Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Publisher: Atria Books on February 12, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Rewind Challenge
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Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
“‘Our past isn’t who we are. I’m me and you’re you and that’s who we need to be.'”
I’ve actually had this one sitting on my kindle account for some time. My sister read it and loved it so I decided to finally give it a try!
Kacey Cleary’s life is basically destroyed–four years ago a drunk driving accident killed her parents, boyfriend, best friend, and almost her. That was the day her life ended. The only thing she had to hold onto after her year in the hospital recovering was her little sister Livie. So when her Uncle appears to be close to sexually abusing Livie, Kacey takes her and flees to Miami. There, she meets Storm, who works at a strip club and takes her under her wing. She also meets her neighbor Trent, who seems to want to protect her. But both Kacey and Trent are hiding secrets–ones that can tear them apart forever.
This novel was definitely interesting enough to keep my interest. There was a lot of emotional drama, especially from Kacey. It was nice to see how she dealt with it while also trying to give Livie a good life. The pacing was fantastic and there were definitely some things that I wasn’t expecting. And there was a total, mind-numbing shock as everything came to a head, something that total threw me into a loop. There definitely weren’t many dull moments in this novel.
Kacey was tough–on the outside and the inside. She hardened after the accident and got into some bad stuff, pulling herself out only because Livie wanted her to. Kacey really cared for her little sister and it was really evident throughout the novel. She didn’t really care about anything except her. Everything she did was for her sister. It was good to see her shell starting to be broken by Trent because then we saw peeks of the vulnerable, “before”-Kacey. I really enjoyed watching her emotional journey as she struggled to come to terms with the accident that happened four years prior.
Trent was a closed door, of sorts. We didn’t really get much information on him until the end of the novel, so he constantly was giving off that mysterious vibe. He was a good guy–he protected and cared for Kacey and Livie when they needed help. I had my suspicions about him but felt his heart was in a good place. He was seeking redemption or retribution himself and had no less emotional baggage than Kacey. He just didn’t let it show as well.
“His dimples are in full force now. ‘I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We’re going to go for dinners, and see movies, and walk on the beach. We’ll go hang gliding, or bungee jumping, or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more.’ His fingers toy with my bottom lip. ‘Let me make you smile.'”
Trent and Kacey were definitely a couple with the potential to heal each other if not for the secrets that they were harboring. They had one of those chemistry-filled physical relationships with a side order of emotionally-heavy personal relationship. It was a weird mix that I usually wouldn’t like but it worked for them considering the secrets that they kept. They definitely had a trial period in this novel where even I gave up hope on them. Things were tough after those secrets were revealed.
Livie is Kacey’s younger sister. She reminded me a lot of me–driven, does well in school, wants to be a doctor. She was like the shining light in this story. She was there for Kacey no matter what and she kept the girl on track. I can’t wait to read her story as she travels to Princeton (where I’m going!) and maybe find love.
Storm was Kacey and Livie’s next door neighbor and eventually becomes Kacey’s best friend. I really liked Storm’s character. She definitely took Kacey and Livie under her wing. She was a really nice and selfless character. She also had an adorable daughter, Mia! I can’t wait to see more of her in the upcoming novels.
Ten Tiny Breaths was a really emotional read complete with characters hauling truckloads of baggage. I can’t wait to see what else happens in the world of this series.