Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books
Published on January 23rd 2018
Genres: Crime, Romance, Suspense
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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.
I love K.A Tucker. Really. Adore her. Recently, I was asked what my gateway drug into romance was and I really had to think back pretty hard, but came to the realization that K.A. Tucker was my introduction to New Adult, which lead me into romance. She is easily one of my favorite authors/people ever. So much freaking talent lurking around in that pretty head of hers. K.A. Tucker can do no wrong. So It doesn’t even surprise me to find out that she basically kills it at everything she tries to do. This time, it was romantic suspense. If you don’t already know, Tucker has written YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Fantasy (??? sure, all that), New Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, and now Romantic Suspense. And it has all been amazing.
Keep Her Safe is the new romantic suspense novel that I have been dying to read, and it did not disappoint. In this book we followed Noah and Gracie, who were both children of former police officers, and after many years apart, come back together to do some crime solving! Well, they do a bit more that solve crimes, if you know what I mean….
I digress…. more on that in a moment… So anyway, they come together and use what limited resources they have along with a very pesky FBI agent to give them some closure about what happened to Noah’s mother and Gracie’s father, while making many revelations along the way. They could never be sure who to trust, so the reader is suspicious of everyone, which I love in a suspense novel. OH! And this book was told from multiple perspectives, so not only do we get to be both inside Noah and Gracie’s head, but we also get some glimpses into the past through their mother and father.
Gracie is spunky and so determined, I love her straight forward, take no shit attitude. Noah balances her out so freaking well. Oh, Noah… he is like, the perfect, sweet, SEXY, southern gentleman. Like, where can I get one of him?! Okay, admittedly, he might be a bit TOO perfect, but I love him nonetheless.
One of the things I think this book did just right was balance the main story-line with the romance. It is not overly sexual for no good reason, the intimate moments felt so… well, intimate. They served a purpose. They built up slowly, and were executed well. I also loved the bounce back and forth between the past and present. It added to the story slowly, like it just crept up to the end right alongside Gracie and Noah. Everything came together so smoothly.
Overall I am super pleased with this novel, there is really only one reason I gave it 4.5 instead of 5 stars. I think this tends to happen in suspense quite often for me, but it seems like things get to the big reveal and then end almost abruptly, as if there are no further after effects. I guess when there is romance concerned as well, I would like to see that wrap up better too, like after the crime is solved give me a bit more info on where they stand, or maybe a glimpse into the future, a epilogue that wraps it all up in a pretty bow… just something more. It’s just that wanting a little more closure that bugs me, but still not so much that it would stop me from reading again and continuing to highly recommend!!!