One Tiny Lie
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Publication: June 11th 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
** Read my review of Ten Tiny Breaths **
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 honestly wasn’t sure what to expect after Ten Tiny Breaths. I mean, I LOVED the first book so how could the second book possibly compare? Well, it turns out it can be just as awesome. Even better, actually.
One Tiny Lie is Livie’s story, and it begins three years after TTB ends with Livie getting ready to head off to Princeton, just as she had planned to do since she was nine-years-old. One night, over a couple slices of cheesecake, Kacey decides to drop a bomb on Livie, telling her she thinks she’s messed up in the head. Livie is shocked! Where does Kacey get off suggesting such a crazy thing? Livie has ALWAYS been the mature, stable one of the pair. She isn’t broken like Kacey was! Livie is the perfect girl with perfect aspirations — someone her daddy would have been proud of. Perhaps Kacey has fallen off the sanity wagon? Or, perhaps Livie is too perfect for her own good? Once she gets to Princeton, her life takes a drastic turn and becomes something she doesn’t even recognize. Who is the real Livie Cleary?
One Tiny Lie is a riveting, character-driven tale that takes the reader on a pilgrimage from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, then back again. This story is packed full of witty humor. I was chuckling like Betty Rubble, even howling with laughter at some parts. It felt so good to laugh like that! But every time I got comfortable with being a giggling fool, the author would throw something at me that broke my heart and then… BOOM… tears came-a-flowin’ like a river.
In Ten Tiny Breaths we learned that Livie is a good girl with a calm demeanor. She always takes the high road and would never do anything to upset the delicate balance of anyone’s life. Tucker digs deep and pulls hard to turn Livie inside out in One Tiny Lie. She is not the same girl we met in book one. Kacey is just as mouthy as ever, and this time around she’s determined to help her sister realize that no one can live a flawless existence. Livie needs to start making her own choices and living her life based on what she wants, instead of keeping up the pretense of the fairy tale she promised her parents.
Reagan, Livie’s roommate at Princeton, is a super cute character. She’s got a live out loud type of personality that you can’t help but love. Her sense of humor cracked me up! And then there’s Ashton. Oh, Ashton… you make me feel like a pedophile. Sure, you’re over the legal limit by several years, but not quite old enough for me. This guy made me want to punch something every other minute, then on the off minutes I wanted to kiss and make up. SWOON! I don’t fall for fictional characters often, but Ashton Henley is something altogether different.
Tucker’s writing style is so fluid that, after only a short time, you feel as if your best friend is telling you the story. If you loved Ten Tiny Breaths, you’ll REALLY love One Tiny Lie! And if you haven’t read TTB yet, what are you waiting for? These books should be on your READ-RIGHT-NOW list!
About the Author
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen 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 the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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