Series: Book 2, Ten Tiny Breaths
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: June 11, 2013
Rating: 5 Cubes of Sugar
Book Boyfriend Rating: Starting Pitcher
What’s It About?
One Tiny Lie is the second book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series that follows the Cleary sisters. It pretty much picks right up from where Ten Tiny Breaths left off and this time we get to go along with Livie on her journey to finding herself. Livie is all grown up and off to Princeton, which is her father’s alma mater, to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist. Since losing both of her parents in a tragic car accident at a young age, Livie has always known what direction her life is supposed to go. Always the straight A student, volunteering, and always looking out for others; sometimes before herself. She is the ultimate life planner. But you know what they say, “The minute you make plans, that’s when life happens.” The night before Livie leaves for New Jersey, her older sister Kacey shocks her and tells her that she needs to loosen up and not be so rigid about life and that she too has suffered a sort of PTSD from losing their parents.
“You’re too perfect, Livie. Everything you do, everything you say. You can do no wrong. If someone slapped you across the face, you’d apologize to them. I can’t believe you don’t deck me for some of the stuff I say. It’s like you’re not capable of getting angry. You could be the love child of Mother Teresa and Ghandi.”
Kacey accompanies Livie to Princeton to help move her in and help her meet some people besides her roommate, Regan. Since Livie has a bit of social anxiety, especially when it comes to mingling with the opposite sex, Kacey decides that they should go to a toga part hosted by a frat house and have copious amounts of jello shots. During these shenanigans, Livie loosens up quite a bit and meets Ashton Henley, the captain of the Princeton rowing team and pretty much Livie’s wet dream. From the moment they lock eyes, they form this intense, strong connection. They end up making out and the next morning Livie wakes up in her dorm room to a naked Ash who has a fresh tattoo on his ass that says, “Irish”. Because the planner and Livie comes out, she has already made up her mind that Ashton is not the type of man she should be with and she keeps ignoring the burning attraction and magnetic pull that she feels towards him just because he doesn’t look “good on paper” next to her.
From the first moment that Ash meets Livie, it’s like that he can sense that he can be his true self with her. He portrays himself to be a total fuckboy, but he actually has a lot more going on behind that façade. The angst and sexual tension between these two characters is perfectly paced and absolutely delicious. It can be hard to portray sexual tension between two characters, but this writing was right on the mark. Their journey to their Happily Ever After was complicated, rocky and went back and forth, but well worth it.
“You’re not a one night girl, Irish. You’re my forever girl.”
This is the part where I beg and plead and tell you to go and read this book right now, because if I say anymore I will give away the whole plot!
I loved that this book was about learning how to make your own choices, not living for someone else’s dream for you, and that it’s ok to not always know what you want in life. I was so happy that Dr. Stayner played another major role in this book, because I’ve come to see him as sort of a surrogate father for both Kacey and Olivia who still desperately need parental guidance since their time with their parents was cut so tragically short. It was also fun to see a lighter side of Kacey since she’s come out of the darkness; she is quite witty and sarcastic. It was really nice to see her truly happy in this book. Also, I really loved the twist near the end of this book that I really didn’t see coming! While the New Adult genre has come to be one of my absolute favorite and go-to genres to read it can sometimes be predictable which doesn’t bother me, but it’s always refreshing to see a new spin on characters and story that has been told before.
K.A. Tucker’s writing is absolutely flawless and addictive. She writes with such grace, style, and her complete heart. She has now become an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to read the rest of her books.
About The Author
K.A. Tucker is the USA Today bestselling author of 11 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.