Goodreads: 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.
Ope’s Opinion: This is the first book of K.A. Tucker in a series called Ten Tiny Breaths. This book introduces you to Kacey, Livie and host of apartment dwellers. The focus is on Kacey and Livie. The apartment dwellers are interesting people.
I really like how K.A. sets up the stages ( chapters ) to see how Kacey is making her progress through the loss of her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. It is also interesting to see how she copes and reacts as apposed to her sister who was not in the car.
I didn’t care for all the foul language. It did not add anything to the story or the characters personalities. The ending sort of frustrated me. I do not want to give anything away for those who plan to read it – but I just didn’t like it.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.