Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Publication date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: ARC, 448 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve loved K.A. Tucker’s contemporary romance books since I first picked up Ten Tiny Breaths years ago. I always fall for her characters and get totally wrapped up in their storylines. I’m not a big romantic suspense reader — it takes a special author, book and/or series to get me interested in that trope — but I’m loving this different side of Kathleen’s writing. Both He Will Be My Ruin and Keep Her Safe totally hit the mark for me.
This book, y’all. Can you say addictive and unexpected? It was both to me. I used to read a fair amount of thriller/mystery/suspense type books when I was a teenager and I could almost always guess the ending about halfway through. I think that’s part of the reason why I got a little sick of that genre. Well, that and I don’t particularly enjoy having nightmares. Ha! Keep Her Safe totally kept me guessing nearly until the very end. Instead of getting more answers as I read, I kept getting more questions. That’s just part of why I found it so addictive though. The characters were the other reason.
I LOVED Noah. (So much, in fact, he was a late addition to my “best book boyfriends” list for 2017.) I basically just wanted to hug him and tell him everything would be alright because he was saddled with so much during this book. Even in the midst of all he was learning and dealing with, he was somehow able to keep his head up and keep moving. And Gracie? Adored her, too. The chemistry between them was intense and damn near perfect if I’m being honest. There was something truly special about the two of them together. The romance might not’ve been the star of the show here, but it was a quality one.
In short, Keep Her Safe was a fantastic book with enough twists and turns to keep me addicted but not make me absolutely crazy in the process. It also featured a swoony and steamy romance between characters who worked their way into my heart.
It’s easier to move on with life when you don’t quite realize all that you’ve lost.
I will be his buffer. I will stand by his side, in the hard weeks and months, and years, to come. I will challenge anyone who dares claim that he is anything but a good, honest man.
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