We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review Tour for K.A. Tucker’s CHASING RIVER! CHASING RIVER is a Suspenseful Romance novel, and the third novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. CHASING RIVER is set to be released July 7, 2015! If you haven’t already, be sure to grab BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series!!
I loved, Chasing River, the 3rd book in the Burying Water series. I loved the history of Ireland, (I am Irish-Italian and my Irish ancestry is from Cork Ireland, it was so cool reading a little about it in the book) and as well, I loved reading about the history of the IRA, I loved the strong familial ties, and of course I loved the relationship between River and Amber it was dynamic and endearing.
This book opens with a bit of a history lesson. Don’t let that frighten or steer you away. It was enlightening. It took me back to the memories of the news reports of my youth when the bombings and reports of killings and unrest were occurring on a minute to minute basis in Ireland. I would sit in front of the television with my parents, feeling angry, baffled and even a bit frightened. I never fully understood what was going on or why it was happening. Only that it didn’t make any sense to me. To me, K.A. Tucker does a great job explaining for what reasons both sides were fighting, in both past and present day.
One day, Amber Welles is quickly walking through an Ireland park with her head down in a map. Seemingly, from out of now where, River Delaney knocks her to the ground as a bomb goes off. River leaves her after checking to see if she’s okay. She’s left with bruises, confusion over what the hell just happened, and who just saved her life, and why. She has nothing to tell the police when they arrive. They leave their card, and ask her to call should she remember more. Therein lies the issue for Amber. She does remember a few things. But she doesn’t think the guy who saved her life was the same who set the bomb, but why did he run? She needs to find out.
Amber Welles, is a nurse and daughter of Sheriff Welles, and sister of Jesse, from Burying Water. She has diligently saved her money to travel the world. She hopes to make memories of a lifetime and figure out who exactly, Amber Welles is. She knew that in order to do that, she needed to get away from the overprotectiveness of her father, the practical mind of her mother and be free of the scrutinizing eyes of both. Going out on her own goes against her practical, good girl, always following the rules, nature. But she’s determined, she knows that if she doesn’t do this now, before she is tied down to a family, she never will. So she sets out on a journey that is sure to change her life in ways she could never predict.
River Delaney, is a bartender, and son of pub owners of one of the oldest pubs (Delaney’s) in Dublin, Marion and Seamus Delaney. He has two brother’s the oldest and the one who brings on the most trouble, Aengus and the youngest, most responsible and fun-loving of the three, Rowen. River’s family has a rich history with the IRA and of Ireland’s struggles.
It is this struggle that brings on the chance meeting between River and Amber. River is not the type of guy Amber would normally date, she dates doctors and business men, he doesn’t normally date straight laced “good girls”, but they instantly hit it off and there is an undeniable connection. That is until she learns the truth.
Here’s the thing about this book that had me nervous and happy all in the same. It had insta-lust (which I usually hate) but it was handled with a beautiful romance and the heroine staying true to who she is! I LOVED the ending, because while the ending is an HEA, it is a realistic HEA.
I appreciate that the author did not feel it necessary to wrap the ending up in a nice, neat package. For me, with the way she ended it, K. A. Tucker maintained the integrity of the character of Amber.
It was perfect!
This book had it all for me, a beautiful romance, humor and suspense. This is a top May read!