Shannon and I LOVE this series so we wanted to spend a little time spreading the word about it. We can’t agree on how we rank them but we can agree that K.A. Tucker’s got talent! If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the books in this series yet then we implore you to sort that out! And HAPPY RELEASE DAY to SURVIVING ICE!!
So here are our thoughts on the series, listed in reading order…
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
Burying Water was the first book I read from K.A. Tucker and what a way to be introduced to this author! Burying Water made itself right at home on my list of top ten all time favourites. I loved it that much. The opening scene had me hooked, my eyes were wide with shock, and I didn’t put the book down again until I was finished some five hours later. – Kelly
Wow! This book was so many things – intense, beautiful, sad. I’m pretty sure my emotions were all over the place but mainly I was feeling a lot of anticipation while reading. Burying Water was a great book that definitely had me on the edge of my seat. – Shannon
Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.
Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.
Reading Becoming Rain made me a nervous wreck! I was in a constant state of worry for Luke and Clara, just for different reasons! I desperately wanted Luke to wake up and realise what he was involving himself in, and I was panic-stricken for Clara, constantly fearing that she’d get found out and pay the price. Becoming Rain was sexy, suspense-filled and a worthy follow up to Burying Water. – Kelly
I had been looking forward to this book since I finished Burying Water and let me tell you – it was definitely worth the wait! The whole story was great, especially the ending. It had all the suspense and surprises that I enjoy in a book. Plus getting to see all the going ons in the FBI was interesting. Not sure if that’s how things are actually done but I believed it enough to be close to reality. But man oh man was I on the edge of my seat during the ending. The curveballs it threw had me reading faster and wondering how everything would get handled and what it meant for the future for these characters. – Shannon
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.
Oh! I loved this one! Chasing River was different to the other two books in the series. I felt like it focussed more on Amber and River’s relationship than anything else, but that was GOOD! I liked that! It still had the “Oh, crap, what’s going to happen next” factor because of Aengus’ gang involvement but this time I didn’t feel like the suspense element was the main attraction, although I will admit to being on the edge of my seat during a certain part of the story and hoping that everything would work out the way I wanted it to! And…and…and…oh the feels! There was a part towards the end of the book where I. Just. MELTED! Sigh. And my final thought on Chasing River is this…two thumbs up to K.A. Tucker for having the balls to tackle such a controversial subject and weaving it so carefully in to the plot of this book and doing it justice. – Kelly
I thought the history of the location and using that as a backdrop for the story was interesting. It provided great conflict that was the driving force for the events in this book between Amber and River. I was hoping for more of this conflict in the middle section in terms of suspense about what was going to happen but because the danger was due to River’s brother and not because of our two leads I felt like the suspense that was so great in the other books was lacking in this book. The story focused a lot on their budding relationship which don’t get me wrong was still great, but I would have liked a little more of the conflict involving Aengus’ criminal acts. However, the last portion of this book was pretty exciting and kept me reading to find out how it all played out. – Shannon
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Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She’s ready to pack up her things yet again, when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.
That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter wasn’t random. Not at all…
Surviving Ice is my second favourite book in this series. It had suspense, it was sexy and the chemistry between Ivy and Sebastian packed a punch! There was a particular part of Surviving Ice that was pretty damn hot, in an I-have-a-perverted-mind kind of way, and I loved it! There was something about Sebastian that just reeled me in, right along with Ivy. Speaking of Ivy, I loved how strong she was and how she was “different’ to most other female main characters. I mean, how often do you read about heavily tattooed, independent, take-no-crap females in books? Surviving Ice was the perfect book to finish off the Burying Water series. It was one of those rare books that I just can’t put down, one of those books that make me wish that life would just stop for a short while, you know, just until I’ve devoured every word and raced through every page. – Kelly
After meeting Ivy in Chasing River I couldn’t wait to read her book, she was definitely more of a spitfire than Amber and that made me really excited. Surviving Ice did not disappoint – the intrigue and mystery was awesome and kept me on edge trying to figure it all out before the end. I’m sad to see this series end but at least it ended on a good note. I definitely loved all the mystery and intrigue mixed with the romance in this series and I can’t wait to see what KA Tucker comes out with next. – Shannon