Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #1
Publisher: Atria Books
Publishing Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Format: paperback, library
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Goodreads rating: 5 stars
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.
I'm so glad I finally read this book! I've been seeing reviews constantly since this book came out and I've been so anxious to read it, but never had the chance. I finally requested it from the library and read it in 2 days! I stayed up so late last night just to finish. My husband was sleeping and I was blubbering while finishing the last 50 pages or so. Seriously, this book made me go through so many emotions!
Kacey and her younger sister just moved to Miami after sneaking out of their aunt and uncle's house in Michigan. While Livie needs to finish high school, Kacey tries to make enough money to keep them fed. She meets their apartment neighbor and they have an instant connection, but she tries so hard to deny it because of her past. But the more time they spend together, the more Kacey and Trent realize how much they have in common and how good they are for each other.
I honestly figured out some of this book about half-way through, but that didn't keep me from being completely consumed in this book. I loved all of the characters; Kacey, Storm, Livie, Mia, Trent. They're all have complex pasts but work hard to put that behind them and work on the future. There were still quite a few things that surprised me throughout this book and kept me hooked. I really can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. All of these characters deserve to find love (: