Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
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From the Publisher: 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.
I don’t even know where to begin writing this. Kacey lived through something that no one should ever have to go through. And her pain was so tangible, even years later, that it leapt off the pages.
When we meet her, it’s four years after her accident, and she still can’t stand for people to touch her. Especially her hands. She’s completely closed off from the world and she thinks of herself in terms of Before Kacey and After Kacey. Her only purpose in life is to take care of her little sister Livie. After her drunk uncle ends up in Livie’s room one night, the two of them take off for Miami to begin a life that’s just theirs.
And in Miami things finally begin to look up. They meet friends. Friends who are so close that they substitute for family. But Kacey still keeps herself closed off. Trent, one of her neighbors, recognizes how broken she is and wants to help make her whole again. He wants to make her smile. But he pushes her too fast and too hard. He takes her to a PTSD group and she shuts down.
But Kacey recognizes that she and Trent have an undeniable attraction.
After this, however, THINGS HAPPEN. Things I can’t tell you about because I try to run a spoiler free blog. But these things break my heart. But they also show how strong the human spirit can be.