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**

Tammy's Rating and Review: 4 out of 5 Stars

“Hope. Hope that something beautiful may come from this tragic story.
Fear. Fear that it won’t.
Forgiveness … forgiveness.”

Kacey and Trent were an intense couple and one hell of an emotional roller coaster. I seem to be saying that a lot lately, maybe because I am drawn to these types of stories.  Real life stories that pull at your heartstrings and make you feel every emotion you can think of while you are reading. This broken and lost couple will do that too you, there is nothing easy about them. Their journey takes you down some dark roads with a few hopeful glimpses of a light at the end of the tunnel. You ache for their happily ever after and you cry for their pain and loneliness. 

“Do you think it matters if they're tiny or deep? He asked. Well, if they're not tiny breaths and they're not deep breaths, then they're just ... breaths. Then you're just breathing for the sake of ... breathing.
... Seize them. Feel them. Love them ...”

There are so many secrets. Too much damage and heartache to overcome from a horrific tragedy that may never heal. It’s a story about loss, the consequences of drunk driving and abuse. Kacey takes her sister and makes a run for it, trying to find them both a better life. She is beyond broken, so filled with anger and hatred. Her life has been turned inside out since the accident and she has built walls around her a mile high. The only one she truly lets in is her sister Livie. I loved watching Kacey grow, she was such a strong soul for someone so lost. She didn’t let people in very easily, but as she began to build her new life, we met forces in her life that wouldn’t allow her to shut them out. They pushed and she pushed right back, I loved seeing her open up and accept friendship and love again.  Her battle to find herself was not an easy one; it was not all sunshine and rainbows. Kasey’s journey was dark, it was long, and it was heart retching. However, she learned to let down those walls and let others in. 

“I crave his presence, his body, his voice, his laugh, his everything. I need him. I need Trent.”

I adored Trent! Trent was damaged. He has a sense of mystery surrounding him.  Our hero was such a force to be reckoned with, his patience was amazing. He was captivated by Kasey. She is not having it and wants nothing to do with him even though he is the only person who has made her feel in forever. Does Trent give up? Nope our bad boy breaks down her defenses one by one leaving her vulnerable and in love. These two were a train wreck at times, both pushing the other away and pulling them right back in.

K.A. Tucker’s writing was incredible, she didn’t just tell her story she made you feel every second of Kasey and Trent’s journey. I was invested in her characters and wondered if there was a possibility for a HEA.  My emotions were all over the place I laughed, I smiled, I sighed, and I cried. I adored all the characters, especially her neighbor and friend Storm. She was another first for Kasey since the accident. Storm and her daughter didn’t take no for an answer. Just like Trent, they were relentless and pushed right into Kasey’s world and made themselves at home. 

I have to admit I saw the twist coming, but it didn’t take away the story.  The ending was a mix of painful truths and forgiveness. Their journey towards healing and finding their way back together was agonizing, but so worth all the pain and struggle in the end to see both Trent and Kasey over come the obstacles standing in their way. I loved getting to the end of the book and seeing they conquered all for love. 

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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