One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #2)

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476740478
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: Ten Tiny Breaths Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 86,129
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. Today, she is also the author of Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie, Four Seconds to Lose, and Five Ways to Fall. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved ten tiny breaths but thought this one was way better. Read it in one day. Couldn't put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Utterly amazing!! K.A. Tucker really knows how to write a great

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    The Cleary sisters are back only this time Livie has grown up.  

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Good read

    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!

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    As much as I loved Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker, I absolutely

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    I didn¿t think it was possible to love the characters we fir





    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.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    Why'd I wait so long to read this book?  This book was first pub

    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.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Just as good as the first!

    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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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    4.5 Freeing Stars! I absolutely loved Ten Tiny Breaths

    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.  

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    One Tiny Lie is the second book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series.

    One Tiny Lie is the second book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series. I just love these books! This is a New Adult book that centers around Livie. Ever since their parent's fatal car accident, Livie has always been the strong one. The perfect one. Her older sister Kacey was in the hospital for a year following the accident, and then spent years after that using drugs, alcohol, and sex to forget about the pain. Livie always wanted to make her dad proud so, along with taking care of Kacey, she focused on her schoolwork and her future.

    When this book begins, Livie starts college at Princeton. All her hard work has paid off. She had a well laid out plan for herself, which involves medical school and marrying a man her dad would approve of. She meets the perfect guy – Connor. He is handsome, sweet, and wants to take things slow. Her parents would have loved him. But she can't stop thinking about Connors best friend and roommate – Ashton. Ashton is arrogant and drives her nuts. He is a man whore, and Livie has never even had sex. But she is so attracted to him. He gives Livie butterflies, and Connor doesn't.

    Livie feels her plans for herself spiraling out of control. She struggles to make good grades and she starts having second thoughts on her career goals. She finds herself stuck in a tough situation between Connor and Ashton. She starts partying and drinking, which she's never done before. She doesn't even know who she is anymore. And Ashton has a side to him that nobody would ever have imagined.

    I loved this book. It was emotional, intense, swoonworthy... Livie and Ashton have some majorly hot chemistry. I was glad to see appearances from Kacey and Dr. Stayner in this book. I'm really looking forward to reading book #3! K.A. Tucker has become a must-read author for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Best K. A. Tucker book yet!

    My favorite to read so far from her! Loved the characters and storyline!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Amazing

    I could not put this book down. Everytime I knew I had a chance to read, this book was my first option. I can't wait to read more by K.A Tucker!!

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Could not put Down...planned on reading over the weekend ended u

    Could not put Down...planned on reading over the weekend ended up reading in one day

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    One Tiny Lie is the second book in the Ten Tiny Breaths Series b

    One Tiny Lie is the second book in the Ten Tiny Breaths Series by K.A. Tucker, where we originally met a younger version of the main character, Livie Cleary.  Livie is now 18 years old and starting freshman year at Princeton.  Her goal is to become a pediatric oncologist, something she has worked toward relentlessly since she was a young girl, even more so since the death of her parents when she was 11 years old.  It's her first week there and her sister Kacey and her new roommate Reagan, along with the blessings of the infamous Dr. Strayner, have taken Livie out for a wild night so that she can experience what being a freshman college student is really about.  That may sound strange to some, but since her parents died, Livie has pretty much been and acted like a small adult, never really letting go and having fun.  She gets pretty wasted and has the time of her life, embarrassing herself, but also meeting the hottest and most infuriating guy she ever laid eyes on, Ashton Henley, who affectionately dubbed her with the name Irish.  Thus begins a whirlwind of a ride for Livie.  She finds herself insanely attracted to Ashton, yet he's not available, and he's also a man-whore.  Shen then begins dating his best friend and roommate Conner, which makes things even odder.  As the story progresses, with the additional help of the behind the scenes influence of Dr. Strayner, Livie questions everything in her life - her goals, her dreams for the future, and must decide whether or not to take a chance on love and on someone that may be more broken than she can imagine. 




    I loved Livie's character.  She was funny and I loved her inner rants as much as her actual dialogue.  Ashton was such a hottie and I totally fell for him.  He has so many issues, but Livie sees through his facade, just as he sees through hers.  As far as the other characters.  It was great to see Kacey again, and I enjoyed getting to know Raegan and some of the other guys in the story.  Dr. Strayner is a hoot also.  The chemistry between Ashton and Livie is sizzling hot and the romance aspect of the story was wonderful. 




    I love K.A. Tucker's writing and her ability to enable you to really connect with the characters she creates and truly experience the story with them.  I didn't want to put the  book down and truly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  One Tiny Lie is a wonderful companion novel in the Ten Tiny Breaths Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it and most definitely would recommend it to all contemporary romance fans. 

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    This was a raw, emotional read. I loved every minute of it. As

    This was a raw, emotional read. I loved every minute of it. Ashton was so perfectly damaged. The twists and turns keep you reading. You fall in love with Liv and Ashton's story. Your heart breaks and then it is put back together. "Your my forever girl!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    It was a great read! With such a deep story behind it. I couldn'

    It was a great read! With such a deep story behind it. I couldn't put it down ! 

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

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    My review of the first book can be found on my blog (KDH Reviews

    My review of the first book can be found on my blog (KDH Reviews).

    I devoured Livie’s story much faster than I did Kacey’s. Okay, it wasn’t that much faster. I finished One Tiny Lie in two days where Ten Tiny Breaths took me three. Still… it certainly seemed a lot faster to me. That being said, it’s absolutely safe to say that if you enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths, you’ll enjoy this one. In fact, I’ll even say that I enjoyed this one slightly more than the first.

    This story picks up a few years after the first and is centered around Kacey’s younger sister, Livie. While we do see glimpses of Kacey/Trent, they certainly don’t steal the show from Livie. Normally, I don’t know how I feel about another book (or show or movie, etc.) starting from a different perspective than that of the first book. However, I love it here! The Kacey/Trent story wrapped up in the first book, but everyone else was left wide open to have their story told. And K. A. Tucker is taking advantage of it and performing flawlessly!

    The next book in the series centers around Cain and I absolutely can’t wait to read his story. I would say that it’s official… K. A. Tucker is certainly on my list of favorite authors.

    * I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

    Be sure to check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    Coming of Age, Learning to Live

    Livie is living up to her personal commitment of following in her father’s footsteps and going to Princeton, and like everything else in her life, she feels she must be perfect, strong, and regimented since the death of her parents and the complete emotional implosion of her sister Kacey. But apparently, this attitude is as unhealthy as her sister’s was. Enter Dr. Stayner, whose quirky ways and ideas are designed to break Livie out of her emotional prison and allow her to truly go on with living. Unfortunately, Livie is not prepared for college life, or anything that will happen to her or because of her. Livie is emotionally repressed and her “prescribed” actions are more than a little overwhelming. Enter Ashton and Conner, best friends, polar opposites and both have captured Livie’s attention. In spite of committing to Conner, the “safe boy,” Livie is drawn to Ashton, the “bad boy,” who appears to toy with her emotionally. Will one tiny lie, or several tiny lies end up hurting Livie and those around her or will it make them stronger? What secrets are being kept? What deceits cannot be forgiven? Which boy is right for Livie? How much will growing up hurt?

    One Tiny Lie by K. A. Tucker is one emotional trip right out of the gate until it crosses the finish line! K. A. Tucker nails another hit with these characters and this plot, painful as it can be to read, there are moments of light-hearted humor that add a much needed balance, depth and even sweetness to this story. But, when I want to shake some sense into a character or sit them down and have “a talk” with them about their irresponsible behavior, their blindness to the world around them and their lack of compassion towards others and their feelings, an author has done their job of totally involving me in their story!

    One Tiny Lie is a coming of age and a healing story as Livie learns the hard way to actually live her life, for herself. The realistic learning curve was marvelous and the consequences well done without being unrealistic. Great read, great characters, great escape, great writing! Tons of angst, cluelessness and good intentions!

    I received a review copy from Atria Books in exchange for my honest review.

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