Title: Chasing River
Author: K.A. Tucker
Release Date: JULY 7, 2015!
SYNOPSIS:A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.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 can’t be identified at the scene—so, he fled. 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. Pushing her away 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.PURCHASE HERE:
Well, I made it to the end with a smile...
K.A. Tucker's Chasing River is the brilliant third installment in the Burying Water series. While each story is a complete standalone, the stories do have inter-connecting characters. Chasing River follows Amber Welles who we briefly met her in Burying Water as Jesse Welle's twin sister. She's the sheriff's daughter from a small town in Oregon, but she's a long way from home in this story. Chasing River unfolds in Ireland as Amber is traveling the world to gain some life experience and she takes a short cut through an empty park and is saved from an explosion by River, an Irish bartender.
While Chasing River follows in the footsteps of it's predecessors... unexpected romance brimming between magnetic characters caught in the middle of dangerous circumstances... it has a tone and an overall feeling exclusive only to this story. The backdrop of Dublin, Ireland gives Chasing River a significantly different vibe, what with the historically prominent pubs and lush green landscapes, the Irish brogue of the characters and the IRA lurking at every turn. And as it were in the previous novels of this series, caught in the middle of it all are two people from two drastically different worlds whose paths collide in the most unexpected, life-altering way that changes the trajectory of their lives forever.
Chasing River is a modern day love story woven through a rich, Irish history lesson. River Delaney is proud of his country, his family and all they've gone through. But his struggle between doing what's right and remaining loyal to his brother is a palpable, frustrating force that drives this plot. Amber comes from a place where the lines between right and wrong are clear and, as the sheriff's daughter, she's grown up believing there's no sympathy for those that find themselves on the wrong side. She's privileged, popular, and sheltered and she sees life in a very cut and dry way. She's still in the dark about the course of events that transpired in Burying Water, she has no clue of the arguably illegal lengths her own family went to in order to protect each other. So when she decides to travel the world and gain some life experience, she isn't prepared for River Delaney's precarious lifestyle on the edge between right and wrong.
Chasing River is far more than a contemporary romance, it's a lesson in Irish culture, in its history, in the tumultuous history of Ireland's road to independence and how drastically the mission of the IRA has changed over the years. I'll be the first to admit, I had no idea of the progression of the IRA, how it went from a historically respected organization that fought for a worthy cause to the modern day misguided group of radicals engaging in extortion and terrorism that's it's come to be. I came away from this story, not only feeling emotionally effected by the tenuous love story of River and Amber, but also feeling like I learned a lot.
The relationship between Amber and River is different. It's absolutely powerful and intense and real. While I didn't necessarily feel the gravity of their connection in the same way that I'd felt it with Jesse and Alex in Burying Water or Luke and Rain in Becoming Rain, I rooted for them, I longed for them to find a way. I felt their uncertainty and their fear and sadness over their unlikely happy ending and hoped for it anyway. KA Tucker is a phenomenal writer and storyteller and even though this story didn't consume me the way the previous two had, I still honestly loved it. I loved that it felt very 'Ireland,' if that even makes sense. For me as a reader who's never seen it, my idea of Ireland is that it's very traditional, very laid back, not as fast-paced and rushed and high strung as America. And I felt the same way about this story... the flow of Chasing River, while still suspenseful and dangerous and gritty, was not as urgent, the characters and the story not as edgy. It worked. The setting, the characters, the way the story moved all felt very fitting.
KA Tucker is not a formulaic writer. Her stories are always unexpected and refreshing and unpredictable. But if there's a common current running through each book in this series it's the blurred lines between right and wrong. The law has obviously played a big part in each book, with the characters getting caught in the middle of illegal activity and the dire consequences of naively associating with the wrong people. But even more prominent than the black and white of the law is the very grey moral code each character learns to live by and their individual decisions to accept wrongness for the sake of what their heart decides for them. Acceptance, forgiveness, loyalty, fierce love and self-discovery... if there's anything I've come to expect in a series where the unexpected is commonplace, it's those.
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.