Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #1)

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #1)

by K. A. Tucker
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Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths Series #1) by K. A. Tucker

After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, twenty-year-old Kacey escapes to Florida, where she encounters an irresistible man determined to capture her wounded heart.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476740324
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 103,088
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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Ten Tiny Breaths 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
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.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
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.
TeenAtHeart More than 1 year ago
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.
jacksonsmommy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Just Breathe Ten tiny breaths Seize them Feel them Love them" I loved this book. I normally read dark, BDSM smut type books but at times I like to change things up. This book was beautifully written, this NA book sucked me in from page one. It touches on serious topics and yet is sexy and sweet. I love Trent and Kacey, poor sweet Kacey, she fought to survive and survive she did. I can not express how much I loved this book and for more reasons than just the writing. The subject matter is serious and touches close to home for me in a certain way. That being said, this book was AMAZING.
sm5258 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I had a feeling before I started that this was going to be a tough read. I didn't expect I'd have to take a break around 81% that would end up lasting a month. The only things I knew for sure going in were there was a lot of hype surrounding it and there was going to be a sexy guy named Trent that all the ladies seem to be swooning over. So with those things in mind I had always planned on some day picking up this book to see what all the fuss was about. Finally around the end of August I had that urge to finally start and I was sucked in instantly. The more I read though, the more I was filled with anxiety. I thought I figured out the secret early on and I didn't want it to be true. I kept thinking to myself, "Please! Just no..." Then at about 81% it happened. It was true. --Before Kacey died four years ago, and all that's left is a mess. Kacey was really tough for me. There were times I was just downright burning with frustration over her. She's just so hard and so cold at times. Then other's she would whip out these sarcastic comments that had me laughing out loud. I had to continually remind myself of everything she went through and then put myself in her shoes before the aggravation would ease and I'd realize...I'd probably be walking that very same line she does. Closed off to the world, angry. It isn't until you see her interact with her sister Livie that you see glimpses of Before Kacey and the type of person she probably was. Because there is no doubt about the fact that she loves her deeply and would do anything for her. It really touched my heart. --"I want to make you smile. For real. Always." Oh mercy... Trent. If I haven't made this perfectly clear at any point before this I do love the boys who are beautifully broken and mysterious and secretive the best, weird thing to say I know but it's true. Trent turns out to be all those things and more. Deep in my heart I know this guy has the best of intentions, as clouded and misguided as his judgement of the situation may have been. I was highly attached to him that was for sure. At times when he had every opportunity to take advantage of the situation and Kacey, instead he'd step back and try to pull the real her out, pull some emotion out of her, make her whole. Sure he makes mistakes but I definitely see what all the fuss and swooning is about. --I wink, putting on a brave face for her. "See you above water." Since I literally knew next to nothing about this series going in I was shocked by the ending and then the epilogue being 3 years later. Not in a bad way, I guess I had always assumed that maybe the series would continue on with Trent and Kacey so I did something I never like to do. Normally I like to continue with a series and be surprised by everything so I never read the blurbs but I had to know what I was getting into so I rushed to Goodreads and read enough of each of the remaining books in the series to see who they were about and I am so freaking excited! If you've never read this series, you have no idea the amount of awesome secondary characters there were in this book and I found myself craving to know more about each and every one of them. I cannot wait to dive into each and every one of their stories and read their happily ever afters. This was such a good and emotional start to a series I'm already in love with. Time to hit up Amazon!
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker has been on my Kindle for what feels like forever, but may in actuality have only been a few months. Regardless it was time to read it. I’ve heard such good things about this series and couldn’t wait to find out what all the fuss was about. This review is going to be hard for me to write because I liked and hated this book at the same time. Normally when I’m reading something I love I get so caught up in the story I forget to take notes, but when I’m annoyed I seem to write it all down so I can purge it from my system. Therefore, there are times I have no notes (good stuff) and others when it’s just a bunch of rants (bad stuff). We’re going to start with the bad, but trust me there is good coming so keep reading. Most of my rants were about Kacey our heroine. I.Could.Not.Stand.Her. Seriously, Kacey isn’t as bad as Kiera, but she’s on the same list. Reading things in her head was excruciating at times. I just wanted to open up my kindle and slap her. As the story goes on it’s easy to see why Kacey is the way she is, but at the same time it still wasn’t enough to justify her actions. I found her to be self-centered, moody, quick to anger (that’s an understatement), just plain angry, and rude. Kacey is so mean and rude to people; yet, these ‘friends’ just keep coming back and putting up with her crap. The people in her apartment complex are obviously extraterrestrials or saints for their ability to put up with this crazy girl they just met. Maybe they all felt bad for her sister so that’s why they stuck around, I know I sure did. In fact because of Kacey’s horrible personality I figured the only reason Trent (our hero) could be attracted to her was her looks because she was horrible to him. I could not for the life of me figure out why he stuck around. Sure in the end Trent’s feelings come around and it kind of makes sense, but in the beginning of this book I just could no understand why he wants to be within ten feet of Kacey. Actually, quite honestly even in the end I still had my questions, I’m not sure I’d ever be able to fully trust his intentions There were quite a few times I would have stopped reading and given up on this book which is something I rarely do. In fact at 32% I said, “No, I can take no more”, after Kacey does something that was just so over the top I couldn’t handle it anymore. But because I knew there were so many good reviews out there I had to keep going. I had to figure out what made this book so great for everyone, so I powered on. I’m glad I did. At some point (definitely after the 32% mark) the story pulled me in. My notes completely dried up and I could do nothing but read. Sure there were still a few things that drove me nuts, like the overly perfect ending and climaxing with just a look (don’t ask), but the story just made me feel. In fact at more than one point I almost cried. I still think Kacey is one of my least favorite heroines of all time, but I understood her more in the end. I ended up guessing the twist of this story, but the author was able to do it in a way unlike I’ve read it before. Even though I knew it was coming it was handled and ended differently than I expected it to. The story griped me and there were times I really felt like I was right there with Kacey. I could feel her pain and sorrow over the entire situation. So even though the first 30-ish percent drove me insane I’m recommending Ten Tiny Breaths for anyone who likes an emotional read. The story is gripping and while you may end up hating the heroine, like I do, you’ll still feel for her in the end.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
You FEEL this story in your soul. Every word sinks into your heart and you feel the pain of what has happened in Kacey and Trent's lives. It is a story of forgiveness and the power it has to restore and renew lives. It is well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!!!"""!
10e More than 1 year ago
A MUST read!!!!  Very well written!! Absolutely loved it!! 
NinaReadercbc More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I come back to this series over and over. I started reading because of ehere I was in my life. Was pleased by how tough Kacey is but yet do vulnerable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took my emotions on a rollar coaster ride. It was incredible and could not put it down, finished the same day I started reading. Love the ending!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down until I finished it and that was even hard to do. Read numerous times, never gets old. Amazing series. I love K.A Tucker!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, for sure..I am bad about not reading a lot of my books more than once, but this book is a book I will definately read again.
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I finally read this book! I've been seeing reviews constantly since this book came out and I've been so anxious to read it, but never had the chance. I finally requested it from the library and read it in 2 days! I stayed up so late last night just to finish. My husband was sleeping and I was blubbering while finishing the last 50 pages or so. Seriously, this book made me go through so many emotions! Kacey and her younger sister just moved to Miami after sneaking out of their aunt and uncle's house in Michigan. While Livie needs to finish high school, Kacey tries to make enough money to keep them fed. She meets their apartment neighbor and they have an instant connection, but she tries so hard to deny it because of her past. But the more time they spend together, the more Kacey and Trent realize how much they have in common and how good they are for each other. I honestly figured out some of this book about half-way through, but that didn't keep me from being completely consumed in this book. I loved all of the characters; Kacey, Storm, Livie, Mia, Trent. They're all have complex pasts but work hard to put that behind them and work on the future. There were still quite a few things that surprised me throughout this book and kept me hooked. I really can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. All of these characters deserve to find love (: Pagesofcomfort.blogspot.com
sonybless More than 1 year ago
“Just breathe,” my mom would say. “Ten tiny breathes… Seize them. Feel them. Love them.” It’s been a long time since a book has dragged me in and I read it in a day. This book was one of them. It was an intense, touching, and a heart breaking read. I am still awed by it. The story follows Kacey whose life is turned upside down by a fatal car accident involving her family, friend and boyfriend. After four years with her Aunt and drunk pervert uncle, she leaves Michigan with her sister Olivia for a new life in Florida. They move into a small apartment building. This is where they meet their neighbor’s Storm, a bartender/exotic dancer with a heart of gold, and Storm’s daughter Mia. Kacey also meets her neighbor, the oh so sexy Trent. He tries to help Kacey cope with her tragic past, and to move on from it. He is very hard for Kacey to resist, but he too has his own past full of secrets. The sexual tension between the two of them is perfect. Their chemistry is palpable. The twist was perfect, and the ending brought me to tears. The characters are unforgettable and I think this story will stay with me for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago