Series: Burying Water #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Josh Goodman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: October 7th 2014
Target Audience: New Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Length: 11 hours | 368 pages
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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.
“He said the truth is like water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find someway back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
This series may be even better than the Ten Tiny Breaths series!
While still New Adult…these characters just feel a little more mature than most of those in the Ten Tiny Breaths series and therefore were probably even more relatable to me. As with all of K.A. Tucker‘s books, her writing style sucks me in from the beginning. Easy to read with a steady moving pace…you won’t want to put this one down until you’ve reached the conclusion.
Burying Water is told with two POVs: both Water and Jesse. Jesse slowly tells the back story while Water tells the current story. So often I just wanted to jump ahead and get to the end of Jesse’s story so I’d really know where Water’s began…but ultimately I really think that added to the suspense and was a brilliant decision on Tucker‘s part.
Water and Jesse are both great characters. Jesse trying so hard to do what was “right” and fight his true heart’s desires. Water so amazingly strong and resilient just as the quote above alludes. The secondary characters were perfect in every way. I am hard pressed to name one that I didn’t fall in love with. Jesse’s family is just straight up amazing. I adore Sheriff Gabe. Ginny is crazy and cranky and damaged by her past but also so giving and full of love.
Other than the fact that I felt the novel tied itself up a bit too neatly at the end…I completely enjoyed this one and have no hesitation to recommend it to anyone who enjoys New Adult or Adult Contemporaries. I’ve already read the 2nd in this series, Becoming Rain, and loved it and am anxiously awaiting the 3rd Chasing River 🙂
Elizabeth Louise & Josh Goodman do a fantastic job of bringing Alex/Water and Jesse to life.