One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
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 that she’s going to someday marry. 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 gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to 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.
I enjoyed this book about as much as Ten Tiny Breaths (the first in the series). It’s packed full with emotion, romance, and real-life elements.
In the first book, we got to see a bit of what Livie was like when she was younger – how she was her sister’s rock, a loving person with a good head on her shoulders, etc. Jump ahead a few years and we have Livie going off to college and figuring out her own life in this book. She goes through a lot of new experiences and learns along the way, growing as a character throughout.
Ashton, the love interest, is all kinds of messed up. He is the type of character that you will love and hate at the same time. He keeps his secrets to himself, so I won’t go and tell you them. I’ll let you read and find them out as Livie does.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters are well-developed and the story is captivating. Like the first book, the romance bit had its messed up qualities. Like I said, you will hate the love interest at times and curse at Livie for doing things that she does. But it plays out well and I definitely wanted to keep reading to discover more.
So why only 4 stars? Well, I mean the uniqueness is a bit lacking and nothing is done superbly. It’s just a good, enjoyable book.
Best Aspect: Characters/captivity factor/romance
Worst Aspect: Creativity/uniqueness