Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on October, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything-anything but her mysterious neighbour in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smouldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he 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 that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
Ten Tiny Breaths is a book about a girl suffering from PTSD dealing with her losses. She goes from being extremely damaged to slowly opening up over the course of the book, and even finding love. It’s an intense, aching and raw experience, with a slow burning, passionate romance in between.
Kacey was an awesome character. She’s tough as nuts, pretty and kick ass as she uses kickboxing every day as her coping mechanism. Even though Kacey can be a bitch sometimes, the trauma that she went through explains why she acts in that manner, even questioning her own behaviour at times. Even with all of Kacey’s issues, somehow the author made us connect to her with the raw, honest writing. There were glimmers of the real Kacey throughout the book, a deeply caring and even fun loving one but she pushes it away.
…I go from bitch to sexual attacker and back to bitch in three heartbearts. I guess I’m not much better in terms of contradiction.
The romance was an intense one with heaps of chemistry and immediate attraction, but it takes a long time to develop as Kacey constantly pushes Trent away. Trent’s behaviour is contradictory, as he will push up against Kacey and call her beautiful, but then tell her he doesn’t want it. He’s a perfect hottie in every shape and form, but his issues will prevent the two from getting close. Throughout the book, the two will become close, and then pull away, so much so that even the other characters in the book will become frustrated at their behaviour.
With little effort, within weeks, Trent has torn down my defenses and fear, quickly earning himself a vital place in my life.
Kacey’s unlikely friends were the highlight of the book, with the Barbie lookalike Storm who is a young mother working at the local strip club. Based on that description, you’re probably already judging Storm in your head, but she really grew on me as a character and a friend. She is such a sweet person, who was exactly the type of person to bring Kacey out of her shell. Not to mention her adorable five year old daughter Mia who just melted everyone’s heart. All the secondary characters were also multi-dimensional, including the moral adult club owner, the protective bouncers and sweet Livie, Kacey’s sister with a few surprises up her sleeve.
There’s a big twist near the end which I saw coming, having read other new adult books and knowing what to expect. It is shocking and intense, for both the reader and the characters experiencing it.
Ten Tiny Breaths is a beautiful, touching journey of a girl who was beyond repair, who somehow finds a way to love and let people in and ultimately forgive those who caused her pain. Kacey’s story will envelop you and have you gasping for breath at it’s intensity and beauty. I’m glad the ending was one where the characters could find some peace, and can’t wait to read the sequels. If only all new adult books were as good as this one!
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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