Monday, August 4, 2014


Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


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.


What can I say? These characters are all sooooo amazing! Honestly, who wouldn’t like them? Kacey is a little hard to get use to, but closer to the end you’ll find it’s been worth it to stick it out with her. She’s had it hard, but I’m not sure I buy her overreactions to everything and her pushing people away, but like I said, be patient. She might surprise you.

The rest of the characters made the story worthwhile for me. There’s Kacey’s younger sister, Livey, who is a people magnet and adorably naive, Kacey’s next door neighbor, Barbie-lookalike-stripclub-bartender, Storm, with her lovable five-year-old daughter, Mia, and stripclub owner, Cain, who is not a sleazebag by any means. And then my favorite character of them all, Nate, the mountainous bouncer with a heart of gold. You hear the word “stripclub” and already it forms a negative impression (unless you’re a man), but this stripclub is not like that at all. These are all just people with their own problems, some of them running from something, others needing to pay bills, working at a reputable establishment where they can make the money they need. All of them have a specific reason why they’re there and each of them a story.

Trent, Kacey’s love interest, is also a great character and for some reason I connected with him instantly, the same moment Kacey did. I mean come on, that one scene in which he hands five-year-old Mia roses? That won me over completely. The romance between him and Kacey is nothing short of sizzling. Yet, they both have to face a lot of demons if they want a happy ending for both of them. Each with their own horrendous past, they have to face many trials and tribulations that would test them to the max.

So now you know about the amazing characters, I also have to mention that the story has its flaws – though more ups than downs. The romance between Kacey and Trent is unbelievably corny, and countless times I released an exacerbated sigh when Kacey was having one of her many breakdowns. At the same time, the romance – when not being passé – had its sincere moments that tugged at my heart and brought on the feels. The story contained a lot of elements that is already so overdone in this genre as well as in the YA genre, but to be fair, at the heart of this story there’s a very important message about drinking and driving. Yes, of course we all know the consequences of what happens when you drink and drive, but have you ever considered what the lives of the survivors who have lost loved ones in a drunken driving accident are like five years or more after the accident? Do you really understand the far reaching consequences of such a careless decision to drive, or to let someone else drive, who is inebriated?

If you’re the type of reader who avoids angsty, overdramatic protagonists with anger issues, and cliché-filled romance, then this book is probably not for you. But if you’re into meeting a few truly remarkable characters and being gripped by a story with heart, then do get yourself a copy of Ten Tiny Breaths. I’m certainly planning on reading many more of K.A. Tucker’s books!  

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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. 

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. 

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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