Sunday, July 5, 2015

review || CHASING RIVER { blog tour }

Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Publisher: Atria Books (7/7/2015)
Series: Burying Water, book 3
Genre: New Adult Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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Rating: ★1/2

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.

about K.A. Tucker || 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. 



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There were many aspects in this story that scream 5★!! to me....but then I became a bit wary of it because the book at times felt long, and I sometimes forgot important events until I was reminded of them some ways into the book later... So for that, I'm giving it the 4.5 -- but it's a heavy, heavy 4.5 and is on my favorites of 2015 list (one of those few non-5 books).

Similar to a previously reviewed story this week, A PERFECT BARGAIN, we have a story that follows a girl on a trip away from home. A nurse in the States, Amber decides to visit a number of countries in 3 months (original plan? A year). With a bucket list written with help of a friend, she embarks on a journey to find herself.

The story picks up with her in Dublin -- she's already visited a few countries and marked off a few items on her list. She's on her way to a tour bus, running late, when she's plowed down by a man with beautiful green eyes moments before a pipe bomb goes off. With a whisper of he didn't do it, she watches the mystery man limp away.

Suddenly, she's become the 'American girl' who was at the scene of a bomb, and is accidentally thrown in the middle of the investigation -- anonymously, but the fact remains the same.

For some reason, she wants to keep the man who sheilded her safe from investigation, but equally, she wants to know who he is. After seeing a shirt on a tourist that matched the one her savior was wearing, she ends up down at Delaney's and comes face to face with him -- a certain River Delaney.

I really enjoyed Amber's character. I could relate with her on many aspects -- she had a good job, but felt the need to spread her wings and find herself (granted, I'm just planning on moving 'cross-country, not backpacking across lands unknown). After coming face to face with River, she finds excuses to see him again... and again. She knows she's only in Dublin for a few days, but she wants to spend time with him and she's unsure what it is about him that draws her to this Irishman.

And then there was River.

River was a damn good brother -- even to Aengus who didn't deserve it most of the time. River has a strong sense of country and family, and it hurts him that Aengus takes something that was so hard fought for, something that their father and grandfather fought for, and joins the rebels of it all. He stands by his older brother and even has gotten into serious trouble for his brother. But then there was also his younger brother to consider. River wanted nothing more than to watch his brother, Rowen, finish school. He tried extremely hard to allow Rowen nights off at the pub so he could focus on his studies and felt terrible when he needed his youngest brother to cover for him.

Aengus not included, the family unit of Rowen and River was so fun to watch. Just like any younger brother, Rowen was quick to tease River about his 'American bird' and the not so sly looks he kept sliding her way -- and the list he borrowed from her without her knowing.

River helped Amber accomplish things on her list (reminds me of WITHIN THESE WALLS... I love these boys) -- even helped her add things to her list.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. My biggest problem with it, then, would be the length. Like I said, I actually forgot about the ongoing investigation. It became very much a romance between an American and a Dubliner, with frequent trips to the pub and other fun adventures. When Duffy would show up, I was, "Oh. That's right. The bombing and the IRA and Aengus". But the romance? I loved. I loved the cuteness of it and every other little thing about River and Amber.

Now, this all said... I'm definitely on board with reading the previous books in the series. The few phone calls Amber had with her brother made me want to know more about Jesse, and hello? Mysterious Ivy? I totally want to know more about her -- she's next! SURVIVING ICE is due to release in October.

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