Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #1)

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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, 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 ...

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Overview

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, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
"Ten Tiny Breaths is a touching, gorgeous read. I laughed, cried, swooned, and took ten tiny breaths of my own!"

“Loved it!! A MUST READ! I won't say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.”

“This is one the best contemporary novels to hit shelves this year, and a must-read for those who love realistic stories about strong females.”

New York Times bestselling author of Losing It - Cora Carmack
"Ten Tiny Breaths is a touching, gorgeous read. I laughed, cried, swooned, and took ten tiny breaths of my own!"
Maryse's Book Blog - Maryse Black
“Loved it!! A MUST READ! I won't say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.”
Hypable.com - Jen Lamoureux
“This is one the best contemporary novels to hit shelves this year, and a must-read for those who love realistic stories about strong females.”
Maryse's Book Blog - Maryse Black
“Loved it!! A MUST READ! I won't say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.”
Hypable.com - Jen Lamoureux
“This is one the best contemporary novels to hit shelves this year, and a must-read for those who love realistic stories about strong females.”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
After a drunk driver kills her parents, her best friend and her boyfriend, Kacey Cleary is left with her younger sister, a phobia of holding hands and a deep-seated hatred for the man who survived the car wreck. She turns to drugs and sex until Livie begs her to stop, afraid that an overdose will kill her older sister. Kickboxing helps ease Kacey's anger, but life at home is tough with Aunt Darla's Christian fanaticism. When Uncle Raymond begins to cross the line with Livie, she grabs her sister and heads for Miami to start a new life. They end up in a funky apartment community, complete with Storm, the Barbie–look-alike neighbor. Storm, however, turns out to be a struggling single mom, running from an abusive ex-husband and trying to make ends meet by working as a rather acrobatic stripper. There's also the very hot boy next door: Trent Emerson, who instantaneously pushes every one of Kacey's buttons, chipping away at the shell protecting her from ever feeling anything. Soon, Kacey snags a job bartending at Storm's bar, and Livie is enrolled at school, babysitting Storm's 5-year-old daughter and getting her feet back under her. Author of the best-selling Causal Enchantment series, Tucker (Allegiance, 2012, etc.) parlays her success with YA paranormal fantasy into this adult romance series. She relentlessly ups the erotic ante with every encounter between Kacey and Trent. Breathless meetings in the laundry room lead to heroic rescues from snakes lurking in the shower and creeps lurking in the bar, yet Trent frustrates Kacey with his determination to take things slowly. Inevitably, the revelation of his secret devastates both of them and leads to some interesting--if implausible--plot twists. Steamy romance and quirky supporting characters make this an appealing start to the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476740324
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Ten Tiny Breaths Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 91,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    LOVED this book! ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS!

    I rambled a bit when writing this one...

    When I say whoa! I mean whoa! Heaven help me this book had me all kinds of crazy by the time I got to the 'shattering' moment towards the end of the book. And by then do you know what happened? Hubs rolls over in bed and tells me to turn off my nook and go to bed. Yeah, yeah I understand it was 2am. But sheesh! Someone's life was hanging in the balance here. Doesn't he realize that fictional characters are people, too?

    So we have Kacey...poor messed-up-in-the-head-beyond-any-kind-of-help Kacey. I don't even know where to start with her. Girl has so much baggage a pack mule looked at her and said no. But gosh, I hurt for that girl something fierce. Yeah she had a crazy, broken life…but she had a younger sister to look after so she stepped up and became the person her sister needed her to be. Social life be damned. And her witty outbursts are like music to my ears. Girl has a sarcastic tongue and isn’t afraid to use it. The things she calls people is hilarious and I couldn’t get enough of her character.

    Then we have Trent. Oh lordy, the angels had to be singing the day he was made, cause dude is hot. Shhh, do you hear that? Oh that was just the sound of Kacey’s heart beating; her returning from the dead so to speak. Trent makes her feel things she hasn’t felt since the death of her parents. But Trent’s baggage is just as heavy. And the moment his past and hers collide…lives go beyond shattered.

    You know what I loved a lot about this book? The secondary characters are just as great as Trent and Kacey. They all play a pivotal role in the story and Tucker did an awesome job with them. I actually cared quite about the secondary characters, more so than I usually do with other books. Livie, Storm, Mia and even Dan and Tanner are no back seat passengers. Their characters stand out so much in this book.

    The last part of the book with Dr. Stayner I think was some of my favorite Kacey moments. Both her and the Dr were hilarious together. But during this time I was also a blubbering mess. Too. Much. Emotion. Like I said before…this book had me all kinds of crazy and I absolutely wouldn’t have it any other way.

    To say I was floored with this book is a huge understatement. I was utterly in love with it. And I will let you in on a little secret…I think I am more in love with Tucker as an author writing this than I was with her Casual Enchantment series. That is definitely saying something for this book…because I adore that series. I also did a lot of bookmarking. Too many sentences caught my eye; too many quotes I didn’t want to forget.

    Tucker did a phenomenal job with this book. I can’t say that enough. This whole book…from the beginning, to the middle, up until that ending…was done to complete perfection. Do I recommend this book? Abso-freakin-lutely! Ten Tiny Breaths is most definitely one of my favorites this year and will be at the top of my must reread list. You must read it and then I dare you not to gush about it.


    These are just a few quotes I loved from the story...too many others to share.
    *******
    To say that she's fanatical would be an understatement. She won't come to Miami unless Jesus himself is holding a convention.
    *******
    "It's okay. I figured it was all a bit too much, too fast." One finger hooks into mine, buckling my knees with waves of excitement.
    I think I am going to fall in love with this man.
    *******
    "I'll make you whole again, Kacey.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

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    I am so glad that this came out on audiobook because I had been

    I am so glad that this came out on audiobook because I had been meaning to get to this for a while and just didn't have time to read it. Luckily audiobook are easy to fit in and this one was great! This was an emotional story and I loved taking the journey along with Kacey and all the other characters involved. I felt like I was making friends right along with them and I really, really wanted to help Kacey. Luckily, so did everyone else. I also really loved how this was separated into the stages of grief. That was a nice touch!

    Kacey is rough around the edges. She went through a tragic situation and she has basically let it rule her life. She is suffering from PTSD even though she doesn't realize it, or more importantly, doesn't want to admit it. To her, it's easier to just put up her walls, and deal with it in her own ways. It had been drugs, alcohol, and random sex, but for her sister Livie, she stopped all of that. She begins to let people in, but it's a very slow process and it seems like she takes one step forward, then about five back. She is an incredibly strong, but stubborn, and broken person. I loved watching her finally start to heal and be the person that she has hid away for too long.

    Now Trent. He was fantastic, but I didn't know what to think of him for a while. He almost seemed too nice and perhaps stalkerish. I admit that I fell for him right along with Kacey. He was really great for Kacey, though he was a bit pushy at times trying to get her to talk to someone or seek help. I knew he was doing it for her, but I think he went about it all wrong. And OMG when we find out what his secret is, I was a freaking mess!! I didn't figure it out much before it was revealed, though I did suspect for a while I guess. I can see why he kept the secret, even if it doesn't make it right.

    Now onto the other characters. I don't always mention them, but I think that they are a huge part of this story. Storm and her daughter Mia were awesome and really became important and like family to Kacey. Nate and Ben who she worked with were also really awesome. And Livie, her sister of course. She was Kacey's rock. Basically the only thing keeping her from falling completely apart. Though she is her younger sister, she really was more the one taking care of them. I loved that Livie would do what she had to for Kacey, even if she knew it would make her mad. She always did what was best for them!

    I listened to the audio of this and I think the narrator was awesome. You could easily tell one character from another. And also she did great with the males. A lot of the time female narrators make males sound too husky or not masculine enough, but Elizabeth Louise did them great! She was also very good at making sure the emotion was in there too. She wasn't just someone narrating a book, she made the characters and the story come to life.

    This was such a great story about love, loss, and healing. I thought the characters were developed really well, the story flowed perfectly, and the emotion aspect was spot on. I was a sobbing mess listening to parts of this. My heart hurt with theirs. I wanted to jump into the book and hug them. This was the first book I have read from this author and I will definitely be reading more.

    *A copy of this was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    i cant not say enough good things about this book. there were t

    i cant not say enough good things about this book. there were times i cant to scream and then times i wanted to cry. kacey is a fighter she has been through so much in her short lifetime. i love the other charcters in this book. this is a must read!!!! be prepared for a shock!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Good, but too cookie-cutter for me. This was a good book and a

    Good, but too cookie-cutter for me.

    This was a good book and a good start to a new series. I don't normally read series until they're complete, but I loved this cover and the description, so I plunged in. And I liked it. Unfortunately, I don't like it enough to continue with the next book.

    There isn't a whole lot to distinguish Ten Tiny Breaths from other New Adult books: stereotypical characters; tragic pasts; and insta-love.

    The writing is good and it's a quick read, but it's very cookie-cutter.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading this book. I

    I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading this book. I did not read any of the reviews but wow!!! I wish I had read this book a long time ago. The story is very refreshing and different from what is currently out there. This book touches on drunk driving and the reprecussions on both sides. I would def recommend this book and now I see that there is a second book comming out...cant wait!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Missing info

    The 2nd page of chapter 14 is whited out. Is it like that with anyone elses copy? I am addicted to this book, i cant put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Must read

    I really enjoyed this emotional read! This book is so much better than I thought it would be. There is language & sexual situations but also a great learning lesson. Don't pass this up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Okay I Expected Great

    This book was okay, I expected it to be great based on the reviews. I loved both Kacey & Trent they were cool but I didn't get the chemistry. She meets him twice & let's him touch her face when she won't even let anyone touch her hands. I didn't get it they were obsessed & dependent on each other, it was weired because they knew nothing about each other only that the other was hot. Kacey was kinda annoying & selfish I felt sorry for Livie for being stuck with her. Livie was so strong & mature Kacey acted liked she was the only one who lost her parents. Acting out, drinking, drugging & the random sex but what made it worst for me was the fact that her sister who is 5 yrs younger knew all about it. What kinda example are you setting that this girl who was 12 at the time. I figured Trent out at chapter 7 exactly. I kept reading because I wanted to see what he was trying to accomplish & his reasoning behind it. Let me just say its pretty sick & twisted. I won't go into details because I don't wasn't to spoil it. It was an okay read I've read all of K.A. Tucker books & this one is the only one I wouldn't recommend to people. The main characters were really self destructive & should not have been together even after they finished their treatment they should've moved on with their lives if you ask me. There's a sequel coming out but about Livie called One Little Lie I might check it out because I really loved Livie in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Great book!

    I read a lot of books and I must say this one will stick with me. Great characters and a heart breaking story. Mix in some awesome humor and you have a gem. I felt the pain and heartache as well as the joy of rebuilding a life in ruins. Great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Read it in one day!!

    I could not put this book down...good thing I had the day to relax and read. Towards the middle I figured out Trent...and what was going on with him so the ending wasn't really a surprise...but I liked the book regardless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Just WOW :/

    Very good!!!"""!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

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    another great book from the author!

    gah, i loved this book! it's added on to my favorite books! kacey's life has changed ever since a drunk driving accident. she closes herself off to people and doesn't want to get close to them. also all that is left is her and her sister livie. they booked it very quickly to florida because of their creepy uncle. she meets her hot neighbor trent there. as much as she fought to stay away, that didn't really happen. well of course something happens. i won't go into it.
    i loved this story not because it was awesome, but it has meaning to it. it could be based on a real life situation.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    A MUST read!!!!  Very well written!! Absolutely loved it!! 

    A MUST read!!!!  Very well written!! Absolutely loved it!! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    Very good book. It's a bit heavy but very well written. This i

    Very good book. It's a bit heavy but very well written. This is the first I've read this author and I really really liked it. I think i'll read it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Highly recommended....I loved it!

    I read this book while on vacation....stayed up way too late reading; I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this book. I read for enjoyment and entertainment; not for analyzing. I was very satisfied with my choice!

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Okay

    Found myself losing interest at times throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Touching read

    It was a bit difficult to get into at first but once the story got going, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    KEEPS YOU HOOKED!

    Such an awesome book that you won't be able to put down! It's a must read and I know I'm reading the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    I got hooked...

    ....to this book. I loved the story and the characters. Stayed up until 4am reading it one night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    First bk

    I finished it in an afternoon. This book sucked me in and I couldn't wait to see what the author would come up with next.
    Loved it! Heartfelt romance, might make you cry but in a good way.

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