Goodreads Rating: 4.17 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 11, 2012 (first published)
Publisher: Papoti Books
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
Four years ago, a tragic accident happened that killed her parents, friend and boyfriend traumatized Kacey Cleary. She’s damaged and her nightmares continued to haunt her. She and her younger sister, Livie are living with their Aunt Darla – a born-again christian and Uncle Raymond – who gambled their college funds and lost it. She refused to get help on her PTSD and she almost destroy herself by doing drugs, drinking alcohol and having hook-ups as means of coping which are unacceptable to her aunt. One night, her drunk uncle slipped to Livie’s bed that scared the heck out of her sister was a wake up call for them to leave Michigan and move to Miami where they can start a new life.
They live on a small apartment just enough for them and their neighbors are warm and friendly, like Storm and her little daughter Mia. At first, Kacey is really aloof but tries her best to engage in conversations. Still, she puts her guard up and doesn’t want to talk about her past. But there’s something about her sexy,attractive neighbor, Trent Emerson, stirs her emotions. Being around him makes her comfortable and undeniably, they’re attracted with each other. Slowly, she’s falling for him and she wants to love someone again. What if she’s not the only one who’s broken? It seems Trent has a traumatic past and the truth might ruin Kacey again.
“Ten tiny breaths…Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”
This has been on my TBR for ages. Goodness, I wish I’ve read this earlier. The heroine has a great character development. Kacey might be a tough nut to crack but she’s a selfless, independent and responsible woman for taking care of her sister. Talking about the past makes her vulnerable but for the sake of the people who care and love her, she conquered by seeking help in order to forgive and heal the scars that damaged her. It’s not easy but seeing her happy makes me want to cheer her. I really like the plot twist. I almost guess it right with some clues and all but I’m still a little shock by it.. (view spoiler) haha! I love the chemistry between Kacey and Trent. They shared some steamy scenes enough to make me feel giddy as they take their relationship slow. I like how Trent is more patient than Kacey (can’t blame her raging hormones. Trent is HAWT). All the conflicts were resolved and I’m satisfied on how it ends. Definitely no loopholes.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s a great start for the series. I am looking forward to read the rest of it.