Exactly how NA should be
Ten Tiny Breaths
by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books | ARC, 278 pages
As much as NA is a brand new addiction for a lot of readers nowadays, I have to say that it doesn’t really interest me that much. I like to define things and unfortunately, I haven’t found the correct one for NA.
I have read books that were being passed on as NA when their sexually explicit contents could stand toe-to-toe with the best (and worst) of Erotica that’s out there. Someone told me that it’s the combination of the characters’ ages, sensitive materials, and the author’s gumption to cross a line. I get turned off with authors who writes Erotica and pass them off as NA. If you’re tackling real life issues, please spare me the porn. But let me tell you, if I were to become a regular reader of this brand new thing, Ten Tiny Breaths is a perfect introduction.
Kacey have learned to numb herself after her world came crashing down in one fell swoop. Surviving a horrific accident that took away her parents and boyfriend, she took to drugs and sex in an attempt to forget. But when their guardian ‘accidentally’ found himself in bed with her younger sister, Kacey woke up with a vengeance. She took Liv with her to Florida to start a new life. Armed with nothing but a few dollars and determination, they learned to appreciate the freedom no matter how meagre their living conditions were. There she meets Trent, a stranger with the piercing eyes who makes her forget why she needed to distance herself from other people. But in the end, Trent will also make her remember exactly why she’s better off alone.
K.A. Tucker’s novel is exactly how I like my New Adult: Brave, real and the sex scenes were done tastefully. It was a story about the power of forgiveness and the road to healing; of betrayal and secrets that destroy relationships and lives. But among other things, it’s a story of survival and what Kacey and Trent would do to get out of hell they were both in.
I’ve not been sold on this genre yet but if I were to jump on the band wagon, KA Tucker’s is exactly the platform to jump from. Combining real life issues with just the right amount of romance to soften up the blow, the author will have readers chewing up their nails to get to the bottom of things. Though the twist was hardly a surprise, it was the perfect arch to the story.
My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars