Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
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.
Alrighty, so the New Adult genre is one I don’t indulge in very often. The relationships in the NA books I have read often rubbed me the wrong way, so I usually try avoid them. Including Ten Tiny Breaths. I knew quite a few people who loved it, but I was still hesitant. So what made me decide to finally take the plunge with this book? I read the blurb for the third book. I won’t get into the specifics of it, but it really peaked my interest. Of course, I had to start with the first book, even though each book in the series revolves around different characters. That’s just the way I roll.
Anyway, I had some mixed feelings while reading Ten Tiny Breaths, but ultimately, I liked it. I was fairly confident where everything was leading to early on in the book, but that didn’t bother me at all. I found the PTSD aspect interesting and heartbreaking at times. The romance was a bit spotty for me though.
I loved Kasey from the very beginning. She’s a smart-ass with an inappropriate sense of humor, but I especially loved how bad-ass she was. Yes, she used a tough exterior to keep people away and had anger issues, but I totally connected with her. Except when Trent first came around. This is when the book started losing me. I hate when a girl who is obviously quick-witted suddenly turns into a mush brain from the sight of a hot guy. I get it that he was sexy as sin, but it was annoying how she couldn’t even form words or sentences in his presence. Why can’t a girl remain quick-witted and still be affected by a guy?
I also had issues with how she had barely spoken to Trent three times and shared one kiss, yet he supposedly touched her in a way no one else had, and got her over a certain issue she struggled with. Then Trent turned into a bit of a creeper by always being where she was, even her work. I’m sorry, but that would not turn me on, especially since she even said she knew nothing about him. At the same time, I could tell there was obviously more to it and understood his motives. But still, it was weird.
Okay, I know I said that I liked this book, but so far I’ve done a lot of complaining. But the first half of the book was like that for me – running hot and cold. However, the second half was great! I came to love Kasey again, and her interactions with Trent were much more enjoyable. It became a story that I felt invested in and couldn’t put down. I still felt a little ify about Trent, but I liked him a lot more by the end of the book.
Besides Kasey and Trent, there were a slew of other characters I liked. Livie is Kasey’s younger sister, who is sweet and polite. She’s basically Kasey’s opposite. I loved her though, especially when she got protective over her sister. Really, all of the characters were likeable; from Storm, the neighbor turned friend; to the guys at the strip club. Even the landlord and doctor. Having such a great set of characters is important to me, so that was a major plus.
Overall, Ten Tiny Breaths was on the more positive scale of NA for me, but I do hope the second and third book are even better.