Chasing River

KA Tucker
Chasing River
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Atria Books
Release Date
July 2015
Book 3 of Burying Water
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

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 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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "Fall in Love with a Foreigner" Stars! Lovers of the Burying Water Series will not want to miss KA Tucker's latest installment, CHASING RIVER. Providing a familiar theme--an arguably bad boy hero who is willing to reform his questionable ways for love--in an all new setting (the politically fraught backdrop of Ireland) Ms. Tucker manages to keep this series fresh and new, while still providing an overarching unifying theme.

For those of you who have not had a chance to read the prior books in the Burying Water Series, no worries. As CHASING RIVER fully contains both the entire underlying danger-filled plot and the love story of the hero and heroine within its pages, and therefore can be easily read as a standalone. For those of you who have read this series, however, the heroine, Amber Welles, is the sister of Jesse Welles, the hero from the first book, Burying Water.

Amber has always been the good girl. Having previously always settled for the golden boy, and still having failed to find true love, she is determined on discovering herself while taking a sabbatical from her nursing career in Oregon to travel abroad. On that journey she finds herself in Dublin, Ireland, where she very nearly prematurely ends, not only her trip around the world, but almost her very own life when she happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Fortunately for Amber, before River even meets her, a split second decision, driven by his conscience, causes him to risk everything to save her. Just as quickly as he appears in her life, however, River disappears, leaving Amber full of questions.

As fortune would have it, a glimpse of a memory allows Amber to find her savior, but the more she gets to know him, the more she begins to question just how much of a saint he is. Nonetheless, she can't help but feel their chemistry. Should she indulge that connection, or run away from the imminent danger that no doubt lurks near him? Moreover, with only a few days remaining in her stay in Dublin, just what kind of a future could they possibly have anyway?

Having previously highly enjoyed Burying Water and Becoming Rain, I was confident that I would enjoy the romance and danger tinged background that would no doubt be contained in CHASING RIVER. Fortunately, I was not disappointed, but perhaps what I enjoyed the most, and which was completely unexpected, was the interesting view into Irish politics. Ms. Tucker does a fantastic job of not only laying out the sordid history between the Catholics and Protestants and horrible events that shaped Ireland's history, such as the potato famine, but she also provides an interesting glimpse into the current state of continuing political unrest.

All in all, CHASING RIVER is an interesting addition to the Burying Water Series. Now I can't wait to read Surviving Ice, which is scheduled for release later this year.
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