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

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.

Release Date:  June 11, 2013
Age Group:  New Adult
Source:  Purchased

I really enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths and jumped at the chance to read Livie's story.  I really liked Livie in Ten Tiny Breaths and always wondered how she kept herself so calm and collected in the face of her hardships.  Turns out, Livie's been hiding some big issues such as being terrified of the opposite sex, and she's also scared of disappointing her father.   

I saw a lot of myself in Livie, mostly the drive to succeed and the shyness around boys.  I never went wild in college like she did, but I really identified with her, much more so than Kacey in book one.  Watching Livie grow up and change was my favorite part of One Tiny Lie.  Well, that, and her relationship with Ashton.  I loved the two of them together: they had a ton of chemistry and I love reading about two people falling in love.

My main problem with One Tiny Lie was that I didn't like the way Ashton treated Livie sometimes.  I don't like games between guys and girls and he ran hot and cold with her.  Which I couldn't stand, especially since I liked Livie so much and wanted her to be happy.
One of my biggest reading pet peeves is when characters have tons of problems and the problems are magically fixed by love.  I can't stand that all too-common plot device.  Tucker is not guilty of that issue, though.  Her characters have issues, yes, but they go to therapy and work through them in healthy ways.  I love that about this series!  The actual interactions with the psychiatrist were some of my favorite parts of the book.  He's a nontraditional doctor and his unorthodox methods garner big results. 

I really enjoyed One Tiny Lie and can't wait to read the next book in the series.   

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