Series: Burying Water, #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
*Copy received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
Wow. I have no words for how amazing, beautiful, emotional, dark, and wonderful this story was. It tore my heart up yet made me cry tears of joy. K.A. Tucker knows how to tell a story that'll grip your heartstrings.
Tucker is by far one of my favorite authors and so far, she hasn’t let me down yet. Burying Water showed just how amazing she is and how she can create a story that will break your heart but also melt your heart. The aspect I enjoyed out of everything was the intense factor of emotion this book represents and brought out in me. By the first few pages, I was already wiping tears away.
“I want to be like water too. I want to be resilient, to go where I'm meant to go.”
Water is one of the most emotional, damaged, but strong individuals I have ever encountered while reading. Losing her memory and waking up to not knowing who you are, not even your own name, has to be one of the hardest things to ever go through, especially with the circumstances that led her to be in that state. But I admired her because she kept pushing forward, trying to not only make herself better but she ended up helping others as well.
I instantly felt for Jesse. The decisions he makes usually never turn out how he wants them, even if they are with the best of intentions. This led him to being a bit rough around the edges. Despite that, Jesse is a very kind and sweet guy. One who would go out of his way to help those he truly cares about.
The characters, each and every one, really held an intense aspect about them. Water’s life was never easy and Jesse always seemed to find himself in bad situations no matter what he did. But the intensity and chemistry between them was undeniable and very intense. The pull between them cannot be ignored! I loved the development and the growth they both faced and they were by the end of the book. I also ended up enjoying nearly every side character in the book. And Ginny, I couldn’t get enough of that cantankerous woman.
The pacing flowed nicely and everything unfolded at just the right points. And though you know most of the story, a few things did take me by surprise – though I did figure out a few things. The book is also plays out in flash backs switching between POVs. One wouldn't think that having a different character explain the past while another one shows the future would make the story really intriguing, but Tucker did a brilliant job handling that. And going in, you do know what happened to Water. That also didn’t stop the dread or the heartbreak. I felt it made the story that much more intense.Then again, maybe it never really mattered, what I did or what choices I made. Maybe the truth is that we were mean to find each other. A simple truth that would have kept finding its way to us, no matter which path I tried to turn down.
This was such an emotional book. Deep, beautiful, dark, and very much gritty, definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s also a very heartwarming love story about finding oneself, overcoming the obstacles life throws at you, and finding your place in the world.