Blurb: Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything–anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart–even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
Review: I had a hard time trying to figure out how to rate this one. It is a pretty emotional read and not all good ones, so that made it difficult.
This really is an incredibly well written story. You cannot help but empathize and feel for the characters, even the ones on the periphery. The author does an amazing job of pulling those emotions out of the reader.
I got a good idea of where this story might head when I wasn’t quite half way through. At that point, I was thinking, “Wow, that would be one hell of a plot twist” but didn’t get much farther than that until a little later. Then, I realize how twisted that little twist actually is when you stop and think about all of the reasons why it is twisted in the first place. That is when I started to struggle and I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it, because it really is kind of messed up.
It is incredibly hard to write in a way that is vague enough not to give it away (and this is totally worth not knowing ahead of time if you are going to read this book). I kind of struggled with the last 1/3 of the book and how everything ended up working out in the end. There is just so much there, it is hard to believe that there could end up being any kind of relationship, let alone an emotionally healthy romantic one when it is all said and done, so you are wondering all the way to the very end how it is going to play out. I get the point that the author is trying to make here, but I’m not sure it works for me.
I did like this. It was really good, but it was also pretty darn different. I want to read the next one in the series to see if my opinion of this entire situation changes any.