*I received a free copy of Chasing River from Atria Books via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
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.
Chasing River took me on a beautiful and dangerous trip to Ireland, with good-girl Amber and bad-boy River, filled my heart with adventure, romance and love.
My Chasing River review:
I loved everything about Chasing River so much! It was about time Amber got her own story, and to see it unfold mostly in Dublin, Ireland was a real treat. I sadly haven’t been to Ireland yet, but it is definitely on my list of places to visit. While her time in Ireland definitely didn’t end up being at all as she had planned, Amber did try to make the best of it. If what happened to her on her first day there had happened to me, I’m pretty sure I’d have just packed my bags and gone back home never to leave for another trip again. Like ever!
I don’t know why, or how it happened, but I think I fell for River even quicker than Amber did! He put his life on the line for a stranger, both to make sure his own brother wouldn’t become a killer, and because it was the right thing to do. Because of that, though, he ended up with shrapnel in his back, and difficulties getting around for a few days. Chasing River had everything I love in a contemporary romance, there was suspense, adventure, travel to a beautiful country, courage, romance and heartache.
Tucker’s writing never ceases to amaze me! She just brings her characters to the forefront, flaws and all, and I just love them! Questioning their beliefs and traditions was hard for both Amber and River, but they did it when they realized what could come of that. Chasing River is written in dual point of views from Amber and Rivers perspectives, and in first person present tense. I really felt as if I was in danger when Amber was, amused when River was flirting, and happy when they had some sweet moments together.
Some of my favorite Chasing River quotes:
The keys to Simon’s black VW Golf sit in a dish by the front door, at my disposal. I think it’ll take me a few more days to work up the courage to drive it, though. I’m not sure I trust myself to stay on the wrong side of the road. And the roundabouts? They scare the hell out of me!
Do I abide by the black-and-white limits I’ve set for myself because that’s who I truly am or because that’s who I am while being judged?
“Carpe diem, miss. Foolish youth is a strange and wondrous time that vanishes too quickly.” He shuffles over to the next painting with slow, easy movements, sparking conversation with a young couple.
Seize the day.
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