Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker (Review)

New Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Publication Date:January 23, 2018
Pages:436 (Paperback)
Published By:  Atria Books
Website:K.A. Tucker

Keep Her Safe on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

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Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

   K.A. Tucker's Keep Her Safe is a gritty, dark and emotionally engaging romantic suspense story, that is definitely (and surprisingly) more suspense and mystery than heart-pounding romance. And it works really well this way.

    If you're a fan of Tucker's books, you're probably expecting a steamy and sexy leg-shaker of a book, and rightfully so, because Keep Her Safe is all those things and more. At the same time though you might be surprised when you learn that this is probably the most slow-burning of all of the romances she's ever written. Personally, I really loved that. 

     Are you familiar with the cop TV drama, Shades of Blue? The one starring Jennifer Lopez? I was reminded of that show while reading Keep Her Safe. It almost felt like if Shades of Blue had a spin-off series about Harlee Santos' daughter, it would be something like Keep Her Safe (or at least it would feel similar, what with all the secrets and corruption, and dangerous lies). Personally, I have enjoyed watching Shades of Blue (Lopez is amazing in it!), and so I also really enjoyed reading Keep Her Safe. I guess it's safe to say that cop stories dealing with corruption, secrets, high-stakes family dramas and devastating consequences of one's decisions are really my cuppa tea.

     As for the relationship between the main characters - Noah and Gracie - I must say I wasn't really into it initially. There was no insta-love and like I said, the romance was on the slow-burning (almost slow-simmering) side, but for whatever reason I wasn't feeling it until about 2/3 of the book. That's not to say, I didn't end up rooting for them, because of course I did - it's K.A. Tucker's book after all, how can you not root for the couple? It just took me a bit longer to get there than with her other books.

     Overall, if you've enjoyed K.A. Tucker's previous stories and if you're into romantic suspense stories with jaw-dropping mysteries at the core, you will most definitely enjoy Keep Her Safe. It's quite an addictive page turner!

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