Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds - and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends - the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a 16-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important - college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
©2014 Kathleen Tucker. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"In the Beginning"
Cole Reynolds had it all until one crazy night in college he and his friends feeling ten feet tall and bulletproof decide to drive drunk. Before the night is over six people lie dead and the lives of the two survivors will never be the same. Cole will try and make it up to Kacey Cleary the 16 year old victim the only way he can; by watching over her, taking care of her; following in her wake. In the wake of losing her parents, boyfriend and best girlfriend she's become a reckless party girl and Cole becomes her guardian angel. He saves her from several bad situations that she was too stoned and reckless to avoid putting herself into dangerous situations. This novella is a great prequel to the initial K.A. Tucker book Ten Tiny Breaths which was narrated by Kacey. In her wake was Cole's take on the pre Florida Kacey when she was still in Michigan. As usual in this series it's a five star special.
"Stalking is not sweet"
I'll just get this one out there now, and this review may include mild spoilers. This book is about a guy who is so overcome with guilt that he decides to stalk the only other survivor of a car accident he was involved in. He involves himself in her life repeatedly, even going as far as to break into her email account. This is not sweet. Stalking is not sweet. Stalking is not sexy. Stalking is not romantic. Stalking is scary, and awful and it would be nice if authors would stop portraying it as some kind of sign of true love. I really wanted to like this, but I found myself constantly appalled by the lengths this guy goes to so he can stalk his victim. This would be a fantastic prequel to a crime novel but not to a romance.
The narrator is great though. So there's that.
"I listened to 10 Tiny Breaths First"
If you happen to read 10 Tiny Breaths, don't go back to this book, which is the prequel. It is redundant and just to much.
"kinda depeessing, slow bd uneventful"
Struggled to finish this one. I enjoy Sebastian as a narrator so thts what made me give it a chance but i am so glad i didnt pay full price for it!
"Sebastian is always a win"
I loved it! Trent's POV was more emotional than TTB! In many ways I wish I listened to this 1st before TTB!
Extremely captivating plot, just like all other four novels of this series. Worth to check all of them out ;) Highly recommend!
His voice and personality through his narration was perfect for this character
This book is suppose to be read after the book Ten Tiny Breaths even though it is 0.5 in the series. The order is a little misleading but it was written after book 1. I think it would be hard to enjoy it as much unless you knew what happened in book 1. That being said I loved loved loved this little book. As much as I love the male character in book 1, getting this insight into his background was so eye opening. I was a real treat to get to know how his life ended up where it did in Ten Tiny Breaths. It made me immediately go back and read book 1 all over again now that I had this information. Sebastian York is the perfect voice for the male character in this book. PERFECT!!!
"Sebastian York swoon!!!"
Man, not only do I love Trent's point of view and his struggles but it ties in so nicely with what happened in TTB. Sebastian has such a soothing voice, those neck nuts hit you right in the happy place 😉😉. I kind of wish this was the full version of TTB but from Trent's view, it would be interesting to know what happened and what he was thinking when he was missing from TTB.
"A war of sympathy and frustration"
In Her Wake is the prequel novella to Ten Tiny Breaths (TTB). I decided to start this series before diving into TTB based on reviews that I had read. In this novella, we meet Cole who makes one life-changing decision that affected more than just him and his two best friends, but also Kacey. Not only does Cole have to grieve the loss of his childhood best friend and the carefree young adult he himself used to be, but he also blames himself for the impact his choice made on Kacey as she deals with the loss of her parents, best friend and boyfriend.
As the book unfolds, we get to see Cole want to reach out to Kacey to make sure she's alright, to apologize, etc. but she's made it clear she never wants to see Cole or his family ever. So Cole (soon to remake himself as Trent) has to keep any interaction with Kacey under disguise.
I definitely felt for the guy. I'm not entirely sure how anyone could carry on with the guilt, regret, and grief this character has to deal with. And while some of the lengths he goes to in order to ensure Kacey is safe and out of trouble may be borderline creepy, I'm hoping it ends up working out for him in TTB.
I'm giving this a 3.5 star rating. I enjoyed the peek into what happens before TTB, but the novella left me conflicted. It was difficult to feel such sympathy and frustration for a character at the same time. K.A. Tucker certainly writes Cole's character with such harsh honesty, but it certainly left me feeling a bit melancholy - not the romance read I was expecting. Of course, I can't wait to pick up Ten Tiny Breaths now :)
I'm so happy we as readers got this little snipet but I wish it would have gone on to explain later in the story! I love cole!
"I hated the ending"
it was a bit morbid but I stuck with it and was waiting for a good ending but no.. I hate ending like this one. Is there another book that carries kn from this one . Love sabastian voice though
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