Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness
“Just breathe,” my mom would say.
“Ten tiny breaths …
What does it mean? What are tiny breaths? This story grabbed me and held on. Kacey has been in a horrific car accident and she has lost herself. She isn’t coping however you can’t tell her that. Guarded and shielded from everyone her and her sister Livie leave their home to head to Miami. The only thing in the world Kacey has to hold onto is her sister, it is all she has left.
I had extremely high expectations for this book. I heard 100s of my fellow book friends say over and over that I needed to read this one. I feel that it definitely held up on some of what I was expecting, however at about 50% I had the rest of the story pegged. With that said I still cried, and I still laughed!
Kacey broke my heart. It was so hard to read her story and not want to cry the entire time. Her pain is so deep and real you just want to take it away. She is snarky and sarcastic (which I loved). The walls that she has built to protect herself from ever feeling pain are so high, yet she doesn’t even realize how many people can climb them. She meets Trent after escaping their piece of shit uncle. He is gorgeous and he sees through all of her bullshit. It rocks her to the core
“How can he see what I don’t want him to see, what I work so hard to conceal?”
I couldn’t completely get a grip on my emotions with Trent. It was like you wanted to love him, but you just couldn’t full commit to it. At least that was me the whole time. I felt like pieces of the puzzle weren’t clicking. He was warm and caring at times and then standoff –ish at others. I just know he was so deep with Kacey. He couldn’t stay away from her even with her moods flipping from one extreme to another. Trent pushed Kacey to let him in and give her heart to him.
“I want to make you smile. For real. Always.”
I loved Storm and Kacey’s banter. Storm turned out to be one of the secondary characters I loved. She just wanted Kacey to feel and to feel better. She was smart, witty and one of those people we all would want to have in our lives.
The heartbreak is very raw and I felt it very strongly. I definitely plan to read the rest of the books in this series! K.A. Tucker has found a new fan!
“Nothing but ten tiny breaths holds the rest of me together.”
About the Author
She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.
Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.