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Review: Chasing River (Buried Water #3)

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chasingriverArmed 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.

My Review

“Capre diem, miss. Foolish youth is a strange and wondrous time that vanishes too quickly.”….Seize the day.If I wasn’t convinced before, that sweet old man surely helped sway me. I’ll take the bait. I’ll chase you, River.”

Chasing River is the third book in the Buried Water series, but can be read as a stand-alone. When I first read the synopsis of this story, I was already hooked. I couldn’t wait to read more.

Chasing River is Amber and River’s story. Amber has decided to take a few months off from work and travel. One of her first stops is in Ireland. She was ready for an adventure of a lifetime. What she wasn’t prepared for was River. River loves his family. He’ll do anything to protect them, even if it puts him on the wrong side of the law. So, when he tries to stop his brother from making a major mistake, the last thing he was expecting was to have to save someone else. Fate has brought River and Amber together, but River takes off before Amber even knows who he is. River tries to forget about Amber, but is finding taht to be impossible, especially when their paths keep crossing. They like each other, but River knows he shouldn’t get involved with Amber. Amber isn’t sure what it is about River, but she wants to know more about him. Will River prove to be worth the chase? Will the truth about River’s connections send Amber running away?

I had a bit of a slow start with this book. It did take me a little while before I really got in to the story, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I was so intrigued with the story-line. I wanted to know more about River and his life. What was the trouble his brother was in? What is River’s true connection to the IRA?  River was very charming and was so loyal to his family, willing to protect his brother, no matter what.

I was really intrigued by Amber. She was a good girl, always following the rules, never doing anything out of character. So, I was surprised that she would take a trip like this all on her own. At the same time, it was good to see her experiencing new things on her own. She was very easy to connect with and understand. I loved watching her interact with River. The two of them had such great chemistry. That being said, I appreciated that they took the time to get to know each other instead of jumping into anything head first.

One of the things I really enjoyed was Amber’s bucket list. It was such a fun idea. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen Amber and River cross off some more of the items off of her list.

Overall, I thought Chasing River was a pretty enjoyable read. I was really intrigued by the story-line and River’s connection to the IRA. I loved the setting. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a romance in a foreign country. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but did not feel lost at all. Chasing River had just the right amount of angst and romance with a little suspense mixed in.

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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