Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Posted January 14, 2014 in Review / 4 Comments

One Tiny LieOne Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
By K.A. Tucker
Published June 11th, 2013
Atria Books / Simon & Schuster
336 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from Atria Books (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)


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About the Book:

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 he’s everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit 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.

So, I recently read K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths and I absolutely loved the story and her writing.  So what could Livie’s story be about?  I mean, she was THE perfect little sister!  I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read Ten Tiny Breaths but she really appeared more mature than her older sister, Kacey.   So we, the readers, all assumed she had her act together and would do just perfectly fine away at college.  But it turned out that trying to be perfect is what nearly broke Livie.

Livie finally gets to focus on herself and the plan for her future that she’s always had set in place.  This plan has been set in place since she was a little girl and all she ever wanted in the world was to make her parents proud.  She was the smart kid and she never caused trouble, wanted to save the world from cancer.  She was going to follow her dad’s footsteps and go to Princeton.  She was going to major in Molecular biology and go into pediatrics.  Phffft, no problem…

Except that it’s her sister, Kacey, that’s escorting Livie (and Livie’s roommate Reagan) to Livie’s first off-campus party.  It’s there that she meets Ashton and calamity ensues.  Livie can’t get Ashton out of her mind but he is not part of the grand master plan.  He is definitely not the “good, respectable guy” Livie assumes her parents would ever approve of.

The great thing I’ve noticed about Ms. Tucker’s stories is that so far the stories are not all just surface romance fluff.  They end up being so much more than what I was expecting.  Where Ten Tiny Breaths dumped me off the ledge with a huge twist near 75% through the book, this one will spin you out of control about 15% or so into it.  At least it did for me.  And the entire story is built upon lie after lie over lie under lie…  I was constantly on my toes from all the lies, my heart was stretched and pulled like silly putty.  I seriously ached for a HEA for these two kids that looked like it was never going to happen.

The story completely captured me and entirely held my attention so much so that I didn’t even know I was getting to the end until I was close to it and, yep, rug pulled out from under me.  Geez, I took a beating on this one, didn’t I?

But I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because for this review, I went back and re-read the entire book again.  I enjoyed Livie (our narrator) so much and she was just a fun character to read.  She’s had so much to deal with in her childhood that I think she forgot to have a childhood.  But she is a spitfire and full of snark.  I think the most entertaining parts were when Livie had to talk to Dr. Stayner.  Hysterical….

But most of all, I truly fell in love with Ashton and how he was with Livie.  They were made for each other.  And on my re-read, I got so much more out of their interactions.  This is definitely a book you can read multiple times.

Not sure if I really wrote a review here or a love letter to a book and it’s characters.  This was just one mighty fine book!

If you read Ten Tiny Breaths, you really need to do yourself a favor and read One Tiny Lie.  It really is an adorable second book in the series that doesn’t even come close to sophomore slump.  It might even be considered better by some readers.

Since I thought both books were perfect, I’ll just say read them both and decide for yourself.  On to book three for me!!  And there’s a book four expected June 24th, 2014.  It’s called Five Ways to Fall and it features Ben and Reese.

Chop chop…  better get caught up!


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KA TuckerAbout 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.


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Other books in the series:

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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