One Tiny Lie
(Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: January 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, 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.
This book is all about Livie Cleary, the sister of Kacey Cleary from Ten Tiny Breaths. Unlike her sister, she grew up with a different outlook in life. She’s intellectual and so much in control with everything. When she went to Princeton University to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a pediatrician, her meek and virginal lifestyle changed. She was introduced to lots of college drunken parties which were new to her. The first time she was exposed to a party, she met the gorgeous college manwhore Ashton Henley and had an unforgettable one night hook-up with him. There’s certainly an attraction going on between them. But when she met Irishman Connor, she decided that he’s the right one for her because he is different compared to Ashton. Connor is the exact opposite and he’s uncomplicated. But of course she soon realized that she’s more attracted to Ashton because of their undeniable sexual tension whenever they see each other.
There was certainly an angst in this book. It wasn’t a normal college romance book where majority falls into the flirty side. This one dealt with certain issues but it wasn’t as heavy as Ten Tiny Breaths.
“Because you’re not a one-night girl, Irish. You’re my forever girl.”
The problem I had with this book was the heroine. I have nothing against Livie. I think she’s a good and likable character. I just didn’t really connect with her POV and her giggles and blushes that she always did in this book. Her mannerisms were kind of annoying. Sometimes she also overreacts to certain things and over-analyze them and it made me face palm myself at least a couple of times.
The thing that I loved here, though, was Ashton. One with a playful charm but with deep issues underneath the amused smiles, he’s the kind of male lead that interests me. I’ve always rooted for him since the first time he was introduced in the book.
The romance was good and there were delightfully sexy times, too. I loved that the author delved into a different theme this time. I have always been a sucker for college romance books and the college air in this story was something that drew me in. Yes, there was a little bit of love triangle that happened but it was obvious who’s the love interest here.
I found the story, as a whole, okay but it didn’t capture me like I would have hoped. There wasn’t really something that’s remarkable and special in this book. I must say I enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths more because of the amazing storyline that came with a perfect, mind-blowing plot twist. Still, One Tiny Lie wasn’t a bad read. I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series more.
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