262 pages | Published December 11th 2012 by Papoti Books
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 unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
Review: 4 stars
Ten Tiny Breaths is the journey of Kacey Cleary. Kacey is running from her life, and her past, in search of a new start in Miami with her younger sister. This is the story of how Kacey learns to understand and forgive her past in order to live her future.
“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”
I love this book. From the very first page I was completely hooked, I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in less than 24 hours. I giggled at Kacey’s internal monologue, was in awe of Storm the big boobed acrobatic stripper, cuted out by Princess Mia, proud of Livie and just plain in love with Trent. There are several characters in this book, and I loved them all. I particularly enjoyed that this wasn’t just a classic romance about the broken girl learning to love a really ridiculously hot, sweet and amazing guy. No, no, no! This is about Kacey learning how to re-form relationships of all kinds. Her growing friendship with Storm was one of my favourite parts of the book, and a large part of Kacey’s personal growth is aided by her new friendships… But the romance part is still incredibly great 😉
“I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.”
Oh Trent… There’s so much I want to say about him. I felt a large range of emotions towards Trent throughout this book. I love that the author was able to create these emotions in me! Trent was a really great and pretty complex character who I really enjoyed reading about. It’s impossible not to become intrigued by this sweet, quiet and playful man!
The only thing that really prevented this from having a top 5 star rating is the ending. The book moved at a pretty good pace throughout the book, but the ending felt a little too rushed. Everything was concluded really fast! I can’t say too much without giving a tonne away, but there was a pretty major issue to be worked through and it got breezed over really quickly. I would have loved for it to be drawn out a little more. And because it was sorted out so quickly, I ended up questioning parts of the books where she spent more time on instead which tarnished my entire impression of the story.
However despite this, Ten Tiny Breaths is a really great book! It’s beautifully written with enticing characters and a decent storyline. This one is a definite must-read 🙂