Burying Water

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The highly anticipated start of a new romantic suspense series from the beloved, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths.

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 ...

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The highly anticipated start of a new romantic suspense series from the beloved, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths.

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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Editorial Reviews

Globe and Mail
"Another addictive triumph for the impressively prosaic Tucker."
#1 New York Times bestselling author - Rachel Van Dyken
"Unique, engrossing, and heartbreaking. Burying Water is a mesmerizing read that will keep you captivated until the very last page."
#1 New York Times bestselling author on Five Ways to Fall - Jennifer L. Armentrout
"You'll only need one reason to fall in love with K.A.Tucker."
New York Times bestselling author - Laura Kaye
"Dark, ominous, and sexy...compelling from beginning to end."
New York Times bestselling author on Five Ways to Fall - Jay Crownover
"This is a fun, flirty, super sexy love story that offers all of the best of opposites attracting. K.A. Tucker's writing is engaging, witty, and endearing just like her characters."
author of Before You on Five Ways to Fall - Amber Hart
"Lush, atmospheric, and addictive, with a romance that sizzles. Guard your heart."
Vilma's Book Blog

"Emotionally haunting. Richly evocative. Dangerously sexy. A stirring story of resilience, courage and the healing power of love."
Vilma's Book Blog
"Emotionally haunting. Richly evocative. Dangerously sexy. A stirring story of resilience, courage and the healing power of love."
Kirkus Reviews
Beaten, raped, left for dead—a young woman slowly repairs her body, but her mind refuses to tell her the awful truth of what really happened. The woman was found in an isolated field by Jesse Welles, a prodigiously talented car mechanic. The local doctor and sheriff understandably take an interest in the case, but they're also Jesse's parents and are strangely eager to keep him away from her. Even aside from finding the woman in the field, Jesse's the kind of guy who stops in a storm to help a woman stranded on the side of the road, and she rewards him with a powerful kiss. She's out of his league, so Jesse is startled to see her again at a nightclub, where the powerful Viktor Petrova makes him a deal that's hard to resist: Rebuild Viktor's Aston Martin DB5 in exchange for Jesse's dream car, a '69 Barracuda. Viktor's business dealings are probably illegal, and his abused wife looks a lot like the mysterious woman who kissed Jesse. Nonetheless, Jesse finds himself at the Petrovas' house every day, getting to know Viktor's wife very well indeed. Meanwhile, Jesse's mother cares for the anonymous woman. Balking at the label "Jane Doe," which only emphasizes her ghost of an existence, she chooses a new name based on a small tattoo balanced on her hip: Water. With the help of Jesse's mother, she finds a home with Ginny Fitzgerald. The woman, her memories, her emotional wreckage—all, like water, must inevitably surface. As Water does rise, she finds herself increasingly wondering about Jesse. Why is he so skittish around her? Why is she so drawn to him? Tucker (Five Ways to Fall, 2014, etc.) deftly steers the damsel-in-(serious, nearly fatal, possibly mob-related)-distress-rescued-by-a-knight-in-shining-armor storyline, making these star-crossed lovers compelling. A sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476774183
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Burying Water Series, #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 123,115
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. Today, she is also the author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, Burying Water, Becoming Rain, and Chasing River. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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Burying Water



This can’t be real . . . This can’t be real . . . This can’t be real . . .

The words cycle round and round in my mind like the wheels on my speeding ’Cuda as its ass-end slips and slides over the gravel and ice. This car is hard to handle on the best of days, built front-heavy and overloaded with horsepower. I’m going to put myself into one of these damn trees if I don’t slow down.

I jam my foot against the gas pedal.

I can’t slow down now.

Not until I know that Boone was wrong about what he claims to have overheard. His Russian is mediocre at best. I’ll give anything for him to be wrong about this.

My gut clenches as my car skids around another turn, the cone shape of Black Butte looming like a monstrous shadow ahead of me in the pre-dawn light. The snowy tire tracks framed by my headlights might not even be the right ones, but they’re wide like Viktor’s Hummer and they’re sure as hell the only ones down this old, deserted logging road. No one comes out here in January.

The line of trees marking the dead end comes up on me before I expect it. I slam on my brakes, sending my car sliding sideways toward the old totem pole. It’s still sliding when I cut the rumbling engine, throw open the door, and jump out, fumbling with my flashlight. It takes three hard presses with my shaking hands to get the light to hold.

I begin searching the ground. The mess of tread marks tells me that someone pulled a U-turn. The footprints tell me that more than one person got out. And when I see the half-finished cigarette butt with that weird alphabet on the filter, I know Boone wasn’t wrong.

“Alex!” My echo answers once . . . twice . . . before the vast wilderness swallows up my desperate cry. With frantic passes of my flashlight, my knuckles white against its body, I search the area until I spot the sets of footprints that lead off the old, narrow road and into the trees.

Frigid fingers curl around my heart.

Darting back to my car, I snatch the old red-and-blue plaid wool blanket that she loves so much from the backseat. Ice-cold snow packs into the sides of my sneakers as I chase the trail past the line of trees and into the barren field ahead, my blood rushing through my ears the only sound I process.

The only sign of life.

Raw fear numbs my senses, the Pacific Northwest winter numbs my body, but I push forward because if . . .

The beam of light passes over a still form lying facedown in the snow. I’d recognize that pink coat and platinum-blond hair of hers anywhere; the sparkly blue dress that she hates so much looks like a heap of sapphires against a white canvas.

My heart freezes.

“Alex.” It’s barely a whisper. I’m unable to produce more, my lungs giving up on me. I run, stumbling through the foot of snow until I’m on my knees and crawling forward to close the distance. A distance of no more than ten feet and yet one that seems like miles.

There’s no mistaking the spray of crimson freckling the snow around her head. Or that most of her long hair is now dark and matted. Or that her silver stockings are torn and stained red, and a pool of blood has formed where her dress barely covers her thighs. Plenty of footprints mark the ground around her. He must have been here for a while.

I know that there are rules to follow, steps to make sure that I don’t cause her further harm. But I ignore them because the sinking feeling in my stomach tells me I can’t possibly hurt her more than he already has. I nestle her head with one hand while I slide the other under her shoulder. I roll her over.

Cold shock knocks the wind out of me.

I’ve never seen anybody look like this.

I scoop her limp body into my arms, cradling the once beautiful face that I’ve seen in every light—rage to ecstasy and the full gamut in between—yet is now unrecognizable. Placing two blood-coated fingers over her throat, I wait. Nothing.

A light pinch against her lifeless wrist. Nothing.

Maybe a pulse does exist but it’s hidden, masked by my own racing one.

Then again, by the look of her, likely not.

One . . . two . . . three . . . plump, serene snowflakes begin floating down from the unseen sky above. Soon, they will converge and cover the tracks, the blood. The evidence. Mother Nature’s own blanket to hide the unsightly blemish in her yard.

“I’m so sorry.” I don’t try to restrain the hot tears as they roll down my cheeks to land on her mangled lips—lips I had stolen plenty of kisses from, back when I was too stupid to realize how dangerous that really was. This is my fault. She had warned me. If I had just listened, had stayed away from her, had not told her how I felt . . .

 . . . had not fallen wildly in love with her.

I lean down to steal a kiss even now, the coppery taste of her blood mixing with my salty tears. “I’m so damn sorry. I should never have even looked your way,” I manage to get out around my sobs, tucking the blanket she loved to curl up in over her.

An almost inaudible gasp slips out. A slight breeze against my mouth more than anything else.

My lungs freeze, my eyes glued to her, afraid to hope. “Alex?” Is it possible?

A moment later, a second gasp—a wet, rattling sound—­escapes.

She’s not dead.

Not yet, anyway.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Burying Water may just be the best book I've read

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Burying Water may just be the best book I've read in 2014.
    I've been a fan of K.A. Tucker for quite some time, her Ten Tiny Breaths series being some of my favorite books of all time. It turns out Ms Tucker was holding out on me.... on all of us! She has a few more tricks up her sleeve, and with her delivery of Burying Water comes my increased excitement as to what else she could possibly have in store.
    Burying Water is so different from anything this author has published before. Yes, Tucker consistently weaves serious drama alongside her compelling romances. Her characters are flawed and damaged personalities, struggling under the weight of tragic histories, battling internal demons or some external conflict. Burying Water maintains those themes, but in such a fresh, new way. Alternating between Water's present first person point of view and Jesse's past first person point of view, we know where this story began and we know how it ended... what we don't know is everything that's transpired in between... or where it could possibly go from here. Burying Water is everything I've come to love from K.A. Tucker... heartbreak, loss, love, hope and an epic emotional journey. But It's so much more. It's... dare I say it... BETTER. I hesitate to use the word "better" because I'd hate to diminish the gravity of my love of every previous Tucker story. But in fairness, I shouldn't even compare. Burying Water is it's own story, a new original story nothing like anything I've read before. It's more. It's everything. It's better. The best.

    "He said the truth is like that water: it doesn't matter how hard you try to bury it; it'll always find some way back to the surface. It's resilient."

    This story is magnetic. These characters and their circumstances draw in the reader with their addictive story. I was consumed... Consumed by the forbidden attraction between Alex and Jesse, by the depths of the the unknown of Water's forgotten life, by the frightening situation they're all trapped in, by the unpredictability of this story, by the absorbing writing of this author, by the layers and diversity of these characters, by everything. I was completely consumed by ever facet of this story. I was dying to know how this could all play out, yet dreading the story ending at all. The timing in this book is stellar. Weaving between the past and the present, tiny clues are unearthed ever so slowly as to what happened in the lives of these characters over the last several months. Their story is so compelling, it was so hard to pull myself away.

    This, in so many ways, is a story of second chances. Despite a horrific tragedy she has no memory of, Water is given a second chance at a life she was resigned to never having... a family, a life, a love... none of which was a possibility in the life she left behind. The web of secrecy and mystery and lost memories weaves together by K.A. Tucker in this story is nothing less than perfection. The involvement of secondary characters, all that they bring to the table, to Water's new life despite what they may or may not know of her past, the family and friends she never had before... it all comes together to make for such an unforgettable story.

    "Am I happy?
    I am lost and yet somehow found.
    I am afraid and yet somehow comforted.
    I am drifting and yet somehow... home."

    This story is sad. Sad in the level of horror that Water had to endure in order to come out of it on the other side. Sad in how much loss Water had to suffer in order to gain so much. Sad in how many painful truths Water had to face in order to heal. Sad in the tragic story Water had to hear in order to learn from and choose another path. Sad that not everyone gets a second chance. 

    Burying Water is K.A. Tucker's masterpiece. I read this story in complete awe... in awe of the placement of every single word, of the timing and flow of every miniscule detail, of every facet of every character, of how unpredictable, unputdownable, unforgettable this story truly is. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2015

    Good read

    I would definitely recommend it. I just didn't care for the back and forth from present to past. But other than that it was really good.

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  • Posted February 14, 2015

    I loved this book. I could not put it down once I started readi

    I loved this book. I could not put it down once I started reading. Highly recommend...

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  • Posted February 5, 2015

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    K. A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. Whatever she writes,

    K. A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. Whatever she writes, I'll read.

    I love K. A. Tucker's writing (that's not anything new, though!). I liked the alternating point of views between Jesse and Water, past and present respectively. I think it was a really interesting way to tell this story. While I liked all of the characters okay, I really loved Ginny. There was something about her crotchety demeanor that I found endearing. I enjoyed the story, but...

    I wanted more from the ending. I just felt sort of let down. Throughout the entire book, we get this slow buildup (which I really liked) and then it just kind of ends. It wasn't a bad ending, but it certainly wasn't a spectacular one, either. Another chapter or two of actual story before ending the book would have been nice, but eh... I don't write these things.

    Of course, I'll be reading the next book in the series, Becoming Rain. While I hoped that it would be about Jesse and Water, it won't be. Following the steps of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, the second book will be about a character from this book, Boone. While very slightly disappointing (hey, I'm being honest here!), I'm not really complaining.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    This was such a good book. I love the way she wrote it! I couldn

    This was such a good book. I love the way she wrote it! I couldn't put it down and can not wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Posted December 24, 2014

    I received a copy of Burying Water by K.A. Tucker from the Goodr

    I received a copy of Burying Water by K.A. Tucker from the Goodreads First Reads Program, but since receiving it earlier this fall it’s just sat on my shelf.

    Overall rating : 3.5 Stars – Worth a few minutes before bedtime.

    Burying Water is told in a very unique way, which I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy but actually ended up really liking. Because our main character, Water has lost her memory we receive her point of view in the present. Every other chapter we then get our hero’s point of view to fill us in on past events. Normally I don’t enjoy stories that jump between the past and present, but the way it was done in Burying Water gave the story an easy flow I was able to get into.

    In the past I’ve found that K.A. Tucker tends to write tragic stories with sad characters that I just can’t seem to muster any emotions for. When I first started reading I was worried she had done it again with our main characters, Jesse (hero) and Alex (heroine). I had a really hard to connecting to in the beginning, but as the story went on I did begin to feel a connection with our characters. I wanted things to work out for them. Yet, while I liked our main characters and found the story interesting it never reached ‘OMG’ levels for me. I had no problem putting this down when it was time for bed each night. It actually took me two full days to read this book, which is quite long for me. The story was a bit slow to develop and I think that may have been my issue with getting into the reading. Remember I like more action, so it might not be a problem for those of you that aren’t angst whores, like I am.

    Buying Water was starting to get good, I was getting into the story and waiting for the big shoe to drop. Unfortunately, when that happens that’s all that happens. It was really more a mild ripple than a big splash. We’ve read an entire book leading up to this big ‘moment’ and the reactions it would cause but when we get there nothing really happens. Everything was just fine. There was no angst, no final confrontation, no emotional upheaval, just an acceptance and then an ending. Well kind of an ending, I was still left with so many questions/plot holes.

    Burying Water probably would have been a four but the extremely lack luster ending and all the missing pieces I needed to finalize the story just lost something for me. Tucker had a great story, but in the end it just wasn’t given the justice it deserved. But this book has a 4.22 rating on Goodreads, so it very well could be a case of “it’s just me”. Who knows.

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  • Posted December 13, 2014

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    Ok, so bear with me here. I've actually read Burying Water twice

    Ok, so bear with me here. I've actually read Burying Water twice, but this is my first time reviewing it. Prior to its release, I read an eBook version but life got in the way and I didn't have a chance to write my review. Shortly after that, I received an audiobook version for review, so I decided to hold off on the eBook review and just write one after finishing the audiobook. Yes, this book was so good that I insisted on reading it twice in a little less than two months. 

    I'm a big fan of K.A. Tucker's new adult contemporaries. I loved every single book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series and, as sad as I was to see it end, I couldn't wait to see what she would give us next. I love her writing style and her characters and admire the fact that she's willing to "go there" with tough subjects. Burying Water sounded incredible, so I was beyond excited to read it. (Um, both times.) While this book had a decidedly different feel than any of her books I've read in the past, she still retained her voice. The characters were every bit as relatable and easy-to-love (or hate) as those in her other series. 

    I actually love the way this story was told. I thought it unique to have Jesse's POV in the past and Water's in the present. Through Jesse's eyes, we learn what he knew of Water's past and their relationship with each other. Through Water's eyes, we watch as she tries to reconcile what happened to her and learn who she is or was and the struggle she has with whether or not she wants to know everything that happened before. It was an interesting balance and a great way to learn the important parts of the past, while keeping an eye on the future because that's what was most important. My heart broke for Water and all that she dealt with and all that she lost. 

    I loved Jesse's character, too. He wasn't perfect and he made mistakes. But he always put Water first, even over his own needs. One of the things I loved most about this book was their journey back to each other. There were so many little moments that I didn't grasp the gravity of until something was revealed in a flashback later. Those are the moments that made this book special to me. Her life with Jesse was lurking just under the surface and there's no denying they were meant to be together. Not when HE (and the times associated with him) are what she was drawn to after. 

    The secondary characters in this book were so important to the story. The Welles family was integral to the story and I came to love them nearly as much as I did Water and Jesse. They were there for her in so many ways and it's safe to say that without them, she wouldn't have made it. Ginny is the other bright light in this book. I wasn't sure of her character at first, but she wound up being an incredible source of love and support for Water. And, also, Water for her. 

    The audiobook version of this book was fantastic. I thought maybe this would be the type of book I couldn't or wouldn't enjoy a second time around just because it dealt with a lot of tough issues and a mystery that had already been solved. I was wrong. Instead of finding myself zoning out because I knew what would happen next, I actually found myself listening more closely because of the emotion the narration brought to the story. The narrators were both excellent. They did a great job of pulling even more emotions out of me the second time around. Their pacing was perfect and it was easy to imagine them as Water and Jesse. 

    The bottom line is, no matter what format you choose to read this in, you're in for one hell of a ride. It's emotional and sexy and full of suspense. It's actually pretty easy to figure out who attacked her, but that's not what makes the story amazing. It's her journey back that makes this book special. 

    I received two copies of this book from the publisher – one via NetGalley and one audiobook version – in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

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    So far, there hasn¿t been anything that author, K.A. Tucker, has

    So far, there hasn’t been anything that author, K.A. Tucker, has written that I haven’t loved. I mean, her Ten Tiny Breaths series continuously blew my mind, and now Burying Water is right up there in must read books too.

    The opening scene was enough to keep your attention riveted to this story. A guy rushes to a scene where a young girl is found badly beaten and he is crying over her body? Attention. Claimed.

    In Burying Water, the story revolves around a young girl who was pretty much left for dead in a field. And miraculously, she survives but suffers from extreme memory loss. With no one stepping forward to claim her, and no reports of anyone missing a friend/family member with her description, she finds herself pretty much alone.

    But with the help of one of the doctors who was caring for her while in hospital, and with the help of a crotchety neighbor, she slowly starts over and chooses the name Water for herself. And this new life of hers seems to involve her superhot neighbor, Jesse, the son of the doctor who has been helping her, and someone that seems really familiar to her.

    But Jesse has secrets of his own. Ones that he hopes Water never learns about because they involve her. Secrets that could get her really dead…

    I found Burying Water to be a little edgier and darker than K.A. Tucker’s other books, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I really enjoyed that the story bounced from past to present, which answered a lot of questions.

    I loved that we got to see Water and Jesse fall for each other twice. I love how some of the scenes that were written were intense. I love how tender some of the scenes between Water and Jesse were. I loved how I felt so many different emotions while reading this book.

    Not only were the main characters ones that readers will totally love, but the supporting cast is pretty unforgettable…the good AND the bad, and let me tell ya, the bad ones made my skin crawl!

    I would recommend this read to fans of K.A. Tucker, and to those who are looking for a different type of New Adult read. Burying Water is one book that I feel you will thoroughly enjoy, and won’t soon forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    I finished this book a few days ago, and have been thinking abou

    I finished this book a few days ago, and have been thinking about what I was going to write for my review. Even at this point, I don't know that I will be able to really get across just how much I LOVED this book.
    I am a HUGE fan of K.A. Tucker's, I was so happy to be introduced to her books at a book signing of three other authors over a year ago, since then I have read the entire TTB series, and now Burying Water.
    I knew the general idea of this book, but hadn't even read the description, I felt like I didn't really need to as I knew if it's written by K.A Tucker, then it's going to be amazing. And as always I wasn't disappointed.
    I was hooked after just reading the prologue, I mean how is it possible that an author can hock you after 4 pages....4 PAGES! But K.A. does. You're curious as to how this girl came to being dumped on the side of the road in an abandoned area and the guy who is trying to save her. We then meet Jane Doe in the hospital after she wakes up from something that no one should walk up from. I love that this story jumps from now to then and from her to his point of view, it really gives the story a well rounded feel. I found this to be a story of hope rather then despair. It's a great example of the mind's ability to overcome trauma and that the heart sometimes knows better then the mind.
    As we see Water come into her own and start her new life in the little small town of Sisters we really get to see how her draw to Jesse is something she can't help or stop. I love the connection she builds with all members of her community, from Ginny to Dakota and of course the good Doctor, her Sheriff husband and nurse daughter and of course the mechanic son (Jesse), she truly embarrasses the idea of her new life. Even if she doesn't realize it. As her memory comes back in snippets she knows there is a reason she is in Sisters and a pull to Jesse she just doesn't know why.
    "Something tells me Jesse is the kind of guy that I can always count on. My gut must be telling me that I had someone just like him in my previous life. Someone I trusted"
    The only minor thing I wish was included was more detail on why or how she ended up abandoned, but I am torn about this as well, I am happy she never remembered that, because no one should remember something that brutal. I am holding out hope that maybe we will get a little more info into that with Becoming Rain.
    As always, an AMAZING read by K.A.Tucker and I can't wait for anything that is next...and I am even thinking about reading her Casual Encounter series, even though I am not a fan of paranormal at all....i just figure if I am going to like any paranormal series it would be K.A.Tuckers!

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

    K.A. Tucker has proven once again that she deserves all the 5-St

    K.A. Tucker has proven once again that she deserves all the 5-Star ratings she has gotten with all her other books and with, her new one, Burying Water.  This story goes from "then" to "now" and although I figured out who Water was, I don't think it was a secret, I didn't know what lead up to what had happened to Water.  Jesse did what he did to protect Alex. So very good!! Highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Another great read

    Great book. Loved how it moved back and forth in time to tell the story and the characters journey. Highly reccommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This was such a great book I could not put it down!

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

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    Burying Water is a beautifully written story of grief, pain, and

    Burying Water is a beautifully written story of grief, pain, and finally joy, and the road traveled int he process of finding peace.  Told in "now and then" setting alternating chapters with what before and what is going on now, K.A. Tucker tells the story of two people who are broken beyond imagination yet somehow manage to find love in the midst of their struggle.  Water's story is heartbreaking....what she went through is unimaginable.  I loved how K.A. Tucker brought Water and Jesse together and wove the tale of the past and their present flawlessly into a seamless novel.  This is one book you most definitely won't want to miss.

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

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    In this quietly suspenseful novel, K.A. Tucker expertly weaves a

    In this quietly suspenseful novel, K.A. Tucker expertly weaves a tale of secrets, and truths. Burying Water is delicately layered with intrigue and mystery, and it holds completely and totally, from beginning to end. In what has to be my favorite K. A. Tucker novel since One Tiny Lie, she creates a story of second chances and love – true love.

    I’m struggling with writing this review; I’ve started, deleted, and restarted it a few times, because I just wasn’t able to get down on paper what I felt while reading this story, and how I felt after. So I told myself to just write, and hopefully I can produce something worthy and coherent. I just loved the writing and the characters so much, and I want to do them justice.

    There’s something about Kathleen Tucker. Something about her writing, and I don’t know how to accurately describe it. There’s just something about the way it makes me feel. Her writing is elegant without pretense;  simple yet complex. In this novel, she uses all facets of her talent to create a story that is remarkable and original.

    K. A. Tucker’s writing is, simply put, beautiful. She has a way of making you fall for her characters instantly. She also has a way of reeling you into her stories immediately. She did both with Burying Water. From the prologue, I was IN this story, wholly and completely, and whenever I was reading this book, nothing else existed. Her prose is silky smooth, flowing effortlessly without empty embellishments; every word counts, and shouldn’t be missed. I just love how this story is structured and paced, it’s like a dance: quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow. There are moments that are exhilarating, moments that steal your breath, and there are moments of quiet romance that’ll make you smile and sigh contently. There are scenes that are dark and ominous, ones that will break your heart, but then there are those that light you up inside. I think Tucker created such a perfect balance of all those elements, and what resulted is an outstanding read.

    All of that, and I haven’t even described the story yet. Since this is a suspenseful novel, I won’t get into too much detail about the plot, but I will say that it unfolds brilliantly. Written with dual POV, and alternating between the past and present, this layered mystery reveals itself with perfect timing and intrigue. Also, woven into the mystery is a love story that will make you swoon. The characters are realistic, multi-dimensional, and completely lovable (well, the good guys are – the bad guys are completely loathe-able). The romance seduces you, slowly burning the pages. I loved the connection between the two leads, it’s what made this story just the ultimate for me. I could feel how drawn they were to each other, I felt their want and need, I felt their love.

    Ultimately, I just adored this story about love and resilience. I’m not sure if this review accurately expressed EXACTLY how Burying Water made me feel. It made me feel…I don’t know…I guess it just made me happy, as corny as that sounds. I know I’ll be reading this one over and over again.

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

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      I wanted to read this one because I loved Tucker's other serie

      I wanted to read this one because I loved Tucker's other series-- her writing, emotional depth and characters. So it was a no brainer when I saw that she was writing a new series, I knew I had to try it. 

       I have read a lot of the memory loss books this year, but I am still not tired of them and this one gives its own spin to the idea. It is dual narrative and I like the voice of both Jessie and Jane Doe/Water. She is such a fighter and I admire her strength in the face of huge physical ailments as well not knowing her name, anything about her life, or why or who could have hurt her so badly. 

        I really appreciated how her doctor and nurse as well as a patient who roomed with her at one point all rallied around her, and gave her options when she is finally released from hospital and has no where to go. They took her as a member of the family and hooked her up with a woman who is older, eccentric, but also had a similar history and understood how being broken could effect every aspect. 

        I liked Jesse too, he is a great mechanic. Through his roomate he is hooked up with a job and also gets in with a Russian business partner. With a lot of chance he meets what he later figures out is a completely off limits woman that he finds so intriguing and can't seem to leave alone.

       There are hints of romance but the majority of the first half it is mostly setting up the characters, the intertwined nature of how they know each other. I raced towards the end knowing that I would see how everything came together and finally see some of the scenes that the beginning only alludes to. 

       Now this book has some cheating. But I will use that in a loose sense because if you are in a relationship where you are treated like that, but afraid, I could see the draw of being treated with respect and an almost reverance, and makes you realize all that you are missing out on. So, it was basically a non-issue. 

        I liked the ending and how tied up everything felt, and this great hope for their future. I imagine that the others in this series will focus on another couple in this world, though I surely wouldn't mind getting Jessie and Water's story even more in depth. 

    Bottom Line: Emotional story of a woman trying to regain her memory and her life and a man she can't resist. 

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  • Posted October 15, 2014

    4.5/5 stars Being a huge fan of K.A.'s Ten Tiny Breaths series,

    4.5/5 stars

    Being a huge fan of K.A.'s Ten Tiny Breaths series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! I love K.A.'s writing style, as well as the storylines and characters she creates. I really enjoyed the fact that this book is written in dual POV AND dual time lines. We get Jesse's POV in the past and we get Water's in the present. I love how seamlessly these transitions were! At no point did I feel confused or irritated with the back and forth in time. The story is pretty linear- there were no major twists and turns in this one. We know what happens from the beginning, but we get to go back and see how the characters got to that point. I actually liked this method of storytelling. Even though we know what happens, the build up of the backstory was still intense and exhilarating!

    What happened to Water is absolutely horrifying. She wakes up in the hospital after a brutal attack with no memory of who she is or what happened to her. Her recovery process is a slow one, but Dr. Alwood and her daughter Amber do their best to befriend her and make her feel comfortable. Still, Water can't help but feel lost and alone. I was heartbroken for Water. She has survived a horrific ordeal and has lost so much more than her memory.

    Water has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Thankfully Dr. Alwood introduces her to Ginny Fitzgerald, her reclusive next door neighbor, who lives on a horse farm. Ginny ends up taking in Water and let her live in a upstairs apartment. The two become good companions for one another and I love how Water helped Ginny come out of her reclusive shell and open her back up to the world again. It was such a beautiful, hopeful side storyline and I'm really glad Tucker developed it the way she did.

    Water finds herself attracted to Jesse, Dr. Alwood's rebellious black sheep son. He has not had the best relationship with his father, who happens to be the sheriff of their small town. Ginny believes Jesse to be a bad egg and won't let him step one foot on her property. I loved Jesse's character. He isn't at all the bad boy Ginny pegs him to be. Instead, he is kind and sweet, and Water can't help but be drawn to him. There is a familiarity there between them and she just feels comfortable with him. He was put in an impossible situation before and I feel he did the only thing he could. He is guided by his heart and he is determined to do what's right and stand by those he loves.

    I was so grateful that Water has found a place in the small Oregon town with Jesse, his family, Ginny, and even Dakota (the girl Water works with). They are such a support system for her and I'm glad she didn't have to be alone in her days following her recovery. In true Tucker fashion, this story will pull at your heart strings, but it will also really make you appreciate good men like Jesse Welles, who would risk everything for love.

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  • Posted October 13, 2014

    i wish i could rate it lower. i just couldn't get into it. the s

    i wish i could rate it lower. i just couldn't get into it. the story line didn't hold my attention. sorry to say i was bored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Great Book!! Highly recommend.

    Great Book!! Highly recommend.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    THE STORY: Becca: KA Tucker has amazed me again! This book w


    Becca: KA Tucker has amazed me again! This book was so so so so good! It was very different from the TTB series, but in such a good way. This book had it all romance, action, suspense and mystery. It is told in a dual POV. We flash back to the past with Jesse and then to the present with Water. Tucker seamlessly makes this transition and the book is amazing from start to finish. I loved the different road that Tucker took with this one, I was literally cringing and gripping my kindle in some parts! Others I was eaten up be the chemistry and electric romance! KA Tucker uses her trademark brilliance to blend romance, suspense and pain all into one amazing heart stopping story!

    Lisa: We are definitely HUGE K.A. Tucker fans over here. In my eyes, she can do no wrong. I was so excited to try Burying Water after loving the Ten Tiny Breaths series so much. She definitely took a completely different angle with this series though. It’s more NA/adult romantic suspense, which I really enjoy as well! I was so happy to see that she could do romantic suspense just as flawlessly as she wrote her other NA series.

    “He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”

    Lisa: Man, I loved these characters. Water was the type of character I love the most. Her strength, resilience, and willingness to fight for her life had me routing for her from page one. Jesse and his rough and tough exterior hiding the emotional mess that he was on the inside is the type of guy I always fall for. He was definitely hiding quite a bit, but as the story progressed we were able to see more and more into the life of Jesse and why he was acting the way he was. Water was much more of a mystery as she didn’t have a single recollection of her life for most of the story. I can’t imagine waking up with no memory whatsoever, knowing that my mind was keeping the details from me to protect myself. Purely psychological. This story really messed with my mind!

    The secondary characters were easily as important to this story as Water and Jesse. Though some of these characters I wanted to strangle or kick in the crotch (I won’t go into details… we don’t want any spoilers up in here!) they all played an important role in this strong and intense story. There was a strong family bond aspect, which always seems to give me a warm and fuzzy feeling when I find that in books. I love a good family or group of friends sticking together when times get tough, and this was definitely that type of family. Add in a little drama from the rickety old neighbor next door and you’ve got yourself a fabulous cast!

    Becca: I could not agree with Lisa more (even about the ones that I wanted to knee below the belt as well). I loved each of these characters, from the MC’s Jesse and Water and then to the secondary characters. Tucker has a talent for making each of her characters valid and essential to her story.

    Lisa and I have a love for flawed characters and this book definitely had that. Jesse was so closed off and even a little dark.  Water was so helpless and lost, but strong at the same time. I loved how the story progressed in a way that we learned so much about them and grew to love them more and more by the end. Lisa is also spot on about the family aspect of this book,  the farm was such a warm and cozy place and I loved Jesse’s family and Ginny too of course!


    Becca: KA Tucker is so talented and brilliant! She can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes! Even with her leap into this world of romantic suspense, she still pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go! There are so many things I loved about this novel, the writing, the characters, the strength of the female lead, the bond of family, the mystery and even a good dose of Karma it was just perfect for me. As if Tucker hadn’t already… she has solidified her spot on my roster of  MUST READ authors!

    Lisa: I couldn’t be happier with K.A. Tucker’s new work. Like Becca, I’m a total KAT fan girl. I was so excited when I saw this was actually the first book in a series. I was under the impression this was a standalone, and honestly, the way it ended left me completely satisfied. But some things, I have a feeling, may come back in the second book. I’m so curious to see if it’s going to be a continuation of these characters, or more of a companion novel like her other series.

    If you’re not a huge fan of NA because you often see the same type of stories over and over again, I totally know where you’re coming from, and I’m so excited to tell you this one is very different. Much more of a romantic suspense. Yes, we still get a dose of our NA drama and tortured characters that we all love so much, but we also get many other suspenseful and intense scenes that made this story a real home run. I would most definitely recommend this book to… well, anyone that will listen to me.  ;)

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