Welcome to the review & excerpt tour for He will be my ruin by k.a. tucker hosted by the lovely inkslinger pr 😀
HE WILL BE MY RUIN is a Romantic Suspense novel, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, and is set to be released February 2, 2016!
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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.
A 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.
I am ashamed to say that this is my first KA Tucker novel *hides behind her hands*
While I do have all of her books on my To Be Read Shelf, I somehow have never gotten to reading her books, so when the chance came up for this tour, you bet your cute tushi, I signed up lightening fast and I don’t regret it . at all!
Celine and Maggie had been best friends for a longtime, even though they come from vastly two different backgrounds, but they have always been close and had hoped that they always will be. But when Maggie gets the call that her best friend in the whole world, Celine has committed suicide, she not only doesn’t believe it but also sets out to gather evidence to get the investigation into her death opened up again.
But she never even imagined the kind of secrets Celine had been keeping – the kind that makes her unrecognizable to her loved ones, but most of all to Maggie.
It’s hard to write a review for a suspense thriller, without giving anything away *thank you for this tough job Ms. Tucker* but I am definitely going to try!!
The story takes a little while to get it’s engine revved, but I don’t find that even a bit of lacking, because Ms. Tucker does a brilliant job of actually getting into the head of a person suffering from an unimaginable grief of loosing a loved one – she has taken that perfect arch of grief fueled by anger and a desire to understand the reason behind the tragedy.
But it took me a while to warm up to Maggie, and not just because I haven’t gone through what she is going through – she comes as self – involved at first with her privileged background and her total obliviousness to those around her. So I soldiered on ahead, even with a little hesitancy because Ms. Tucker is an author I have heard nothing but good things about!
And I have to say, the mystery sucked me in – what I loved the most was the fact that it was told in two different POVs – Celine and Maggie’s – best way to understand how absolutely two people can have so varying perspectives about the same situation *the shrink in me is delirious over this aspect of this book, no questions*
This is a plot that gets you all worked up, only for you to get that you will never get what is going to happen – and I for one, have never read such a romantic suspense-thriller ever before! This was a brilliant way of looking at the world around us, and subtly get us to face the infinite truth – not everything is as it seems and even your best friend keeps secrets!
I won’t tell you why you need to read this book, but if you like solving mysteries and are a fan of romance *because damn if some scenes didn’t make me fan myself* then you definitely need to pick this one up! Ms. Tucker really doesn’t disappoint 😛
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Look, I’m just…” I stare at my reflection in the mirror, my eyes lined with bags, my skin sallow, my hair matted. I look like someone who sat in bed for twenty-four hours, eating cold pizza from the box I had delivered last night and polishing off a bottle of vodka, all while reading the deepest and darkest thoughts from the last fifteen years of Celine Gonzalez’s life. Discovering things that I could have happily gone the rest of my life without knowing.
Which is exactly what I’ve done.
I can barely keep my eyes open and yet I know that sleep will not grant me a reprieve. “I’m dealing with a few private matters.”
“Well, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to fit you in when you decide that you’re ready.”
“You will, because your boss wants my money.” I hang up before I hear her snippy answer and stare at the journal in my hands.
I was torn between starting from the latest diary first and easing myself in with the oldest one, afraid that I wasn’t ready for what might lie within those last pages. That I wasn’t ready to witness just how Celine had lost herself.
And then I picked up a pink book with butterflies on it—the earliest dated journal—and read a thirteen-year-old Celine recount her major crush on my boyfriend at the time: a tall, gangly guy named Jordan who kissed her behind our house one day while I was changing into my bathing suit upstairs. She felt so guilty, she couldn’t sleep for a week. Through tears, I laughed—because I hadn’t even given that guy a moment’s thought in years—and I knew then that starting at the beginning of Celine’s story was the only way to do this.
And so I did, living the past fifteen years through Celine’s eyes, since the days she and Rosa still lived with me. It wasn’t hard to follow along. She dated every single entry. Some days she didn’t have a lot to say. Other days she’d fill an entire page, even writing along the margin. She seemed to follow a simple rule as the years progressed: one page per day, no more.
So many days.
So many confessions.
So many things that made my heart swell.
And so many that made my heart bleed with pain.
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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 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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