Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)
One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.


Publishes in US:
Genre: NA Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes. 2nd in Ten Tiny Breaths series
Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)
Four Seconds To Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)
November 4th 2013 by Atria Books
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    One Tiny Lie focuses on Livie, Kasey's sister from Ten Tiny Breaths. Except she is grown up and in college, living her dream. Or at least what she thinks is her dream. One Tiny Lie ends up being a journey for Livie to follow her heart and learn who she is and what she wants. 
    I loved her testing the boundaries and Strayner and Kasey teaming up to help her do things she's never done before, making friends along the way and learning about making her own choices and breaking out of the so called perfect mold that she has put herself in. 
    There is so much chemistry in this one. Ashton is hot, mysterious, and at first a man whore with wit, but luckily we see a new side of him emerging through his interactions with Kasey. I loved discovering more about him, and what he keeps hidden, and the soft side to the tough bad boy exterior. One thing I didn't like is how Livie strung Connor along when her heart was telling her she wanted and needed Ashton. Though I understand her reasoning, because Connor is smart, good looking, a good guy--the one she could see her parents picking for her and a guy that the old perfect Livie would even pick for herself. I also didn't like Ashton's ways, but the reasons for some of them come out and I completely begin to understand that too. 
    Her character development really drove this story, and I tore through it, page after page late into the night, not only because of Livie, but also to get glimpses of Trent and Kasey, and Storm from the first book. I also liked the secondary characters that Livie meets at college. Reagan, her roomie is a fire ball, and I liked how they talked and shared things, and really did life together. 
    The ending wrapped things up pretty well, and I can't think of a better ending for Livie.

Bottom Line: Great character development and a crush worthy bad boy with a soft spot.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Did you or will you do the college party scene?
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  1. AHhhh I cant believe I havent read this book yet! I loved Ten Tiny Breaths. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  2. "man whore with wit" LOL!

    I was not the hugest from of TTB. But I liked Livie as a character and may pick this up eventually.

    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Interesting that this sequel follows her sister later when she is grown up. I also hate when characters string a guy alone. So sad! And yes I very much did the college party scene!

  4. Was it you who recommended the book News from the Dead as one book that needs more recognition? I can't remember which blog it was!

  5. The character development does sound amazing and I would still love to check out the series :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  6. Oh gosh, I loved this book! I did not like Ashton at all in the beginning, but Kathleen really did him justice. Livvie was fabulous. So glad you enjoyed OTL, Brandi!

  7. No party scene for this lady. I've always been a lonely bookworm so yeah.

    I've been hesitant to read this one just a lot of reviews I've read so far didn't really warm up to Livie's decision making processes in this book. I think I'll be okay though based on your review.

    Thanks, Brandi.

  8. Oh it's nice to learn some more about another character. And I'm curious about this great end!

  9. OH this one is about Livie? Awesome! I loved the character in the first book. I wasn't a HUGE fan of the first though so I'm wary but I really want to give it a try! Great review! :)

  10. Oh! I loved Ten Tiny Breaths and I cannot wait to get to this one!! :) I sounds like it'll be amazing!!

    Great review!

  11. Oh, I'm so glad the second book is already out, or coming out. Seems like the first story and their characters wrap up in the first book which I like. So you seem to like this one as well. Not much talk about sex which is good. Must be hard for Livie to try to live up to a dead parent's expectations.

    Yes, I did the frat parties and the party scene through college, but nothing like that first semester. I spent several semesters trying to bring my GPA up after that first semester so I learned my lesson. My girlfriends and I went out dancing more than anything on the weekends. Especially as we got older. What about you?? (hope my kids don't read this)

  12. I haven't read the first book yet but everyone seems to like them. I also like the sound of the ending wrapping everything else nicely and the romance seems so awesome! I'm starting university this fall and doubt I will be involved in the party scene, medicinal chemistry major :(

  13. I'm so glad to hear you loved both of these books, and that I have some hot chemistry and a satisfying ending to look forward to when I finally read this. Lovely review! :-)

  14. Oh I am curious about this one especially since you have me curious about the previous book. Love a good ending so I do think I'll add this one too on my wishlist.

  15. I finished Ten Tiny Breaths yesterday and your review just really made me want to read the sequel, too! I loved Livie and I'm very curious to see her grown up and growing and pushing her boundaries a bit.
    The love triangle thing and the stringing along though... not something I typically like :/
    I'm really glad you enjoyed it, though, and your review was really informative without giving too much away :)

  16. Oooh..I am so glad you loved this..I am so hoping I can sneak this in soon! Wonderful review:)

  17. So happy to see the second book was good. I am all about the character development so this one excites me.

  18. Oh wow!! This series sounds like a good one. I might have to pick up 10 tiny breaths and start from the beginning....

    No I didn't do the college party scene, but I was into sports so we partied alot after games!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  19. I love the sound of this series. :) I'm dying to get my hands on the first two books! So happy about the character development too so I' definitely sold. Great review!

    Precious @ Fragments of Life

  20. I can't wait to read all of K.A. Tucker's books. Everyone enjoyed them and they have the most enjoyable characters! :D Plus, I can't wait to meet Ashton! He sounds dreamy...and okay yes I just have an addiction for bad boys! lol ;p Glad you enjoyed this, Brandi! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  21. I really wasn't a fan of this book, the whole triangle and cheating didn't set well with me, but I did swoon over Ashton, so I guess that counts. great review :)

  22. Dang, reading your review has made me think that it's been a looonnng time since I've read a book that has really great chemistry between characters. And I want that bad!!

  23. Since I didn't love the first book I wasn't going to read this one. But she does do really good with her characters, they are very vivid and I really love the secondary characters a lot. I'm glad you loved this, I may consider reading it in the future.

  24. Oh, I didn't know this one is about the little sister. I don't think I'd like her dragging Connor along because she believed he'd be the one that her parents would approve but this certainly sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing.

  25. I don't know why I still haven't read this book but I really have to. It sounds as good as the first one. Great review :)


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