I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
on October 1, 2013
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
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.
Ugh. I don’t remember the last time I disliked a book this much. I really, honestly thought I was going to loooove it. There’s rave reviews everywhere and it just sounds good. The execution was not nearly as good as the premise though. So what did I dislike about Ten Tiny Breaths? Let me tell you.
At first I really thought I was going to like it. The main character, Kacey seemed a little prickly, but I thought she would grow on me. She didn’t. To be completely honest I’m not sure why anyone liked her. I can get behind the damaged broken girl character as much as the next person, but Kacey was just kind of a bitch. I can’t think of one redeeming quality, except looking after her sister, but that’s not really a focal point of the story like the summary suggests. I just didn’t like her. I tried to, but it just didn’t happen. I did like most of the side characters, though. So there’s that.
Kacey wasn’t the main reason I disliked the book, nope that’s reserved for the romantic story line. Ten Tiny Breaths reminded me why I do not read the romance genre. I just can’t handle it 98% of the time. So, I told you that Kacey was unlikable for me, right? Well, she’s this tough, would rather kick your ass than look at you kind of girl. Which is fine, but when Trent shows up she instantly turns into a stuttering, bumbling, puddle of mush. It made me roll my eyes every single time. Plus, it was so illogical for Trent to like her at first. It’s insta-lust on Kacey’s part, but Trent seems madly in love from the first scene. Ugh…
There were many, many times I just wanted to stop listening to it. If I had actually been reading it there’s no way I would have made it through. I just got more exasperated as the story progressed, but I definitely seem to be the minority when it comes to not liking it. There’s tons of rave reviews and girls dying of Trent lust. So don’t just take my word for it.