Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Early Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Title: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria
Exp Pub: October 7, 2014
Source:  Publisher
Pre-order: Amazon  |  B&N

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

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.

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A flat tire, a chance meeting, a mutual attraction that can’t be denied – but what should be an easy relationship between two kindred spirits is anything but. Fate took a wrong turn somewhere because the woman that Jesse has fallen for belongs to someone else. Jesse knows he should walk away, but he won’t abandon the only woman to ever win his heart. He won’t leave her at the hands of her ruthless and powerful husband. But in a cruel turn of events, he was unable to stop the brutal attack that left her for dead. Now she’s awake and fortunately has no memory of her assault… but she also has no memory of Jesse and the love they shared. Like water, will the truth find its way to the surface? Or will it be lost and buried forever?


Burying Water opens onto a chilling scene that grabbed my attention immediately and held it to the end. The story is told flawlessly in dual POVs with present and past chapters that kept me transfixed. There are pages that are filled with the sweetest moments – and then there are pages with moments so horrific, I was torn between wanting to know more and wishing I didn’t know what I already did.

I love Jesse. Everything about him, from his background story to his love of classic cars and the brilliant talent he has for restoring them. With his troublesome past, he deserves to love and be loved by the woman he gave his heart to. But her story is one of misery and desperation. It seems impossible, and it was difficult to read about at times; but Water is strong. Her body may be battered, but her spirit won’t be broken. She may be scarred, but she is resilient. Jesse says he stopped to change a flat tire but that it was the flat tire that changed him. And it did. Their meeting was meant to be, and I don’t want to imagine what might have happened to these two if they had never connected. One of my favorite passages in the book is this:


Just as it takes sadness to know happiness, to have been hungry to appreciate being full… we have to be lost in order to be found. The pain and the struggles these characters endured broke my heart, but the courage they found to prevail was inspiring and beautiful.

There are so many wonderful and intriguing characters in this book. A favorite of mine is Ginny. She plays a pivotal role in the ‘now’ portions of the story, and I love the interactions and dialogue between her and Water. I also adore the Welles family. Gabe and Meredith are so endearing; and though their relationship with their son hasn’t been easy, the love they all have for one another is obvious. The characters are so well fleshed out, and every chapter is as absorbing as the next.

The writing in this book is fantastic. The pacing is perfect and thrilling, and the way the past and present chapters unfold are brilliant. Ms. Tucker has always been a favorite of mine; but she reached new heights with this story, and I am in love.
My Rating:  ★★★

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.                                                                                      
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13 comments:

  1. Michele I totally loved this one too. The characters were so fleshed out and I enjoyed getting to know them. My review is posting this month too. :)

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    1. So happy you loved it, too, Kimba!! :D

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  2. Hey lovely lady. I a so sorry I haven't been over here in awhile. Love the new look! Clean and crisp and classy. I have heard amazing things about this author and series, but I have steered away because I am so burned out on NA drama, still I am curious... loved the quotes as always. Hugs! Thanks for putting up the Wicked button!

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    1. Thank you SO much! Clean, crisp, and classy is just what we were going for! I understand, but keep this one on your list for when you're wanting a good thrilling but romantic read. I think you'll enjoy it! *hugs*

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  3. YAY! I can post again!! I've been trying to post comments for weeks now! And the comment box wasn't coming up!

    Anyways, I only skimmed your review (I'm currently reading this book! And so far, I am so loving this one!) I'm glad you enjoyed it; I know I will just love it! :D

    Lovely, lovely review! *HUGS*

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  4. Also, I love your new look! So pretty! :D

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    1. Thank you, sweets! I can't wait for you to finish this one -- I know you will adore it! *hugs*

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  5. Oh Wifey I know how much you absolutely adore this book! I will be finishing this one tomorrow! It is my plan and I love this plan and I cannot wait to execute this plan lol. From what I read already I am hooked and I love Jesse.

    This is such a beautiful review Wifey and is easily one of my favorites of yours. You clearly poured your heart into it and I can tell how much you loved this book *smish*

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    1. Aaaah, I want to hug and pet this comment!! Thank you, Wifey -- I just loved this book and FELT it in my soul. I just want to re-read it right now. I know you will feel the same way, and I cannot wait to GUSH over this one (and Jesse) with you! *SMOOSH*

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  6. This sounds like an amazing book. I love the cover! :) So great to hear your thoughts. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. It truly is, Jess! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  7. Oh, Michele! I just LOVE this plot! True, the amnesia angle has been done before, in both movies and books, but this author seems to have given it a new spin -- one that I really like! So I think I need to add this one to my Goodreads TBR and Amazon wish list!

    Thanks for the awesome, spoiler-free review!! : )

    BTW, LOVE your new look, especially that very elegant, chic header!! <3 : )

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    1. Thank so much, Maria! I think you would really enjoy this story -- it's so beautiful and touching!!
      Aww, thank you!! I think we're going to enjoy the new look. <3

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