Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Posted July 21, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Chasing River by K.A. Tucker
Chasing River

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Series: #3 Burying Water
Genres: New Adult Romance
Published by Atria Books
Released on July 7, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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This third book of the series takes the story to Ireland and a whole different world away from Sisters, Oregon. The story takes place parallel to the time line of book two and features the sister of the hero from book one and part of a family of secondary characters who were in both books.

I actually wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Amber as a heroine. She’s got nice qualities, but she can come across as self-involved and naive, too. She was always the good girl did all the right things and had her opinions about what the right things were even when it came to other people. This story was a journey of sorts in more than the physical sense for Amber as she learned more about herself and the world around her. She matured and found what she was looking for in the place she thought was least likely to find it. I ended up really liking her and being as pleased as ever with the story and the author’s writing.

As to this being part of a series, this book can be read out of order or stand alone. There are references back to the previous two stories, but no spoilers. I do think the reader would get more out of it by reading it in order, but they wouldn’t be lost either way.

The story opens with Amber Welles in the middle of traveling the world with bucket list in hand. It had only ever been a dream even though she had been saving for it for years, but then the man she thought was ‘The One’ broke things off and left her to pursue his dreams without a backward glance for her. Amber’s travels take her to Ireland where she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A bombing takes place and she is only alive because a man hurled himself on top of her, took the blast of the bomb, and disappeared before the police arrived. She is shaken up, but something prompts her to hide what she knows about the man and then later go in search of him. There’s just something about the man that makes her want to see him again and get the whole story.

River Delaney comes from a long line of Irish freedom fighters and owners of Delaney’s Pub. His family is no longer involved in what has deteriorated to terrorist activities now that Ireland is separate from Britain and runs their own government. Okay, well all of them have gone legit except his older brother, Aengus, which is why River found himself following Aengus and preventing an innocent American girl from getting caught in Aengus’ ‘send a message’ bomb. He took shrapnel for the girl and he will probably get a visit from the police because his family is always on their list of ‘likely’ suspects now. What he doesn’t expect is for the girl to track him down and that he would be so attracted to her.

This was an interesting change-up from the previous two stories that were set in Oregon, but because it involved a member of the Welles family and another side character, it still had the connection to the others. There are exciting points, but I didn’t feel the dangerous intensity of the last two stories. Its focus was more introspective for Amber as she finds herself and for River as he starts to really consider his future and that of his family as well as what he owes to family loyalty.

This does not mean that I found it boring or disappointing. Nope! The conflict was fascinating to me because the author chose Ireland and its brand of gangs and mafia as the issues. River and Amber get into that rock and hard place sort of trouble that the author excels at when there is the issue of the dangerous gang war, hit men, a brother that can’t stay out of trouble, secrets vs loyalty, and a persistent police officer.

I did feel that the romance was also not as intense or in the forefront because this pair had a lot to figure out about themselves. Romance wasn’t lacking entirely and truthfully, I was glad that they weren’t spouting words of ‘forever’ and ‘love’ with what was going on. Amber might have been naive and judged stuff through her limited experiences, but she knew enough to realize that she was a tourist and had a life back in America and River didn’t fit just as River understood that he wouldn’t fit with Amber with his background. That being said, this pair went with the attraction and experienced passion, good times, and a building of something that they couldn’t deny when all was said and done. I was really pulling for them to somehow find a way.

In the end, even though it was a bit different, I really liked the engaging characters, the fantastic descriptions and background, the strong plot, and the overall riveting storytelling. The characters are New Adult in age, but this one would also have appeal for Adult Contemporary Romance readers because of the situation and feel of the story.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #259 NA

Cliché Klatch #157 ‘The past has consequences’

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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I like books set in places I’ve never been, probably never will visit but like reading about. Sounds like an interesting story.

Sophia Rose
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Seeing Ireland through the heroine’s eyes was exactly that for me. It was different with the conflict centering around Irish mob and gangs instead of the usual American variety.

Lover Of Romance
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It is always good to read a story that is a bit different and mix things up a bit. I loved reading your thoughts on this one, because I have been super curious about it for some time now.

Sophia Rose
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This is the series I recommend for folks who want to try NA without all the usual NA tropes. It’s more of romantic suspense and packs an emotional punch. I have a good time with them even this one that was a bit different.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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These are on my list! So many people loving on them. That’s really awesome you could see the heroine growing and she won you over. I’m always amazed when that happens to me.

Sophia Rose
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I do believe you’ll like these, Anna. She’s one of my favorite NA writers.

I love being surprised by an author, too. I can’t pretend that she is a favorite heroine in this series, but she had two hard acts to follow in the gals from the first two books. The next book’s heroine has me totally intrigued.

kimbacaffeinate
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This was my favorite of the series to date Sophia although I cannot wait for Ivy’s book. Wonderful review

Sophia Rose
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I still prefer the first story. Maybe it was the shock and awe in it. But I am right there with you on wanting Ivy’s story particularly after encountering her again in this one.

RO
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Like Mary, I like the idea of a novel being set in a place that I’ve never been because it gives great perspective. Sounds like the character did some growing and that’s always good. Loved your review! Hugs…Ro

Sophia Rose
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Ireland is a place I would love to see, but doubt I ever will so I am in you gals’ vicarious travel club, too.

Lola
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I’ve seen so many great review of this series, I really need to pick up the first book soon and this oen takes palce in ireland, that sounds so much fun. I would love to visit Ireland someday as it sounds like a beautifull country. It sure sounds like the change in scenery worked well for this book. Amber seems an interesting heroine and I am glad you ended up liking her even when at first she weren’t sure if you would like her. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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It is definitely an engaging series. I love the switch from Oregon to Ireland to keep it fresh. Amber definitely won me over when she stopped judging folks by her own standards.

Lindy Gomez
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Lindy Gomez

I enjoyed this one too, and agree that Amber became more likable in this story. Yes, I also agree that this story was very introspective, and I didn’t feel the dangerous intensity as much as in the first two stories either. Excellent Review! You nailed it 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Sophia Rose
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It was interesting how Amber’s journey to Ireland and time there broadened her horizons in more ways than one. It’s fun to have a fellow fan’s thoughts. Thanks, Lindy!

Cindy
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Great review! I have never read any of this authors books but now you have me curious. Thank you for sharing:)

Sophia Rose
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Hey Cindy! Always happy to introduce someone to a new book or author to try.

Sophia Rose
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Hey Cindy! Always happy to introduce someone to a new book or author to try.

vvb reads
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Thanks for this review. I have seen it around but didn’t really get a sense of what it was about until now. I think I will give it a try. Hey sweetie! I just awarded and tagged you here for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

Sophia Rose
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Now that is a warm compliment, Velvet! It’s a pleasure to know my review helped you decide on a story.

I will definitely have to check out the tag. Thanks, lady!

Sophia Rose
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Now that is a warm compliment, Velvet! It’s a pleasure to know my review helped you decide on a story.

I will definitely have to check out the tag. Thanks, lady!

Lorna
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I have enjoyed all of these books and this one I enjoyed due to the setting in Ireland as well..This definitely could be a stand alone, but I would say to read them all-all worth the read!

Sophia Rose
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Agreed, Lorna! Ireland was a strong character in this story. I’m glad I got these in order, too, because the others were fantastic.