My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Because Reading is Better Than Real Life where at the beginning of the month visitors can choose which book I’ll be reading this month. On the first saturday of a month the poll will be up, then on the second saturday of the month I’ll announce the book that won and on the last saturday of the month I’ll post my review of the book.
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.
Having really enjoyed the first two books in this series I was eager to read the third book. I don’t know what happened, but I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two books. Don’t get me wrong it is a well written book and has a lot of the same aspects as the first two books, but I don’t know, something was missing. Maybe I just got into a reading slump or something, but this book seemed to take me ages to read. And it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it, I did, but when I put it down I had no urge to pick it up and keep reading. I just didn’t feel quite invested in the story or caring about what happened next.
I think what was missing for me was the suspense. I went in expecting a romantic suspense, like the first two books, but it is much more a contemporary romance. Yes there is a hint of danger with how River his brother is part of the IRA, an Ireland based terrorist organization, but they didn’t really focus on it. And River his connection with that only was in the past. So there is the connection with crime, but it just didn’t feel as intense and suspenseful as in the first two books. I think that’s my mistake, expecting the same as the first two books and when the suspense element wasn’t as important here I just felt a bit disappointed. I think it would’ve been better if I went in knowing the focus was more on the romance and less on the suspense.
Chasing River follows Amber who is travelling around the world. In Ireland she almost get’s killed by a bomb, but a mysterious stranger saves her live and then takes off, before she can properly thank him. After that she’s determined to find him and thanks him. Once they meet again they make a connection that slowly blooms into a romance. I liked Amber in Burying Water and was excited for her book, but now that we actually got her point of view it just felt lacking somehow. Amber is the stereotypical good girl, her father is the sheriff and she always follows the rules, but now when she’s out travelling the world she discovers another side of herself. I liked Amber, although she could be a bit quick to judge at times, we know where she comes from and why she is that way. I liked seeing her change and open up in this book and become a bit more doing things from the seat of her pants, instead of planning everything. Although when you consider she’s only in Ireland for a week it felt like things changed a bit too fast.
Then there is River, his family was part of the IRA, but nowadays the IRA isn’t what it’s supposed to anymore. His brother still supports the IRA how it’s now, but it’s more a terrorist organization now. River isn’t happy with his brother choices, but he doesn’t really do anything about it either. I liked seeing him learn how solving things yourself wasn’t always the best thing and how sometimes it’s good to ask someone else for help or let someone else handle things I liked how he changed things thanks to Amber.
Side character Ivy might have been my favourite part of this book. Amber get’s to know her a bit more and I really liked seeing them talk things through and then make this weird kind of friendship after years of disliking each other. I thought Ivy was an interesting character and I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book.
The romance fell a bit flat for me in this book. I did like River and Amber. It’s a classical bad boy and good girl romance and it was interesting to see two people who were so different fall in love. I just didn’t quite feel the spark and connection between them as in the previous books. I did like them, but I never really got invested in this book or the characters. That might just be me or the mood I read this book in. I don’t know.
The Ireland setting was fun and it felt like the author knew what she were talking about. There is some background and history about Ireland, the Irish talk differently and there are some descriptions. While I couldn’t visualize everything as well as I hoped to I did learn a lot about Irish history and got a bit of a feel for country through this book, which was great.
To summarize: I think I read this book at the wrong time or mood as I didn’t get as invested in the story as with the first two books. I felt that the suspense elements was more subtle and to the background and past than in the first two books and that was a bit disappointing. I liked Amber and River, but never really got invested in their story. It’s a typical good girl meets bad boy romance and it was nice to see two people who are so different fall in love with each other, but I just didn’t quite feel it. I did really like Ivy and I am glad we got to see more of her in this book and her appearances made me curious about the next book. I also liked the Irish history and learning more about the country. It was obvious the author did her research about the culture, language and history and it paid off. Although I would’ve liked to see more of Ireland and be able to visualize things better. So all in all this was a good book, but I just didn’t got as invested as in the first two books. When I put it down I didn’t have that urge to continue reading.