Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Published by: Atria Books on September 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, New Adult
Length: 304 pages, in ARC format
Source: From the Publisher
After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, twenty-year-old Kacey escapes to Florida, where she encounters an irresistible man determined to capture her wounded heart.
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, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, 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 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 revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both of their worlds.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is an emotional tour-de-force from beginning to end. I mean way to stab me in the heart. I’m not overly emotional and I’m certainly not a person who cries easily, or at all for that matter, but Ten Tiny Breaths left me in tears…on the subway. It was embarrassing. My boyfriend was sufficiently alarmed by my reaction and proceeded to tell me that if the book was going to make me cry, and in public no less, that he would take it away. I simply told him ‘I’m not crying. It’s just raining on my face’ (a gold star to anyone who gets that reference).
Also, I must say that I loved that this wasn’t based in or around College/University setting. Reality is that a lot of people don’t get to go to College/University after high-school and it was great that Ten Tiny Breaths explored that. So refreshing and a really nice change to see how the other half manage when your future isn’t set out in stone and you are just trying to survive day to day.
Ten Tiny Breaths also sheds some light on some very serious and heavy topics such as financial insecurity, death, PSTD. Not only does it tackle those issues, it doesn’t trivialize them and at the same time it doesn’t make them to complex thus rendering them as some far off unrealistic reality. Instead it humanizes these very complex issues and drives home just how they can impact absolutely anyone, anywhere, and at anytime.
And for everyone who has already read this one, can I just say that I did not see that plot twist coming? If by some chance you haven’t read Ten Tiny Breaths yet (have you been living in a cave?), you will understand what I’m talking about when you do and you will probably agree with me.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is one of those books that you may be unsure of when you initially pick it up, but will devour it whole once you actually start reading. A welcome and refreshing addition to the New Adult genre that will leave you hooked and wanting more.