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.
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?
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.
After reading Ten Tiny Breaths, I knew that I would end up really
enjoying this book. It would have to be completely awful for me to end
up hating it. But I wasn't prepared for how much I ended up loving this
book. I really enjoyed TTB, but I loved this book so much more.
loved Ashton. He was just plain hot. There's no denying it. Every time
he opened his mouth, or breathed for that matter, I melted. Lol. I think
I loved him as much as, if not more, than Livie did. I have to admit, I
had my suspicions about his secrets and his past, but I didn't call it
My one issue with this book was the amount of alcohol
consumed. I'll freely admit that I've never been a drinker, so my
college experience was different from Livie's, but...was it really
necessary to drink every time she set foot outside of her dorm? I
understood the reasoning for the drinking, to loosen up and enjoy life,
but if she needed alcohol to do it, was it really making things better?
Now, Livie wasn't the only one drinking and I feel the same way about
the other characters but she was the main character so it's easy to use
her as my example.
Conner...When i found out that there was a love triangle, I cringed. I hate
love triangles. I always end up picking sides (as authors want you to)
and on some occasions, I pick the wrong side. But either way, I'm always
left feeling like the other guy was useless because he was just used as
a plot device to keep the main characters apart. But I didn't really
see Conner as an actual love interest. Yes, Livie went out with him a
few times but I never felt that she had genuine feelings for him. She
liked him and thought he was good looking (and we can't ignore his Irish
accent) but she fell for Ashton and Connor was just a distraction to
kill time…and someone she considered safe. He didn't play a huge part
and I was thankful for that. And because of that, I never felt like he
was really her boyfriend. He was just a guy she went out with. As for
Ashton’s girlfriend…the same applied. She was around a few times but
since she was mostly absent, it was easy to forget that she existed.
book (along with TTB) is a must read. I cannot say enough good things
about this series. K.A. Tucker is an extremely talented writer. I can’t
wait to read more from her. :)
To see my versions of Livie and Ashton, click here.
My reviews can also be found on Goodreads.