Title: Chasing River
Series: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Published: July 2015
Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.
Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.
Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.
And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.
**Note: This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review!!
Ana and Celeste will put Chasing River on their top shelf!
Ana: 4.5 stars! Ever since I had an all-encompassing but short-lived obsession with the band U2 in my youth, I’ve been intrigued by all things Irish. And, although my love for the band has mellowed to a simmer, my interest in the country continues. So, imagine my joy when I discovered that this latest installment in the Burying Water series actually takes place in Ireland! Ms. Tucker does a fantastic job, as always, of setting the scene for this story and, in this case, going above and beyond to provide a short history of Ireland and the IRA for any of her readers who aren’t familiar with it. Immediately, I was pulled into the romance and danger of this country’s history and thrown for a loop as the explosive first scene unraveled. This book certainly starts with a bang!
I loved both the main characters here – Amber, the girl whose heart has been broken and has set out on an adventure around the world and River, the Irish bartender whose done time, battles his family and has a heart of gold. The chemistry between these two is wonderful and I absolutely adored the fact that, in this case, it’s Amber who does the chasing and who puts her heart out there and takes a chance. I enjoyed the dual POVs because hearing the thoughts of both the main characters always makes a book more enjoyable for me. The more I heard from these two, the more I loved them. Amber was stronger than she gave herself credit for and River was charming and sweet (oh…and super sexy…let’s not forget that…sigh). I also loved River’s brother, Rowan, and would like Ms. Tucker to consider this my official plea for a book about him!! Ultimately, this is a story about family and about doing what is right, not just what’s expected. It’s about making tough decisions and understanding that they may have consequences. And, of course, it’s about love.
The romance, paired with the danger involved in being entangled with the IRA, made this book unique and I couldn’t put down. If you haven’t read a book by this author, this is a good one to try. And, if you have and, like me, adore her work, then don’t wait…grab this book as soon as you can and fall in love with Amber, River and all things Irish!
Celeste: 4.5 swooning stars I have all the feels right now, and can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read my first KA Tucker book. I can’t wait to read more of her words.
The synopsis will give you an idea of the story, but I want to tell you how it made me feel. Two words: in love. I felt it. The connection River and Amber had was amazing. And the way Ms. Tucker wrote about it so beautifully just made magic for me. It was as if all of a sudden I was right in the middle of this torrid affair (jk lol!)…there was just the right amount of push and pull, kisses and butterflies in my belly. I couldn’t wait for each time the two of them met up. I fell in love right along side them. And, the sexy times were just perfect too…the right amount of naughty without being over the top, and it was all so intimate and romantic.
As much as I loved the romance though, the story kept me burning through the pages just as much. Ireland is rich in it’s history, so much was touched on here. But then too, the IRA is full of history as well…..
I also have a personal connection to the story. No, not IRA, but my husband is Irish and I’ve visited the country over a dozen times, but there’s more than that. The dynamic of of River’s family reminds me of my husband’s. I’ll just leave it at that, but it really made me connect with Amber and what she walked into with the Delaneys.
For the record I was convinced bird was not accurate. In all my years I have never heard any woman referred to that way, but I *just* checked with my husband and I stand corrected! My Cork husband said it’s very English, which makes sense as this had to do with Northern Ireland…although I’ve never heard a Dubliner use it. I’ll be on the lookout now
I will admit I skimmed over the story telling parts, and if I were to reread the book I would of course go slower, but honestly, I had to find out what would happen and couldn’t force myself to slow down. I’m bad like that!
Greedy reader alert: I would have loved more of an epilogue, finding out exactly where River and Amber end up in a year’s time, but that is me being a very greedy reader and not wanting the story to end. I know they got their HEA, but I just loved them and wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I wanted to roll around and bask in their love story.
Lastly, I also want to hear Rowen’s story. He has one to tell even though up until now he was never dragged in. I am really hoping Ms. Tucker sits down with him. please?
Rec this? YES YES YES YES YES. If you love a romance that has a great storyline to go with it, this is a must for your TBR!