TEN TINY BREATHS Synopsis:
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 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.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Excerpt of Ten Tiny Breaths:
Excerpt of Ten Tiny Breaths:
I don’t care that there’s no pressure. I don’t care that the water has
a funky chlorinated scent to it. I simply close my eyes and massage
a thick layer of shampoo into my scalp, inhaling its rosy fragrance.
For the first time since stealing off into the night with Livie, I
think I can do this. I can take care of us. I’m old enough, strong
enough, smart enough. My issues won’t hold us back. Everything
will be all right. We’ll come out of it clean and strong and . . .
An odd soft rattling sound pulls me from my revelry. Cracking
an eyelid, I spot red, black, and white stripes coiled around
the pipe above the shower head. Two beady little eyes stare intently
back at me.
It takes a whole second for me to scream. Once I do, I can’t stop.
Scrambling backward, I slam against the opposite wall. I don’t know
how I manage to stay upright, but I do. The snake doesn't move. It
sits in the exact same spot, shaking its tail and staring at me, as if
it’s deciding how it will fit its jaws around my head to swallow me
whole. I continue shrieking as I hear Livie’s panicked voice behind
the door, but it doesn’t register. Her pounding doesn't register.
Suddenly there’s a loud crack and the sound of wood splintering.
“Kacey!” Livie shrieks as a set of strong arms swoop in to
pull me out. A towel quickly lands on me and I’m being whisked
out of the bathroom and into my bedroom.
“I hate snakes. I hate snakes. Fuck! I hate snakes!” I repeat
over and over again to no one and everyone. A hand smooths my
hair. Not until my heart rate slows to a semi-normal pace and I
stop shaking am I able to focus on my surroundings.
On Trent’s furrowed brow and the flecks of turquoise in his
I’m in his arms.
Naked and sitting on Trent’s lap, in his arms.
My heart rate ramps back up to a dangerous level as I absorb
the situation. His shirt is soaked and covered in my shampoo. I can
feel the warm skin of his forearms against my bare back and under
my knees as he holds me tight to him. All vital body parts are
completely covered from view with a towel, but I still feel naked.
Livie storms in, eyes blazing. “Who do you think you are,
barging in here?” she screams, her face as red as my hair, looking
ready to claw Trent’s face off.
“Trent. This is Trent,” I answer. “It’s okay, Livie. There’s . . .
there’s a rattlesnake in the shower.” I shudder involuntarily. “Get
Mia out of here before it eats her. And get Tanner here. Now, Livie!”
Livie’s attention passes from me to Trent and back to me,
drifting down to my bed. She doesn’t want to leave me, but finally
she decides something and nods, closing the door behind her.
Trent pulls me tight against him until I feel his chest’s hard
ridges pressed against my arm. “You okay?” he whispers, his
mouth so close that his bottom lip grazes my ear. I shudder again.
“I’m fantastic,” I whisper, adding, “aside from almost dying.”
“I heard you screaming from next door. I thought someone
was killing you.”
“Not someone. Something! Did you see it?” One arm flies
out, gesturing toward the bathroom, while the other fusses to
keep my towel up to cover my breasts. “I was two seconds away
from being eaten alive!”
Trent starts to chuckle—a soft, beautiful sound that vibrates
through my body and warms my core. “I think that’s Lenny. 2B’s
pet snake. I saw a little bald man checking the bushes in the commons
this morning, calling its name.”
“Pet?” I spit out the word as I sit up straight. “That man-eater
is someone’s pet? Isn’t there a law against owning rattlers?”
Trent’s blue eyes roam over my face as he smirks, settling on
my lips. “It’s a milk snake. From what I know, the only thing it’s
going to eat is a mouse.” He’s so close to me now that his breath
caresses my cheek. With my body pressed to him, I feel his heartbeat
hammering fast against my shoulder, rivaling my own. He
can feel this too. It’s not just me. He lifts a hand to cup my chin.
“No one’s going to hurt you, Kacey.”
I don’t know if it’s the stress of the situation, or this sizzling
burn inside my belly that flares whenever Trent’s around, or an
uncontainable internal beast repressed for too long, but this whole
situation has gone from terrifying to freaking hot in a split second.I can’t help myself.
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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