Monday, July 6, 2015

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review Tour for K.A. Tucker's CHASING RIVER!

 CHASING RIVER is a Suspenseful Romance novel, and the third novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster.

CHASING RIVER is set to be released July 7, 2015! If you haven't already, be sure to grab BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series!!

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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.

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Court: I wasn't sure what we would get with Chasing River, and how it would be connected to the first two books in the series...especially with the setting being in Ireland this time around....but within the first few pages...I was WOWED, and devouring page after page with this book consuming the rest of my day. Shel: Courtney. Girl. Let me tell you, I was so excited when I saw the notes at the beginning of the novel (about some of the basics of the history of the IRA in Ireland). I love history and I love K.A. Tucker, so having those things combined made this a no brainer for me. I'm so glad that you loved it because I enjoyed it so much too!

Court: The way that Amber and River meet was quite an unconventional and intense part of this novel. I was hooked because the beginning packed a huge punch, and the scene we were showed...not told. Shel: *butts in* YES. Those first two chapters were great. Whew. And the setting plays such a huge part of this novel as well. Ireland, and the IRA (a rebel group dating back hundreds of years in the country...KA gives us a fantastic foreward for that information)...shape the Irish people, and their sense of patriotism and I loved that. Add in their dedication to family...and their heritage in the bar, and the scene was quite well paced, well written, and well plotted. Shel: yep, yep, yep. And because I can't just leave it at that (I'm sooo long winded and rambly) let me reiterate the setting part of what Court said. K.A. Tucker described the setting and her characters so richly--they were palpable. I felt like I could see and hear the scenes (and taste the Guinness) and every time I imagined them I imagined the quintessential things like: 


and cobbled Dublin streets like (bonus points if you recognize this bar):

and I imagined myself drinking in a pub, listening to music or the clatter of the crowd: 

And I could only have these imaginings side by side with what was going on in the novel because K.A. Tucker wrote in such a way that I felt like I was there (and now I really want to be there--and all of the other places on Amber's list!).

Court: I really enjoyed this book, and not only because I have loved every single K.A. Tucker novel I've ever read. But because the story made me feel lots of things, I got frustrated at the heroine as much as the hero.Shel: If I'm following you correctly, I want to piggyback on this for a second: Amber's narrow minded view of people, her brother included, bugged me so bad and I think it was because we all know people like this; and because K.A. Tucker didn't magically make her suddenly enlightened, she consistently held this judgement about the people around her. Amber struggled with how to deal with things that didn't fit her concept of "right" or "wrong" (or what was "right" for her) and as frustrating as her view of things was, I very much respected K.A. Tucker's choices and the way she wrote Amber so that while I found that trait of Amber annoying, I found myself liking her despite it (and I appreciated that K.A. didn't try to "fix" her--maybe she aided her a little but she didn't make her perfect which just added to the believability of Amber). UNRELATED SIDE NOTE: I found River's trait of stubbornness (in regard to Aengus) more forgivable and I'm trying to figure that out. Is it because of what he grew up believing and how that was such a part of who he was? Or because he knew it was a flaw and it made it less frustrating because he acknowledged it? Hmmm. Still working through that. (sorry Court for hijacking your stream of thought)  Court: I loved the connection that I found in the other books...and the desire for more of this woman's work is still STRONG! River is looking for redemption as much as Amber is looking to be wild, and I loved the two of them defying stereotypes, and each others very defined notions and outlooks on life. Loved it! 

Shel: As I was nearing the end of this book I found myself hoping that the ending wasn't an overly dramatized HEA--I didn't think it would fit Amber's personality or the personality of the book. I'm happy to report that I was very happy with how things ended--which in my opinion isn't this 'neatly finished' ending but more of a 'this is how it stands for now' ending. I liked that that felt appropriate and real for these characters. 

Shel: One last random and unrelated thought: I'm loving the direction of this series. The series that I got to know K.A. Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths) was more steamy and angsty and I enjoyed it but this series has been so rich in its storytelling and I'm very much looking forward to Ivy's story. 

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And don’t forget BURYING WATER and BECOMING RAIN, the first two books in this thrilling series…

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About K.A. Tucker: Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.          

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