kacey does is protect Livie and to give her a good life. But Kacey doesn't realize just how selfish she is. She's robbed her little sister of the vibrant girl she looked up to. All that's left is a shell of what was once there.

Trent was an interesting character. His character gives you an insight to both sides of a crash, the person who got hit and the person who did the hitting. Not sure how I feel about him being the love interest, but oh well.

Kacey's progression was amazing to watch. She went from this broken girl to a happy functioning girl with issues to being even more broken than she was before to a healed young woman. The final Kacey was completely different from the rude Kacey of the beginning.

Livie is an awesome character and I can't wait to read her story in One Tiny Lie. She fought so much for her sister to get better. Not only did she lose her parents in the crash but she lost Kacey to the demons inside herself. She was seriously my favorite! But I loved Storm and Mia, too!!

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