Chasing River by K.A. Tucker – Review

screen-shot-2015-04-01-at-10-51-36-pmSynopsisArmed 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.

Rebecca Review-001*This is the third book of Burying Water Series, but it can be read as a standalone. You can read my review for Burying Water HERE and Becoming Rain HERE.

I really enjoyed the first two books of this series and couldn’t wait to read the next installment. Amber was a supporting character in Burying Water and was quite interesting but obviously dealing with heartache. This book started off with quite a bang, literally.  I found myself hooked from the first chapters. Even though River appeared to be the dashing hero, it was obvious he had to be hiding some dark secrets. I adored him despite his possible background.

–the white knight, riding in to save her and sweep her off her feet – is effectively dead and buried.

While it wasn’t as suspenseful as Burying Water, there were a few unique twists and turns. Having the dual points of view was an added bonus, as well. I loved being inside River’s head. He was such a complex and interesting character in addition to his obvious sex appeal. I’m not usually a fan of insta-connection, but it was so well written here.  Due to external circumstances, their attraction to each other was realistic. However, the real life complications were even more realistic and heartfelt.

I’ll take the bait. I’ll chase you, River.

The country of Ireland turned out to be one of the most interesting aspects of this story. Ms. Tucker did not just give the obvious tourist information. It was like actually having a first rate tour with a lifelong resident. There was in depth discussion and detailed information about lesser known Irish landmarks. It added to the allure of Irish people and it’s political strife for the last several decades.  The supporting cast, especially Ivy was first rate. This is a positive trait I’ve come to expect from all of Tucker’s books. I cannot wait for in the next installment.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and my adoration for K.A. Tucker only grows. I felt the final chapters were a little rushed, and I still had lingering questions. Despite that, it didn’t hinder my love for River and Amber, and I am hopeful there will be an update in book 4. I highly recommend this series to any NA fan who enjoys some suspense and well developed story-lines.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria books for my advanced copy.
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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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