Summary: 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.
Title: One Tiny Lie
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #2
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books (Simon and Schuster Australia)
Released: 14th January 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: via Simon and Schuster for an honest review - thank you Jennifer.
After reading Ten Tiny Breaths I was excited to read Livie’s story. She was one of my favourites in the first book and I was looking forward to discovering her side of the accident and handling Kacey ever since. As with Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie was fantastic, Kathleen Tucker’s style just amazing and I was addicted from start to finish. This series is a must read, absolute emotional turmoil and laugh out loud fun.
Livie Cleary is eighteen and in college. Her sister, Kacey has sacrifice a lot to get her there and she doesn’t want to disappoint. After Kacey has worked through some of her issues, she tries to convince Livie that she too should talk to Dr Stayner because Livie was also affected by the accident. Livie doesn’t believe she has anything to talk about, but like clockwork on a Saturday, she calls him and they talk about her anxiety and nervousness.
Three years ago Kacey was an impatient with Dr Stayner and has since become a very big advocate of his methods and success. Although Livie may have something to say about his methods, she does follow them and they had me in stitches laughing at the antics. Talking to an orang-utan!
It’s September and Livie is moving into her dorm room. Kacey convinces Livie that she has to live the college life and they head off to a party. Kacey is determined to get Livie drunk and to let loose her goody-two-shoes attitude. She was off in search for more Jell-O-shots and Livie was just about to finish her last one when it was stolen as was a kiss.
Stunned Livie doesn’t know what to think and turns to confront this Adonis. After making a “not bad” comment on her body, Livie loses her control and punches the Adonis in his face. Since Kacey was drinking her inhibitions have disappeared and she tells the Adonis that when Livie finally loses her v-card, it certainly won’t be with him. Livie is mortified that her sister would tell the world she is still pure.
Introducing Ashton Henley, the Adonis, and the Princeton heavyweight rowing team captain, the hottest guy on campus and the boy naked in Raegan’s bed. Livie hasn’t seen a naked boy before and can’t look away. Ashton busts her staring and he stares back at a half-naked Livie. Ashton gets up to find his clothes and Livie tells him to point his “thing” elsewhere.
With a night full of mystery, Livie tried to carry on with her plan, but thoughts of Dr Stayner’s opinions and Ashton resurface and when Livie’s grades aren’t up to par for her own standards, Livie is questioning everything in her life.
Will Livie carry on with her life in Princeton? What is Ashton’s story? Will they get together? What other fun tasks does Dr Stayner have Livie do?
Secrets and coincidences arise and Livie has some tough decisions to make. Watch as she discovers what truly matters in life and make sure you have tissues on hand. I was a laughing, crying and heart-wrenching mess reading this one and cannot wait to read Four Seconds to Lose.
Other books in the series:
You can read my review of Ten Tiny Breaths HERE.
About the Author
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
~ courtesy of Ms Tucker's website