Series: Ten Tiny Breaths
Published by Atria on February 12th 2013
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, Romance
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Also in this series: One Tiny Lie
Also by this author: Burying Water, Becoming Rain (Burying Water, #2)
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.
Kacey is a character you either love or dislike. She’s very snarky, and uses that to protect herself from everyone. She can come off as a bitch a lot of the time, but she does have a sweet side. Even though she rarely shows it.
While this book is a romance, and let me tell you that is a big freaking bumpy ride, it’s also about family and friendships. I love Kacey’s devotion to her sister, and doing whatever she has to in order to provide for her. They have a tight bond, and I love that! They get into their little fights, but you know how much they love each other. Kacey makes some pretty great friends along the way, too. She isn’t looking for them, they just sort of happened. Sometimes the people you need in your life are placed there in the most unexplainable ways.
The story kept me hooked. I may have figured some things out along the way, but for the most part, I was kept on my toes. Kacey makes huge strides in who she is as a person, and overcoming all the hate and anger she has in her heart.
If you like angsty stories, and girls who kick ass, as well as show complete loyalty, this is a book you need to read.
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