10 Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for a review at NetGalley.  That being said it was on my list to read and I would’ve purchased it on my own.

What can I say about this book?  It was great, it was awful.  Not awful in the sense that I dreaded reading another page and it took me forever to get through it.  More like awful that it didn’t go on forever.  This book was another of those that stripped you down and then slapped you in the face.  I. LOVE. THIS.  I love the moment when you suddenly get it.  When you know exactly where the turning point is and wait with anticipation for when the heroine of the story notices the other shoe dropping.  I know I never tell you what’s going to happen.  Where’s the fun in that?  You will most likely fall in love right along with Kasey and Tucker.  When the slap comes it’s going to sting, it might even leave a mark.  But take it for what it is and let the emotions run over you and embrace it.  Really it’s that good.

This book deals with loss and in a very excruciating way.  Multiple loved ones all at the same time and the trauma and survivors guilt that comes from that big of a loss.  The message of hurt and loss that comes from drunk driving comes out very clearly.  When reading the acknowledgements by K.A. Tucker I actually shed a few tears at the authors talk of the aftermath of a drunk driving accident and her fear for her children – I’m right there with her and that’s what always makes the story real.  A real person with a real fear that writes a story that reaches out and grabs you.

Obviously, I really liked the book and I definitely recommend it.  It does contain loss and PTSD but nothing that is too graphic in detail.

I started and finished 3/17/13.

From Amazon.com

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 neighbor 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.

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