Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: New Adult Romance
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.
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just when I thought K.A. Tucker couldn't outdo herself, she does. I absolutely LOVED Ten Tiny Breaths, and was convinced that there was no way this story could be as good as, or affect me as much as Kacey's story did. Well....I was dead wrong. Livie's story may not be as dramatic, or gut-wrenching, or out and out chaos that Kacey's story was, but it has a quiet realness to it. A simplicity and levity that makes it relevant and touching and honest.
I loved Livie in book one, and I'm so glad that this book was about her. She 100% deserved her own story. However, while Kacey's story was about pulling her life out of a tailspin and piecing herself back together, Livie's story was about learning to let go and finding herself. Even though she is the younger sister, she has always been the strong one, the rock, ever since the death of her parents. And while Kacey is tough and resilient and amazing, she had to figure out some really tough stuff before she could be the kind of sister Livie needed. I loved seeing the happy, carefree, fun side of Kacey in this book. It made me so happy to read about how in love she and Trent still are.
But the character that really made the book for me was Ashton. Oh my goodness! That poor beautiful boy. My heart just broke for how damaged and messed up he really was. But I also marveled at the pure strength and integrity that he must have had to be where he was in life. Especially after we finally learn the whole story about his past. The fact that there is any tenderness and love in his heart is just amazing. And I love how he and Livie called to each other. It's like their damaged souls just knew as soon as they met that they needed the other to truly heal.
This is a beautiful, beautiful story, and once again K.A. Tucker is at the top of my "Favorites of 2013" list. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, Four Seconds to Lose.
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