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One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #2)
     

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #2)

4.7 69
by K. A. Tucker
 

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In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…

Livie Cleary has always been Miss Perfect—but she soon learns that

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In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…

Livie Cleary has always been Miss Perfect—but she soon learns that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and finding out who she really is might mean making some mistakes along the way.

“Make me proud.” These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to live up to this standard through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience—and her heart.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes; set herself up for medical school; and meet a good, respectable guy to someday marry. Her plan definitely does not include Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say “no” to; or Ashton, the arrogant—and extremely attractive—captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually nonexistent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father, and, with it, the only identity she’s ever known.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
This follow-up to Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths focuses on Kacey Cleary’s younger sister, Livie, who goes off to Princeton while still grappling with the drunk driving accident that killed their parents and upended the Cleary girls’ lives. Livie is the supposed “perfect” one, and Kacey is determined, with the help of weekly phone calls to Livie from psychiatrist Dr. Stayner, to break Livie out of her conservative, cautious bubble and allow her to live life to the fullest. To add spice to this superficial coming-of-age story, Livie has to choose between proper Connor, whom she meets on campus, and his roommate, Ashton, whom she meets at a drunken bash before classes start. Unsurprisingly, it’s “naughty” Ashton who gets her heart racing, and the constant comparing of the two—she dates Connor but has passionate encounters with Ashton—gets tiresome. Also predictable: there’s more to Ashton then meets the eye; his troubled past adds melodrama to Livie’s already tragic personal situation. Meanwhile, Livie intends to follow her dream of becoming a pediatrician, volunteering at a children’s hospital, but finally learning that she lacks the emotional fortitude for such a demanding profession. Unfortunately, too many elements don’t work here—including an off-the-wall psychiatrist who does most of his therapy over the phone and gives bizarre advice (he recommends bungee jumping and drinking tequila) and a too-neat ending where everyone ends up living together happily ever after in Miami. Agent: Stacey Donaghy, Corvisiero Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"There is so much delicious escapism in K.A. Tucker's One Tiny Lie you may well fake a stomach virus so you can hide out to luxuriate in its angst-ridden love fantasy, a kind of Twilight goes to Princeton...this impassioned romp is to be soaked in and savored, sure to keep any woman warm on a cold winter's night."
New York Times bestselling author - Colleen Hoover
"Intense, hot, emotional...K.A. Tucker left no feeling untouched. A gripping read."
Three Chicks and Their Books
"K.A. Tucker is a mistress of words, stringing you along with just the right amount of gut-wrenching drama."
New York Times bestselling author - Courtney Cole
"Fiercely truthful, this book twisted my heart around and handed it to me. This is one you definitely don't want to miss."
Romantic Times (4.5 out of 5 stars)
"Tucker delivers another emotional and unforgettable read. Livie and Ashton's electrically charged connection will have readers frantically turning pages. Add in the witty and sexually suggestive banter and you've got a recipe for one hot and angsty romance. One Tiny Lie tackles heavy topics, but the balance between the romance, coming-of-age storyline and darker issues is extremely well-done. An absolute must read!"
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-05
After a toga party with far too many Jell-O shooters (gleefully procured by older sister Kasey, who turns out to be a terrible chaperone), perfectionist Livie has acquired her first kiss, first hangover and first tattoo, not to mention a lust compass aimed at Ashton Henley, the hunky captain of the crew team. Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths, 2013, etc.) continues the Cleary sisters' saga, following younger sister Livie. Dr. Stayner again appears as the kind, eccentric therapist, helping Livie break through the protective barriers she's erected since her parents' deaths. Each Saturday at 10 a.m., he calls her, coaxing her to admit more and more of her own hang-ups and setting her an unconventional task--shoot tequila, go speed-dating, practice prolific swearing. Finally enrolled at Princeton, Livie is ready to fulfill the life plan she set at age 9: keep her promise to her daddy by becoming a mature, responsible doctor. A notorious cad, Ashton is most definitely not part of her plan. He may get Livie's hormones pumping, but his best friend, Connor, a sedate pre-law student, is a much better prospect. With his Dublin accent and charming manner, Connor is everything Livie's dreamed of. But it's Ashton who comforts her when her grades plummet, Ashton who drives her to New York to work with terminally ill children, and it's Ashton she can't ignore. Covered with tattoos masking disturbing scars, Ashton has his own secrets that keep him doubting whether he can be the man Livie truly deserves. More fairy godfather (or deus ex machina) than doctor, Stayner orchestrates several coincidences that help unite the star-crossed lovers. Likable characters, steamy liaisons and surprising plot twists add up to a satisfying romance. Readers will be eager for the next installment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476740478
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Series:
Ten Tiny Breaths Series , #2
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
181,165
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

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One Tiny Lie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved ten tiny breaths but thought this one was way better. Read it in one day. Couldn't put it down!
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Utterly amazing!! K.A. Tucker really knows how to write a great book and she did not disappoint with One Tiny Lie. It was awesome to hear Livie's story now that she is older and going through her own trials in life. I loved how genuine the characters felt and how perfect the story came together. The pace was perfect, the plot points and tension was wonderfully done, and I wouldn't change a thing. I am completely sold as a K.A. Tucker fan and cannot wait to hear what other books and characters she has in store for the future.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Freeing Stars! I absolutely loved Ten Tiny Breaths! And ever since Livie stepped onto the pages of it, I've wanted to know her story. I've wanted to get inside her head. She's seemingly perfect; warm and kind and always looking out for others. She seems to have it all together, but as much as people try to be, they aren't perfect. And Livie had to let go of her preconceived notions of who she is and what she wants out of life to find out exactly where she belongs. I've already said how much I can connect with Kacey, but I can also connect with Livie. I loved her POV and how she told the story. It was fresh, innocent, and fun. But it was also heartbreaking, heavy, and confusing. On the outside, Olivia Cleary is perfect. She's not afraid to talk about her parents, seemingly has overcome that grief, and is on her way to becoming a doctor in pediatrics (specifically, oncology). But it's Kacey, and Dr. Stayner, who notice that maybe she's holding onto her parents in a dangerous way. Not like Kacey's self-destructive nature, but in a way that is much more subtle and hard to detect. It's dangerous because Livie has spent so much time being perfect, that anything less sends her spiraling. And she's been hiding so much of herself away for fear of straying from this path she's on that it makes her question everything about her life. Ashton makes her question everything about her life. I fell so hard for Ashton, maybe even harder than I fell for Trent. He's a womanizing, arrogant male with no regard for how he hurts people and who doesn't care what anybody thinks of him. But there is more to this guy than anyone knows. Ashton's story broke my heart, made me cry, and gave his character so much depth that I found myself absolutely loving his development. It was beautiful and heartbreaking; it was just so damn good. He was such a complex character. He was arrogant, cocky, and a cheater. But he was also caring, protective, and even sweet. It took a long time for the real Ashton to come through, but it was so believable. What he went through, what he's still going through is not something that a person can get over completely in a few days. And Livie never gave up on him, giving him whatever he needed, because she understood. He was flawed, and she got that. The relationship between these two was so wonderfully written; their chemistry so strong and so passionate. It was amazing to see how it unfolded. From their drunken first kiss to the on-and-off romance, I loved watching it develop (even if I disliked it at times). But their bond was so deep.  The way these two interacted, from their teasing to their passionate exchanges, I was captivated. That scene in the bathroom after Livie hurt her ankle was one of the best scenes I've ever read, in any book. It was simply exquisite. It showed that they are flawed individuals who feel with their entire beings. It showed the depth of their relationship. It was subtly romantic. They gave each other what they needed. They understood each other in way that no one else could. God, I loved it. BUT. It was hard to like sometimes, because of certain circumstances. I'm not a fan of cheating, in any sense of the word. I really wish Livie had done things differently, but I found myself not caring that much. This wasn't about cheating or just wanting to give into the passion you feel for someone else. This was about Livie and Ashton. This was about a girl who never explored who she really was and who never let herself feel or think or do anything that would challenge that perfection. This was about her making mistakes and trying new things and letting herself just... live. This was about a guy who shut everyone out to make his life easier and who was going to accept that he'd never be free. But Livie became his freedom, his Irish girl. She became the catalyst that would help him decide to break free of his father and just be himself. These two characters were so complex, and I loved their development. The emotions were intense, the level of depth shown brilliant. One Tiny Lie was a truly wonderful and beautiful read.  
JezzaBelle More than 1 year ago
The Cleary sisters are back only this time Livie has grown up.  She's heading to her first year at Princeton, and she is is ready to make some changes.  With the help of her sister, Kacey, and Reagan, her new roommate, Livie's first night at Princeton is one she will never forget. Besides having her first Jell-o shots, Livie wakes up to her first hangover, realizes she has gotten her first tattoo, and gets her first look at a naked male.  Not the way she expected to start her first year away from home. Ashton Henley is immediately captivated by the beautiful dark headed girl who blushes at his heated glances and nearly dislocates his jaw after a stolen kiss.  But, forthe man who seems to have everything he could ever want, he isn't free to take the only thing he has ever desired. Ashton and Livie have a hesitant friendship that is fraught with sexual tension plus that something extra.  While Livie begins to date Ashton's roommate, Connor, it is Ashton who is always on her mind.   Connor is perfect and sweet.  He always seems to say the right thing, but Ashton is always there in the background with an arrogant smile and a teasing touch. As the school year continues, Livie begins to question everything she has ever planned for her life.  But who is she if she isn't a straight A student?  What will she do if she doesn't become a doctor?  Could she set aside the "perfect" boyfriend and go after what she wants for once in her life? What Worked... First I have to say, "Damn you, Kathleen, for making me love Ashton."  Ashton is the epitome of everything I hate in a guy.  He is a manwhore and I cannot believe that Livie even looks at him twice.   BUT there is just something about this man.  Even from the beginning you can tell that there are extenuating circumstances and that if it were possible, he would find a way to be with Livie.  Somehow you just know that he's not jerking her around and that he really wants what is best for her. I loved that Dr. Stayner is back.  If you've read Ten Tiny Breaths, you will remember his unconventional approach to therapy.  I was extremely happy to see him helping Livie this time. The entire cast of characters was perfectly written.  I could picture every single person in my mind and I felt like they had become my friends as well as Livie's. What Didn't... I guess I was hoping to see more of Kacey and Trent to see how they were able to work things out after all that they experienced in Ten Tiny Breaths.  It wasn't necessary to enjoy this book, it was just something I was wishing for. 5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Ten Tiny Breaths so I couldn't wait to read this one. It took me a while to get in to it but once I did, I enjoyed reading it. I was happy the characters from the first were a part of her story. I loved the ending!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
As much as I loved Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker, I absolutely ADORED One Tiny Lie.  I loved this one even more than the first book! We do see a return of some of the characters that we’ve learned to love from book 1, but we are also introduced to new characters (specifically Ashton *swoon*) that are unforgettable. But what makes a story like One Tiny Lie memorable?  The dark secrets/skeletons in the closet that eventually come to the surface and totally blow your mind.  Yes, yes my friends.  This is what One Tiny Lie did for me.  This book…THIS BOOK… made me so freakin’ emotional that there were times that I was literally emotionally spent. Livie, whom we know as the baby sister of Kacey – the main character in Ten Tiny Breaths – is all grown up and heading off to college.  And not just any ol’ college…she’s off to Princeton ya’ll!  (Good on her!)  New living situation, new friends, new life…Livie is in for the ride of her life.  But still living with the ghost of her deceased father who’s mantra was “make me proud”, Livie is determined to be the best of the best. So how do you balance your studying and new friends?  Go to a party of course.  But too many jello shots has Livie enjoying herself so much that she doesn’t put up much of a fuss when the all too sexy captain of the rowing team, Ashton, treats her to his irresistible pick up skills.  One things leads to another, and Livie finds herself deeper than she thought she would ever be with Ashton. Throw into the mix Ashton’s bestfriend Connor having the hots for Livie, and you’ve got yourself one sexy, kinda sorta love triangle.  But when Livie’s past and Ashton’s deep dark secrets come up, will Livie and Ashton find the happiness that they both long for?  Or will it be just enough to shatter the beginnings of something beautiful. In all honesty guys, there was nothing about this book that I didn’t love!  The way in which the story was told and unfolded, the characters (both old and new), the storyline, the…the…everything!  It all melded together into a story of epic proportions. First of all, helloooo Ashton!  What woman wouldn’t swoon over this hunka hunka burning love.  His cockiness, his flirting ways, his words, his actions.  OMG this man was just…yum!  And holy sexiness.  There were various parts in this book that had me fanning myself from the heat and lust.  Dang sexy, I tell ya. And then there’s Livie!  The responsible Livie that was the rock to Kacey when she was spiraling down into a darker place.  I loved how One Tiny Lie told the story of how Livie becomes a stronger woman.  One who comes to accept her past and the life card that she was dealt with. Yes, Livie is still the responsible girl from book 1, but we also see her embracing her youth more.  Of letting go of some responsibilities and just letting lose. Now Connor…that guy had me fooled.  I thought that he was going to be this awesome, amazing potential love interest for dear Livie, but a few too many drinks and I dubbed him Mr. Ass.   I’m pretty sure I yelled at the book for Livie to drop the dud. All in all, One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker was a read like no other.  One that I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read.  I wouldn’t stress if you haven’t read book 1, Ten Tiny Breaths.  Aside from some deeper background information, this book is a perfect standalone.  Fans of Ten Tiny Breaths, heartfelt contemporary reads, and sexy bad boy male leads will fall head over heels in love with One Tiny Lie.
terferj 27 days ago
Gah, I loved this! I was glued to the pages. I found the book to be funny (I chuckled and laughed out loud throughout the entire book), frustrating (damn stubbornness lol), tender (ugh those moments were the best), and I suffered second hand embarrassment alongside Livie. I just loved Livie and Ashton. Livie was naive, smart, and has a great relationship with Kacie that I’m envious of. I loved how unorthodox her relationship with Dr. Stayner was. If I need any help, he’s the type I would want. lol. Ashton was yummy, an a-hole, and he was so sweet when the time came. I don’t agree with they did because in real life that’s a no-no in my book but I’m a sucker for it in fiction. But man, when they were near each other, the chemistry and passion was jumping off the pages. Overall, I thought it was the best and now I’m moving to the next in the series. Here’s hoping it’s as great or better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all the books in this series but this one by far wad my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read..
Jesszelk More than 1 year ago
Impressed, impressed, impressed. Seriously how did I not hear of this author sooner. Her character development was superb, her story lines intriguing, and moments into the psyche were captivating. The struggle with perfectionism and living up to others expectations hits a bit close to home for this reader but simply this was a well conceived book following up on characters introduced in Ten Tiny Breaths. This reader was impressed!
sonybless More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Olivia "Livia" story. After hearing her tragic story in Ten Tiny Breaths and her being the catalyst to why Kacey and her left Michigan for Miami, I needed to know that she ended up on the right path and with a good head on her shoulders. One Tiny Lie was just that for me. We knew it wasn't going to be easy for her. Having to grow up so fast after losing your parents and taking care of her older sister is not easy for any young woman. Olivia is heading off to college. She thinks she has everything figured out and that her future is set. How wrong she is. One drunken evening, a tenacious sister, crazy doctor, and one very handsome boy named Ashton turns Livia's world upside down. Making her question everything. Ashton has issues of his own and sends mixed signals. He infuriates Olivia, but also entices her. This was such a wonderful journey of self discovering, and realizing that it's ok to now have all the answers. It's about living with no expectations.
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I love this seres. It never disappoints. I have to finish it all in one readong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cross between Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire style ... well written, great characters and story line. The entire series is a must read.
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LLC-NP More than 1 year ago
Love the characters, love the story, love the entire series. Throughout her books, including the first in a different series, she remains consistent in the quality of writing and the story lines themselves, as not all authors do.
BecsL More than 1 year ago
I didn’t think it was possible to love the characters we first met in Ten Tiny Breaths anymore than I already did. One Tiny Lie is Livie’s story. Livie’s is headed off to Princeton to start living her life according to the plan she and her parent’s had always discussed. With a new roommate, two very different guys getting her attention, and a persistent and unorthodox shrink, it’s time for Livie to define herself. I could relate to Livie on some many levels. Underneath her desire to be perfect, lies a vulnerable, insecure, broken girl who doesn’t know the first thing about living life on her own terms. Her journey and ultimate transformation over the course of the story were absolutely stunning. No one can map out emotional growth and personal evolution quite like K.A. can. I’ve read a lot of damaged men, burying their pasts in women and parties, but none have made me feel for them quite like Ashton has. He finds himself emotionally exposed around Livie and the side of him she brings out is breathtaking. Their chemistry is undeniable, even when they’re both trying to ignore it. K.A. has written Livie and Ashton to compliment one another, to push each other’s buttons and to force one another to reveal their true character. Every bit of Livie’s story tugged on my heartstrings. The uncertainty of being out on her own and her struggle to define herself came shining through in everything Livie did and said. Dr. Stayner also grew on me significantly in this book, his quirky personality and unexpected behavior adds so much humor to this story. Livie’s journey is genuine and honest. K.A. has once again written beautiful, authentic characters and an emotionally complex story that exudes love and life.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Why'd I wait so long to read this book?  This book was first published in December 2012. Guess who buried her head in the sand and ignored everything she saw about this book and didn't read it until June of 2013?  If you guessed me, you're right.  Sometimes I can't believe what I miss out on because of myself.  I could have had an a print copy with the original cover.  Now I'd have to pay a kidney for it, but sometimes think it's worth it. I'm not sure why I wasn't willing to read this book when I first heard about how good it was. After all, it passed the one chapter test. As in, that's all it took to grab my attention and then not let it go.  I was shocked at Kacey's and her sister, Livie's, circumstances and their flight to Miami from Michigan.   I want to be Kacey.  She's strong, determined, quick-witted, and just all around awesome.  I have no idea how she was able to hold herself together and be after all she'd experienced and lost.  I love Livie too.  I want to take a baseball bat to anyone who'd hurt these two.  Trent was an enigma.  I wanted him, especially since he was so hot.  I loved the back and forth between Trent and Kacey.  They had some hilarious and smoking hot scenes.  There's a certain *ahem* shower scene that had me fanning myself and wiping away tears of laughter.    Ten Tiny Breaths is so awesome.  There's all the different emotions I experienced. The story is gripping and will leave you guessing what's going to happen next.  I'm an avid reader and I sure as heck didn't see the end of the book coming, or a number of the twists.   You're gonna have to read the book to see what makes it so good.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet again another wonderful story, that will keep you hooked. Ten tiny breaths was all about Kacey struggle, where as this was about Livie. It was a good flip on the story. Cannot wait to read the next!
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