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.
Four stars: A NA without angst and it is set in Ireland!
Amber is thrilled to be on her once in a lifetime vacation. She's especially glad she doesn't have to listen to her father gripe about her trip. Amber heard enough complaining from her father about the cost of her world adventure to last a lifetime. Currently, Amber is in Dublin, Ireland, and she is late for her bus tour. She decides to make a mad dash across Steven's Greens, a large park, to try and catch her bus. Suddenly out of nowhere, a stranger slams her to the ground, before she has a chance to register what happened, an explosion rips through the air, rendering her deaf for a few moments. Just as quickly as the stranger appears, he disappears, limping off into the woods, bleeding, begging her not to talk about him. Once the shock wears off, Amber realizes that this young man saved her life, and she wants to thank him, but how will she ever find him again, and why did he run away?
What I Liked:
- I am not the biggest fan of the New Adult genre as a whole, as I have grown tired of the romances filled with drama and angst, and the well worn storylines. Thankfully, Ms. Tucker's Burying Water Series is a NA series that I enjoy because it is relatively drama free, and the stories are suspenseful and different. Chasing River is a romance full of sizzle without a lot of angst. The best part is that it is set in Ireland. This is a NA that you need to read if you want something fresh and new.
- This book presents a topic that is not overly familiar to a large share of the audience. It centers around the IRA in Ireland, and how the group that once fought for freedom and equality has morphed into a terrorist group with a mob like mentality. I appreciated that the author researched this topic, and I liked that she gave a history of the IRA at the beginning of the book. I liked learning about an organization that wasn't overly familiar with.
- This book features Amber, Jesse's sister from Burying Water. She is a twenty four year old nurse who is on a three month world wide expedition to try and forget about the man who broke her heart. Amber has always been a good girl, one who followed the rules and someone who was marked for success. Amber jokingly made a bucket list of things she wanted to do on her travels, and some of the items on her list are downright risqué, starting with one of the first things: "Have a torrid affair with a foreigner. Country TBD." Amber hardly expects that to happen, but a girl can dream. Once Amber is caught in the bombing, things rapidly change for her, and she finds herself enamored with the man who saved her, and willingly to seize the moment, due to her near death experience. Amber grows and changes as she falls in love, and also because she sees that sometimes right and wrong fall into the gray area. I really liked Amber, and I enjoyed seeing her grow and change.
- River Delaney along with his younger brother, Rowan Delaney, are absolutely adorable. Charming, handsome, funny and nice. I loved both the brothers and their loyalty to family and their home and bar. River is hot and Rowan with his wicked sense of humor made me laugh. I want an Irish boy!
- One of the highlights of the book for me was when Amber meets up with Ivy, a tattoo, goth girl from her hometown. Ivy is currently working at her cousin's tattoo shop in Dublin. Amber and Ivy went to the same school, but they did not run in the same circles. In fact, they don't like each other very much. I liked when the girls sat down and hammered out their past, and eventually became friends.
- You might qualify the romance is insta love, but I didn't get that vibe. Yes, it moves quickly, but I think you can jot that down to the circumstances the two meet under. Something about coming together in a near death situation bonds people, and that's what happens with Amber and River. Yes, their relationship is full of desire and heat, but then it transforms into something more. I liked that Amber was always thinking, and that she didn't let her heart and desire take over. I really liked the romance, yes there was a bit of drama, but nothing like what you normally get. No damaging baggage and broken people. Very refreshing. Plus I thought the sex scenes were well done. Not overly explicit and detailed. Just right.
- Another favorite part of the book was when Amber unexpectedly bonds with her dad during her trip. It was sweet and cute, and I liked the way Sheriff Gabe played his role as the gruff dad. The whole thing with Stream was funny.
- The ending was a bit open ended, but I was still satisfied with the way things were left. I am hoping that further down the line in the series I can catch up with Amber and see how she is doing.
- This is a companion novel series. You can easily jump in and read this book without having read any of the other books as it is a complete stand alone story.
And The Not So Much:
- The book starts off fast and furious as it opens with a pipe bomb explosion and a near death experience, but after that, especially when the book got to the midway point, it started to drag a bit. There wasn't as much suspense and action in this one compared to its two predecessors. I wasn't as engaged until the final fourth of the book when a big dramatic event grabbed my attention. Then things ramp up and get exciting until the end.
- I really enjoyed getting to know Ivy, but then she slips away and moves back to the US at the end with no explanation, I was left wondering what happened with her and why she left Ireland. Thankfully, my answers will be forthcoming as the next book is all about Ivy.
Chasing River was a unique NA romance. It is set in Ireland, so it is steeped with history and it explores the more dangerous side of Ireland by touching on the IRA. I liked that the romance was without angst and it wasn't overly dramatic. Once again, K.A. Tucker has delivered a terrific book in an outstanding NA series you need to be reading.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.