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.
Ten Tiny Breaths by author KA Tucker has been on my radar for a while. I’d seen the wave of following and put it aside. I like to read books with an open mind and not get overcome by the splash. Only so I can form my own opinion and not look at it too critically compared to the trends.
This is not to say that when I did finally pick up TTB, I wasn’t swept away. I was all in and in my opinion, it was worth the wait and I do regret a little not picking it up sooner.
I don’t even know how to explain the joy I found in ready this book! It was such a “breath” of fresh air. The raw emotion was palpable. The tragedy and message about dealing with your grief, anger and emotional issues was strong and poignant. Kacey is such a strong character especially for her age, but her emotional baggage is heavy and she struggles to deal with it and let others in. Trent is a bit mysterious, but oh so sexy. I will say that the big surprise was not a shocker, but it was still gut wrenching.
KA Tucker did a fabulous job telling a fantastic, emotional and real book. The pages flew by, the words flowed smoothly and it was easy to get lost in this story. I felt like I wasn’t ready this book as much as I was living in it. The words were so descriptive that I was immersed in the location and into the lives of Kacey, Trent, Livie, Storm, Mia and everyone else. I loved these characters and their development and growth that evolved throughout the story. The supporting characters created such strong connection and were such an integral part of the story. I felt connected with each one and by the end I felt that they proved that family does not have to be blood and that even when you feel alone in the world you can find that you have a family that comes into your life unplanned.
I would have liked to have seen a little bit more into Kacey and Trent’s lives before TTB ended because I felt that the healing was such a strong and important part of the book. I will be picking up just about anything else that this author graces us with and probably won’t wait as long! Take Ten Tiny Breaths and give this a try!! 4.5 Stars