Review: One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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.


Livie has always been the perfect one. Even after everything that has happened with her parents and Kacey, she kept her sanity and did everything she could to make it. So obviously Kacey believes Livie is about to crack. After setting her up with Dr. Stayner, Livie now weekly has to listen to the man and follow his orders, which she does no matter how strangely the requests.

One of those requests is trying to loosen up and experience college life. You know, to have some fun and according to Kacey this means to get extremely drunk on her first night. At that moment jello shots seemed like the right idea, the next morning not so much. Still it made her braver and she even met a guy.

Ashton is pure sex and the boy knows it.  He oozes arrogance and lacks a lot of morals. He is very capable inside the bedroom and out of it, but what he is best at is getting Livie riled up. Livie! The girl who never gets mad, always stays calm and gets along with everybody. Ashton is everything Livie isn't looking for in a boy, but he is the one she can't get out of her head.

Now Connor is more her type. He is handsome, smart, funny, supportive and respectful. Unfortunately he doesn't make her blood boil. Still Livie knows Ashton is not the guy for her, he is not what her parents would have wanted, so she stays with Connor. It's not like she could be with Ashton if she wanted. It seems you get what you see, but it really isn't. Ashton is broken, nearly Kacey broken and if there is one thing Livie is drawn to, it is to people in need.

Livie will first has to completely loose herself, before she can start figuring out who she is and what she wants. So everything might seem perfect, but when Livie starts living life instead of standing on the side lines it gets clear she really isn't as okay as she thinks.

Once again wonderfully written. I thought it weird, at first, the conversations between Dr. Stayner and Livie. I didn't really understand why they were necessary. I also couldn't understand why something might be wrong with her, since all seemed so well. Then during the book you really get to understand that nothing is wrong with Livie, it is just the way she dealt with everything made her hold back from the life she really wanted. Or at least have the choice to decide what she wants. This goes about boys, school, study and life.

There are some very unexpected twists and revelations during the story. I really didn't know what was going to happen sometimes. Also Ash's character was very well developed. What seemed like an ordinary arrogant jerk at first turned out to be so much more. The way K.A. Tucker breaks through those stereotypes, you don't even realise it is happening. She takes what seems to be ordinary character and turns it into so much more.

The first book, Ten Tiny Breaths, literally took my breath away sometimes it was so well written. One Tiny Lie follows in that path. These books are dark and might break you, but they also give you hope.

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