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.
Releases: July 7, 2015
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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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Review by Michelle:
Is it wrong to resent your real life just a little bit when it continues to interfere with a book that you cringe to think about putting down? Chasing River is another K.A. Tucker book that draws you in the moment you start and enraptures you until the very last word. K.A. Tucker is one of those authors that I will drop everything as soon as I can get my hands on a new book because I am virtually guaranteed to fall in love almost instantaneously and enjoy every word thereafter. Chasing River was different though. Oh, not in the fall in love and keep you coming back for more kind of way, that's still the same, but in the every book this gifted author delivers has such a unique and enticing storyline you are fascinated and cannot walk away kind of way. How can you not love a bad boy Irish bartender? Pair River, said charming bartender, with an engrossing story rich with history, tradition, and political unrest and you have yet another enduring and captivating winner.
As usual I was intrigued by the characters especially the handsome, charismatic, and a bit mysterious Irish pub owner, River. River is Irish by the way, in case I haven't mentioned that yet, with a lovely Irish accent and delightful Irish sayings and I know I can't be the only one who read all of his dialogue in his Irish brogue. If my accent is on point then I have to say River is one heck of a catch and, coupled with his loyalty and dedication to his family, his easy charm, steadfast love, and selflessness, could possibly my favorite K.A. Tucker hero yet. Those of you who have read the author's previous works know that this is saying quite a lot considering Jesse's selfless devotion, Luke's immeasurable compassion, and most especially the likes of Trent and Cain from the Ten Tiny Breaths series.
Amber has been a bit of a question mark for me over the course of the previous books. She has always been sweet and well meaning and the epitome of a good girl, but she definitely seemed more than a little uptight and maybe a bit spoiled. Much like Luke in Becoming Rain I soon came to find that there was so much more to this girl. I loved Amber's motivation for traveling the world, I loved that she was brave enough to do it alone, and I really loved the growth that she embraced over the course of this story. Amber came a long way in understanding that not everything is black and white. She really came into her own becoming a strong, independent, confident woman who trusts and values her own thoughts and opinions and intuition as highly as that of her father while the relationships that were cultivated with Rowen, River, and particularly Ivy are a true testament to her maturation, her self-evaluation, and the more open-minded and understanding person she has become along the way.
Opposite in just about every way, I loved the way that River and Amber complement each other and bring out the best in one another. Their connection and smoldering chemistry is thrilling and consuming. There are obstacles to these two being together at just about every turn but in dealing with these complications each learns a great deal about the other, from the other, and most importantly about themselves. It turns out that Ireland and its events and relationships don't merely shape Amber, but Amber's pure goodness and outlook help to influence River and his actions as well.
Such a beautiful and skilled storyteller, K.A. Tucker always weaves brilliant intricacies and nuances throughout a complex and compelling plot. Chasing River has a hint of suspense, a heartwarming and abundantly steamy romance, and a thought-provoking and significant storyline that not only entertains and makes you feel for and with the characters, but enlightens and educates on Ireland's history and the turmoil the country is still dealing with to this day.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars
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