Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

July 6th, 2015 Kimberly Review 68 Comments

6th Jul
Chasing River by K.A. Tucker
Chasing River
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #3
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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


K. A. Tucker has become one of my favorite authors and her Burying Water series is among my favorites. I jumped into Chasing River without reading the synopsis and was delighted to find we were not in Oregon but Dublin! Amber Welles is traveling and it is here that her life is about to change. Filled with suspense, tender moments and a look into some of Ireland’s history Chasing River delivered all that I hoped for and more. While this is classified as NA, it has the feel of an adult novel.

Five Caffeinated reasons to grab a copy of Chasing River

  • We met Amber in previous books; Despite her family’s concerns she is traveling abroad on a three-month adventure. She just arrived in Dublin, Ireland the previous night and is cutting through Steven’s Greens, to make it to a scheduled tour when out of nowhere a young Irishman saves her life and runs off. The tale that unfolds shares growth, the complications of family and the realization that sometimes love is not at all how you imagined or where you thought you would find it.
  • River Delaney is twenty-four and destined to run his family owned pub in Dublin. The Stag has been a part of his family for over two hundred years. He is the middle brother and has a lot on his plate for such a young man. There is his Dad’s health, his younger brother’s schooling and dealing with complications caused by his brother Aengus and his involvement with the IRA. River is complicated and I felt for him. Tucker gives us an inside look at the struggles one faces when a loved one is involved in violent activity. She pushes the boundaries of loyalty and love.
  • Amber Welles has spunk. Imagine traveling alone to foreign countries. After the young Irishman saved her life, she cannot help thinking about him. She spots something on the street and it gives her the clue she needs to find the young man and thank him. Amber is adventurous and carries with her a bucket list of things to do on her journey from simple things like dressing like a bond girl to sun bathing naked. She also has her life mapped out from the type of guy she will fall for to where she will live and work. Life experience tells us this almost never happens and I enjoyed watching Amber push herself, discover new things and take chances.
  • Ireland’s history and the IRA is a subject I know bits and pieces about and Tucker did a wonderful job of sharing its history. How the IRA formed and where it is today are vastly different and she gave us a clear untainted picture leaving the reader to reserve judgement and perhaps pique their interest. She also shared stories from the potato famine and this was one of my favorite scenes in the novel. It had me shed a tear and at the same time increased my longing to visit Dublin.
  • Secondary characters, family and a delicious romance all set against the beautiful backdrop of Dublin, Ireland had me swooning. You could feel their attraction to each other, and his reluctance to bring her into his complicated world. I loved that she pushed back and chased River. Their romance certainly had a few bumps, but they talked and shared keeping the angst low. Tucker added suspense, danger and some intense scenes that forced growth keeping me fully vested in the outcome. She kept me flipping the pages in search of my HEA.

Chasing River was a wonderful tale that grabbed me from the very first page and never let go. Amber and River are strong characters that one cannot help but fall for. Another winner from Tucker as Chasing River gave me all the feels and depth I have come to expect from the Burying Water series.

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68 Responses to “Chasing River by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Dre

    I’ve seen this series around but I never knew that this a romantic “suspense”. I thought it was just your typical read. I am willing to start this series soon. Plus, it’s in Ireland. Definite plus points!

  2. Lindy

    I’m reading this tomorrow! I can’t wait to read about Ireland and it’s history. Amber is my favorite kind of character! I love that she’s independent, adventurous, and fun! K.A. Tucker is a wonderful author. Lovely Review Kim!

  3. Lexxie

    I agree, Chasing River was so well done, and I loved being able to visit Dublin with Amber, the way she discovered both the country and part of its history was awesome! And River *sighs* what a character, right? Always fighting to do the right thing… but not always knowing what that was.
    Great review, Kim!

  4. Lily

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this one too Kim! I absolutely LOVED it and a certain Irish man may have played a large role. On the other hand, I love the K.A Tucker always researches the heck out of her subjects and I loved that we got a proper untainted lesson on the IRA. It was extremely insightful and well done.

  5. Deborah

    Oh, I like the sound of this. I’m not overly fond of straight romance novels, but add a bit of suspense and I’m in!!! I haven’t heard of the series so wonder if there’s a romantic element in each of the books. Does Amber fall in love in each one I wonder? That would make her adoration of River less appealing… if you know next book it will be someone else?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These tend to be a little heavier on the suspense I think you will enjoy them. Each book involves different characters.

  6. Teddyree

    I love characters with spunk and I like low-angst romance. Another series I really want to start on!

  7. Jeann

    I really enjoyed Becoming Rain, so I’m naturally looking forward to this one, with the sweeping views of Ireland and everything! Wonderful review Kimba.

  8. Aubrey Wynne

    Oh, I wish I had read this before I went to Dublin. But reading it now will put a smile back on my face! Thanks for a great review and introducing me to an interesting book.

  9. Katherine

    I’ve been wanting to read K.A. Tucker and I love that this one is set in Ireland! Do I need to read the previous books in the series first or can I jump in here and backtrack?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No Katherine you can jump right in. I think you will like the series though..each is slightly different but all are romantic suspense

  10. Lola

    I have the first book in this series on my to-read list as I kept seeing great reviews for it and I just have to give it a try now. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much! I especially like the sound of this book taking place in Dublin. And that’s good to hear you meet Amber in previous books already, I like that in series where they change main characters in each book if we already meet the character in previous books. And the romance sounds well done as wel, and they actually talk things though, I like the sound of that. Great review!

  11. Lanie

    I like the sounds of this one, the whole Irish crime organization element is really intriguing!

  12. Heidi

    I really liked this one as well. I appreciated that it wasn’t all drama and angst, and I loved the setting and the characters. I think this was my favorite in the series to date.

  13. Kathy

    At some point, I need to read these. I have the first two on audiobook and still haven’t ventured into them. I don’t know what my hold up is, except maybe so many new books coming out that my older ones keep getting pushed back. I can’t keep up! *pulls hair*

  14. Kristin

    I just re-started Burying Water because this is coming out! For some reason I had assumed the first book had no closure and I didn’t get into it. Then I started reading the reviews for this one and I quickly realized that it’s all new characters – sort of 😉

    Great review, what I skimmed, b/c yeah, I’m reading these NOW!!! No offense, right?!?!?!?!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Each is a standalone. No worries, but I keep them spoiler free..if it isn’t mentioned in synopsis I am mum about it..LOL

  15. Ramona

    A lot of people seem to like this series, so I added it too, but haven’t got to it yet. Romantic suspense is a great thing to try in the summer 🙂 Perfect with a cold drink. Love the review!

      • Ramona

        Kim, I’m so sorry to hear that! Hubs has had it the year before last and I know how horrible it can get. I hope you feel better soon! Many hugs <3

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series has been so good Quinn, the growth in her as a writer from her previous series (which I loved by the way) has been impressive.

  16. amanda

    I’ve just read Trish’s review of this. It seems to be a great read although I haven’t read the previous books. Also it’s based here so thats another plus!

  17. Madiha

    I have Burying Water on my shelf but I haven’t read it yet, but I agree, K.A. Tucker has been an amazing author so far. I especially adored her Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie. Haha, what are those hot steam icons? Never seen them before…Beautiful review, as always, Kim 🙂

  18. Jenny

    I think the Ireland element of this one would be particularly fascinating for me Kim – we took a Black Cab tour while we were in Belfast and learned a bit about the IRA and the political history when things were really difficult over there. Must read!

  19. kindlemom1

    I have this coming up for review this week as well and I loved it every bit as much as you did so high fives you! Hope you had an awesome weekend. 😉

  20. Nick

    So glad you enjoyed this one as well, Kim! I loved River and Amber too and the chemistry was so intense. I definitely felt their connection. Can’t wait for Ivy’s book next! I was hoping for Elmira, but I liked Ivy a lot in this one, so I’m happy! 😀

  21. Melliane

    One day I’ll have to try this author, everyone seems to love her and her books. I’m starting to be quite curious.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes…you so need to try this series in particular. Sorry I have been MIA. I got sick on the 4th and have pneumonia again. Sadly it leaves me weak and I haven’t done much except sleep and do treatments.

  22. Silvia

    I should really start this series . . . I have the second instalment at home and a friend of mine told me they also work as stand-alones, that’s good news since I really wanna try it!

  23. Christy

    Yup, I loved this too. She really kicking butt with this series. I can’t wait to read Ivy’s book!