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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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    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!"
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    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.

    1 of 2 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 2014

    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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nereyda SAHUARITA, AZ, United States 05-13-14
    Nereyda SAHUARITA, AZ, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Mostly YA Book Obsessed!

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    "Emotional and beautiful!"
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    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.

    1 of 2 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 2013
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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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    One-Click Junkie United States 11-21-13
    One-Click Junkie United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2008

    My reviews are my personal feelings-just the need to rant or ooze after listening & to remind me what I felt if I want to listen again.

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    "Wow, so, so good!"
    Would you listen to Ten Tiny Breaths again? Why?

    Yes, but I'd have to wait a while because it's a pretty emotional story. Really enjoyed the performance. It's a sad, happy, funny, romantic, sad, happy story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The growth and emotional journey that Kacey went through.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Louise – was your favorite?

    A lot of her guys sounded similar, but at least they sounded like guys! Loved her entire performance - just the right amount of sassy for Kacey.


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

    Yes, (but it's a spoiler) so I'll leave it at that.
    I definitely needed some Kleenex a time or two and laughed out loud on more than one occasion.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, although it has left me a little sad - I really grew attached to the characters, so I'm glad that I can move right on to "One Tiny Lie".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juliana Carvalho 10-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great narration!!!"
    If you could sum up Ten Tiny Breaths in three words, what would they be?

    Forgiveness
    Second chance
    Funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    The memory the heroin had from her mother to "take ten tiny breaths".... it made sense to me as we all carry good and or bad memories from mothers and they stick to us....no matter what....and one day they make sense.


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

    Always good!!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adina 10-01-13
    Adina 10-01-13
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    "LOVE."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It's the perfect amount of chick lit and drama without being overly one or the other. There's a nice twist to it and the plot isn't incredibly predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I had a favorite. I liked how all of the characters interacted and it was quick, sharp wit that was funniest. None of the dialogue sounded forced.


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

    I listened to "One Tiny Lie" and found the dialogue to be the same. I would love to read more of her works.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! There aren't really any slow parts to this one. "One Tiny Lie" had a little more slowness, but not much. I found myself tuning in late at night when I should probably be heading to bed, but I just couldn't wait to figure out what was gonna happen next!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth trying. This book is good for 20-somethings who are caught between full out erotic novels and teeny bopper romances. It's a good, quick listen/read that I would definitely listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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