Series: Burying Water #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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.
At A Glance
Good overall but I expected more from Tucker.
To me, Tucker is one of the best writers out there. She creates magic with her words and imagery. The stories she tells are so heartfelt and emotional it’s hard not to get a little teary eyed. Burying Water was no different. All those feels about killed me.
Water was an amazing character. To not know who you are, what kind of life you had, and how you ended up laying in the forest, half-dead and sexually assaulted would literally make me go insane. But Water is one resilient chick. She takes a second to grieve, then gets on with making a new life. Though we knew the answers to most of the mystery from the get-go, it was still fun seeing the sequence of events that lead to her assault. But I mostly loved seeing her thrive in her new life on a ranch, with a cranky old woman, and numerous animals all named Felix. It was a simple life, and it worked for Water.
I felt like the side characters really helped Water grow and make peace with her past and present. The plot was interesting and the depth of emotion Tucker brought out of me through this story really made it worth the read.
I was just plain bored. I often skimmed over Jesse’s parts in the beginning, then his POV got better over half way through. Then I started getting bored of Water’s POV for the second half. I skimmed about 20% of this book. It just wasn’t engaging enough.
The “big mystery” was revealed by the first chapter, so that took a lot of wind out of this book’s sails. And I think Jesse didn’t add much to the book either. He was just so average and boring.
Because Jesse was blah for me, the romance was just okay. I liked seeing Water moving on and enjoying a new, healthy relationship, but I didn’t think Jesse was good enough for her.
There are a couple sex scenes but they are not super detailed.
Even though it’s impossible not to love Tucker’s writing, I think this story fell a little flat in the excitement department. I hate myself for saying it, but, hey, they can’t all be winners (Though I really wish they were). Recommended.
“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
“Now I don’t believe in fairy tales. Or at least, not in the happily-ever-afters that Disney brainwashed us all with.”
“What do you want? Right now, from me,” he whispers against my mouth.
I swallow against my ball of nerves. “I don’t want to be afraid.”
The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart.