Review: Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker
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.
Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Romance--
Ok so I went about this series all wrong, but now reading Burying Water is like a happy reunion seeing all my favorite characters again. I have read all the other books in the series, but I was not certain exactly of the character connections that bring this together as a series, but now I do. There was Amber, Boone and Ivy, people that I loved from their own stories now in a whole new light shown on them. Amber and Ivy I already loved, but seeing Boone here actually made me like and appreciate him so much more than I did during his book. That being said, don't do what I did and pick a book to read, but instead read this series in the order that it was created and let all the characters unfold as they see fit and watch how everything is connected.
I love KA Tucker, I have never been disappointed in any book of hers that I have picked up, knowing I will get an emotional, interesting romance with character who feel so real as if I know them, we are friends. I had always meant to read this book, but got caught up in others and distracted (because this is me after all) but after meeting KA this year at Apollycon and talking to her other fans, I knew I needed to finish (start?) this series properly.
This was a very hard book to read, more so than any of her others, mainly due to the fact that physical and sexual assault play such a large role in the plot and the characters. Yet, in spite (or maybe because of it, who can say?) I absolutely adored this dark, dangerous book which had surprising moments of joy, humor, hope, acceptance, healing and love in all of it's forms. Yes, I may sound a little sappy, but all I speak is the truth. I really feel like I just need to hug this story, the pages, the words, the characters- and then thrust it into the hands of everyone I know to read next.
Not only was the story dual narrated with two very distinct voices, but it was set in two different times as well. Jesse was the narrator of the "Then", the past, and Jane Doe aka Water was the narrator for the "Now", or the present. Let me just be blunt and say that I loved Jesse, in both timelines as well as through his own and other's eyes. He was such a great character, multidimensional, flawed, yet trying hard to do the right thing in a bad situation. Water was harder to pin down as a character since she had no idea who her true self was. I learned who she was right along with her, and I grew to love her heart and acceptance. In such a bad situation, these two were able to find someone to hold on to regardless of the obstacles.
I am such a KA fangirl and this is another great read by her. I look forward to gobbling up all her books to come because I know I won't be let down.