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"Tucker relentlessly ups the erotic ante with every encounter between Kacey and Trent...steamy romance and quirky supporting characters make this an appealing start to the series." (Kirkus)

"Ten Tiny Breaths is a touching, gorgeous read. I laughed, cried, swooned, and took ten tiny breaths of my own!" (Cora Carmack New York Times bestselling author of Losing It)

“Loved it!! A MUST READ! I won't say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.” (Maryse Black Maryse's Book Blog)

“This is one the best contemporary novels to hit shelves this year, and a must-read for those who love realistic stories about strong females.” (Jen Lamoureux Hypable.com)

About the Author

K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and the Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Ten Tiny Breaths Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476740321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476740324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,028 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I rambled a bit when writing this one...

When I say whoa! I mean whoa! Heaven help me this book had me all kinds of crazy by the time I got to the 'shattering' moment towards the end of the book. And by then do you know what happened? Hubs rolls over in bed and tells me to turn off my nook and go to bed. Yeah, yeah I understand it was 2am. But sheesh! Someone's life was hanging in the balance here. Doesn't he realize that fictional characters are people, too?

So we have Kacey...poor messed-up-in-the-head-beyond-any-kind-of-help Kacey. I don't even know where to start with her. Girl has so much baggage a pack mule looked at her and said no. But gosh, I hurt for that girl something fierce. Yeah she had a crazy, broken life...but she had a younger sister to look after so she stepped up and became the person her sister needed her to be. Social life be damned. And her witty outbursts are like music to my ears. Girl has a sarcastic tongue and isn't afraid to use it. The things she calls people is hilarious and I couldn't get enough of her character.

Then we have Trent. Oh lordy, the angels had to be singing the day he was made, cause dude is hot. Shhh, do you hear that? Oh that was just the sound of Kacey's heart beating; her returning from the dead so to speak. Trent makes her feel things she hasn't felt since the death of her parents. But Trent's baggage is just as heavy. And the moment his past and hers collide...lives go beyond shattered.

You know what I loved a lot about this book? The secondary characters are just as great as Trent and Kacey. They all play a pivotal role in the story and Tucker did an awesome job with them. I actually cared quite about the secondary characters, more so than I usually do with other books.
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BUY THIS BOOK!!

I've never started a review with these three words, but Ten Tiny Breaths is a book everyone should read. Why?

Kacey is the main character and she is NOT the poster child for great choices. She's a little rough around the edges, scratch that, she's raw. Kacey survived a horrific accident and the survival guilt consumed nearly her every waking thought. She meets an incredibly handsome, understanding, sweet, and sexy neighbor - Trent. WOW - talk about wanting a fictional character to come to life. . .

The first 80% of the book, the story unfolded effortlessly and I couldn't wait for the two of them to get together. OMG I COULDN'T WAIT and then something awful happened. I refuse to tell you what because you NEED to read this story.

I always base my review stars on how my body reacts to a story. Ten Tiny breaths had my heart racing, my palms sweating and tears streaming down my face (soaking the collar of my shirt). To say it was a compelling story is not even close to adequate.

Who should read this? Okay, it's a little spicier than what is typically acceptable for young adults - BUT - I think everyone with a drivers license needs to read this. One poor decision can set a chain of events in motion that can never be undone.

I loved the author's writing, the characters, the plot, and the pace. When I finished, my very first thought was I wanted my 15 year old son to read it. This story is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ!! And after you read it, recommend it to everyone you know, because this story will capture their heart, too!!

Ms. Tucker, thank you for writing a story that has the potential of saving lives. I would dare anyone to read this and not think twice about drinking and driving. Ten Tiny Breaths is a story that will stay with me for years to come. You are a Rock Star!!
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This book has a similar theme to it that has been running through a lot of contemporary romance this year. Female heroine is messed up due to some trauma, which she doesn't want to talk about, male hero tries to save her by trying to get her to open up but also has his own hidden issues. I like these books they have been done well with, Easy, On Dublin Street, Sea of Tranquillity, Charade, The Edge of Never, just to name a few. I like reading about people overcoming their issues and falling in love, but this one did not work for me, and it was down to three main points.

1. Kacey for me was a hard character to like. She reminded me of an even more messed up Jocelyn from On Dublin Street. But whereas Jocelyn was `lets just keep to myself', Kacey was `lets let everyone know I am broken'. She was so messed up that her interactions with everyone did not make me like her and sympathise with her but made me just question why anyone would talk to her. I know this was meant to be part of her and hence part of the book, but I just don't think so many people would have just kept giving her chances. They had no reason to build a relationship with her so why try? Sure as the book moves on and Kacey starts to let people in she can be at times funny, but even then she was hard to like.

2. The romance did not work for me. When Trent and Kacey first met, I was "oh no instant love from him" (it was instant lust from her, I can work with that). I kept thinking why with that minimal blasé interaction is he going after her? And then my brain went "oh no, no no no no no". I could only think of one other reason why he would (which I am not going to tell you). I then all I could think is "this is creepy, really really creepy".
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