Thursday, 24 September 2015

Review of Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

The bit on the back…

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 can’t be identified at the scene—so, he fled. 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. Pushing her away 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.


I feel like I have been waiting for this book for ages. As soon as it downloaded I started it. Ugh, I LOVE K.A. Tucker’s writing. The Burying Water series so far has been amazing and made me read the entire Ten Tiny Breaths series too. You should definitely give them both a go.

Chasing River is the third book in the Burying Water series. Although each book can be read as a standalone each novel makes some reference to the story before it so for completeness and in the name of no spoilers you should definitely start with Burying Water. I thought Tucker had topped Burying Water with the second book Becoming Rain but Chasing River is even better than them both.

Chasing River is quite different. It’s the story of River and Amber. Amber was a secondary character from Burying Water and we know a little about her life as a nurse. In this story we see her at the beginning of her travelling Europe adventure starting in Dublin, Ireland. The story starts a little unexpectedly with the characters running into each other, River managing to save Amber’s life. The action starts in chapter 1 and just continues at the same pace.

After she recovers Amber from the accident, something triggers her memory and she searches for River to thank him and this is where our real story begins. Oh man I absolutely love these characters. River is just completely fresh from any of the characters I’ve met in either of Tucker’s series. There is an attraction between the characters that is deeper seated than the usual attraction which is completely to do with River saving Amber. I love that this cemented their initial friendship. There is a lot that River tries to hide from Amber, more for her safety than anything else, but some of his secrets are nearly too much for the couple to handle.

I think the fact that it’s set more close to home than America really meant something too. The story behind the characters is real life, it’s hard hitting and it’s not pretty to read about. This happens to real people. It was a brave subject to write about and it was done with detail and respect and it worked.

I cannot wait for the next instalment to come in October, it’s already on pre-order.

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