Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
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.
This has quickly become one of my favorite books. Ten Tiny Breaths is an all-around feel good book. Kacey and Trent have an incredible and unique story that I quickly found myself completely caught up in. There are plenty of interesting and relateable characters in this book and I found myself wanting to know the story behind each and every one of them. This is a journey of healing that will leave your heart happy and your soul feeling lighter. This was my first book by K.A. Tucker and she definitely made me a fan with this story.
“Trent knows exactly what he’s doing and he does it very well. And something’s just different with Trent. He’s like ripe watermelon after a lifetime of thirst. He’s like air after years underwater. He’s like life.”
Kacey is an exceptional heroine. She has been shattered by a tragedy that still haunts her every moment. I can’t even imagine how broken her heart must be. Despite everything she has been through, K.A. has crafted Kacey to be a survivor, a fighter, a rock. Her number one concern is her little sister. Keeping her safe. Giving her a future. I was in awe of the tough choices and sacrifices she made to make sure her sister was taken care of. Kacey is stubborn, strong, hard working and she never asks anyone for anything. She has a good heart and when she loves, she loves deeply. It was easy to connect with her and grow to care about her because she was so real and raw and unexpected.
“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”
This storyline is one I think everyone can relate to. Kacey is learning to heal and K.A. makes sure the reader is there every step of the way. Her path to happiness is genuine through and through. She has to learn how to trust, how to let people in, how to believe in herself and how to live again. These things aren’t easy and you’re there with Kacey every time she stumbles, backtracks and breaks down. Experiencing all of this with her makes her moments of joy all the more sweet. I loved the surprise twists and turns this story took. When I thought I had this story figured out, K.A. turned it upside down and made me re-think everything.
“Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.”
Ten Tiny Breaths is poignant and uplifting. I think we can all relate to the intense emotions and complex feelings running throughout the pages of this story. K.A. Tucker is an incredible writer and she created a story that had me completely invested from the beginning. Caring about these characters came easily and I enjoyed every awkward, tear-filled, hilarious and completely devastating moment this book had to offer. I can’t wait to dive in to the rest of the series and unravel some of the other characters. If you’re looking for a sweet, emotional read then Ten Tiny Breaths is one you can’t miss.
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Check out the rest of the Ten Tiny Breaths series:
In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5)
One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4)