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Ten Tiny Breaths: K.A.Tucker

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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.

**Warning - This is a Mature YA/New Adult book. Contains sex and violence**



"Just breathe"...ten tiny breaths...Seize them. Feel them. Love them." 

Sisters Kacey and Livie both dealing with the tragic loss of their family. Kacey is the "looming thundercloud" and Livie is "the sunshine breaking through". Kacey is closed off, pushes people away, hates being touched, and is solely focused on taking care of her young sister. Livie is sweet, loving, and a joy to be around. They end up in a small apartment complex and meet new friends that slowly become like family. 


Along the way another new tenant, Trent pushes his way under Kacey's skin. She tries to resist, but she is drawn to him. He gets past her defenses. He tries to make her happy. But he has his own secrets. 


"Damn this guy. He seems to flip flop from Good Samaritan to Evil Tempter with each new sentence out of his mouth."

I struggle to reactivate my shields, to form a barrier from this Godlike creature To end all reaction to him so I can just live my life and keep it untangled from his issues. It's so much easier.

In no time, this guy has created permanent fissures in my carefully constructed suit of sanity, and I don't know how to fight against, to protect myself, to keep him out. To keep them all out. 



Their love story is not easy. There is a lot of pushing and pulling, running away, protecting themselves, and trying to let go of the past. There are secrets, lies, omissions, and guilt. I can say that I figured out what his secret was, but it did not ruin the story for me. I really wanted to see Kacey and Trent get past it and see healing occur. It was a really sad and sweet and heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. 



"Give me your heart, Kacey. I'll take everything that comes with it."



The characters were very well developed and it was easy to get invested in them. I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to Livie's story in the next book One Tiny Lie.

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