July 8, 2013

Title: One Tiny Lie

Series:  Ten Tiny Breaths

Author:  K.A. Tucker

Published:  June 2013

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.

**Note:  This book was provided by Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review!

Ana will put One Tiny Lie on her second shelf!!

My Review:  At it’s core, I think this is a book about the importance of taking the time to listen to your heart.  It’s about understanding yourself and what your really want.  It’s about how others can influence our decisions…even the life altering ones.  Livie has spent most of her life trying to be perfect.  Perfect for her parents, perfect for her broken sister, perfect for everyone.  So perfect that she’s convinced herself that it’s who she is.  But, in reality she’s not being true to herself.

Because she understands this, Kacey, Livie’s sister who we met in the first book, enlists the help of her psychologist to help Livie figure herself out.  In reality, Dr. Stayner’s methods would probably get him disbarred faster that you can say “quack” in real life, but his unconventional ideas do help Livie begin to see her life and her plans differently.  Of course, meeting Ashton, is a big help as well.  He’s the bad boy with a difficult past who gets under her skin, grabs her heart and doesn’t let go.  Ashton and Livie have great chemistry.  Their interactions are intense and their emotions are raw.  Each dealing with their own broken pieces, their attraction is undeniable.  Now, Ashton does do a few things that I don’t approve of but, of course, his swooniness and his love and support for Livie helped me forgive him.

I should probably warn you that there’s a love triangle of sorts in this book.  But, don’t let it deter you, there’s so much more to this story that it almost becomes a subplot.  It never overtakes the book or the direction of the story.  Overall, this is a good read with great characters and a bit of a life lesson thrown in for good measure.  I’m curious about what the author has in store for us next.

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