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.
**Warning – This is a Mature YA/New Adult book. Contains sex and violence**
Fantastic book! I was in a huge book hangover from my last read and I was worried that whatever I read next would be difficult, but Ten Tiny Breaths was just what I needed.
It was a really easy read. I flew through it in about twelve hours and it was relatively pain free.
The characters were great. Trent was impossible not to fall in love with from the very beginning. He was sexy and seductive, with his panty dropping laundromat introductions… I was hooked.
I think I’m going to fall in love with this man.
As the book progressed, his sensitivity just pulled me further and further under his spell. He’s a fantastic, gorgeous, adorable hero and I’m officially adding Trent Emerson to my ever growing collection of book boyfriends.
“I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We’re going to go for dinners, and see movies, and walk on the beach. We’ll go hang gliding, or bungee jumping or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more. Let me make you smile.”
Kacey was clearly tormented, but ballsy and quite comical at times. I like that she didn’t resist for too long, to Trent’s charms. After all, a book where the heroine spends the entire time rebuffing the hero is no fun for anyone.
I crave his presence, his body, his voice, his laugh, his everything.
I need him.
I need Trent.
There were some great surrounding characters that really made this book what it was… Storm, Livie, Mia, Ben, Nate, Cain, Officer Dan, Tanner… they were all great and played their small but fundamental parts. There were some great witty one liners.
The sexual chemistry in this book is palpable! I found myself fanning myself on numerous occasions as Trent and Kacey wound each other up to the boiling point. Completely scrummy! Oh how, love a good dose of sexual frustration!
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.
But ultimately, this book is a moving story of forgiveness, coping through adversity and love. Love for family, love for friends and finding love in the most unlikely places. I shed a tear a couple of times and the beautiful ending made my heart swell!
Hope. Hope that something beautiful may come from this tragic story.
Fear. Fear that it won’t.
Forgiveness … forgiveness.
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