Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Review Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Tsula’s Rating: 4 ★★★★☆
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.
Let me just say wow. I went into this book expecting a good read and was blown away. When car accident survivor Kacey and her sister Livie run away from their “Christian” aunt and her drunk, almost molester husband and move to California, things change in ways they didn’t foresee. Livie gets to start over a whole new school. Her sister Kacey goes from working at Starbucks to waitressing at a strip club her new and unexpected best friend Storm works and performs at, practicing her kickboxing at a male dominated, testosterone ridden gym, and let’s not forget living next to the sexy Trent, a constant pendulum between good guy and fiery bad boy. Kacey is sure she’s going to get more than they bargained for.
Kacey had spent all her life after the accident locking out everyone other than her little sister. It worked well until she met Trent. Suddenly her entire life is on its side and the walls she spent so long building are simply blown away the second she meets him. I really enjoyed getting to know Kacey and understanding why she was the way she was. It made every second she spent getting closer to Trent and realizing she couldn’t shut him out that much sweeter. He was patient with her all the way through, despite a misguided attempt to make her go to therapy. I grew to love both her and Trent, as well as Livie and Storm and her daughter as they helped her through her battles and made her realize it was time to move on.
There was a bit of a scare at the ending where I thought it wouldn’t have ended well, but that was resolved quickly and I later realized it was necessary, especially with the wonderful twist towards the end of the book. It wasn’t too fast pace but still didn’t drag. I would definitely reread it, so it gets a 4 from me.