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.
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Genre: NA Contemporary
Series? Yes. 2nd in Ten Tiny Breaths series
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.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Did you or will you do the college party scene?