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Chasing River: A Novel (The Burying Water Series) Paperback – July 7, 2015
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Praise for Chasing River:
"A gripping addition to the Burying Water series…Tucker’s fans will tear through this passionate, fast-paced tale and be ready for more." (Booklist)
“Tucker masterfully keeps the reader wondering about how the story could possibly end. Chasing River is a compelling tale about fighting for love and exploring the need to walk away.” (New York Journal of Books)
Praise for Burying Water:
"Another addictive triumph for the impressively prosaic Tucker." (Globe and Mail)
"A smart and sexy thrill ride...Tucker's best writing yet." (Karina Halle New York Times bestselling author on Becoming Rain)
“Tucker deftly steers the damsel-in-(serious, nearly fatal, possibly mob-related)-distress-rescued-by-a-knight-in-shining armor storyline, making these star-crossed lovers compelling. A sexy romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner.” (Kirkus Reviews on Burying Water)
"Unique, engrossing, and heartbreaking. Burying Water is a mesmerizing read that will keep you captivated until the very last page." (Rachel Van Dyken #1 New York Times bestselling author)
"Dark, ominous, and sexy...compelling from beginning to end." (Laura Kaye New York Times bestselling author on Burying Water)
Praise for Five Ways to Fall:
"Lush, atmospheric, and addictive, with a romance that sizzles. Guard your heart." (Amber Hart author of Before You)
"You'll only need one reason to fall in love with K.A.Tucker." (Jennifer L. Armentrout #1 New York Times bestselling author on Five Ways to Fall)
About the Author
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series and the novels He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, and Keep Her Safe. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.
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In the course of her world travels Amber finds herself in Dublin, Ireland, where she has a very unconventional first meeting with River. I admired Amber’s confidence and independence in traveling by herself and exploring new places. Due to her father’s profession as a sheriff, Amber was a rule follower who did what others expected of her. It was fun watching her let loose a bit, especially with her traveling bucket list. I would have gone chasing after River, too.
River’s character sucked me in from the very beginning. His struggle between his feelings for Amber and his duty to his family was palpable. He was a good guy and quite a charmer. I loved his passion for the pub and his country. River was incredibly loyal, which did get him into some trouble. However, he also opened Amber’s eyes to that fact that everything is not always black and white. The pair had a distinct and special connection that was easy to understand.
The setting of this story was vivid and captivating. Tucker did a fantastic job of showcasing Ireland’s complicated history, especially the political unrest. I greatly enjoyed the relationships between the main and secondary characters, especially where spunky Ivy was concerned. The beauty of Tucker’s stories is their uniqueness. Chasing River was a welcome and refreshing change of pace. I truly love everything Tucker writes, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Surviving Ice!
*An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*
River is a complex character. I enjoyed learning a bit more about Ireland through his eyes and about the IRA. Very interesting. Amber Wells is the twin sister of Jesse from Burying Water. She is the goody two shoes, play by the rules kind of girl. When she is dumped by her doctor boyfriend, she decides to spend the next two years taking the trip of a lifetime.
While I love KA Tucker, and her writing. I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would. The cover is stunning, the setting is beautiful and makes me want to visit, but I felt the character development and the suspense was lacking. I felt like it dragged on and I wanted the relationship to move faster.
I still suggest this read, as you will be transported away to Ireland.
On a normal day, twenty-four-year-old River Delaney would be getting up to open his family pub. But today, River is following his brother Aengus into St. Stephen’s Green. It’s only 7:30 in the morning, and Aengus is acting sketchy, carrying a black leather satchel close to his body. When he reaches a field, Aengus kneels down, unzips the satchel and lays a pipe bomb in the grass. When River sees what his brother is doing, he attempts to talk him out it, but Aengus warns him to immediately get out of there. That’s when River notices a woman jogging straight for the bomb.
Amber is on a leave of absence from her work as a nurse. She plans to visit fifteen different countries over a four-month period. After spending three and half weeks in Canada, Amber is now in Dublin, Ireland. She’s running late for a day tour, so she decides to take a shortcut through a field in St. Stephen’s Green. She doesn’t realize it, but she’s jogging towards a pipe bomb that is just about to detonate. Before she has time to process what is happening, a man plows into Amber, sending her flying through the air. He lands on top of her just before an explosion rips through the field. When the dust settles, the man checks to see if she was injured. After he sees that she is okay, he runs off. Amber realizes two things: he was protecting her from the explosion, and she didn’t get to thank him.
Besides the sweet romance between the main characters, what I love most about Chasing River is the history I was able to learn about Ireland. Tucker begins her novel with a three-page author’s note. She addresses the political and religious divisions between Ireland and England, which eventually led to Ireland’s attempt to break away from England. More important to this story is what we learn about the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and the role it has played throughout Irish history. The Delaney family has a long history of being involved with the Irish Republican Army, so pay close attention to the author’s note because what you learn will be very relevant to this story. This Irish history lesson lends to the suspense element in this story, making Chasing River one of the best romantic suspense novels that I have read in recent months.
We also learn more Irish history through River and his family. I really liked how the author shows us how much each member of the Delaney family values his or her Irish heritage. At one point in the novel, Amber sits in a pub and listens to a real Irish storyteller. We are able to enjoy the story as Amber listens to what is being said. I thought this was very creative feature of Chasing River. K.A. Tucker quickly captured my attention with this story. The unique setting of Dublin, Ireland feels very authentic when you combine it with the dialect, expressions and history Tucker includes in her writing.
I was able to discern real character growth in both protagonists, but especially in Amber. Before she leaves on her trip, Amber is encouraged by a friend to step outside of her comfort zone, and I feel there are several times in this story where she does just that. Amber takes a good look at her life, and she realizes that she wants to make the best decisions for her, not based on what others expect of her. I truly enjoyed River and Amber as a couple. Long distance relationships are never easy, and I would love to read more about their relationship in a future novel of the Burying Water series. So far, they are my favorite couple written by Tucker. I also consider 6-star Chasing River to be my favorite novel written by K.A. Tucker, and I am adding it to my list of 2015 favorites!
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I started reading this book and at just 5% into the book Chasing River went from a potential 5 Star Book to a definite 5 Star book.Read more