Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker + GIVEAWAY
Synopsis: 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.
**Warning – This is a Mature YA/New Adult book. Contains sex and violence**
My take: On the whole I liked this book. It was a good balance between romance and well developed plot layers.
This book is told from Kacey’s perspective and she suffers PTSD. As she has never fully recovered from the accident she takes to kick boxing to release her rage and anger. However, her other emotions are neglected, pushed away. Her best efforts for a normal life result in a resolve of steel to protect and provide for her sister.
Despite her character flaws she is likable and relatable.
The plot is solid and moves at a good pace. Towards the end I saw the twist coming, but it still made for a good entertaining read.
My only complaints about the book is that everyone was hot, or beautiful and super trim and fit and there was nary an ugly person in sight. The “not beautiful” people in the book were immediately deemed not worthy by Kacey. I found this shallow. I also found the hot and steamy side of Kacey and Trent’s relationship to be very lusty, which made it hard to see the love.
If you’re looking for a somewhat steamy New Adult read, then I definitely recommend this one.
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