Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: He Will Be My Ruin, by K.A. Tucker


I'm a big K.A. Tucker fan, so I was excited to find out that she was doing a book tour for her newest book, He Will Be My Ruin, which is a standalone novel - most of the other books of hers that I have read have been part of a series.

Book excerpt:
“I need some advice, Grady, and I have no one else to ask.”

“Shoot.”

“If you needed answers and the only person to give those to you was a person you didn’t know, had never met, and who might not like the questions you have to ask, what would you do?”

He twists his lips in thought. “I’d create a situation to meet this person, and make it hard for them to refuse me.”

Simple in theory…”But how?”

He exhales heavily, his warm breath grazing my cheek telling me that he’s facing me. “Find common ground. A location, a purpose, an acquaintance. Force the meet and then work your questions around the real ones that you want to ask. You can get a lot of information out of a person just by treading too close to what they don’t want to talk about. The look in their eye, their facial expressions, the way they react to the mention of a name, or a place.”

Grady seems more intelligent than what I’d expect of a pot-smoking building super. “You sound like you’ve been in my situation before.”

“Once or twice. Maybe.” I hear the smile in his voice.

Find common ground. Force the meet. The only common ground I have with this guy is now six feet underground in a San Diego cemetery.

Unless…

There is something that we’re both very familiar with.

I pull out my phone and scroll through my emails to find the one with her phone number. I know this is beyond inappropriate, but once I get something in my head, there’s no dislodging it. Plus, I’m high.

“Hello?”

“Hey Dani. It’s Maggie Sparkes.”

“Hi…Is everything okay?” She definitely sounds shocked to hear from me.

Grady watches me quietly. “I’m sorry to be calling so late. You know how you offered help with anything I needed? Well, I need a favor.”

About the book:
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 liked this book overall but it took me a long time to finish it, for some reason - about a week or week and a half. Amazon says that the book is 352 pages, and I also haven't had a ton of time to read lately, which is most likely the culprit; however, because of that, the book seemed to drag in certain sections.

The title of this novel fascinated me - I was wondering who would be whose ruin, and if you read the book synopsis you can figure it out before even reading the novel. The characters of Celine and Maggie, as well as the supporting characters, are definitely believable in their actions, and this book is a mystery in that we, along with Maggie, are trying to figure out if Celine's death was indeed a suicide, or if she was murdered.

This wasn't my favorite K.A. Tucker book that I've read, but it was still enjoyable, and there's a mini twist at the end that I didn't see coming, which was interesting.

3.5 stars out of 5.
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*Disclosure: I received an e-book copy for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.



GIVEAWAY:

The author has supplied five signed copies of this book for the book tour participants to give away!

Giveaway will end on February 7th.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

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