Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
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.
CHASING RIVER by K.A. Tucker is the third installment in the Burying Water Series and giving it anything under five cups of coffee would not only be a huge disservice to the author herself, but to every potential reader out there. The first two books in this series, BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, solidified my love for Tucker through the combination of her writing style and her ability to make you feel personally connected with every single character. But CHASING RIVER intensified my love for Tucker’s series and I would be lying if I said it didn’t leave me an emotional, daydreaming mess by the end.
Amber Welles has left everything she’s ever known back in a small town in Oregon, and ventured off on a multi-destination trip in order to find a version of herself opposite of the convenient, quaint routine she once lived. On one particular morning, she finds herself running through a taped-off, grassy Irish field to catch a morning tour of the foreign country, but is quickly pummeled into the ground by a man in an effort to save a woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Running off quickly after, finding the man who saved Amber immediately becomes her mission for the remainder of her stay in Ireland. However, she doesn’t realize the very thing that this stranger protected her from is the same thing that will keep them apart.
River Delaney was only cleaning up the mess that his criminally-influenced brother, Aengus, had created, but he doesn’t know this mess will also lead to a connection stronger than he’s ever felt before. After tracking him down, River realizes Amber isn’t a mess to be forgotten, but the chance of adding her to a life full of dodging law enforcement just doesn’t seem feasible.
“A river may be diverted, its waters pooled, its natural course interrupted. But its current will only ever truly flow one way.”
Amber and River both hold something that the other has never realized they needed until now, but River’s family has always come first, even if it means putting himself last in an effort to save everyone. Their struggle to be together despite the violence brought about from hundreds of years of Irish conflict kept me addicted through the entirety of the story, and even makes me emotional whilst writing this review. The Burying Water Series is by far my favorite out of everything Tucker has published and honestly, rating CHASING RIVER as five cups of coffee doesn’t even seem to do this story justice.
And don’t forget BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series…
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.