Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: June 11th 2013
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, New Adult, Romance
Description: In this follow-up novel to the top-selling Ten Tiny Breaths, Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn’t want in a guy, or so she thinks…“Make me proud.” These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to keep this promise through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience—and her heart. Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy to marry someday. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say “no” to; and Ashton, the arrogant—and extremely attractive—captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton? As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
If you haven’t already read it, you can read Rose’s review of Ten Tiny Breaths here. One Tiny Lie is the second in this series. Livie is the main character here. She’s always had her life together, big plans, no parties, no boys. And then, Livie goes to her first college TOGA party at Princeton. She meets Ashton when steals her Jell-O shot. The two fall instantly in lust.
Livie’s story was one I was really looking forward to after reading Ten Tiny Breaths. Dr. Strayner (the PTSD therapist from Ten Tiny Breaths) and Kacey are both worried that Livie is going to crack, that there is no way she can continue on her path without relaxing. Strayner assigned Livie with all sorts of crazy tasks over the summer to help her loosen up. Livie is prescribed to have some fun. And Ashton is there to set her on her path towards that fun. With alcohol. And making out. And getting a tattoo. Ashton is not your classic bad boy. Oh, sure, he’s a bad boy with a history. A man-whore with a girlfriend. And he tries to stay away from Livie. And then, Livie starts dating his best friend, roommate, and all-around good guy, Conner. Needless to say, Conner is boring. And Livie is way more interested in Ashton. And really, I can’t blame her.
As much as I need a break from romance, I really did enjoy this book. Livie is finally chilaxing. Ashton is crazy sexy. And fun. And damaged. I reveled in watching these two characters mature and find themselves. And then come together. I’m not really sure how K.A. Tucker manages to break down, and then build up her characters, but she does. This book could easily be read as a stand-alone. But I’d recommend reading it after reading Ten Tiny Breaths for the context.