Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

ImageTen Tiny Breaths
Atria Books February 2013
Atria Books provided a copy in exchange for an honest review
Pages 289


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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.


Wow! How’s that for starters? Hats off to Ms Tucker for creating such a heart wrenching narrative with emotionally compelling characters. I promise you will be pulled into this as much as I was. Quite a story and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

The characters are awesome. First we have Kacey. My goodness you feel for this girl and all she has endured. Fighting memories and demons from the accident, still trying to handle the loss of those she loved. Kacey is so young and yet she manages to create a home for her younger sister by her endless self sacrifices. The poor girl has so much bottled up, suffering from PTSD but fails to recognize and seek help, trying to recover on her own and failing. Changed from the accident, along with her stubbornness, she tries desperately to regain her footing but for every step forward Kacey takes two steps back until handsome and sexy Trent enters the scene. With the unexpected arrival of Trent, Kacey begins to feel again and this is a breath of fresh air.

 “I could lay here and stare at him forever. I don’t want to let go. Ever.”

Secondly we have the handsome, irresistible and tender Trent. When these two lock eyes it is instant mutual attraction. Trent is smitten and intrigued by Kacey but senses slow is best, so he is patient and persistent. He is a gentleman and there’s just enough of a mystery about him that makes you crave more. He harbors a secret that could possibly turn Kacey against him, time will tell.

“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. Let me make you smile.”

Tucker introduces a cast of secondary characters all playing pivotal roles adding to the narrative – charming in their own way, you will be enamored with the entire ensemble.

Ten Tiny Breaths becomes extremely emotional towards the later part. Have your tissues ready, doubtful dry eyes will be possible with the emotions and fight Kacey faces and deals with head on. I don’t want to give too much away but this part will draw the reader even closer to Kacey.

I can’t sing enough praise for this book. Go out and get your copy now, be prepared to read it straight through, you won’t be able to put it down. Tucker does a wonderful job bringing the ravages of drinking and driving from BOTH perspectives as well as the seriousness of PTSD while managing to insert romance into the powerful subject matter. Every single angle of this book is well done. Awesomeness all around!!

4 stars



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