Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)
Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker
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.
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Publishes in US: December 11th 2012 by Papoti Books
Genre: NA Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes. 1st in Ten Tiny Breaths series
One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)
 June 11th 2013 by Atria Books
Four Seconds To Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)
November 4th 2013 by Atria Books
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    I loved Kacey, she is tough, guarded and she knows how to kick ass, literally. What's more she is hardcore protective over her sister Liviee, and that relationship was so tender, but had some funny banter, but always support and understanding for each other. The lengths that Kacey goes through to protect and provide for Liviee really showed me a lot. 
   Kacey didn't want to let anyone in, but their neighbor Storm and her five year old daughter Mia still managed to worm their way into her heart, and the way their friendship played out was well written. I adore when an author manages to write female friendship that is authentic and isn't an afterthought. It was a central plot and I really appreciated that. They had a back and forth banter as well as some deep moments of sharing and understanding between adults, that I appreciated. 
    And how dare I, I haven't even mentioned Trent yet. He is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, but I love the tender glimpses we get from him, when he interacts with Mia, or when he steps in as protector or comforter to Mia, Storm, Liviee or especially Kacey. There was some seriously hot romantic tension, but there is also a deeper level, and a respect that he has for her, and a genuine concern for the things she went through and wanting her to heal and get help. But then he would just out and disappear for a while, and I really wanted to know what his secrets are and what he's hiding/running from. That added some major suspense to the story because Kacey we find out sooner and in pieces what her demons are and the effects on her daily life, but Trent we really only know because of the secrecy, and of course because the synopsis told us. 
     And then oh my god, at about 80% K.A. threw me for a loop. I mean, I totally was not expecting that. I had to turn off my kindle and come write this sentence to process. Wow. Yeah. Did not see that coming, and have no idea how this is going to go, and what I want to happen, or what should happen. Dang. 
     I loved the ending, it was so perfect, and I can't wait for more from this world. 

Bottom Line: Emotional but steamy romance with a strong and feisty main character.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been in a car accident?
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47 comments:

  1. I've been stalking this book for so long, trying to decide whether or not I should give it a go. Your review definitely sealed the deal for me - I want to know what the twist was that threw you!!!

    Seriously, this sounds like such an emotional and really gripping book. I'm excited to not be able to put it down

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    1. You really should check it out, I love dit

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  2. Emotional and steamy sure sounds like a mix

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  3. I just read this book too and have enjoyed it just as much. Glad you loved it.

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  4. I loved this one. Kacey was amazing wasn't she?.?. Great review, I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

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  5. I completely loved this book and am so glad you enjoyed it. I have book two ..i just need more time!!!

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    1. I finished it and loved being in her sister's head

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  6. This was a really good read for me, not amazing but good! I'm glad you enjoyed and Kacey is a really great character. Great review :)

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  7. Not sure this is one for me but what a great title.

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    1. I know, and it was a neat theme through the novel too

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  8. Ah, yay! I loved Trent so much as well:) He was the best! I wouldn't have been able to put up with Kacey, but he made it and did way more to her healing than anyone could have. He's a sweetheart:) And sexy as well;) Hehe. I haven't been in a car accident thus fur in my life and fingers crossed I never will, but I have been in a bus accident. Luckily it was a 'lucky' accident and only the front glass broke.

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    1. Trent was amazing, and I couldn't believe that twist

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  9. I love strong, feisty characters. I have had this one to read for a long time. I can't wait.

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  10. This sounds pretty amazing :) I've been wantinng to check out this series for a while now. It's been on my radar since I participated in the cover reveal way back when :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  11. That's great that the author managed to surprise you toward the end - it's always fun when that happens in a story!

    Great review :)

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    1. Yes, totally, and I can see some of the things coming

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  12. This sounds amazing! I'll hopefully be reading this soon especially since so many people love it :)

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  13. Sounds like a great book :D Glad you enjoyed it so much. <3 Oh, I do love a great romance :)
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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  14. so great to have a kick ass heroine like that!

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  15. Sounds fab! I'm not usually in for this kind of read, but it sounds like I would really enjoy it.

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    1. I didn't think I would like NA, but have fallen for it

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  16. This book was so intense. I loved the second one, I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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    1. I already have at this point, and loved it as well

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  17. Your review confirms for me that I need to get my hands on Ten Tiny Breaths. I'm dying to know the secret! Trent sounds swoon-worthy too.:)

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  18. I loved this one too, and can't wait to read the sequel. Totally agree with you about being blindsided near the end. Lovely review :-)

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  19. Sounds like this book really scrambled your head and heart in a good way.

    Braine

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  20. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I know it comes well-recommended from some of my other blogger buddies. Excellent review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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  21. I like the sound of Kacey and Trent. I'll have to see if my library carries this. Brandi, thanks for sharing how much you've enjoyed reading this book!

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  22. Oh, I'm so glad you reviewed this one because I've read great reviews, but I'm a little bummed with most New Adult. It sounds like this might actually have a story to it. I'm hoping. Glad you enjoyed it!

    I have been in minor accidents. My mom and dad were in a terrible accident years ago. It was awful and took a long time for them to heal.

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  23. I can't wait to read this! I have heard so many really enjoyed this, so I know I will too! The characters sound fantastic and the romance sounds delicious! I can't wait to get my hands on this. Plus, I love that cover and emotional reads, so thats a winner on its own! Glad you enjoyed this, Brandi! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  24. I listened to this one on audio. I really loved Storm and Mia, they were great! I liked Trent a lot too. But I went crazy with Kacet, she drove me a little nuts. And for the twist was something I figured out, I was just waiting for it. It might have been the audio that made me enjoy it less, I'm not sure. I'm glad you enjoyed this though!

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  25. So glad you love it!! I beta read this one and was so excited for it to get out in the world. It makes me happy when other people see how awesome it is.

    And yes, to carwreck. Twice.

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  26. I love when authors can throw you through a loop! I'll have to check this one out. :)

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  27. Wow a big twist towards the end. When they are not expected it can be a big shock. I love books with great female friendships as well and not just a secondary character thrown in for no reason.

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  28. I just picked this up based on all the recommendations!!! I can't wait to get to it now!!! Awesome review!!

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  29. TRENT!!! I loved him, he was so sexy and charming with Kacey, yet so cute with Mia. I loved that scene where he called Mia a princess. Too adorable. I'm so glad that you loved him book, it was such a surprise for me. Even though I knew what was going to happen in the end, I still cried so hard. Great review, Brandi :)

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  30. I really love the sound of this-I adore older sisters taking care of their younger sisters as that's what I'd do in such an awful circumstance.

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  31. I really need to pick up this book! I'm impressed that the author took you to a place you didn't want to go and then explained it all in a way that made sense. I can also tell the book made quite an impression. Thanks for the fantastic review.

    Marlene Detierro (Pay Dirt)

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  32. I'm glad you liked this one, I've seen a lot of great things about it and it's on my TBR list!

    I've been in there car accidents when I was driving (oops) and some when I was younger, ha.

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