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
When it comes to books, I don't think fiction always as to be fiction, especially in the grip of a gifted writer.
This story is heart breaking and real. I have to concede the kind of tragedy presented in this story is bred from one of those top five fears, it makes you think “if this were me….” Elizabeth Louise performance puts you right into Kacey’s head. You get the emotions the author is presenting, and you understand them. I personally wasn't moved to cry, but I did connect with the wounded heart. The supporting characters were well developed and awesome. Thumbs up K.A. Tucker! The Publisher’s Summary is enough describe the story without completely giving it away, though seriously I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to guess the “explosive secret”. It’s a quick listen, I started and finished it within the same day. The price was under my $13 dollar credit use limit, so I purchased out right, and I do not regret it.
I love to make you think about life and what we take for granted. Before you can ask for forgiveness we have to forgive our selves.
when the parents of Trent show up and they revell who he really is and what he has been doing behind the scene to watch over C
I was very much invested in the characters I was listening to. The combination of the writing and the narration was a very nice combination. I was able to forget that I was listening to a book and just listen.
I like turning points, and there were a few in this book. Big character revelations and growth was almost a motto here, and I enjoy some well written drama.
I really enjoyed everyone in this novel. The narrator was very good at character distinction.
No, but I'm a busy gal so I wouldn't do that with any book. I can read faster than I can listen, and listening is a completely different experience.
I'm married with one daughter, just finished my BS in Health Science, and I'm a choosy fiction/romance/paranormal/anything spellbinding listener during my commute.
This novel really took me by surprise- not only was it true to the struggles of life after traumatic events, but it keeps the reader entertained with the stories of romance and fresh starts.
The narrator did a good job, and this writing style was very pleasurable to listen to. The characters are richly unique, and the story of their struggles and joys are well worth spending the credit.
This was a story full of love, family, angst and ultimately forgiveness. I was truly touched that Trent reached out to Kacey in his attempt to right his wrongs. Truly a beautiful story. I can't wait to read more books from this author.
Wow!! This story really gets under your skin and grabs hold of your heart. You can really feel what the characters are feeling and going through. K. A. Tucker brings you into the characters world and takes you on their journey.
The narrator does a fabulous job! She was perfect for this story. What a relief, right!!!!
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
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.
No, I've listened to books by K. A. Tucker before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
This is one of those books that has been on my TBR foreeeeever! I bought it when it originally came out and it’s been sitting on my kindle since then. I’ve heard such good things about these books and I’ve been wanting to read them, but then they just kept getting pushed back. And with more books releasing, I was getting even more behind. When I received an audiobook to review Four Seconds to Lose last year, I thought I could just start with that book (book #3) and if I liked it, I can go back and read the rest of the books. I really liked Four Seconds to Lose (it also introduced me to my narrator crush, Sebastian York. Check out his voice!) and since Elizabeth Louise narrates all 3 books in this series, I thought it would be perfect to continue to listen to the audiobooks.
Four years ago, Kacey was the only survivor of a tragic accident that took the life of her mom, dad, best friend and boyfriend. Kacey has a severe case of survivor’s guilt and after spending the last couple of years drinking and partying and sleeping around, she hits rock bottom. She finally decides to try to move on and be a better person. After her pervy uncle tries to get into her sister, Livie’s bed, Kacey takes Livie and they flee to start a new life in Miami. Kacey has no ide how they’re going to survive since she has no job and barely any money. But she’s determined to survive for her sister.
Kacey starts off as one cold bitch. This is how she deals with trying to keep people away, and it’s worked out well for her. Until she meets her neighbors. The surgically blessed, sometimes stripper, Storm and her daughter Mia. As much as Kacey tries to keep her from getting too close, Storm doesn’t let her. She ends up being a huge help to Casey and Livie, not only by finding her a job but by being someone they can trust. They also end up being a big help to Storm when Livie offers to take care of Mia during Storm’s crazy shifts. Then there’s Trent. Her super hot neighbor who seems determined to help Kacey healed. Although I really liked how their relationship progressed, it was a little bit too slow for me in the beginning. But, eventually Trent broke down her walls too. I understood why she was so determined to keep everyone from getting too close, and I even liked bitchy Kacey. But it was great seeing Trent, Storm and Mia break down her icy walls little by little.
I think at this point I’ve read sooooooooooo many NA books, so many of them having similar themes that while I still really liked this book, I wasn’t…wowed like I was expecting to be. It was still a good story that I really enjoyed. Full of pain and healing and learning how to love. I especially liked the last few emotional chapters. I really liked Livie’s character and I’m planning on listening to her book, One Tiny Lie, soon. It was nice to see characters from Four Seconds to Lose and I’m looking forward to Ben’s story in Five Ways to Fall!
Audiobook review: I was super bummed that Yorkie couldn’t narrate this book too, which I get since there were no male POV chapters. But still, I could listen to him recite the damn phone book. I really like Elizabeth’s voice for these books. She does a really good job at capturing the characters. Especially Kacey and Storm, she nailed those! I did think that her ‘guy’ voices, Trent especially, needed to be a little bit deeper to better distinguish them. I love when I can tell which character is talking as soon as they start saying their line. Sometimes, I thought Kacey was still talking when it was Trent. She does get better though because she really did a good job with the guy voices in Four Seconds to Lose. Elizabeth gave a solid performance. I loved her bitchy Kacey as much as I liked her ‘falling in love’ Kacey and her heartbroken Kacey. I love audiobooks but I’m very picky about the narration, I would definitely buy another audiobook by her.
I really enjoyed this story.
This was a story about Kasey dealing with an awful life altering tragedy in her life or rather not dealing with it well.
She is afraid to let anyone into her life and keeps all these walls up but she discovers that she can open herself up to friendship and love if she would just try.
She never expects to feel what she feels for Storm & Mia and Trent - love.
Then everything crumbles down around her and she has to confront her past to move on.
A beautiful story about love & forgiveness
Wreck Me & Restore Me by J L Mac, similar storyline
At first I had to adjust because the narrator also narrated a very popular series of books that I had listened to a few times and it felt like they were in this book but a few chapters in I got past that.
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