Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker - Review and Paperback Release Day Celebration

Celebrating the paperback release of 

available today, September 24th!

 “I loved it!! A MUST READ! I wont say any more.
The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact.
Just know I think you should read it.”—Maryse’s Book Blog

“A touching, gorgeous read. It made me laughcry and swoon!” – Cora Carmack.

Synopsis:  Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn't the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgivable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

My Thoughts:  Kacey Cleary was a normal teenager, with a normal life (at least as normal as you can get for a teenager), a normal family that she loved, and a boyfriend.  In the blink of an eye, everything changed.  Life as she knew it ceased to exist, along with her parents, her best friend, her boyfriend, and a big part of herself.  A drunk driving accident took all that from Kacey, leaving her bruised and broken physically, mentally, and emotionally......leaving her full of hate, rage, and anger.......leaving her empty, a shell of who she used to be.  The Kacey she once was no longer exists.  She died in that car with her family.  Now four years later, after a year in rehab and living with her aunt who is hardcore religious and her uncle who is a perv and finally goes to far, Kacey, age 20, takes her 15-year-old sister Livie and they escape to Miami to start an new life, a life where Livie can be kept safe.  What Kacey doesn't count on is meeting Trent, her new neighbor, who stirs things in her that she thought died in that car wreck four years ago.  Trent, as good as he seems, is also really a mess on the inside and has been battling his own demons in his self-made purgatory,  seeking redemption from his past.  Can these two beautiful broken people find something together, or are they doomed to live in a state of perpetual brokenness, as the nursery rhyme says - all the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn't put them back together again?

I really enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths.  The story is tragic and the emotions the characters go through are raw.  Kacey is just a pure mess.  She's holding herself together by a string, never having dealt with her grief in a healthy manner, and frankly, she is a mean, sarcastic, bitch that is trying to cope the best way she knows how, and take care of her sister, who she loves dearly.  Livie is the voice of reason, the mature one, the peacemaker who is the glue that holds everything together, and I loved her.  Trent seems to good to be true at times.... oh he is hot, and sexy, and has smile that well cause you to melt into a puddle.  He says and does the right things for the most part, but there are also times when it seems like he does a 180, and it is obvious that he is having a hard time holding it together himself.  I loved that they were falling in love and had each other, yet cringed because you could see how unhealthy, dysfunctional, and codependent their relationship was - a bomb waiting to explode - and explode it does,  leaving what is already a mess in an even bigger state of chaos.  

I also loved the secondary characters in the story, namely Storm and daughter Mia, who were really good for Kacey and Livie, despite where Storm and Kacey worked and what they did.  I also really liked the way that the author set up the chapters of the book - like the stages of grief...

Stage One-Comfortably Numb
Stage Two-Denial
Stage Three-Resistance
Stage Four-Acceptance
Stage Five-Dependence
Stage Six-Withdrawal
Stage Seven-Breakdown
Stage Eight-Recovery
Stage Nine-Forgiveness

.....taking the characters through the different stages as the story progressed.  There is a twist, which is the catalyst for the breakdown and subsequent process of recovery.  Things are not easy for these characters, nor are they quickly fixed, but I have to say in the end, I was really pleased with where the story went.  Overall,  I enjoyed this emotional read and would definitely recommend it.


“I don't hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I'll take everything that comes with it.” 

“Do You think it matters if they're tiny or deep? he asked. Well, if they're not tiny breaths and they're not deep breaths, then they're just ... breaths. Then you're just breathing for the sake of ... breathing.
... Seize them. Feel them. Love them ...”

“I should stalk over there and pee around his table to stake my claim. Wait...what? Jeez, Kacey.” 

"I’m not Kacey Cleary anymore. I’m an empty shell who cracks inappropriate jokes and feels nothing. I’m a Kacey impostor.” 

“For two years, I haven’t given anyone the time of day. Now, here I am, day one into our new life, and I’m ready to straddle this guy on the washer.” 

"The blue floors, the rusty old machines, the walls, everything around me vanishes under the weight if his gaze as it strips me of my protective bitch coat, yanking it clean off my body, leaving me bare and vulnerable in second."

“And if that’s all he’s looking for then we’ll set fire to his balls.” 
“What?” Storm’s face twists in a mixture of shock and amusement. I shrug. “What can I say, Storm? I’m into some weird shit.” 

“I crave his presence, his body, his voice, his laugh, his everything.
I need him.
I need Trent.” 

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. 

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. 

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures


  1. I love that you choose Matt Boomer for Trent, he is nice to look at! :P

    I am so glad you loved this. I need to read this one for sure!

  2. Great review. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. While I liked this book okay, I had a lot of issues with it as well. I had trouble with Kacey and didn't connect with her at all. I felt she was a bit too dramatic, even if she had reason. And I saw the twist a mile away. However, I do see how, and why people love it and I'm glad that you were one who really did enjoy it!

    1. I didn't like Kacey in the beginning, she was really mean, but I felt sorry for her towards the end, and I was really rooting for her.

  4. I so so sooooo loved this book! I can't even explain what it is... but it was wonderful. I'm glad to see you loved it too! And Happy Paperback Release Day to Kathleen!! :)

  5. What a great review. I have read some glowing reviews for this, but I just can't bring myself to read it since I am so burned out on emotional, gut wrenching reads. Still your review is making me waver! Loved the quotes!

    1. I know what you mean. I have to pace myself with really emotional stories because they take so much out of me. This one is really good when you get the chance. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. What a fantastic review, sounds like an emotional read that I will definitely pick up! I love how you highlighted the stages of grief in your review. Happy release day!

      Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  7. Great review. I really enjoyed this, and Kacey was just a wonderful character. :)

    1. It was good wasn't it. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I really enjoyed this book as well Ellen! I loved the quotes you shared.

    A wonderful review :)

  9. I loved this one. I think you'll really like One Tiny Lie.


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