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.Chasing River by K. A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #3
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, General, Romance, Suspense
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!
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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.