As part of InkSlinger PR's celebration, we are hosting Ten Tiny Breaths Release Day Launch today. Happy Bookday to K.A. Tucker's New Adult novel! We are running our review and holding a giveaway. Thanks for spending time with us.
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
New Adult contemporary*Paperback, 262 pages
Publication: December 11th 2012 by Papoti Books
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**
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
There are books which draw me in on the first page, by the end of the first chapter, or other reasons like a particular scene, setting, or description. With Ten Tiny Breaths I was grabbed by Kacey's voice. There was something besides her anger at life which kept me hooked--a hint of hope, a need for love, a thread of honesty. Kacey is complex and after learning about her past, I understand why. The title refers to her anxiety attacks--the triggers that start wake the darkness inside of her. She is tragically beautiful, intensely dedicated to her younger sister, and has worked so hard to keep strangers at bay. Relocating from Michigan to Miami, the two sisters settle in an apartment complex which has seen better days. Their neighbors, single mom Storm and mysterious Trent, tempt her to open up.
The relationship between Kacey and Trent had me wondering about their secrets and yet I enjoyed them together as a couple. Kacey's relationship with her sister Livie was admirable and I loved watching them interact. The secondary characters stood on their own, each unique, and the pacing moved the story steadily along. Kacey's outlook, sense of humor, her kickboxing skills, her fierce need to be Livie's guardian and so much more about her made me love this character and her incredible story.
My Top 3 New Adult novels this year are Tammara Webber's Easy, The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson and now, K.A. Tucker's Ten Tiny Breaths.
Cover comment: I like it.
We are giving away one an e-copy of Ten Tiny Breaths.