Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Spotlight Review and Giveaway: One Tiny Lie 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.

4.5 Star review

“You seem to be governed by a life plan. It’s ingrained in your daily routines; it’s almost like a religion for you. It has dictated the choices you have made so far and those you plan to make in the future. You don’t questions it, you don’t test it. You just do it.”

Although younger, Livie was the stable one when it came to her and Kacey. After their parents’ tragic death her older sister went into a self- destructive mode to deal with the pain and the loss. Now that her sister is happy and back on the right path it is Livie’s turn for some self- discovery. Accepted to Princeton, Livie does her best to live up to the last words her father spoke to her which were, “Make me proud.” The past seven years she has made sure that every single move she made was perfect.

Walking onto Princeton’s campus Livie has it all planned out: get good grades, get into medical school and find a good, respectable man that is marriage worthy. The things Livie doesn’t put on the list-have fun and be yourself. What she wasn’t planning on was Kacey and Dr. Stayner teaming up to make sure she acts like a typical 18 year old. You know- make a few bad choices, get drunk, make some mistakes but mostly to have fun.

“What’s wrong, Irish?” Irish. My head snaps back. “What did you call me?” He smirks, his hand resting on the ladder rung, seemingly comfortable in his currently lack of covering. “You don’t remember much from last night, do you?”
“If it explains why we’re all in a room together and you’re naked......then no.”

While at a party with her sister and her new roommate Reagan, Livie is living it up and just as she is about to take her jello shot, the captain of the men’s rowing team swoops in and steals the shot right from her mouth! Pissed off Livie does the one thing her sister taught her- she punches him in the face and hard.

“Because you’re not a one night girl, Irish.” Leaning in to place a kiss on my jawline, he whispers, “You’re my forever girl.”

Ashton is the known playboy on campus. He is gorgeous, arrogant and seems to bring out the best and the worst in Livie. He is the complete opposite of what she is looking for in a guy but she can’t seem to stop thinking about him and the kiss they shared. Why oh why is this guy stuck in her thoughts?

He regrets me. The man whore regrets messing around with me. Enough to track me down and ask that I not tell anyone. He even felt bad when he let that fact slip. That’s what that cringe was. It iwas one thing when I was regretting him.
When she meets Conner, he is everything parents would want for their daughter. Handsome, charming, smart, a solid career (pre-law) and comes from a good family. The problem is that he is best friends and roommates with Ashton. She tells herself, avoid Ashton at all costs. This proves to be easier said than done.

“Connor asked that I make you like me,” Ashton casually says, easing his tight grip on my hips so that I’m not pressed directly against his erection, allowing me to breathe again.

Accepting the inevitable, Livie and Ashton become friends. Ashton is able to tell her things he hasn’t told anyone about and Livie finds herself falling hard for him. Their feelings for each other grow stronger. While Ashton deals with his demons, Livie stuggles to find herself. Lines gets crossed, truths are told and hearts are broken. 

I have to let go of everything.
And so I walk away.
I walk away from the voices, the shouts, the disappointment.
I walk away from my deceptions, my mistakes, my regrets.
I walk away from all that I am supposed to be and all that I cannot be.
For all of it is a lie.

This story was fantastic. Livie was the one in Ten Tiny Breaths that was put together; smart, extremely beautiful. As we all know looks can be deceiving. Nothing is ever as it seems. Livie has her own demons she struggles with. She has her life mapped out for her but when those bumps in the road appear and throw Livie off track, she is confused. Her heart keeps overriding her brain. Coming to terms that she has been lying to herself, the biggest challenge she faces is figuring out who she really wants to be.

Ashton... OMG, I absolutely loved him. Aside from being gorgeous and arrogant, he has the biggest heart. He does anything and everything for Livie, even when he knows what the outcome will be but not by his choice. He tries to stay away from her but he can’t. She has captured his heart but due to his past, he can’t follow it or can he?

“Irish, if there’s one thing I’ve never been able to forget, it’s a single second with you.”

Both are prisoners of their own lives,one by choice and the other by force. This story is about finding yourself, learning from mistakes. Being strong enough to make your life your own and face those demons.

The emotions that this story brought out,;laughter, tears, heartache, love, fear and peace!

K.A. Tucker created such wonderful and strong characters and such heart achingly beautiful stories.
This is definitely a must read and tops my list of BESTS for 2013!

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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