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New Release! Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker


If you've been around here for a while you probably know that K.A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. (Until It Fades was one of my top ten reads of 2017 and I just posted a Throwback Thursday Review of Ten Tiny Breaths last week.) So every new release from her is cause for celebration. And I'm celebrating today because Tucker's latest, Keep Her Safe, just released! I pre-ordered my copy and can't wait to dive in to this one. Check out the synopsis below and see if you agree!


KEEP HER SAFE
by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages 
ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00
eBook: 9781501133428, $7.99


KEEP HER SAFE

K.A. TUCKER
National Bestselling Author


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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.



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Review + Giveaway: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Katie McGarry's new release, SAY YOU'LL REMEMBER ME! I truly loved Drix and Elle's story and I'm excited to be taking part in the release of this heartfelt and emotional novel. See the SYNOPSIS, check out my REVIEW, enjoy the EXCERPT, and don't forget the GIVEAWAY down below!


From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve.

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!
   


SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:



“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”


When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
 

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M Y  T H O U G H T S

As the governor’s daughter, Elle lives with constant pressure. The pressure of public scrutiny and the pressure from her parents to always be the best. Their expectations only increase when she agrees to help her father campaign for senator. With every new demand and the push to do better and be better, Elle is buckling under strain.

“I have three minutes until I have to pretend in public 
that the last few minutes didn’t come close to breaking me.” - Elle

Drix was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and is returning home after almost a year away. He’s no longer the guy who got drunk, got high, and used his fists when angry. The problem is, he doesn’t know who he is now or where to go from here. Now the face of the governor’s Second Chance Program, Drix is forced into a role he never wanted.

“What type of man am I going to be? 
That’s the question. 
That’s always the question.” - Drix

Drix and Elle may have come from different worlds but on the inside they are both struggling to find their own way. Elle is chafing at her parent’s control and the knowledge that their love seems to come with strings attached. Drix confessed to a crime he didn’t commit to protect his family, but he’s come home to a new set of problems and an uncertain future. As they spend time together on the campaign trail they both find what they need most: total acceptance. But in the eyes of the world around them, Elle is the pretty and poised media darling and Drix is the guy with a criminal record from the wrong side of the tracks. Neither wants to walk away from the one person with whom they can be their best selves.


It’s no secret that when it comes to contemporary YA, Katie McGarry is at the top of my list. She consistently delivers characters that I come to know and love and stories that have an emotional impact. My heart ached for Elle and it broke for Drix. Elle perfected smiling on the outside while screaming on the inside for the chance to simply be herself. She’s also looking at her parents with new eyes and questioning if they are the people she has always thought them to be. McGarry gave an achingly realistic portrayal of Elle’s perception of her father go from hero worship to the understanding that he was all too human and flawed. In Drix, McGarry created a sensitive, mature young man who was loving and loyal despite a childhood deprived of caring parents or a sense of stability. My heart broke again and again for Drix as he struggled to find his place at home and a new sense of self. While riddled with guilt and pain over his past, he showed who he had become with every selfless decision and every act of redemption.

“It’s an awful place to be, the person responsible for someone else’s happiness, 
because being human, we’re going to fail. And by being human, 
we’ll take the lashing when we never meet expectations.” - Drix

I could rhapsodize about my feelings for these two special characters and how well they supported and comforted and championed one another. And I could go on and on about my love for the richly drawn cast of secondary characters, particularly Drix’s family and friends, that added insight and drama and humor. Instead, I’ll simply tell you that Katie McGarry has once again created an unputdownable story with real heart. 
Say You’ll Remember Me is not to be missed.


E X C E R P T

~Hendrix~

Holiday smacks my arm and wrath owns her eyes. “Why didn’t you talk to her?”

I glance around at my family—Axle, Holiday, my best friend, Dominic, and his younger sister, Kellen.  I’m searching for at least one of them to have my back and tell her to step off, but instead they’re curious for the answer. Even Axle’s giving me a questioning gaze, and the last thing my womanizing brother deserves is an explanation from me in my decisions regarding women.

Last time I was home, his reputation was as bad as Dad’s, minus the progeny. There are three siblings in this family, and we have three different birth mothers. Dad not only didn’t know how to use a condom, but he didn’t know how to stay true to one woman.

“I talked to her.”

My younger sister throws her arms out and drops her voice to what I’m assuming is to mimic me, but I don’t sound like an idiot. “You’re good at this.” She resumes her normal tone which is entering high-pitched. “Seriously? That’s all you’ve got? Did you get some sort of amoeba that eats your brain while hanging out in juvie?”

I fold my arms over my chest and wonder if my sister can read pissed-off body language.

“You can still catch the girl and talk to her,” Holiday continues, proving she doesn’t care I’m silently informing her to quit. “Don’t make me chase her for you because that would be embarrassing. Embarrassing for you. Not me. I’ll have to tell her you sent me, and because you’re a wuss, I’ll have to ask her out for you like we’re in sixth grade.”

I find myself missing the middle of nowhere. Trees, bonfires, mosquitos, mud, bears…. company that didn’t talk.

“She’s out of my league.” I haven’t spoken truer words in months. She was beautiful. She was poised. She was a cool breeze after a hot humid rain. She was that first ray of sunshine in the dark woods. She was the smell of honeysuckle in bloom. She was the first damn thing that made me forget who I am and what I’ve gotten myself into over the past year. That means she was out of my league.

Granted, she was out of my league before I was arrested. Everything from her manicured nails, to her brand-name clothes, to her high-end purse, to the way she held herself said she was about a hundred times higher on the social and economic spectrum than me, but the person I was before would have made the play because I was smooth—just like my father.

“She is not out of your league.” Holiday hounds me. “She smiled at you. I know when a girl likes what she sees, and she liked what she saw in you.”

Tension builds in my neck. Yeah, the girl smiled, but she didn’t know what she was smiling at. I’m a pretty fa├žade on the outside. On the inside, I’m a house of cards teetering on a bad foundation. 


Pre-order SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME, register your purchase and you will receive AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER, a novella that features your favorite Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road characters!

From the Pushing the Limits series, Noah, Beth, Isaiah, West and Logan are all grown up. Catch up with your favorite characters as one of them finally says, "I do."

Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.

This is a limited time offer! So hurry! Registration ends on February 3, 2018! You must register your pre-order to receive AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

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Katie McGarry Bio: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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The Sunday Post #91


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • It's cold, it's warm. It's cold, it's warm. Is this winter crazy or what?

  • I've been reading The Cruel Prince for the last week. While I'm enjoying it, it was moving a little slow. Not sure if it's the lingering reading slump or just a slightly slow start to the book, but I decided to switch to the audio version and it's making all the difference! Holly Black has created such a rich world of Faerie and I'm totally hooked on the story.

  • Our Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Steelers last week and are now in the AFC Championship! Crazy to think we're one game away from the Superbowl!! We're facing the Patriots today and I'll be cheering on the Jags from home. It's exciting how it seems like the whole city is so behind the team. I saw this video this week and thought it was funny. :)


Wednesday, January 17
Top 5 Wednesday:
Forgettable Books


Thursday, January 18
Throwback Thursday Review:
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker


WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:
    
Still reading The Cruel Prince...

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING
 The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

    
KINDLE BOOKS:
Forget Me Not - Willow Winters
Currently free on Amazon!

AUDIO BOOKS:
The Cruel Prince - Holly Black





How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!



Throwback Thursday Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Format: Trade Paperback

Source: Purchased

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon


Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

Originally Read and Reviewed: November 2014
I'm not sure how I first came across Ten Tiny Breaths but it was my first by K.A. Tucker and remains my favorite (although last years Until It Fades is a close second). As a side note, the novella In Her Wake is listed as #0.5 in the Ten Tiny Breaths companion series, but I highly recommend reading it after Ten Tiny Breaths. 
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This book. OMG, this book. Ten Tiny Breaths took me by surprise and it was so much more than I was expecting.

Four years ago Kacey lost almost everything - her parents, her best friend, her boyfriend - in a car accident. All she has left is her younger sister Livie who she is determined to protect. Even so, Kacey descends into the escapism of alcohol, drugs and sex to help numb her loss. Even when she moves past those vices she is still closed off to those around her. And when Livie's well-being is threatened Kacey packs their bags and they flee to Miami for a new start.

"No human can bury their past indefinitely.
"It's only a matter of time before you crack."

Once there she meets Trent, who has just moved into the apartment next door. Trent is the first person she's been drawn to and had feelings for since the accident. As much as she tries to fight against it, she finds herself allowing Trent glimpses of the real Kacey. Her other neighbor is Nora/Storm, a young woman with her own difficult past but is doing her best to raise her five year old daughter.

Despite Kacey's best efforts, these people become an integral part of her new life and she comes to count on them and the friendship and support they offer. But even as she tries to start over, the past won't stay buried and she'll have to confront it if she has any hope of truly moving on.

"Isn't it exhausting?"
"What?"
"Keeping people out."

My first status update when reading this book commented on what a closed-off, prickly character Kacey was. I was worried that it might wear thin fast and I would have difficulty feeling any connection to her. Not so. I warmed to Kacey quickly and wanted so much more for her. She was so completely defined by her past and convinced there was no happiness left for her. Her constant struggle was painful to witness, her tentative steps toward opening herself up to others was hopeful, and her final acceptance was heart wrenching. The 'twist' (which seemed obvious to me, though not in a bad way) was so well done and added so much to the story.

"Give me your heart, Kacey. 
I'll take everything that comes with it."

The secondary characters throughout were so well written and made me want to know more about each of them. I loved the part they each played in Kacey's life. 

"I'll make you whole again, Kacey.
I promise you, I will."

Ten Tiny Breaths is about grief and acceptance, loss and forgiveness, and, ultimately, redemption. And I loved it start to finish.

4.5/5 STARS

Top 5 Wednesday: Forgettable Books


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey.
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This week's Top 5 Wednesday topic: 
Forgettable Books
Whether you liked them or not at the time, 
these are the books you just don't really remember.

I was actually going to skip this week's T5W because I was pretty sure I had no books to fit the topic. But when I started checking GoodReads... oh yeah, there were way more than five. Apparently some were so forgettable that I just forgot about them completely. Ha. These aren't necessarily bad books, and I didn't always dislike them (except when I did), but they were just... forgettable.


I know this was a YA contemporary - and it might have had a religious aspect (don't quote me on that) but I remember nothing about the story. I gave it 3.5 stars on GoodReads but I seemed wishy-washy about that.

This one felt so generic that truly nothing about it stood out or was memorable. I rated it 2.5 on GoodReads.

It's possible I only picked this one up because it featured the same cover models as my beloved Lux series. I can't tell you what this one was about - only that there was no Daemon Black to be found.
I mean, with a title like that is it any wonder... ?
Another YA contemporary. Another 2.5 star rating. Don't remember a thing. 


Have you read any of these?
Have you read books that 
you remember nothing about?