Book Review : Chasing River by K A Tucker

July 6, 2015 Book review 18 ★★★★

The excitement when I got this book to read wasn’t too far below fever pitch! I have been listening to this series via audio and loving it. So I was going to want to read this anyway but add in the Dublin setting and I was one very happy person to be approved on NetGalley for an advanced copy.

Book Review : Chasing River by K A TuckerChasing River by K. A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #3
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, General, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

First Line of Chasing River by K A Tucker

“I weave around men and women alike with barely a pardon, struggling not to lose Aengus, not to let on that I’m tailing him.”

My Thoughts on Chasing River by K A Tucker

OK, as much as I was excited about that Dublin setting, I was also very nervous.  It could go horribly wrong if it felt phony.  And add in the IRA theme to the book and I had to take a few deep breaths before I started.

I though K A Tucker did a great job with putting everything in context.  She explained Irish history deftly and simply and it set the scene perfectly for the events that happened.  Now I will say that the IRA addition added a sinister vibe to the book and I’d hate for people to think that Ireland isn’t peaceful.  It is and you have little to no chance of encountering a pipe bomb while strolling around Dublin.

BUT it does happen, in contained circles and if you were to go looking for trouble you would find it.  And I think Chasing River shows exactly how this happened for River’s brother and how River got dragged into it.  I did buy into the plot and it felt plausible.

I loved the characters Amber and River and felt they had a lovely chemistry together.  Amber is an American (and appeared in book 1 of this series as Jesse’s sister) who is travelling the world for a few months.  On her Ireland leg, she mets River when she gets caught up in a bomb explosion and he throws himself in front of her to save her from the blast.

I thought Amber had impressive growth during the book.  She is a snob and that really irritated me but then I realised that most of it is driven by being too overly concerned with what other people thought.  I loved that she started to shed that layer during the book and learned to find what she really wanted and to just go for it.  I enjoyed that she chased River too (yep the clue is in the title!).  I like when women can be confident and assertive and not waste time playing games.

And I loved everything about River.  He is cheeky, protective, full of family values and proud of who he is and where he came from.  If I want to get all Irish in my review, I’d tell you that he is a ride!  I did get a jaw dropping moment during the book though when some of his past was revealed.  It was so unexpected and so well concealed up to that point.  I love when a book delivers that element of shock to me.

I did find there were a couple of strange expressions in the book that rang false.  For example, this one.  I would say bloody and I would say grand, just not all together like that.  I’m just being a bit picky here and I don’t think any non Irish person would notice this but it did make me raise my eyebrows as it’s a bit Hollywood Irish!

“feels bloody grand”

Overall this was a page-turner with an intriguing setting, a swoony romance and fantastic characters.  Bring on the next in the series ASAP, I’m addicted!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Chasing River by K A Tucker?

I’d highly recommend this to you if you like swoony romances, well-developed, complex characters and Irish settings.  If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series, you will find the same gangster setting edge in this one and I think you’ll also like this one.


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18 Responses to “Book Review : Chasing River by K A Tucker”

    • trish

      Great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did whenever you get to it in that long stack of books! 🙂

    • trish

      I know, it’s my pet hate. There isn’t too much of that here though. That one phrase grated on me but a lot of it was spot on. I enjoyed it!

    • trish

      I was ready to be super critical with it as it’s a setting I know so well but it worked! I do highly recommend this series.

  1. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I’m willing to give this series a shot. I thought she was only a YA author so I’ve overlooked her work, but I’ll read about 20-somethings if the plot is right. This sounds really intriguing but it sounds like something I must read in order, so I’ll look for the first one.

    I understand your head-shaking over the wrong slang the author used; I really don’t like it when authors don’t get the setting, language, or behavior spot-on when writing. Also I’ve lived in several states here in this country, and sometimes a book will stereotype the folks who live in a certain area or get their dialect wrong, and it’s a head-shaking moment. You can tell when authors don’t live in the location they write about and try too hard to get it right.

    This is one reason I won’t read fiction books about people with Aspergers. One of my young adult kids is living with it and so much in fiction is stereo-typed and gets it wrong, so it bugs me. Also gives other people the wrong impression.

    Thanks for allowing me to chat. Missed your weekly Sunday post this week 🙂 Hope you are happy-busy and not just busy-busy lately.
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Mellow Mondays- Inward Reflection

    • trish

      For some reason, this particular series is classed as New Adult but it’s not it’s adult. They are a mixture of contemporary romance with a bit of suspense. I love the characters and it’s a series I’ve become addicted to!
      I hate stereo-types in books too. It’s even dangerous as it’s too easy to assume that the author has researched the subject well and think you have learnt something but that can be far from reality.
      I had my Sunday Post all ready to go but I ended up out all day and knew I wouldn’t have time to chat and visit others so I decided not to post it this week. At least I have most of the prep done for next week now anyway! 🙂

  2. Christy

    Yay I loved this. My review will post Thursday. Yeah, I get you wouldn’t want people to think Ireland is dangerous like that, but hopefully people wouldn’t get all their world views from one fiction book. I can’t wait for Ivy’s book.
    Christy recently posted…Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

    • trish

      Looking forward to your review Christy. This is fast becoming one of my fav contemporary romance series. I just love all the characters. And yes Ivy is so fascinating, I can’t wait to learn more about her.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I absolutely love books set in Ireland but I do always wonder how accurate it is. I’m glad to hear this is fairly accurate. I am a bit disappointed that you don’t say “bloody” and “grand” together but I suppose I can get past that! Glad you enjoyed this one! This is an author I’ve really been wanting to try and the setting especially on this one appeals to me.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…The Summer Reading Book Tag

    • trish

      Well I do use both words a lot if that is any consolation! I do recommend this series a lot, it has a lovely mix of contemp romance with a little suspense and so many characters that I love spending time with.

    • trish

      I saw him first! I love this series so much! The slight suspense element and the characters I care about just make it so attractive to me.

    • trish

      No, I know it isn’t! The only thing you might like is the Irish history that is in it, it’s actually really well researched. But apart from that, it’s not your style.

  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I was just talking to a friend about Ireland, so I hope you and Dani have your couches ready, because I want to come back for a visit! LOL. Especially after reading this book. I loved Amber and River together and I agree- it was nice to see her being the pursuer!

    • trish

      Forget the couch, you can have my comfiest bed! Anytime! And Amber and River were so sweet together, I loved spending time with them. I just love everything about this whole series and can’t wait for the next book.

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