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Review: Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Chasing RiverTitle: Chasing River

Author: K.A. Tucker

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Burying Water (Book #3)

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 1442384794 (Atria Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1442384798 (Atria Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful romance filled with a lush Irish setting and wonderful history. There were a few things that I didn’t love but overall this was a great read!

Opening Sentence: I weave around men and women alike with barely a pardon, struggling not to lose Aengus, nor to let on that I’m tailing him.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Amber Welles has finally decided that it is time to expand her horizons. She has never really traveled much and she still lives in the small town she grew up in. After the ending of a serious relationship she decides it is time to do something she has always dreamed about. She is going to take a long trip and travel through Europe. Her trip is going just as planned and she is having a fabulous time until she is almost blown up. She is currently in Dublin, Ireland and late for her tour bus so she decided to take a short cut through St. Stephens Green when a pipe bomb explodes right by her. Lucky for her a very handsome stranger comes to her rescue, but before she has a chance to thank him he runs off. She isn’t injured, but she can’t stop thinking about the mysterious boy that saved her life and she is determined to find him.

River Delany has lived his whole life in Ireland and he helps to run a pub that has been in his family for generations. He was in St. Stephens Green that day because he knew his older brother Aengus was up to no good. River thought that once Aengus got out of prison he would change his ways, but instead he has gone right back to the terrorist group he was a part of before his imprisonment. He planted a pipe bomb to scare a rival gang, but no was suppose to be around when it went off. Luckily River was there to save the American tourist, but he didn’t stick around after because he doesn’t have the cleanest record. Now the beautiful American girl has tracked him down, and even though he knows that he’s no good for her he can’t seem to stay away.

Amber is sweet girl and she was very easy to like. I loved that she took the initiative to follow her dreams to travel. Most people would just ignore the urge and live their life like everyone expects you too, but I respected that Amber did what she wanted even though her family and friends thought it was crazy. Branching out and leaving home was a really big deal for Amber because she has never done anything like it in her life. She is a planner, but she also had a sporadic streak in her personality that made her a little unpredictable. But the thing I liked best about her was that she is a lost girl trying to figure out her life. Her flaws made her a much more realistic character and they made her easier to relate to. I really enjoyed watching Amber discover herself and become the person she wanted to be.

River is a sexy guy that is totally swoon worthy. He is very loyal and I loved how patriotic he is. He is proud of his Irish lineage and he’s not afraid to talk about it. His relationship with his family is very endearing and it made him even more attractive. He is quite the charmer when he wants to be, but he isn’t really a player which I liked. His past is obviously full of some serious mistakes, but he learned from then and has turned his life around. The relationship between Amber and River is pretty intense.  They have an instant connection and there is some pretty hot chemistry between them. But I felt like their relationship developed quicker then I would have preferred. I still loved their romance, I just wish it wouldn’t have felt so rushed.

Chasing River was a great read filled with steamy romance, great drama, and loveable characters. Probably my favorite thing about this book was how Tucker integrated all the historical things about Ireland. I actually learned a lot of new things about this country while being totally entertained by the story. That to me takes a great talent and not many authors can pull it off as well as Tucker did. Her writing is beautiful and she does a wonderful job of keeping you totally engrossed in her stories. The one complaint I did have was that I felt like the romance was rushed and it was a little overpowering. I realize that this was a romance novel, but I wish the subplot would have been featured more. I liked the idea of the whole terrorist/gangster vibe that was present, I just wish it would have been explored a little bit more. Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to new adult contemporary romance fans.

Notable Scene:

The second we locked eyes, I knew it was him. Those eyes, I don’t think I’ll ever forget them. Except they were deeper, greener than I remembered, like the lush highlands that decorate the Irish tourism magazines. Couple them with a wide, playful smile and an angular jaw hidden behind a few days’ worth of golden scruff, and his face is a perfect blend of handsome features. And I had forgotten his voice—masculine yet melodious, his rich Irish accent obvious not overbearing.

River … It’s an odd name, and yet it seems to suit him.

Burying Water Series:

1. Burying Water

2. Becoming Rain

3. Chasing River

4. Surviving Ice (October 13, 2015)


FTC Advisory:  Atria Books/Simon & Schuster  provided me with a copy of Chasing River.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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