Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

My Thoughts

Seductive, thrilling and deliciously twisty
the perfect pageturner for avid suspense readers.

5stars

Synopsis

Feb-02A woman who almost had it all . . .

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

My Review

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Bestselling author K.A. Tucker delivers a well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense full of propulsive plot twists and searing seduction. Set in New York City as the holiday season nears, this whodunit tale follows Maggie Sparkes, the humanitarian daughter of two energy business magnates, as she works to uncover the truth behind her best friend’s suicide.

Celine and Maggie grew up together, and while Maggie had it all, Celine struggled through school, refusing financial assistance as she worked to become an antiques appraiser. So when Celine is found dead in her apartment after an apparent overdose, there’s no one more shocked than Maggie. Celine had everything to live for.

Intent on proving there’s more to her death that meets the eye, Maggie leaps down a rabbit hole into the well-hidden shadows of her best friend’s life, as she uncovers surprising truths and clues which reveal she may have been right all along.

“The man was once my salvation. Now he will be my ruin.”

Specifically, she first finds a scandalous photograph of a mysterious man, the above words scrawled on it in Celine’s handwriting. Before too long, her probing eyes settle on a striking man Celine fell in love with, but whom no one knew about. Maggie sets out to scour for enough evidence to re-open the case, hunting down the man responsible for her friend’s death… trouble is, once she gets too close, she, in turn, becomes the hunted.

“He uncovers your secrets, your fears, your flaws–and he uses them against you. He did it to Celine. And now he’s doing it to me.”

Tucker does an expert job of developing quirky, charismatic characters each of whom could be potential suspects, some who help her along the way. We experience glimpses into Celine’s life, as clues click together, but even as things seem to coalesce, the narrative throws unexpected curve balls which keep you at the edge of your seat.

He Will Be My Ruin is engrossing and easy to devour, a seductive, suspenseful story that will keep you guessing.

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Cover Reveal: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

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I love author K.A. Tucker and I love romantic suspense, so to say I am anxiously awaiting for this book, Burying Water, is a severe understatement! Coming October 7th! Mark your calendars! 

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Synopsis

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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AND… You can read Chapters 1-4 of Burying Water in the back of In Her Wake, the Ten Tiny Breaths prequel novella from Trent’s POV which will be out September 1st. Pre-order here.

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About K.A. Tucker

KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen 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 the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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Review: Five Ways to Fall (#4, Ten Tiny Breaths) by K.A. Tucker

My Thoughts

Reese and Ben’s story is wickedly fun, refreshingly edgy and irresistibly sexy. You’ll fall in love in more ways than one!

5stars

Synopsis

five ways to fallSometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author of Ten Tiny BreathsOne Tiny Lie, and Four Seconds to Lose.

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

My Review

This could arguably be my favorite KA Tucker book to date. It was refreshing, funny and emotionally charged without being overly heavy. The whole experience was simply completely enjoyable. I loved it! The writing was solid as it always is with this author, the story appealing, and the characters were unique and endearing. Ben and Reese’s story is super sexy and flirty with wonderful banter that had me smiling widely and giggling aloud. And to balance the lightness, there was also heartbreak… but even then, I sensed a hope that things would get better for these two intelligent, smart-mouthed people. They may have concluded a happy ever after permanently elusive, but in truth, they each wanted someone to love… someone to love them back… someone who wouldn’t abandon them both physically and emotionally.

So what happens when you can’t seem to get over a devastating breakup? When you’re trying to start anew? You grab your girls and you head to Mexico…

It’s been six months since she discovered her husband in the merciless throes of adultery. Six months and she hasn’t been able to let go. After drowning her sorrows in the trusted company of Jose Cuervo, Reese MacKay stumbles–quite literally–at the feet of a towering, womanizing and super hunky blond. We first met Ben Morris as Cain’s bouncer, but now Reese meets him as the guy who is determined to get her into his bed… albeit for one night only. But Ben has another thing coming if he thinks feisty, purple-haired Reese is an easy score.

“Ben Morris goes with the flow. Ben Morris is fucking Switzerland! He can get hot ass wherever and whenever he wants it, no strings attached.”

I love so many things about Reese, one being that she thoroughly enjoys to mess with people and Ben was the perfect target. From the get-go, their exchanges are wildly entertaining and humorous as they try to one-up each other in a game of come hither and I don’t think so.

“Anyone who knows me would argue that I love any and all women, and I can’t exactly disagree. But I love the angry ones the most. They’re a challenge to be conquered, the reason for their fury usually fitting neatly into three buckets: insecure, scorned, hormonal. And this purple-haired chick gazing up at me with fire in her caramel eyes? I’m betting on number two.”

To Ben, Reese is a challenge. A hot girl with fire behind her eyes. He loves women and finding someone for the night is hardly difficult. Their initial meeting however, goes epically horrendous. Safe to say, Reese is glad she’d never see Ben again… or would she?

Fate, the cruel jokester, brings these two unlikely strangers back together on Ben’s first day of work. And as it turns out Reese is nothing like Ben expected. Thrust together in this unexpected environment, their teasing escalates to new heights, but they also find themselves relating in a very effortless way. Always laughing. Always flirting. Always joking. Neither of them are looking for serious, so both are comfortable in a state of easy banter and flirtation.

“Babe, the only way a wedding ring is landing on this finger of mine is if I’m in a coffin.”

Reese is still reeling from the betrayal of her ex-husband. In her life, people have always left her behind, chosen another outcome. These choices have seeded deep-rooted trust issues that have been tough to shake. For Ben, past memories haunt him, making him fearful of the man he could be. So although their time together is filled with laughs, in reality it’s shaped by real feelings. First, without awareness, but soon under the guise of humor and dismissive one-liners. When surprising events complicate their carefree dynamic, they must face their past in order to figure out a future. They must finally come to terms with their fears and emotions.  Would they both be capable of something real?

In the end, the way the story unfolded was perfect and appropriate to their character arcs. There were moments that were heart wrenching, giving the story’s levity some weight and realness without it being overdone. It’s bittersweet to finish the last book in a series which I’ve loved so much, but I’m thrilled that it all ended so wonderfully without a speckle of disappointment. I loved every minute of this book. Loved every minute of this series! I anxiously await what’s next from K.A. Tucker!

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About K.A. Tucker

KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen 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 the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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Cover Reveal: Four Seconds to Lose (#3, Ten Tiny Breaths) by K.A. Tucker

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ABOUT FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE:

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine year old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her doesn’t need to complicate her life with romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

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KathleenTuckerBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen 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 the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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