[568]: Chasing River by K.A. Tucker


Chasing River / K. A. Tucker

Amber worked tirelessly for two years to pursue her dream of taking a trip around the world. To see the sights and experience the culture. She’s lived the protected life; always having to be the good child to make up for her brother being the black sheep of the family. When she found herself on the ground after a pipe bomb almost took her out, she briefly thought of how the sheriff’s incessant worry for her safety might have some weight. But thanks to a green-eyed stranger, she’ll live another day to tell her tale. What she doesn’t know, however, is that the pipe bomb is just the beginning of her misadventures in Ireland.

The third book to this series brings us to Ireland right in the thick of a gang war. For a moment, it would seem as if Ms. Tucker  would highlight the fierceness of the historic Catholics vs. Protestants war in the region, but as you delve deeper into the story, it will show that the war was anything but a conflict based on religions. It’s about gang territories and extortion. I applaud Ms. Tucker for showing that in the end, it’s all about money and power. Because anything more than that would be an ambitious undertaking for anyone, really.

Burying Water is a series that I’ve grown to love in the recent months. Since reading the first book, I’ve looked forward to reading Amber’s story and whatever romantic entanglement would be in the cards. Better still, the story is set in Ireland. However, I’m a little disappointed that Tucker didn’t really spend a lot of time showing us the sights. The best thing about reading books set in an unchartered country is that it’s the cheapest way to travel. I would’ve love to see Ireland through her words.

I’ve always enjoyed the characters that Tucker introduce us with every book. I must say that River is probably my favourite amongst her male characters. There was just something about his controlled intensity that was so appealing. Amber somehow brought it out of him. On a side note, I would love to see River’s younger brother get his own story.  I think his easy-going personality hides something worth discovering.

Over all, KA Tucker can do no wrong in this series. Each book offers its own tenor of suspense and titillating romance. She does this New Adult thing well. I’m never bored with her stories, nor does she regurgitate the same old tropes commonly found in this genre. Incidentally, the fourth book is up on Net Galley (which I’ve requested tout suite). Let’s hope it’ll be sitting prettily on my dashboard soon.

Chasing River | Atria Books | July 7th, 2015 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



  • I’m glad you liked River, I did too! I didn’t find it boring at all and eagerly flicked the pages. Great review!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Up into recently, I haven’t seen much talk about these books, but now I literally see them everywhereeeee. I can’t say that I’ve read too many contemporary series . . . actually, I don’t think I have, so I’ll be skipping my clueless ass right over to goodreads to look this up. From the reviews that I’ve seen, readers really enjoy these books, so there’s definitely hope for me. * crosses fingers * I’ve been DNF’ing like crazy lately!

  • I have loved all the books by this author so far-even the paranormal ones-which I noticed recently were on sale if you are interested. i have her latest in my tbr pile and I am excited for that story as well.

  • I’m a sucker for books that take place in Ireland, so I want to check this out. I know my library have KA Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series, so I’m crossing my fingers that they have the Burying Water series as well.

  • Great review. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Becoming Rain, but I do agree about River and his younger brother. Likable characters they are. I also agree about K.A. not showing us more of Ireland. Aside from pointing out the conflicts of the Irish history, not much else was given in regards to what someone like who has never been to Ireland would have loved to experience.

  • Agreed. River is definitely my favorite of the guys, and his brother needs his own book. I think I saw somewhere that Surviving Ice is the last in the series, but damn, I’d love for him to get his own.

  • I have scheduled a series binge for this! I was hesitant at first because NA! Then I found out it’s romantic suspense or something like that and I’m in! Also, I love the Ireland setting.

  • And I am still all NA..not my thing

  • I think these books looks beautiful. Yet don’t think I would enjoy them, lol. But one day, I hope 😀 I’m so thrilled that you liked this book a lot sweetie. <3 Stunning review, as always 🙂

  • I can’t wait to read this one! River sounds fantastic. Great review!

  • I know I rarely read New Adult, but if there’s one series out there that I MUST try it’s K.A. Tucker’s. I just know that her books aren’t just about the sex and the romance – there are also so many deep underlying themes that are thought-provoking and heavy, which is why I’m so glad she’s out there giving NA a great name. I haven’t read anything from her yet, but you bet I will!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • Ohh, the background to this book sounds super interesting! I have the first one on my TBR.

  • Name your next child River.

  • I really need to give this series a shot soon. Everyone is always saying great things about them. I think I would like River, too!

  • kindlemom1

    I completely agree with you about this series and while this wasn’t my favorite of them so far, it still was a really good solid read!
    Wonderful review Joy!

  • I love traveling through books when I can’t go. Ireland sounds like an awesome place (according to my friend who backpacked through Europe) and I would have loved to read about it, too. But other than that, it sounds like an amazing NA series, and I haven’t read one in a while.

  • She definitely does NA well! I’m really happy to see you enjoyed this one as much as I did, Joy. I thought it was very well written and I loved the characters. I’m crossing my fingers for a story for River’s brother too, but the next book is the last one from what I’ve heard! 🙁

  • Even though I have been burnt out with some NA, I haven’t gotten tired of hers either

  • I have the first book of this series on my TBR, so I’m glad to hear you like it! I love a good new adult novel, it’s a pity there’s so much crap out there to sift through to get to them! I hope you enjoy the next one too! 🙂

  • Ohgosh, I loved this book. River ignited my fascination for Irish boys, haha!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I completely agree that a setting like Ireland shouldn’t be left unexplored. Minor faults aside, though, I keep hearing wonderful things about this series and I should finally find the time to pick it up. I’ll go see if it’s available on audio, that’s the only thing I have time for right now.

  • I am glasd this was such a good continuation to the series and that you could enjoy each of these books as you read them. Personally I would have loved to see more of Ireland because I am all for the ‘cheap traveling’ that you mentioned! But the characters and plot sound so good, and I like that Tucker put her own spin on the gang wars and what it all came down to.

  • Melliane

    It’s great to have a series like that and Ireland? I love the setting!