Series: Burying Water, #3
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
*Book received via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*
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 is by far my favorite out of the series and kind of makes up for the last book, which I just didn’t enjoy as much as I wanted. Chasing River is a whirlwind of emotions, heart filling moments, adventure, discovery, and a swoon worthy guy. Once I picked this one up, I just couldn’t put it down.
K.A. Tucker is, in my opinion, a master when it comes to writing a book that captures many emotions, allow you to truly feel for her characters, and ache and rejoice with them. This book was no different.
“I haven’t forgotten what you did for me, River. I’ll never forget.”“I’d do it again. A thousand times over.”
I instantly connected with Amber on many levels. On wanting to find who she really is, explore, see more than just her small town, to break away from her comfort zone. And even though she came off as timid, a bit shy, and reserved you find that she’s actually very brace, has a huge heart, and a loving personality. Her growth throughout the book was fun to watch develop. From being that timid character at the beginning to navigating all the encounters she experiences once she’s in Ireland. By the end, she was able to see passed peoples mistakes, and understand people who are different than her. I loved watching her transitions.
Then there is River and my god, I love him. His life is completely different from Amber’s on so many levels. Watching those contrasting elements of personalities and beliefs were an interesting concept. River has pretty much already found himself by the time Amber comes into his life. So there wasn’t a lot of character development for him, but he does end up finding his place and he was able to fully separate from his past by the end of the book. River was a character who just wormed his way into my heart. Sweet, sexy, and endearing on so many levels. I loved that he was proud of his country, of his family history. I really fell hard for him.
The chemistry between them was intense from the moment they meet. And, yes, their relationship does start quite fast as does their feelings for each other. But it didn’t feel like that aspect of the book was rushed nor did it feel forced. They are so sweet together that you can’t help but smile whenever they were interacting. I also loved that characters from the first book and the next book made an appearance.
The book flowed fast, but the pacing didn’t feel rushed. The environment felt real and I honestly felt like I was getting a real glimpse of Ireland. I loved that Tucker gave us some brief history of Ireland. I became addicted to this story with its beautiful emotions, foreign setting, and heartwarming romance.
“And then I want to come back here, light all these candles...' He kisses me again. '...and tell you a story about a lowly Irish peasant bartender who falls in love with a beautiful American princess.”
Chasing River was beautiful. Simple as that. It took my breath away and left my heart in such a happy state. River swept me off my feet and I admired Amber quite a lot. A must read in my opinion.