Release Date: December 11, 2012
Pages: 262 (paperback)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Review Date: January 24, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
Disclaimer: I received this book as a courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
There's a shocker at about the 80% mark is not what you could ever guess! Well....maybe you could guess. You know when someone seems to perfect and you're sort of waiting for the other shoe to drop? Well....the shoe more than dropped. It's crazy...seriously!
I had so many feelings about Kacey and Trent. They are both screwed up and it's really sad. But out of one horrible event, came something good. Even after extreme loss is involved, to know that somewhere there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.
I adored Livie, Kacey's little sister. She's so cute. She's 15 gong on 20. She knows that the sister she used to know is in there and won't give up on her. She's strong like her big sister and I can just imagine what's in store for her in the next book. I also loved the secondary characters. Her next door neighbor and her little girl, the bouncers at the club and the club owner and even her landlord and doctor. They all added something special to the story.
Tucker did an amazing job making us fall in love with both Kacey and Trent. She made me care about them and I felt tore up for both of them. For those that read my reviews, you know I'm not a sappy person, not by far. But I found myself getting a tad mushy on this one. I don't want to give anything away, but I was soooooo happy with the ending. It almost ended one way, which would have been sad and probably more realistic, but I prefer the one we got. After that roller coaster ride, we the reader deserved some relief and that's what we got.
I recommend this book for everyone. Like romance? This is for you. Like new adult? This is for you. I'm looking forward to more romance from K.A. Tucker so I'll be reading the next book in this series very soon.