Atria Books|September 24, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN:978-1-4767-4032-4
Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Four years ago, Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything – anything but her mysterious neighbour in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes and deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable, and Trent is desperate to find a way into Kacey’ guarded heart – even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.
Twenty-year-old, Kacey Cleary and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie board a bus in Michigan headed for Miami, Florida. Their parents had been killed in a drunk driving accident four years ago and now they’re on their own. They have nothing to keep them in Michigan and just decide Miami would be a nice place to start over.
They were staying with their Aunt Darla and Uncle Raymond but Uncle Raymond had a hard time keeping his hands and other body parts off young, Livie so they took off.
The girls found a cheap apartment on desperateforanapartment.com and it was only a half hour from the beach. The apartment is small and dingy. The first thing Kacey wants to do is strip the beds and wash the sheets in the hottest water possible. She heads to the laundry room in the basement where she meets, Trent Emerson who had also just recently moved in. He was strikingly handsome with a ripped body and the most beautiful blue eyes and long eye lashes.
Kacey has been very closed since the fatal accident and comes across as a hard-ass to everyone. She doesn’t trust people, won’t allow anyone to touch her, nor will she shake hands with anyone. Young Livie always springs into action and saves her during moments of introductions.
Although Kacey has this hard-ass demeanor and works very hard at keeping everyone at a distance, keeping that up with Trent becomes more difficult. Trent is so enamoured with Kacey and is trying hard to find a way into her guarded soul, ‘’even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.’’
I totally enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. The tension kept mounting and mounting and mounting until finally, BAM! The secret was out!!!! I sure didn’t expect that. This book would appeal to people of all ages.