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.
I really liked this book. I first tried reading it a couple of months ago and couldn’t really get into it. But I was in the mood for a new adult book this week and this was just what I wanted.
I liked that the book wasn’t centred solely on the romance. There was romance in it but it kind of developed throughout, it didn’t just happen all at once. Although the book is set over the course of 8 days so it seems a little bit unrealistic but that’s sort of expected with a NA romance.
I loved the dual perspective. It was done really well and I’m not sure how to explain my next point but I really liked the parts that each character had. See that doesn’t make sense. I mean that I got all the information I wanted to get from the perspective of the character. That still doesn’t make sense; I really don’t know how to explain it so I’ll just give up. It was good.
I feel like the characters were all very likable and the book was well written, but the plot just seemed a bit off. There was a major focus on the Irish history and the IRA and crime stuff that I really wasn’t interested in. I would have much rathered there be more about River and Ambers relationship. There were also times when things were explained way too much. I can’t remember specifically and I wasn’t smart enough to tab it, but I remember reading nearly a whole page on a description and I thought it was a bit much. Good for visualisation though, Tucker’s got that down pat.
You really do get a feel for the Irish culture though so if you’re interested in learning a little bit about that, definitely read it. It reminded me so much of P.S I Love You (the movie with Jenifer Garner?? And Gerard Butler) except Chasing River has a lot more violence and suspense and isn’t sad at all. Really the only thing that reminds me of it is because it’s set in Ireland and has a mighty fine male lead.
If you’re planning on reading this, I would recommend reading the series in order. Even though they are about different characters, there are some definite spoilers in there for the first book. I’m not sure about the second though, but even so, I’ll definitely be reading those two because this one was amazing.
I’ll definitely be checking out more of K.A .Tucker’s books. I’ve heard a lot of good thing about her Ten Tiny Breaths series too. Also I would really love to hear Rowans story, especially after certain incidents that happened in this book. That really took me by surprise to be honest; I definitely didn’t expect the story to take that turn, so I’m very interested in reading about him. Although I was just sent the next one and it’s about Ivy who I didn’t particularly like in this book but I’ll give it a go anyway.
Overall this was a good quality NA book, with a great romance, a great setting, some great family drama in there and quite unlike anything I’ve read before.
I was originally going to give it a 4, but even though I liked it, it just didn’t feel like a 4 star read sooooo 3.5 it is!
Book: ★★★.5/ 5
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster
*This book was sent to be in exchange for an honest review
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