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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 2012

    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!!

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-13-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-13-13 Member Since 2009

    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. :)

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    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 06-29-13
    Rebecca Milaca, MN, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    Dawn 10-30-13
    Dawn 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "INCREDIBLE! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!"

    I had this book in my wish list for the longest time. I just kept thinking it was way too deep for me from what I read in others reviews. Maybe even a little too sappy. I didn't want to read something that would just depress me and this seemed to be way too depressing. I was totally wrong, granted it has many sad and very deep parts to it, but the author found the perfect mix of laughter and tears. This was an incredible story I am so glad I finally listened. More than worth the credit!

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    ReaderOnTheRun California 06-17-13
    ReaderOnTheRun California 06-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Oh the Angst!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ten Tiny Breaths the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I really enjoyed everyone in this novel. The narrator was very good at character distinction.


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

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 05-24-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Beautiful Story of Forgiveness"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 05-22-13
    Kristin 05-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Really really good!!"

    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!!!!

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    Nereyda SAHUARITA, AZ, United States 05-13-14
    Nereyda SAHUARITA, AZ, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2013

    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 1 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 2010
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Fergus Napier, New Zealand 05-26-13
    Jo Fergus Napier, New Zealand 05-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful story"
    What made the experience of listening to Ten Tiny Breaths the most enjoyable?

    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


    What other book might you compare Ten Tiny Breaths to and why?

    Wreck Me & Restore Me by J L Mac, similar storyline


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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