Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel
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, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. 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 he 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 that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
Kacey has had some traumatic experiences in her past, but she doesn't deal with them. She has PTSD, but she doesn't want help with it. She just is horrible to everyone that tries to be nice to her, gets closer to her, and is just a terrible person. I have no idea why anyone would try to get to know her. She was terrible and would lash out at everyone. While I can understand given her past not wanting people to get close, she was a little over the top for me. A little too terrible to people, especially the guys, and yet they still want to be with her. I understood Trent, especially since I guessed the big surprise secret he had (I felt it was a little obvious what it would turn out to be). I just....I was annoyed by her. How the author wrote her annoyed me. Usually I love people overcoming their horrible past and moving on and whatever, but Kacey I did not like at all. Sad.
Kacey also is pretty judgmental. She thinks all guys are horrible jerks, her neighbor Storm we are reminded time and time again about her big fake boobs and at first she thinks Storm is some horrible person. She just judges everyone harshly based on their physical appearance. Oh and I don't know how many times I read about Trent's dreamy body. It got to the point where I was just like you don't have to keep describing what people look like! I can remember these things if I want, and once you do describe them I have a mental picture of them for the rest of the book. I don't need to the constant reminder.
Then she also was annoying with how whiny she was about Trent not having sex with her. I get why he didn't want to, and she should respect his wishes. I mean if this were reversed, Trent really wanted to and Kacey didn't, would people be okay with Trent trying to get Kacey to sleep with him? Wouldn't that be looked down upon? Why isn't this looked down upon? I get she wants sexy time, but he doesn't. I wish she would have tried to respect his wishes instead of complaining, even just in her mind, about how unfair it is they are not having sexy time.
She is also a bit physical. She lashes out physically and it is seen as okay. She almost kills a guy, and while I understand being as upset as she is she still almost kills a guy. And that just kind of gets pushed under the rug. No one really does or says anything about it afterwards. It was just like dude what does she need to do before someone will say something to her? I know she has issues, but physical violence is not okay!
She is also magically healed by Trent. Yey magical boyfriend who makes everything better. Until the shocking surprise past Trent has then she just breaks even more. Until two months later when somehow she is all cured of her PTSD! Yey! She can move on and be happy forevers! Only she loves Trent so much...she just wants to be with him forever. No, just no. Why would you still want to be with him once you learn everything about him. He stalked you for reals for 2 years. That is just not cool! That would freak me the heck out. Even if I had feelings for someone if they told me about that I would be so out of there. Should her friends and everyone really want her to be with him? I mean...he is a legit stalker. For real. How is that cool?
Trent basically was stalking Kacey the entire book so when it got to the end I was just like seriously. He would come into the club every night and sit and watch her, not paying attention to the other girls. He just is kind of creepy. And I didn't think he should end up with Kacey. I mean...I get that he is getting more help for his issues, but you two are just not good for each other. You both need way more time to actually heal and Trent needs to stop being so creepy stalker boy. It is just not very dreamy to me.
Overall I don't know why anyone would like Kacey. I know she has a bad past, but the way she is written does not make me like her at all. Trent was also really creepy so...just not a good book.