“Life has a funny way of creating its own tests. It throws curve balls that make you do and think and feel things that are in direct conflict with what you had planned and don't allow you to operate in terms of black and white.”
One of my favorite characters in the novel Ten Tiny Breaths was Livie, Kacey’s uber-responsible, delightful younger sister. I couldn’t wait to dive into Livie’s story, so you can imagine my displeasure when I realized her friends and family were trying to change sweet little Livie! Encouraging a college freshman to party, drink, and ultimately hook up with a well-known man-whore did not bode well for me or Livie. How could I get on board with this story or the love interest? I don’t find man-whores the least bit appealing. Oh, K.A. Tucker… you saucy little minx. How you changed my mind once you started peeling back the layers on these characters and revealing their deepest secrets. Turns out no one was trying to change Livie, per se – just trying to make her realize she was free to take a path in life of her choosing. Not everyone makes a life plan at the age of 10 and believes they need to adhere to it to honor the memory of their parents. It was fascinating that the sister who seemed so in control and so near perfect had her own demons to unearth and slay.
“My body is staging a mutiny over my mind and my heart,
and consuming alcohol is like handing it a set of knives.”
Now about that man-whore. He went from ick to putting the oo in swoon. Ashton is not what he appears to be at all, and his story is one of the most heart-breaking I’ve read. I went from seeing him as someone I’d be afraid to hug without an antibiotic on hand to hold-me-back-I’m-gonna-tackle-his-fine-sweet-self-and-pepper-him-with-all-the-smoochies. I kid you not.
“‘Gotta admit he’s hot, though, Livie. He looks like a Mediterranean underwear model. There’d be no coyote-ugly situation in the morning there.’”
It was brain whiplash going in feeling one way about these characters only to have my perception of them completely altered. I. Love. It. I’m so happy I kept reading this one. The payoff in the end was worth my fears in the beginning. Everything comes full circle in this sweet story; and even though Ms. Tucker had my tears flowing at one point, I shed some happy ones, too.
“‘…if there's one thing I've never been able to forget, it's a single second with you.’”
The cameos of previous characters were wonderful – especially the glimpse of the delicious and enigmatic Cain. I am fully invested in this charming and lovable group of misfits.
A fabulous second installment to the series and one that fans of Ten Tiny Breaths will not want to miss. I’ve already finished book three, Four Seconds to Lose – and guys… I’m addicted. K.A. Tucker and her series have quickly become a favorite of mine.
“‘Because you're not a one-night girl... You’re my forever girl.’”
My Rating: ★★★★ 1/2