Where has this book been all my life? Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker literally took my breath away causing me to need to take ten HUGE breaths. I had to do some slow breathing exercises many times throughout the novel to stop hyperventilating and prevent myself from passing out.
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.
Wow. I don’t know what to say other than this book is not what I expected it to be. It was real, gritty, raw. I felt every emotion: fear, anger, hate, love, loss. You name it; I felt it. I was immediately swept into Kacey’s story. I’m not entirely sure why but I was expecting this book to be suited for a younger audience, so when she started working at a strip club and almost had her way with a guy in a gym locker room, my eyes bugged out but my ears perked up and I was totally into it. K.A. Tucker had me hook, line and sinker. As the mystery of Kacey’s past slowly unveiled itself, I became more and more invested in her life. This book also had amazing secondary characters, which is a good thing since the rest of the books in the series follows a different character.
I really enjoyed the writing, especially Kacey’s witty tone and her inner anger rants. It was always hilarious once Trent Emerson was in the picture. I was so in love with Trent even towards the end when the mystery of his past is revealed. Even though he was broken, I couldn’t help but fall for him and I loved how these two broken pieces came together to make one whole piece. The sexual chemistry was off the charts and every scene between them left me practically panting. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, guys. If you like comtemporary romance with a side of snark and sass and a big ol’ piece of the reality that can only come out of tragedy, then this is the book for you.
STARS: 5 out of 5