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Series: Burying Water
Published by Atria on 7/7/2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Also in this series: Burying Water, Becoming Rain (Burying Water, #2)
Also by this author: Burying Water, Becoming Rain (Burying Water, #2)
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 never fails at pulling me into a story. I’m so happy that we got Amber’s story, and that it takes place in Ireland.
I really appreciated Tucker’s note in the beginning about the unrest in Ireland. It’s something I never knew about, and helped for a bigger understanding of the story. I felt like I was transported to Dublin, and like I was a part of the group. We even get a little bit of Ivy in Chasing River. I didn’t think she would ever form a friendship with Amber, but I think they come to a definite understanding of each other.
I like that Amber’s boundaries are pushed in this book. She has to come to terms with emotions she’s feeling and that she doesn’t know how to deal with. She’s definitely not a fly by the seat of her pants type of gal, but she finds herself in that situation while traveling around Ireland, and meeting River. River is definitely swoon-worthy, and he has secrets that he’s pretty ashamed of. He doesn’t want Amber to know about his past, and he’s infatuated with her. I love his references to her list throughout the book even though he won’t admit that he has it. Watching these two characters react to each other is pretty funny. River gets crap from his brother about his feelings, and Amber feels like she has nobody to talk to about hers.
River’s secret could tear the apart, especially with Amber’s views on what is right and wrong. She finds out a few things about her family that completely rock her world, and she realizes there’s a gray area. I appreciate how she reacted to that bit, and how she struggles to find a balance in this new revelation. (If you’ve read the previous books, this is something that happens in Burying Water.)
Overall I loved this book, and didn’t want it to end. River definitely has a soft side, and shows that actions are more important words in the grand scheme of life.
And don’t forget BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series…
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