Release Date: February 12, 2013
Published by: Atria Books
Source: ARC provided by NetGalley
Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
In the distance, I hear voices. I hear people calling my name, but I can't find them. They're safe, above water. In another world. The world of the living.There's no place for me there.
Ten Tiny Breaths is a captivating, heartbreaking tale of love, loss, and learning to live again.
The story features an emotionally damaged protagonist named Kacey who struggles daily with the haunting memories of her tragic past. She hides her hurt and insecurities behind a mask of sarcasm, crude humor, and anger and uses it as a defense against anyone who may decide to get too close.
She's starting a new life for herself and her younger sister, Livie, and taking on the responsibility of being their sole provider. But despite a fresh start with new opportunities and a change in scenery, Kacey can't escape her past and she continues to let it consume her and define who she is.
A romance develops between Kacey and Trent, the guy who lives in the apartment next door. Their relationship was at times sweet, frustrating, and heartbreaking. I wasn't too crazy about the way that it began. It was an immediate and somewhat exaggerated case of insta-lust. But as the story progressed I couldn't get enough of the two of them together.
How can he see what I don't want him to see, what I work so hard to conceal? He's found a way in. Like a trespasser, he's invaded my space, breaching security and sliding in to take what I haven't offered to him.
Part of what made their relationship so intriguing was the mystery surrounding Trent. And I have to say that the big reveal regarding his secrecy certainly didn't disappoint. I knew the twist was coming. I really did. But the author lulled me into a false sense of security that had me thinking my assumptions had been wrong. Then she turned around and smacked me right in the face with it. It was brilliant!
As the story progresses, Kacey's defenses slowly begin to crumble with each heated look and sweet gesture from Trent. And her new friendship with her neighbor Storm, who genuinely seems to care for her, adds to the slow changes we witness in Kacey's character.
Ten Tiny Breaths is an absolute must read for any fans of New Adult romance. Tucker has created characters that are memorable, a tragedy that will make your heart ache, and an ending that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride.
The sequel, One Tiny Lie, will be told from Livie's point of view and is scheduled to release June 11, 2013.