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 unforgivable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
**Warning - This is a Mature YA/New Adult book. Contains sex and violence**
I was recently given and arc of Ten Tiny Breaths and I have to say it was a beautiful experience. This book was like finding money hidden at the bottom of your purse! You know that feeling you get when all you have left to eat is a pack of ramen noodles and a snack pack then you find that money and you're like...
So you take that money and splurge on a large pizza, a 2 liter coke and a box of little Debbie's? No? Seriously I'm the only one who's ever done that? FAIL! You people are missing out!!!! Anyway what I'm trying to say is Ten Tiny Breaths was FUCKING AMAZING! I love when a book leaves me speechless, kinda like I feel right this minute! I'll try my best to accurately describe my all over the place emotions. Just be forewarned that this book is a definite..
The book opens up with Kacey and Livie Cleary on a bus heading to Miami to escape their pedophile uncle Raymond. Kacey has saved up her Starbucks earnings to pay for six months of rent and once they get settled into their apartment that she found online, they are introduced to their neighbor Storm who has a 5 year old daughter Mia that Livie bonds with instantly. One day while in the apartment basement washing her clothes she meets Trent, the sexy neighbor who lives right down the hall. He gets closer to her than she has let anyone get in a long time.
“You are so very beautiful.”
Trent is everything she wants and doesn't need at the same time. He makes her feel things she has denied herself. Realizing she can't let this happen she tries to keep her distance until Storm gets her a job a the club she works at. Kacey isn't too sure about this because she has a phobia about touching people due to her tragic past. She learns how to bar tend thanks to Storm and notices Trent sitting across the bar watching her. Trying to keep her cool she does her best to ignore him but Trent just won't stop getting into her personal space. She joins a local gym to work out her demons on a punching bag, only to find Trent at the same place doing the same thing. Kacey is trying not to let anyone get close to her because people don't always stay, but as the story progresses she can't help but get attached to Storm, Mia and Trent. Finally giving in, she starts Dating Trent and can't help falling for him. (DUH! He's hot, he's charming, and he's mysterious!) Kacey doesn't completely understand Trent, but she knows he has issues just like she does. After a particular event that threatens Storm, Kacey loses her shit and almost does something drastic if not for one of the club bouncers. Her and Trent have a heartfelt discussion and the next day he vanishes. She doesn't hear from him for a while but when he returns all hell breaks loose and shit gets more real than she can handle.
Do you guys hear that? It's the sound of me running down the street naked being chased by cops! lol Not really but if indecent exposure wasn't a crime I would soooo be all over that shit right now! To say I enjoyed this book would be blasphemy! I absolutely, mother effing loved this book! I want to marry it, make sweet love to it and have it's babies! K.A. Tucker stole my heart and I didn't think I had anything left to give! This beautiful story is centered on a broken young woman who has seen more tragedy in her life than any one person should. The only person besides herself she has left to count on is her little sister Livie. Because of a drunk driving accident she has this paralyzing fear of being touched, especially touching hands. When you find out why she feels this way it will break your heart! Just be sure to read this with tissues, I know I blew through a six pack of Kroger toilet paper in a day! (OK so maybe I have I.B.S and that's why I went through so much but DON'T JUDGE ME OK!) My heart broke several times during this book but I also was shocked to find myself laughing a lot too!
“But if they break out in a fucking round of Kumbaya, I’m so gone.”
Good money is good money and as long as I don’t have to strip, I can handle standing in the middle of a vagina circus.
“what if he’s a psychopath who tries to stuff kittens in ATMs?”
You need light hearted fun moments like these when you read a book that is emotional, and K.A. Tucker blended the dramatic elements with the humor very well! Know what else she did well? She wrote a fuckhawt male character that left me panting for more!
His eyes stay locked on mine as his index finger curls under the elastic band and begins to slide down.
Whoo! I need a bathtub full of ice right now! Trent is everything we women love. He's wounded and sexy and you can't help falling in love with him! The chemistry between Kacey and Trent was fantastically amazing! He was so sweet to her about her issues and tried helping at times when she let him. Kacey was a tough nut to crack though, she's one of those characters you could see in an action flick kicking Chuck Norris' ass! I connected with her on an emotional level and felt as if I understood her motives and actions. The supporting characters were awesome! Storm quickly became one of my favorite characters because she was real. I love the way she stepped up to bat for Kacey and become a rock for her.
Plot twist ahead!! Weigh the anchor, secure the rigging!! Get your asses ready to be completely shocked by this wicked ass plot development. I won't say what it is, but I. DID. NOT. SEE. IT. COMING!
(OMG YOU GUYS THIS IS MY FAVORITE PICTURE EVER LOL!)
I thought I knew what was coming but the direction of the story changed leaving me scratching my head. I'm usually good at guessing by I have to give K.A. Tucker a round of applause for that mysterious little morsel! I was swept into the story and watching the main character go from the broken, bitter girl she was to the strong, mended woman she became was like tasting Nutella for the first time!
Once you step off the roller coaster you are left in a puddle of happy tears shed from this incredible journey you embarked on. Highs, Lows, Ups and Downs, Ten Tiny Breaths was amazing, I can't stress enough how much this book meant to me. It's definitely one that will stay with you long after you finish. Trust me when I tell you, that you will enjoy this book, and if not I will come to your house and sit on you with my big fat rhino ass!!!!!
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