Series: Burying Water #1
Published by Atria Books Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Mystery, New Adult, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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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.
I really enjoy K.A. Tucker’s writing, and I picked this book up a long time ago, but I was kind of nervous about reading it. So while I adore reading Tucker’s work, she has the amazing ability to write these damaged characters that pull me in so deep that I get so emotionally attached to them, that it seriously breaks my heart when something bad happens to them. And judging from the synopsis of this book I knew I was in for a rough ride, thankfully it was one I enjoyed from beginning to end.
The first thing I want to mention is that I absolutely love the way she wrote this book. Sometimes I like when books flash back and forth between past and present and other times it drives me bonkers. In this particular book I loved that it went back and forth, and I loved that the past was told in one POV and the present in a different one. I mean both POVs are painting the same picture, but they are each so different and so easy to fall into and really care about the characters.
So going into the book you know right off bat that Water is a woman who was left for dead in a field and has absolutely no memory of who she is. As a reader I couldn’t help but try and figure out what could have brought her to that place in her life, who would have wanted to hurt her, who was she in that different life. And Water has all the same questions that I did. She was so easy to like. I mean you can just tell she is a good person, even when she has no idea who she is, she is just a giving and kind person. The things that were done to her were horrible, hard to read in parts (not that it’s overly graphic, its just I cared so much for her that hearing what happened to her was hard). I completely loved the relationship she developed to the Ginny, the old lady who took her in. They were both so good for each other, in ways I don’t think either of them fully could have expected.
And Jesse, oh sweet Jesse. I liked him from minute one. He’s not an alpha guy, but he’s not a wimp either. He may be the son of the sheriff, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t get into his share of trouble growing up. I like the man he grew up to be though, he has a sense of right and wrong, he is responsible and takes pride in the work he does. I also really love the dynamic between Water and Jesse, there is so much I want to say about them, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, so I will just leave it with I like Jesse, a lot.
At the end of the day this book was exactly what I was expecting it to be, great writing, dynamic and slightly damaged characters who pulled me in and wouldn’t let go, and just a fantastic ride from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this book.