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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 United States 06-10-13
    Jordy United States 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. :)

    4 of 4 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 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!

    4 of 4 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 3 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 10-30-13
    Dawn Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 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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    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.

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

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    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!!!!

    2 of 2 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?

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  • 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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