Synopsis: Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her care 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 smoldering 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.
Review: I had heard so many great things about this book, and when I finally picked it up and got around to reading it, I was not disappointed!
Kacey and her younger sister Livie have lost both of their parents in a tragic car accident. For Kacey, not only was she a victim of the accident, losing both of her parents, but she lost her boyfriend and best friend as well. Since this awful night Kacey is left to struggle with the emotions and thoughts of what has happened to her. When I first started to read the book, I really was not too much of a fan of Kacey's because it was so hard to like her character. She is a very determined and stubborn character and she knows exactly what it is that she wants. She definitely has a knack for keeping everyone at bay, including the readers. Given that everything Kacey has been through, this is definitely understandable.
With that being said, Kacey is a very strong young woman. After dealing with alcohol, drugs, and sex, Kacey is trying to turn her life around, and doing that absolute best she can to protect and provide for her younger sister.
Enter Trent. I absolutely adored his character. He is a such a sweetheart and he is extremely patient with Kacey given everything that she has been through. Along with Trent, K.A Tucker has included a whole cast of wonderful characters. Once you meet Storm and her daughter Mia, the novel really takes off. Storm is fantastic, and a great neighbour and friend to Kacey. She is persistent and even when Kacey is trying her best to push people away, Storm finds a way in.
This book deals with some really heavy issues and some very raw emotions. At the end, this is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful story. K.A Tucker has done amazing job writing characters who are real, funny, sexy, and understanding. There really is not a dull moment in this book and it picks up almost right from the beginning and it will keep you hooked and reading right until the last sentence.
This truly is a great New Adult read for fans of the genre. If you are looking for something to read, your next pick should be Ten Tiny Breaths.