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**
Ten Tiny Breaths is unconventional, thrilling, funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I felt every emotion possible. Every. Emotion. And not once or twice, but throughout the entire story.
Kacey, our heroine is truly troubled and passionate. Hanging on by a thread. Trying to keep it together for her ever sweet teen sis, Olivia (Livey). She immediately pulled my heartstrings, and I willingly followed her through her own private hell.
I don't want to get into any details and give anything away. But I do want to tell you how much I loved several of the characters that invade the lives of these two sisters still struggling to cope with the loss of their parents, and Kacey's dearest friends.
These very special people quickly attach themselves to the girls (much to Kacey's horror and chagrin).
And Kacey aka Kace can't deny, for Livey's sake, that this is a good thing. Well, we think... we'll see.
All complicated, and very much their own unique individuals, they each play an important role in this tale of loss, love and forgiveness.
So who are they? First is Mia, and adorable and somewhat precocious five year old. You can't help but fall for her. Her mother, Storm. Not your typical single mom, she's sweet, caring and generous. But my favorite, most surprising and complex character was Trent. YOU. WILL. DROOL. AND. CRY. And drool and cry. And DROOL and cry over this guy. I'm telling you now.
There are other players in the drama. All well written. Some pivotal, some just part of the day-to-day. All integral and necessary to making this a fully dimensional world. No flat side characters here.
As I said this story is unconventional- and exciting. With twists and turns that will leave you bewildered, elated, shocked, AROUSED and at times unsettled, Ten Tiny Breaths takes you on a emotional ride. It certainly kept me guessing and glued to the page.
I thoroughly enjoyed the friendships, the drama and THE ROMANCE.
At under 300 pages, it's a quick read for most, especially since you won't want to put it down until the very end. Sure to be ranked among the best of the New Adult Contemporary releases for 2012. I recommend it for all New Adult Contemporary Romance fans- and those looking for a good place to dip their toes into the ever popular genre.
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