Chasing River: A Novel

Paperback | July 7, 2015

byK.A. Tucker

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A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water.

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 can’t be identified at the scene—so, he fled. 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. Pushing her away 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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A suspense-driven New Adult romance novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water. 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 b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476774234

ISBN - 13:9781476774237

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chasing River Quite good! A great start that gets you interested and characters you'll come to really like and understand. A little slow at times but a satisfying read altogether. I really enjoyed Chasing River!
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Love K A Tucker, never fails to deliver a great book, can't wait for the next instalment of this series
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book had you from the first Chapter! Just finished Chasing River . It was fantastic!!!! I have been to Dublin and it felt like I was back there again. The details were spot on and the story was beautiful. Nice to read a book that was different.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Amber and River!! I really enjoyed Chasing River by K.A. Tucker. This the third book in her Burying Water series. This story focuses on Jesse's sister Amber whom we first met in Burying Water. "I'll tell you a story about a lowly Irish peasant bartender who falls in love with a beautiful American princess." Amber Welles has been saving her money for the last couple years to be able to travel around the world and experience life outside of her small town. When she makes a stop in Ireland she decides to spend the day on a bus tour. She ends up running late so she takes a short cut across Steven's Greens and something horrible happens. Lucky for Amber a mysterious stranger is there to save her but he doesn't stick around long enough for her to thank him. Will Amber ever be able to find the man that saved her life? River Delaney does everything he can to keep his older brother out of trouble and when he finds out that Aengus is going to plant a bomb at the Greens he follows him. He also ends up saving a beautiful American girl who happened to be running through the Greens as the bomb was going off. He hopes that the girl didn't recognize him as he doesn't want the police to come looking for him. He goes back to work at the pub and can't believe his eyes when the beautiful American shows up his pub to thank him for saving her life. He knows he should stay away from her but there is something about her that he is immediately attracted to. What happens when Amber finds out who River really is? Will these two be to make a relationship work or will their completely different lives push them apart? A river may be diverted, its waters pooled, its natural course interrupted. But its current will only ever truly flow one way. I loved the connection between River and Amber. The secondary characters added lots of depth to the storyline. I loved the twists and turns the story took. I really enjoyed learning about some of the history of Ireland and now hope to be able to visit there someday. I can't wait to read Surviving Ice which is the next book in the Burying Water series.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Wonderful read. I went into this book expecting K.A. Tucker to wow me with her witty yet compelling writing style and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to a new element as well, history. A little too much history for my taste as I found it slowed down the story but it didn't take too much away from the overall story. Amber and River's story was beautiful. The way they got to know each other despite their unconventional first meeting was so sweet. I loved watching Amber slowly come out of her comfort zone. I didn't want to put this book down. I love the colloquialism embedded into the conversations. It really made me feel like I was in Ireland hearing the accents and all. I think a lot of people can find a little but of themselves Amber. She was so life like. A very real character with realistic character flaws. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm really looking forward to Ivy's story and am hoping to see a little more of Amber and River in Surviving Ice.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Wonderful read. I went into this book expecting K.A. Tucker to wow me with her witty yet compelling writing style and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to a new element as well, history. A little too much history for my taste as I found it slowed down the story but it didn't take too much away from the overall story. Amber and River's story was beautiful. The way they got to know each other despite their unconventional first meeting was so sweet. I loved watching Amber slowly come out of her comfort zone. I didn't want to put this book down. I love the colloquialism embedded into the conversations. It really made me feel like I was in Ireland hearing the accents and all. I think a lot of people can find a little but of themselves Amber. She was so life like. A very real character with realistic character flaws. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm really looking forward to Ivy's story and am hoping to see a little more of Amber and River in Surviving Ice.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Wonderful read. I went into this book expecting K.A. Tucker to wow me with her witty yet compelling writing style and was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to a new element as well, history. A little too much history for my taste as I found it slowed down the story but it didn't take too much away from the overall story. Amber and River's story was beautiful. The way they got to know each other despite their unconventional first meeting was so sweet. I loved watching Amber slowly come out of her comfort zone. I didn't want to put this book down. I love the colloquialism embedded into the conversations. It really made me feel like I was in Ireland hearing the accents and all. I think a lot of people can find a little but of themselves Amber. She was so life like. A very real character with realistic character flaws. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm really looking forward to Ivy's story and am hoping to see a little more of Amber and River in Surviving Ice.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book by KA Tucker! I love KA Tucker's writing style so much, it really sucks you in. I really liked this book, but it isn't my favorite by KA. I loved the way River and Amber met, it was very original so it shocked me. I really liked that they both couldnt stop thinking about the other. I really need to visit Ireland, I really fell in love with the country while reading this book. One of my favorite part was the story telling, I love those kind of things (I am putting it on my bucket list!). I wish the epilogue was longer, I want to know what is going to happen with River and Amber. The reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because I didn't really connect as much with Amber as I did with River. He was the hero for me in this book. However this doesnt mean I didn't like Amber, she did grow as a person in this book, which I enjoyed reading about. I also think the book should be longer, the ending was a bit rushed for me. I loved the side characters Rowen and Ivy, hopefully both of them will get their own book. Can't wait to see what else KA Tucker has in store for us!
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story was packed with drama and romance By now it shouldn’t be a secret or a surprise that I love K.A. Tucker and her books. In the last year and a half I have devoured every book she’s published and I just can never seem to get enough. The last few months I was dying to read her latest, Chasing River, and I was not in the least bit disappointed by the story. Amber Welles has never ventured outside the comfortable bubble of her small Oregon hometown, but she’s decided that it’s time to experience life for what it is. Setting off on a trip around the world, Amber is ready for an adventure wanting to see what the world has to offer. What she never expected was almost dying in a terrorist bombing in Dublin. At the last second, a stranger jumps in and saves her, before taking off again without giving her a chance to thank him. Determined to find her mysterious saviour, Amber keeps looking around Dublin hoping she’ll find the man who saved her life. The one problem is that River is doing everything he can to stay away from Amber, no matter how much he feels a pull towards her. It’s not just to protect himself and his family, it’s also for her own protection. But even if it means putting themselves in danger, Amber and River can’t keep fighting the forces that keep pulling them together. Here’s the thing about writing reviews for books written by a favourite author: it’s HARD. If I’m being completely honest, all I really want to say about Chasing River is that it was freaking amazing and everyone should read it. But in my opinion, I could say the exact same thing about every one of K.A. Tucker’s books that I’ve read (so all of them), so that’s not entirely helpful. Unless you’re just going to take my word for it and walk over to your local bookstore to pick up any one of her books. So I’ll try to give you all a little more than that where Chasing River is concerned. For starters, this story gave me wanderlust like no other. I’ve been to Dublin and other parts of Ireland before, but reading Chasing River totally made me want to go back, even with the book starting off with a bombing in one of the busiest areas of Dublin. And speaking of that bombing and all its implications, I really enjoyed how much of the story was tied to the history of the IRA and how over time the organization has changed from what it originally was. It added another layer of depth to the story, beyond just the “traditional” suspense and the romance. Which, speaking of the romance, it should go without saying that I loved it. I loved the way the relationship between Amber and River developed, how despite that initial attraction they both tried to resist it, knowing that it was likely not going to end well. It only made it that much better when they did get together In many ways I could related to Amber, especially when it comes to doing the “safe” thing and never really doing anything to stray from that supposedly “safe” path. Because that’s pretty much what I’ve done with my life so far. So I appreciated and understood that side of Amber’s personality. And I could totally understand her desire to want to go on an adventure, to see what the world had to offer. So it didn’t take long for me to connect to Amber and her story. And as much I would love to go off on a trip around the world the way Amber does, I would like to hope I wouldn’t end up almost killed in a bombing like she did. Or if that were the case, maybe there would be my own River on hand to save me. Because I wouldn’t mind having my own River, or even stealing this River from Amber and keeping him for myself, because, well, yeah. River was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he was doing the best he could to do the right thing by his family and the people he cared about and that often put him in difficult situations. But I admired his loyalty, even if sometimes it led to him making some questionable decisions. It all worked out though, but there were still some close calls. But none of that stopped me from absolutely loving River. Also, Ivy was awesome. I loved seeing so much of her in Chasing River and it made me that much more excited about reading her story in Surviving Ice. Chasing River was exactly what I had hoped it would be. This story was packed with intrigue, drama and romance, just the way I liked it. K.A. Tucker absolutely delivered with this story and I can’t wait to see what she does next with Surviving Ice.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Irish you would read this!! I have loved all things Irish-Ireland since I first saw the movie Far & Away. It was the landscape that sold me to add a trip to Ireland on my bucket list. I also will watch any movie or show that features any part of Ireland (P.S. I Love you - I haven't read the book only seen the movie - and Leap Year, even the show Vikings is taped in Ireland and I look at the landscape more than the plot or actors!). So when K.A. Tucker announced that Amber's book was set in Ireland, it quickly became my most anticipated read for this year. After reading Becoming Rain and the absolute anxiety I felt reading that book, I felt that Chasing River was a little slower pace. Yes, there's still action and wonder, but it's not as breath-holding I found as in Becoming Rain. I also forgot that the story really only happens over the course of 8 days. EIGHT DAYS!! I really wish that I could have stepped into Amber's shoes and lived this 8-day story. I was smiling reading the last chapter and the epilogue. Loved it. I hope to see more of Amber and River in Ivy's story!
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great installment Another great installment from KA Tucker-solid 4.5 stars. This is the third in the series and while the beginning was a bit slow (even given that we know these characters from the previous two books) it was a captivating read once it got going. I loved the setting...Ireland baby...so beautiful. Loved the concept of the bucket list but truthfully I thought it would take a more prominent role-well that more would be crossed off (perhaps those will be in the next installment). Amber has been featured in both installments of the Burying Water series and it was so good to really get to know this good girl on her own personal journey of self discovery. River's entrance into her life was legendary...I mean how many men come into your life during an explosion...literally! I don't want to give the plot away, but Tucker's ability to hook readers with her romantic suspense style in unmatched and worth the investment of reading time. A perfect escape!
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from take a thrilling trip to Ireland I really loved the first two books in this series and chasing river falls into line with the rest. The story takes you to Ireland and into the dark crime theme I've come to enjoy from K.A Tucker. This story pulls you in from the first few sentences and keeps you enthralled.  Chasing river takes place during the same time as becoming rain. It allows you to get to know Amber and also introduces you to Ivy, the tattoo artist in burying water. It's a great set up for future books in this series and I felt the stories end was more completed than becoming rain. Definitely another favorite K.A. Tucker novel
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take a trip to Ireland through K.A Tucker I really loved the first two books in this series and chasing river falls into line with the rest. The story takes you to Ireland and into the dark crime theme I've come to enjoy from K.A Tucker. This story pulls you in from the first few sentences and keeps you enthralled.  Chasing river takes place during the same time as becoming rain. It allows you to get to know Amber and also introduces you to Ivy, the tattoo artist in burying water. It's a great set up for future books in this series and I felt the stories end was more completed than becoming rain. Definitely another favorite K.A. Tucker novel
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Read So Far! I received a copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You know the book is good when you stay up to the wee hours of the morning because you cannot put it down! This morning I am exhausted and the coffee that I have been slamming back is not working fast enough. However...it was 100% worth it! The story of Amber and River is probably one of my favourites that I have read this year! Amber has always been a rule follower and the popular girl. When she decides to go on a world travelling trip to get perspective on her life she gets more than she bargained for when she ends up being a bystander of a bomb. If it wasn't for the stranger that just happened to be there it could have been much worse. River is trying to keep his family together and out of trouble. It ends going from bad to worse when he saves a pretty stranger from a bomb that his foolish brother sets in an act of revenge. The chemistry and pull these two have is sizzling! River is nothing like the guys Amber has ever been with and while she has vowed to never rearrange her life for a man again the feelings that she has for River is making her question everything. I have not read all of Tucker's work but all that I have I've always enjoyed. This is my favourite of hers so far! And the best part of her series is that they are stand-alones. So while it is always nice to know all the history of the secondary characters you do not need to read the previous books to enjoy and you will enjoy this one!
Date published: 2015-06-18

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Chasing River ONE RIVER I weave around men and women alike with barely a pardon, struggling not to lose Aengus, nor to let on that I’m tailing him. The slick guy has done his part to make that tricky, his flinty gaze darting side-to-side as he briskly navigates the morning swell of pedestrians. Dressed in tan trousers and a plain white collared shirt, the beige tweed driver’s cap tipped low to help hide his face, he could pass for an office clerk or a salesman. Maybe a manager at one of the upscale Grafton Street stores. Someone responsible. Someone respectable. Someone that he’s not. It’s not even so much him that is making me suspicious. It’s that black leather satchel. The one he holds close to his body as if to protect it from being stolen or knocked by a passerby rushing to catch a bus or a streetlight. It’s the sweat seeping through the back of his shirt, when the air this early June morning is crisp. It’s the way he’s checked his watch three times in the span of twenty meters. My gut churns with explanations, all of them bad. Nothing good has come from Aengus since Portlaoise Prison spat him out four months ago. Six years inside Dublin’s maximum security walls have only fortified his connections, poisoned his convictions. Blackened his soul. They took in an ideological twenty-two-year-old Irish Republican and spat out an inspired criminal. And here I am, thirty steps back, tracking him through the gates of St. Stephen’s Green just moments after security opened passage for the day, as if it were all perfectly timed. Because, after all, he is still my brother. I glance at my own watch. It’s seven thirty a.m. While they tend to open the Green earlier during summer months, this seems too early. And Aengus’s single nod toward the guard seems unusually familiar. I haven’t been inside Dublin’s prime inner-city park in years. It hasn’t changed much. It’s still a vast expanse of winding paths and gardens—an escape nestled within a bustling city. Right now it’s serene, still waking after a night alone, free of visitors, the air misted, the pale yellow sun not yet high enough to warm the grounds. This quiet won’t last long, though. Aengus glances over his shoulder and I dart behind the nearest bush. If he senses a shadow, he doesn’t let on, veering right at a fork ahead and disappearing around the bend. I follow cautiously, until he turns off the path and begins trudging through the open field. In a few hours, this place will be crawling with office workers and other Dubliners, lounging in the sun or reading beneath a canopy of leaves. Anything to escape their dreary day jobs and enjoy the fresh air. Aengus checks his watch yet again as he marches briskly and purposefully toward an oak that’s cordoned off by a stream of blue-and-white tape, as if there’s a threat of the tree collapsing. Only, I notice that the perimeter reaches far past its widest branches, taking over half of the green space. Making me think that the tape has nothing to do with a hazardous tree at all. “What the hell are you about, Aengus . . .” I mutter, touching my jaw where his knuckles landed last night, after he threw open his bedroom door and caught me eavesdropping on his phone call. I heard only bits and pieces of it—I couldn’t form even a murky guess as to the gist—but it was enough to make him throw a punch first and ask questions later. When I shoved him into the wall—because violence is how we seem to communicate best—and reminded him that he just got out of prison, the only explanation he volunteered was that a warning needs to be delivered, no one will get hurt, and I need to keep my fucking mouth shut. Another time check. Aengus crouches down and unzips the satchel. I’m too engrossed in what he’s doing now to be on guard, so when his head suddenly snaps up, I can’t move fast enough. Hard eyes lock on me in an instant, freezing me where I stand. It’s a showdown. I shake my head, willing him to hear my thoughts. Walk away, big brother. Don’t do whatever it is you’re about to do. His hand stalls inside the bag. For just a moment, I believe that he’s heard me. That he’s finally listening. That my presence here has derailed him from shortening that length of rope he seems so eager to slip around his own neck. Foolish of me, really. Aengus has never been malleable to reason. I inhale sharply, the air hissing through my gritted teeth. I watch him lay the long cylindrical tube down in the grass with careful movements and dread washes over me. Jesus, Aengus. You’ve gone too far this time. Hopping to his feet, he snatches up the satchel and charges toward me, his cell phone in his palm, his head revolving as he scans the emptiness around us. I square my shoulders and brace myself for a collision with his temper, as swift and nasty as a black adder’s bite. “Are you insane?” I bark when he’s within easy earshot. The glint in his eyes—the color of an overripe avocado, beginning to rot—would suggest exactly that. “You said no one would get hurt.” “Do you see anyone around to get hurt?” he snarls, continuing past me, punching keys into his phone. “You’ve got exactly sixty seconds to get the fuck out of here, River.” He takes off at a light jog, not waiting to see if I’ll follow. Because I always have. Oh, fuck me. A current of adrenaline shoots through my core. I glance down at my watch. One minute. Less, now. Fifty-five seconds, give or take. The muscles in my thighs twitch, ready to tear after Aengus because there’s nothing else for me to do. But a lot can happen in just sixty seconds. My conscience keeps me grounded, my wild eyes scouring the paths around me for signs of life. A jogger bobs along in the distance, so far away that I can’t be sure whether it’s male or female. Otherwise, I see no one. I glance at my watch again, my heartbeat doing double time with each second that passes. Only forty-five remain before I look damn guilty to whoever finds me here. Unless I rat out Aengus—which will never happen—I’m as good as locked up for this. I need to run. Except . . . that perimeter set isn’t wide enough. If someone should come around the bend, cut across the field . . . But what can I do, really? Thirty seconds. Beads of sweat trickle down my back. I need to get the hell out of here. Now. I turn, intent on going back the way I came. But movement catches my eye and my stomach drops as I watch the very thing I just feared unravel before my eyes. A girl runs through the field, her attention alternating between her wrist and the unfolded map within her grip, her brow pulled tight with worry. She’s clearly a tourist. She’s clearly late for something. And she’s heading directly into the blast radius of the pipe bomb that’s about to explode. I’m out of time. I don’t have a choice. I run. As fast as my legs can carry me, I run.