CHASING RIVER (Burying Water, #3) by K.A. Tucker Blog Tour: Reni's Review + Giveaway!

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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.

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I fancy all things Irish - the history and heritage, the dancing, the funny little pubs filled to the brim with drunk men singing Irish folk songs, the dancing, the beer – everything. And reading about those things makes my heart happy. Even when the words splashed across the pages have to do with the IRA and their rather terroristic state, as of late. If my heart had lips it would smile, one of those over-the-top, cheesy, toothy grins. K.A. Tucker blew me away with Chasing River.  She managed to capture the depressing history of an entire nation in one epic romance.

Amber Welles is on the trip of a life time. Remember Amber? She’s the sister of Jesse. (He’s the hero in Burying Water, in case you forgot.) She was inspired to travel by an old college professor, and after saving up a ridiculous amount of money working as a nurse; Amber has mapped out an impressive journey, one she’ll never forget.

River Delaney has two “jobs”:

11.  Working in his family’s pub, Delaney’s
22.     Looking out for his older brother, Aengus.

While attempting to stop his brother from making yet another “mistake” with his life, River saves Amber’s life, running before she has a chance to find out who he is, or better yet, before the authorities do. You see, River’s brother is mixed up with the RIRA. It’s like the IRA, only terroristic. It would have Michael Collins (the founder for the IRA) rolling over in his grave. Young men, and maybe women, acting like a bunch of monkey’s, running around throwing pipe bombs and terrorizing innocent civilians. Aengus is mixed up in all that, and it’s not only effecting his life, but River’s, and their younger brother’s, as well. Amber doesn’t know who saved her life, but she’s determined to find out. And once she does, all hell breaks loose.

I’ll take the bait.

I’ll chase you, River.

Ms. Tucker basically weaves a Romeo and Juliet feel throughout this novel. Two individuals who meet and fall in love but shouldn’t be together because an ocean and some legal issues divide them. It’s quite tragic in a lot of ways.

Don’t read too much into that last statement…

“I guess you can go now,” Amber murmurs, her breath skating against my bare collarbone, sending shivers down my back.

“I guess I can.” I don’t want to, I want to spend tonight with her, and tomorrow. I want to spend every second with Amber until she leaves.

I don’t want her to leave.

My only complaint is that the ending came so abruptly. There was a huge build-up and the story seemed to wrapped up so quickly. Well, that and I don’t understand how River’s parents were so accepting of Amber. She’s an American of English decent (at least as far as last names are concerned.) You would expect at least a dirty look, right? Then again, who wouldn’t want a well-educated nurse who absolutely adores their son?   

Chasing River rivals Becoming Rain for my favorite book of this series. The rich cultural undertones and fact that the hero has an Irish accent completely did me in. I fell in love with River right along with Amber and can only imagine that you will, too. Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4) cannot release soon enough. I need more of the Burying Water series, and I need it NOW! 

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And don’t forget BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series…

Burying Water

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
BURYING WATERAmazon ** Barnes & Noble ** iBooks ** Kobo ** IndieBound

Becoming Rain

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to
BECOMING RAINAmazon ** Barnes & Noble ** iBooks ** Kobo ** IndieBound

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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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