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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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    Kindle Customer Anaheim, CA, United States 05-22-13
    Kindle Customer Anaheim, CA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read

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    "This story took my breath away."
    If you could sum up Ten Tiny Breaths in three words, what would they be?

    breath taking beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    you could feel the emotions as the reader read.


    What does Elizabeth Louise bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    she brings the perfect voice and flow.


    If you could take any character from Ten Tiny Breaths out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Glow


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-05-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Life is Never Fair"
    What did you like best about Ten Tiny Breaths? What did you like least?

    Best was how Kasey was able to bring herself back from her own self-induced death.Least was the using the same lines over and over throughout the novel.


    If you’ve listened to books by K. A. Tucker before, how does this one compare?

    No, I've listened to books by K. A. Tucker before.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Louise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to any of Elizabeth Louise's performances before. However, she did a great job with the right inflections, brought the character's to life and was able to create voices that I was able to follow throughout the novel. I would listen to a book in which she was the narrator.


    Was Ten Tiny Breaths worth the listening time?

    Yes. Ten Tiny Breaths was worth the listening time. I was able to see just how difficult the loss of family and loved ones can definitely turn a person's life upside down. Why me?, reverberates throughout the novel. When Kasey was able to take her life back after the pleas of her sister, she struggled courageously to stay focused and think towards the future. She wasn't thinking of her future but that of her sister, Livie. She held unto this thought throughout the long road back to living in the present. Giving value back to her life was crucial to her healing from the inside out. The intervention of getting help for the PTSD that Kasey was diagnosed as having, from a professional, who specialized in this often overlooked illness, was her saving grace.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel was informative about many issues: survival, accepting help when needed, having a professional who does not give up on a patient but keeps chipping away until the layers upon layers of built up survival skills are finally exposed and broken down to acceptance that help is needed and received. PTSD is now recognized as an illness and is given the importance that has saved many lives from an unfilled life. There is still much learning to be had and accepted by mainstream America. PTSD is real and a life altering illness that can and does destroy lives of those with PTSD and their loved one's. The disorder has been around since the beginning of time, once know as shell shock. Those men and women were never afforded any treatment. They "existed," until death do you part. Provide for the care of men and women who return from a war. Give them the help they definitely need. Yes, expense is a factor. However, these same men and women helped keep America safe and more that deserve the help they desperately need.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 06-06-13
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2007

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Awesome Story"

    This book pulled me in from the very beginning. I loved all the characters involved and felt every emotion of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to others; it's worth the purchase or use of a credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bronson Los Banos, CA, United States 08-23-14
    Bronson Los Banos, CA, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Compassionate, hold your breath"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it was written with such thought and understanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it took you from seeing two people broken and finding an understanding of why life is the way it is and bringing them together.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    On the beach when trent came back to her.


    Who was the most memorable character of Ten Tiny Breaths and why?

    Storm, she was so determined to find a way for Casey to be healed.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the emotions and feelings this writer puts in her books. Can't stop listening to her books once I start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Salters, SC, United States 08-02-14
    Samuel Salters, SC, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books ever. I have read and listened to many romance novels and the story lines are often similar. This book however was different. It was a plot like no other. The story pulled me in and grabbed my heart. I am wrapped up in the characters lives. I cannot wait to start the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margarita New York, NY 06-21-14
    Margarita New York, NY 06-21-14 Member Since 2013

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Another good book from K.A. Tucker"
    Would you listen to Ten Tiny Breaths again? Why?

    The narrator was too soft spoken for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is indeed a bit stretched, Kacey has gone through so much heart ache in her life but she never dealt with her emotions which led to problems later on. I personally think that Trent's identity is spoiling the story. Without it would have been much more believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-20-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-20-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Emotional and Enjoyable Journey"

    I really enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths. I thought Kacey, the main character was interesting; the reader can see so much about her the entire time that she doesn't see in herself until the end. She is unreasonable, moody, angry, desperate, and extremely stubborn. I found myself annoyed with her because she refused to cope with her trauma in a healthy way. But that's the entire point of the book. Her road to healing is actually quite nice. Long, but comforting and refreshing.

    Enter Trent. Gorgeous, motorcycle riding neighbor living in Apartment 1D. You seemed too good to be true. You save women from snakes in their showers, take a girl to see alligators in the Everglades on a first date, and hang out at strip clubs to watch the bartender (AKA a fully clothed Kacey) rather than the strippers. You MUST have some deep dark secret.

    And then, the OH MY GOSH I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HEARD reveal happened.

    Seriously though. I was NOT expecting what happened. At all. In any universe. It almost made me bump my rating up to 5 stars. Because that was a brilliant plot twist. That alone should make you want to read this book. Because I was shocked. And I immediately thought "K.A. Tucker FTW". Seriously.

    I loved the cast of supporting characters. Storm, the adorable next-door neighbor who practically takes Kacey and her little sister Livie in was such a nice addition to this tale of misery. Storm and her 5 year old daughter Mia are as good of friends as they can be to Kacey, and I loved them for it. Livie helps keep Kacey together as best she can, and is a perfect angel in all circumstances. She is sweet, helpful, and cares deeply about Kacey.

    There is some sex in this book, but it's not very graphic. It's fairly mild compared to an adult romance novel, but it's still there. Some heavy language at parts, and adult situations.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Invercargill, New Zealand 04-19-14
    Hannah Invercargill, New Zealand 04-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ignore the negative reviews, acknowledge the good!"

    I feel like such a dum dum. I’m almost sure the book pretty much spells it out but I still don’t get it!! I’m definitely below smart if it’s so simple! What is the purpose of ten tiny breaths? Seize them, feel them, love them? Ahh! What does it mean??

    Anyway good read. I’m with other positive reviews. It’s why I picked it up and glad I did. Tastefully written. Casey and Ben are my faves in this one and Mia the most annoying. Off to read 4 seconds to lose now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna ME, United States 01-29-14
    Shauna ME, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Emotional Rollercoaster!"
    Would you listen to Ten Tiny Breaths again? Why?

    Yes I would. This story was beautiful and tragic, but uplifting by the time you get to the end. I really enjoyed all the characters and can't wait to see them pop up in other books by K.A. Tucker!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the transformation of Kacey throughout the story!


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

    The end, it was perfect! I also loved the part when the truth was revealed, but I won't disclose any details!


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    Kellie Spencer, IN, United States 12-05-13
    Kellie Spencer, IN, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ten Tiny Breaths to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that in the end she didn't just choose the guy because that was what was expected, she did what she felt like she needed to do.


    What about Elizabeth Louise’s performance did you like?

    I loved how you knew what happened to her throughout most of the book, but every time she told more of the story you were surprised each time.


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

    The ending when she told him she forgave him.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the concept and the story all together. It was a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Zacharoula
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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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erica
    NANTWICH, United Kingdom
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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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