I'm excited to be part of the Review Tour for K.A. Tucker's CHASING RAIN because I've enjoyed this series so much. CHASING RIVER is a Suspenseful Romance novel, and the third novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. As part of my tour stop I have my review as well as the amazing gift provided! Be sure to scroll down and fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to wine. You can check out details on the previous installments on the way down.
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About Chasing River: 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.
Amber Welles has always been the “good girl” growing up. She didn’t feel she had much choice with the scrutiny that comes with being the daughter of the town’s Sheriff. Amber actually didn’t mind that so much, because it was never in her to make waves or cause problems. For the last two years she’s been saving her money for a four month trip all over the globe. She’s ready to get out of Oregon and see the outside world and live a little. Amber was excited for the adventure that lay ahead in Ireland. What Amber wasn’t expecting is the pipe bomb that would’ve killed her had a handsome stranger there just in time to save her life.
River’s family has lived around conflict and the danger in Ireland for years. His family fought in the IRA years back, until his father was nearly killed and the ideals and goals seemed to put human life second. Unfortunately, River’s brother Aengus has always gravitated to trouble. This trouble leads River to being in the right spot at the right time to save a pretty American who was about to be collateral damage in one of Aengus’ idiotic plots. River never dreamed Amber would track him down to thank him, but now that she has he doesn’t want to let her go.
I’ve loved this series from the beginning. A little bit of suspense mingled in with a burgeoning romance is just my cup of tea. When River knocks Amber out of harm, saving her life, he also brands a little piece of himself into her heart. When she catches up with him and sees him in his element, his charm is the last nail in the coffin when it comes to her heart. I do appreciate that Amber didn’t sacrifice who she was at her core when she found out exactly what was going on, but also didn’t let her long held beliefs prejudice her completely when it came to River and his situation. I also appreciated that even though River made Amber want to throw out all her plans for him, she realized that she needed to step back and analyze the situation and make sure her feelings were solid, real and something that could be built upon and made more permanent. Amber was completely swept up by her feelings for River, more than any other past relationship, so it really took a lot of strength to realize she needed perspective before making any rash decisions.
River is completely taken with Amber. He loves her strength of character, and her strong moral code, but those qualities could be exactly the reason Amber wouldn’t take a chance on him with his history. When they’re together all their chemistry and attraction make those thoughts fly out the door, and River wonders how he can make their “torrid affair” turn into more.
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the setting and have always wanted to visit Ireland. Falling in love with a sexy Irish hero, in a centuries old bar where family and friends are the regulars sounds like an amazing experience to me! I could do without the danger Aengus brought to the Delaney family, but in this story it added just the right amount of danger and suspense to make Chasing River a captivating read. With that said, Aengus was a right idiot and his decisions cost his family dearly. To me, getting out of prison would be a perfect time for a second chance at a good life. Apparently Aengus didn’t get the memo.
I didn’t realize this at first, but Amber is the younger sister of Jesse from Burying Water. She was completely opposite from Jesse in that she never got into trouble, but her circumstances in Ireland give her a different view on life entirely and I think for once she was able to see how a good person could get caught up in a situation. I think she matured enough to realize that real life isn’t always black and white. Embracing the unexpected gave Amber a dose of passion she never thought possible, and I just loved how things turned out. I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of Amber and River in the next installment!