BREATHING IS THE KEY!
Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A Tucker
Genre: New Adult / Young Adult – Contemporary Romance
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, listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything – anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes and deep dimples, and 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 desperate to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart – even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.
K.A Tucker has delivered a remarkable, must read book for readers of all ages for this story holds some of the most powerful and real life messages we all need to understand and value.
The messages in this story will test your heart and make you think harder about how you view situations from another person’s perspective. This book helps the reader understand that good people can make mistakes and open the reader’s eyes to the consequences of certain mistakes and how many people can actually be affected by that one mistake. While realization is key, the most important message this story holds is the healing tool of forgiveness.
Ten Tiny Breaths protagonist Kacey Cleary found her life shattered at sixteen when a drunk driver hit her father’s car killing her parents, best friend Jenny and her boyfriend Billy while Kacey’s crushed body is trapped in the car waiting for help to come. Kacey endures a year of rehabilitation only to find herself on a road of self-destruction. It’s not until she sees the anguish she is causing for her little sister, Livie, that she snaps out of her self-harming days. Four years after her accident Kacey and her now fifteen year old sister, Livie, are faced yet with another horrible situation when their Uncle makes a sexual pass at Livie, giving them reason to flee from their current lives and start fresh somewhere where no one will know them. Kacey and Livie move into an apartment building in Miami, and in this apartment building, their lives change in so many ways. Kacey is conflicted when she finally starts to let people into her heart only for complicated situations to present themselves, which force Kacey to confront emotions she has been shutting out for four years.
Ten Tiny Breaths has the most powerful prologue I have ever read, which left a huge, ever lasting impression on me; however, I could say that about the overall plot. This story was extremely well written even though I found the story line predictable the plot keeps you so engaged in the chain of events waiting to witness the unveiling of the truth. Even when everything falls down and you think the climax has ended, I personally found the recovery and the ending of the story even more powerful and engaging than the climax.
I loved all the characters in this story and felt a strong emotional connection to all of them but I have to admit even though I empathized with Kasey’s character, she also really frustrated me at times with the self-pity and anger that consumed her to the point of preventing her from witnessing and realizing that the key person in her life, her sister Livie, was struggling as well.
My heart ached for Livie’s character, who suffered greatly. Some might say Livie suffered more than Kasey as she lost her parents at a younger age and then having to witness the only family member she had left self destruct to the point that it is debatable she will even survive the day. Feeling that you have to step up, be stronger and way more mature for your age for your older sister’s sake would be a huge challenge, as I said my heart just ached for this character.
Trent’s character was initially so dark and mysterious but when you witness the man completely broken and exposed only quickens the rate that the reader falls in love with his character. I loved Storm’s character and all the boys at Penny’s, if only all the men that worked at strip clubs were like that!!!
What I loved about this story was it was so heartfelt, emotional and tragic and so very relevant to today. K.A Tucker has done an amazing job opening my eyes to all her messages and meaning behind what this story represents.
I give this story a well deserved five lips for as our rating system states, this book has changed my life in so many ways and has reminded me to remember there is always two sides to every situation. I have been reminded that forgiveness is so life changing not only to the person giving forgiveness but also to the person who seeks forgiveness.
I look forward to reading the next story in this series, which is about the next chapter in Livie’s life. I hope she gets the happy ending that she so rightly deserves. Until then, I will take away Kasey’s mum’s quote and use it on my own daughters for it’s a good one that means so much!
JUST BREATHE,. TEN TINY BREATHS.
SEIZE THEM, FEEL THEM, LOVE THEM.