Excerpt of He will be my ruin by KA Tucker 

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for K.A. Tucker’s HE WILL BE MY RUIN! HE WILL BE MY RUIN is a Romantic Suspense novel, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, and is set to be released February 2, 2016!


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Look, I’m just…” I stare at my reflection in the mirror, my eyes lined with bags, my skin sallow, my hair matted. I look like someone who sat in bed for twenty-four hours, eating cold pizza from the box I had delivered last night and polishing off a bottle of vodka, all while reading the deepest and darkest thoughts from the last fifteen years of Celine Gonzalez’s life. Discovering things that I could have happily gone the rest of my life without knowing.

​Which is exactly what I’ve done.

​I can barely keep my eyes open and yet I know that sleep will not grant me a reprieve. “I’m dealing with a few private matters.”

​“Well, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to fit you in when you decide that you’re ready.”

​“You will, because your boss wants my money.” I hang up before I hear her snippy answer and stare at the journal in my hands.

​I was torn between starting from the latest diary first and easing myself in with the oldest one, afraid that I wasn’t ready for what might lie within those last pages. That I wasn’t ready to witness just how Celine had lost herself.

​And then I picked up a pink book with butterflies on it—the earliest dated journal—and read a thirteen-year-old Celine recount her major crush on my boyfriend at the time: a tall, gangly guy named Jordan who kissed her behind our house one day while I was changing into my bathing suit upstairs. She felt so guilty, she couldn’t sleep for a week. Through tears, I laughed—because I hadn’t even given that guy a moment’s thought in years—and I knew then that starting at the beginning of Celine’s story was the only way to do this.

​And so I did, living the past fifteen years through Celine’s eyes, since the days she and Rosa still lived with me. It wasn’t hard to follow along. She dated every single entry. Some days she didn’t have a lot to say. Other days she’d fill an entire page, even writing along the margin. She seemed to follow a simple rule as the years progressed: one page per day, no more.

​So many days.

​So many confessions.

​So many things that made my heart swell.

​And so many that made my heart bleed with pain.


He Will Be My Ruin

Maggie comes to her cousin’s flat after she commits suicide to sort her flat out and get it ready to be emptied. From the beginning she is struggling to fathom why Celeste would commit suicide, her instincts are telling her that it is not true.

However as she is working on the flat, she makes a discovery which leads to more. Her suspicions are then raised, which is why she makes more enquiries to the lead detective on the case. The police don’t see it as anything other than an open and shut suicide case. The mystery around what she finds, the mysterious ‘jay’ and ‘L’ and some secrets that she discovers in the first half of the book have her deciding to take matters further.

Whilst she’s uncovering more secrets that change her perception of the suicide, she is also enamoured with Grady who lives in the apartment building. Grady is so sweet and I absolutely adore how he slowly integrates himself into Maggie’s life. At this point as they were getting to know each other, I had no idea where the story was going, it was a complete mystery. Grady was his own person and his connection to Maggie was really interesting to read. So many secrets though in this book, my head doesn’t know what to believe.

Who is this man that Celeste calls her ‘ruin’, there are so many twists and turns. At one point I thought I had the story sussed and then nope, later on I am back to being totally confused again, my head was reeling after I’d finished the book. I honestly have never had so much going on in my head and still want to know more even if I had a lot of questions that needed to be answered whilst I was reading it.

The answers do come and oh boy, you don’t expect anything that actually happens, I was just like, okay well did that really just happen? Seriously?!

I can’t elaborate without spoiling the story but for anyone who is dithering about whether to read this book, go and read it! Don’t just trust my words, have a look, this book will take you on a journey and you’ll end up thinking what the heck did I just read, but every signle moment is worth that mind boggle.

A mysterious suspense filled read, a treat for all KA Tucker fans!

5 star read!




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.



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About K.A. Tucker:

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.






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