Mini AudioBook Reviews: Ten Tiny Breaths & One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #1 & #2) by KA Tucker

Posted August 31, 2013 by Melissa in Book Review | 9 Comments

Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

 

Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise
Length: 8 hours and 58 minutes
Age Group:  New Adult
Genre:Contemporary
ISBN: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781442366459
Publication Date: May 14th 2013/1st pub. Dec. 9th 2012
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book, Audio
Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon  |  The Book Depository
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:

After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, twenty-year-old Kacey escapes to Florida, where she encounters an irresistible man determined to capture her wounded heart.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, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, 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 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 revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both of their worlds.

My Thoughts

Ten Tiny Breaths was my first “New Adult” read (for some reason I was very resistant to this trying out this new category) and I can’t say enough good things about it. This story just blew me away. The writing is beyond fantastic….the setting believable as a backdrop but not distracting. It flowed perfectly and kept me itching to get in the car so that I could listen to more. Kacey and Trent are incredibly well developed characters that are so easy to connect with. The supporting cast is equally amazing…Kacey’s sister Livie, Storm and her adorable daughter Mia, the guys at the bar, and even the landlord Tanner.

At the core though this is Kacey’s story… She and Trent are terribly damaged individuals who with time, the help of friends and therapists, and love…manage to be an inspiring tale of growth, healing and forgiveness.

Narration Notes:
A+, Elizabeth Louise was perfect in every way

Was It Worth My Time?

4.5 Timepieces

 

One Tiny Lie by KA Tucker

 

Title: One Tiny Lie
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Author: K.A. Tucker
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise
Length: 10 hours and 14 minutes
Age Group:  New Adult
Genre:Contemporary
ISBN: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781442366466
Publication Date: June 11th 2013
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book, Audio
Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon  |  The Book Depository
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:

In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…

“Make me proud.” These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to keep this promise through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience—and her heart.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy to marry someday. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say “no” to; and Ashton, the arrogant—and extremely attractive—captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

My Thoughts

In One Tiny Lie, we finally get to hear Livie’s story…and though certainly not as damaged as her sister Kacey…Livie has not escaped the trauma of her childhood unscathed. While at college and finally away from her sister and friends and all that is familiar, she must start to question herself…who she really is and who she wants to be. We have another set of great secondary characters. Connor & Reagan, Grant & Ty and especially Dr. Staynor…unorthodox in the extreme but such a heart! Add in an amazingly hot and (of course) damaged Ashton and we have a firestorm brewing. (I’ll tell a secret…I think that I even fell a little bit in love with Ashton)

It’s no secret that I love flawed and damaged characters…I love to see them work and grow and overcome their obstacles…whether genuine or psychological or both. I love the happy ever afters just that little bit more for the extra angst and struggle. Truth be told..I think that each and every one of us is flawed in one way or another…and we draw hope from tales such as these.

Narration Notes:
A+, Elizabeth Louise was perfect in every way

I can’t recommend this series highly enough…I absolutely loved it…and if anything that I’ve said appeals to you, you’ll probably love it as well.

Was It Worth My Time?

4.5 Timepieces

About K.A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

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9 responses to “Mini AudioBook Reviews: Ten Tiny Breaths & One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #1 & #2) by KA Tucker

    • Melissa

      I was on the fence for a long time, but am pleased with the few I have read. I can see that after a while though the two damaged individuals finding healing and love in each other trope which seems to be the plot for every NA will grow tiresome.

  1. I REALLY liked One Tiny Lie, I mean A LOT!!! I think it was Ashton that did it for me, too! Hearing Livie’s voice was awesome, no doubt. But wondering the entire time what the heck was up with Ash had me turning pages non-stop until BAM! Another “did not see that coming!!” Now, I just need to find time to read 4 Seconds… 🙂

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