Review: Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Posted August 12th, 2015 in book review / 22 comments

Review: Chasing River by K.A. TuckerChasing River by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #3
Publisher: Atria Books on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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.

At A Glance

A good story but I’m a little conflicted.

The Good

I LOVED the setting. Who doesn’t love Dublin? I mean, I could hear those manly Irish accents and smell that wonderful green landscape. Um… I think I just had a bookgasm. O_o Moving on… Tucker knows how to write a book! She takes me to the locations, she gets me inside her characters’ heads, she makes me feel.

I never really thought about Amber as important from the other books, but wow, she made an impact in this book. She is freaking awesome. She is adventurous, obviously. Who travels the world by themselves? I would be so nervous, so more power to her. Though she doesn’t want her travels to be about guys, she can’t help feel something for the mysterious stranger who saved her life her first day in Dublin.

River’s family is all messed up. Well, it’s mostly his brother and the gang he is affiliated with. Saving Amber was just another screw-up of his brothers that he had to fix. When Amber tracks River down at his family’s pub, he feels conflicted. He has secrets to keep, but Amber is just too irresistible to let go without a fight.

Amber and River were super cute together. It seemed like there were too many obstacles in the way for them to end up together, but I was happy with how things ended.

The Bad

For how the series has been going, I expected more action in this one. The non-romance side of the story was being built up pretty well. I had a few nefarious ideas of how it was going to play out. Then….meh. Sure, the climax was shocking but it was a cop-out. Not intense at all. It happened and ended in one page pretty much. Seriously?

River has an awesome name, but as a character I hated his decisions. I kind of wanted bad things to happen to him because when you make such stupid decisions or don’t stick up for yourself, then I don’t feel bad for you. I know, I’m mean.

The Snuggly

We get some sex but it’s not super detailed. Good for a NA audience.

Final Thoughts

Chasing River is between 3.5 to 4 stars. I can’t make up my mind. It’s like I really liked it, but the bad things really got to me. Still very recommended.


“And then I want to come back here, light all these candles…’ He kisses me again. ‘…and tell you a story about a lowly Irish peasant bartender who falls in love with a beautiful American princess.”

“Carpe diem, miss. Foolish youth is a strange and wondrous time that vanishes too quickly.”  

“I want you to look at me the way you used to. I want you to think that I’m good. I want you to still want me.”  


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22 Responses to “Review: Chasing River by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Kristin

    Ugh. Noooo! I just won this book. LoL I haven’t read the other books in the series so maybe going in I won’t have any expectations? I hope it doesn’t suck for me. I am so sick of reading “meh” books. Hopefully I can look over the silly climax. Sometimes those bother me when they aren’t done right.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      No, it was good, but compared to the series it could have been better. If you haven’t read the series, maybe that’s good.

  2. Lekeisha

    It seems like I’m the only one who hasn’t started this series. And here we are with 3 books already, so I need to get the first book to see if I like it. Great review!

  3. kindlemom1

    I agree, the romance wasn’t as, mmm, much maybe, as the others but it was still a good read. Mostly because I really wanted Amber’s story after learning about her in the first book.

  4. Christy

    I was actually glad the whole conflict between them was resolved fairly quick and wasn’t dragged out, instead uniting them against the real threat. Aww, don’t you harm my River! 😛

  5. Tika

    I’ve seen alot of mixed reviews on this one, so I’m definitely on the fence about picking it up. I actually had no clue this was a series, which is intriguing, butttt, I need a little more of a push to purchase this! Don’t you just hate when you’re conflicted?!

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    I couldn’t even imagine traveling the world by myself. Girl’s got some chutzpah. The setting and story sound fantastic. It stinks that the build up didn’t turn out to be more and River’s decision-making skills were lacking. It sounds like a great read otherwise though.

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