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

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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


 

 

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[548]: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

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Burying Water / K.A. Tucker


I wanted to re-read this book because I couldn’t remember much about it. I read it back in November, and to be truthfully honest, I wasn’t really into it that time.  A couple of chapters in, and I’m quickly reminded of how much I adore this author’s work.  It’s like slipping on a pair of a favourite well-worn jeans: comfortable and familiar. The story overall isn’t pretty, so just ignore the comfortable bit. As far as familiar goes, I always get something different from Tucker, so maybe slipping on a pair of comfortable jeans is not a good simile. Either way, it’s a comfort to read her books again.

What it’s about

Burying Water is a story about a woman who woke up not knowing a thing about herself. She suffered a list of injuries and then was left for dead in the woods. For the duration of her stay in the hospital (which took months), she was only known as “Jane Doe”. Thankfully, there were some people who were willing to give her a chance at a fresh start. Living with a cantankerous recluse wasn’t easy at first, but since they have something in common, Jane, later known as Water, easily acclimated with Ginny Fitzgerald’s oddities. Ginny hates being around people; she’s especially mistrustful of men in general, and Jesse, in particular.

Jesse keeps a past connected with Water. He knew what happened to her that night in the woods. It was a relief to him when she woke up with a blank slate, because then she would not know the horrors she’d gone through the night of her assault. He made a promise to himself to watch over her from a distance, but as days go by, all the reasons why faded with Water’s bruises.

Thoughts

Sometimes, the alternating past and present method of narrative doesn’t make for a smooth read. It’s hard to keep the storylines flow in a seamless fashion. That wasn’t the case here.  I also enjoyed reading the story from two perspectives (Water and Jesse). I like seeing all the joy and the torment they both went through.

There wasn’t a shortage of difficult scenes in this book as Water came from an abusive relationship. It is also a series about the mob, so readers already know what they’re in for. The details of her injuries was hard to take especially knowing that [spoiler] she was pregnant at the time [/spolier]. I think the only thing I can complain about this book is the ease with which Water accepted the Jesse’s deception. There was very little struggle and soul-searching on Water’s part. It’s almost as if Ms. Tucker ran out of pages to write on.

But over all, I really did enjoy this book. Romance, suspense, mystery. This book has got it all.


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Atria Paperback, 368 pp. | October 1st, 2014 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Adult Fiction | Romance


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On the Night Table [22]: Ambitious Pile

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Good morning, all!

How was your weekend? I’ve got a bit of a toothache. Ugh. I mean, I’m forty freaking years old. Who gets toothaches at this age? So my weekend was a bit of a bummer because I couldn’t think of anything else but this throbbing pain in my mouth. *sobs*

I’ve got four books in my pile this week, and yes, it’s a bit ambitious. I’m a little inspired, so I decided to do four instead of my usual three. One reason that I’m motivated to read more is that I’m only 25 away from my Goodreads goal of 150. Last year, I surpassed my goal with 188, so it looks like I’m well on my way to surpassing that as well – barring an apocalyptic event, that is.

To Read

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker.  I read this back in November last year, but I wanted to reread it because I decided to pursue this series. Frankly, I’m not even sure if it’s a requirement, but I can barely recall the events that happened in this book.

One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart. Maja of Nocturnal Library swore by this book. And I tend to trust her instincts. This book is not very big, so I thought I’d squeeze it in this week.

The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This is book one of the One Dozen Daughters series by the duo, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I would imagine there’ll be 12 books at least. I’m committing myself to this endeavour. 🙂

The Other Son by Alexander SöderbergI didn’t realize this is book two of a series I know nothing about. We’ll see how this Crime fiction goes. Hopefully, I can make do without reading the first book. Thanks to Random House Canada for sending me this finished copy.

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