Review Tour – Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Chasing River (Burying Water #3)

by K. A. Tucker

Summary: 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.

Source: I received a copy from NetGalley and signed up to participate in the review tour in exchange for an honest review.

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Chasing River was awesome! It was a lot different from the other K.A. Tucker books I’ve read, mostly because it took place in Ireland and dealt with Irish politics. Amber was the sister of Jesse from Burying Water and she wanted to take a couple of months to travel the world before settling down in her tiny Oregon town. One of her stops was Ireland, where she got involved in a terrible mess and met River Delaney.

I hardly ever read books set in Ireland that aren’t fantasies or written by Irish authors, so I really enjoyed the setting. I like that there was some focus on the IRA and Northern Ireland politics because it played a major role in me and my grandmother not visiting Northern Ireland on our trip in 2013. I was familiar with many of the places since I spent two weeks there and I loved experiencing everything through Amber’s eyes.

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River was a complicated guy. His older brother got out of prison and aligned himself with some newer IRA groups who focused more on terrorism than the core values that the IRA used to stand for. River didn’t want anything to do with it, but he also wasn’t about to let his brother get arrested or in trouble because he felt that it was his duty to keep his family together. However, after saving Amber from certain death, he couldn’t help but think about her from time to time. And when she stumbled upon his family owned pub, River had no choice but to deal with her.

For Amber, who always did the right thing and was the perfect Sheriff’s daughter, getting involved with River was something she would have never considered. But she was supposed to be taking risks and making memories on her trip, so she decided to just for it and chase River until they could figure out what was happening between them.

While in my own experience, I found the Irish to be genuinely friendly despite me being an American, I realize that my time was spent in Southern Ireland, where that’s basically the case. River and his family were in Dublin, but hailed from Northern Ireland. It created a conflict because Amber was not only American, her family name had British roots and the Northern Irish still have issues with Britain. For River to be crushing on an American girl with British ancestry was a big deal for him.

I loved the conflict in Chasing River. I loved watching River fall for Amber and watching Amber take risks she never would have taken if she wasn’t purposely vacationing to find herself. I liked the way their relationship mirrored Jesse and Alex’s relationship and how Amber had to decide what was good and bad and understand shades of grey.

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I highly recommend Chasing River. While it is the third book in the Burying Water series, it can be read as a standalone, as the other character’s and their backstories are not crucial to the story. However, K.A. Tucker writes awesome books that you don’t want to skip, so you might as well buy the whole series and read them all. I tried skipping over some books in the Ten Tiny Breaths series only to end up reading them all in order anyway. K.A. Tucker is my go to contemporary author and I highly recommend all of her books.

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About K.A. Tucker:

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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