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Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel | [K. A. Tucker]

Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

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, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
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Publisher's Summary

After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, 20-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, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-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, 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 determined to find a way into Kacey's guarded heart - even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both of their worlds.

©2013 K. A. Tucker (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Jordy 06-10-13
    Jordy 06-10-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "One of my Favorite Books this year!"

    This book was beautifully written. I was enthralled from the start and never expecting to be a blubbering idiot by the end. I don't like to give spoilers with my reviews so all I need to say is that I don't highly recommend a book often.....until now!!

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-13-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-13-13

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "This amazing story took my breath away"
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    K. A. Tucker managed to grab me and hold my undivided attention till the end in this very emotional book. The plot is awesome. It’s edgy, its dark. It contains lots of great elements that pull the reader into the story. Though not everything is given to the reader at once, it simply leaves a trail of delicious bread crumbs for the reader to follow. With every piece, the story evolves, becoming much more potent at the end. I want to say more but… The love in this story has got to be the most wonderful and painful love ever. So many mistakes. So little time to fix them all. The past holding them back. The whole dynamic of their relationship and the love it brings to them is strong. I felt so taken back by the amount of trials that they went through. And for the guy to do so much for forgiveness and a second chance, its lovely.... I knew half way through that there is more than what I’m seeing. And when I got to the tidbit at the end…O.M.G. I love it. I love how well the author kept the reader entertained, that the reader could not see what what was coming next and yet it changes many things. But there is one thing that it can’t change…love..... I adored this book! It’s riveting and exciting that I still can’t get it out of my head. An edgy portrait of two people looking for forgiveness, the story can capture any reader. The struggle for a normal life, the pain of what they live through, Ten Ting Breaths is a successful start to the series. A stark and powerful drama, Ten Ting Breaths is stunning. *Elizabeth Louise done an awesome job with narration, just made this story the perfect package. :)

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 04-26-15
    FanB14 04-26-15

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Damaged Girl Makes New Start"

    Kacey suffered a devastating loss when her family perished in a car accident. One bad choice after another leads her to pick up with little sister in tow to move to Florida for a fresh start. Struggling to make ends meet, she takes a risky job to pay the rent and keep her bright sister on track to attend an ivy league college.

    An attractive stranger seems drawn to rescuing her from all sorts of mini catastrophes and thus begins the mystery.

    The narrator is strong and the book is an entertaining read, but not great.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 06-29-13
    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 06-29-13

    I love books, but busy mom that doesnt have time to read them. So having audible has been a blessing to me. Shower or car listening is great

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    "NEW FAVORITE !!!!"



    Wow! I was sucked in immediately!

    The book is filled with endless twist and turns, and so many different things happen. Yet they all tie into the story line perfectly. I remember looking at the time left on the book a few different times and thought, "Wow....what else could possiably happen ? Or. What could Tucker possiably do to fill the the next 3/4s of this book with?"

    It never got boring, it was none stop ride!

    The whole thing was great! I also, often thought how very real these events and characters were.

    And the narrator really was the whip cream and cherry on top of it all! She didn't seem like she was trying to hard. She was consistent with the different voices. And she had the appropriate emotions and tones.

    I don't easily give out five stars.....but this was worth every single one!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-03-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my kind of book. I did not enjoy it."

    Grief, anger, suffering, pain, and being a b**ch to almost everyone.

    Jane Litte recommended this on a Podcast. I expect her recommendations to be good for romance lovers, although sometimes I disagree with her. But this was unexpected because there was no “feel good.” Sorry Jane. I call it tragedy women’s fiction with a smithering of romance. But the romance was not good enough to offset the pain, depression, anger, frustration, and dislikeablilty. Kacey is extremely angry and a b**ch throughout the book. She was mean to people who were kind and good to her. Her reason was to protect herself from grief and anger from a car accident which killed people she loved. At 75% my thoughts were “I’m tired of her attitude and issues and pain.” I lost compassion and empathy for her. At this time Trent said to Kacey something about here’s to the next 80 years together. When I heard that I thought “I don’t know why he loves her.”

    I cared for Trent. And I hurt for him. He brought tears of sadness to me. I also had tears about something a father did at the end.

    I don’t want to read sad books. I would not have bought this had I known what it was about. I want to be entertained and I want to feel good. This was neither.

    There are a few sex scenes but they are done with no details and sort of mentioned after the fact. With a couple of them I thought “Oh did they have sex? I must have missed it.” The level of sex is probably ok for young adult readers.

    The narrator Elizabeth Louise was good.

    Genre: tragedy women’s fiction, new adult

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 05-20-15
    Sandy Orlando, FL 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Takes a long time to get into this story"

    I read "In Her Wake" which is a must before reading this one. That was pretty good and I figured this would be also. It took me so long to get into this story. It was a see saw back and forth with Kasey and Trent getting together. I love you but we can't,, ok now, ok no not now. Well maybe. Geez!! I kept listening and the last third of the book was so much better. Took long enough. I gave this 4 stars because the narration was fantastic. That really saved the book.

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    Laura L. Haralson 05-12-15

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    "Avid listener"

    Very good story, worth the listen. Certainly a K.A. Tucker fan now, looking forward to book two, three and four.

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    nora 04-29-15
    nora 04-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    One of the best books I have read, kept my attention throughout all the book. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

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    "I loved this book . A great book of healing."

    A great story for anyone that has had trauma or struggle in there life .

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    "A great raw story with real dynamic characters "

    You know it's a good story where you come to points in it that feel so real you want to skip it. My heart broke for casey so many times, and for trent. But I love the passion and the beautiful and perfect way that they come together. Great story!

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    "Amazing story"

    I just couldn't put this audio down! I was hooked. The twist in the story made e erything soooo much better. And you know that it is a good story when you get all these emotions bottling up withing you and you just want the story to go faster so that you find out what is going on with your characters. You know that it is a good story when you are left with wanting more when the book finishes and there is a hole in your heart!

    Highly recommending this book. It's going to make you laigh and cry and stir your soul some, but isn't THAT what we are looking for within a book?

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  • Annette
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    "Poorly Read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is the kind of novel that makes me love the New Adult genre. It’s touching, rough, sexy, deep, and the exact opposite of boring.

    Kacey the [self appointed ‘ice queen’] narrator transforms into a normal girl during the course of the novel and we get to meet some great side characters, including ‘Storm’ – the stripper neighbor with a heart of gold – and the least conventional therapist I’ve ever read about (he was fun!).

    I spied Trent’s back-story from a mile away but I still enjoyed the scenes between him and Kasey. The bigger disappointment for me was the ‘insta-love/attraction’ between them. It annoyed me early on, but since Tucker writes a mean steamy scene I can forgive her! Trent was pretty damn attractive.

    I’m looking forward to checking out ‘One Tiny Lie’ this summer, featuring Livie’s HEA.


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  • Erica
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    "Brilliant!!"
    Where does Ten Tiny Breaths rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although I am fairly new to audiobooks Ten Tiny Breaths is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ten Tiny Breaths?

    I loved when she gets woken up by loud music and chooses her worst cd to blast her neighbour out - I'd like the courage to do that sometimes!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    One of the best is when she meets Trent for the first time


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she finds out that Trent was one of the survivors from the car crash that killed her family bets friend and boyfriend


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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