Burying WaterSeries: Burying Water #1
by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria, Simon & Schuster on October 7th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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’m an idiot. There, I said it. How could I have ever doubted K.A. Tucker and her fabulous-ness as an author? Let me explain…
When I first saw this series last year, I noticed all the titles in the series had to do with water. Because the girls on the covers looked so alike, I incorrectly assumed that the entire series was about the same girl (and guy). So I was in no rush to read this series. I hate romance serials. Give me my HEA and let me move on!
Turns out I was wrong, oh so wrong…
Ms. Tucker’s Burying Water was freakin’ fantastic!! Holy story-on-the-edge-of-my-seat!!!! Ms. Tucker has written yet another world where her stories are deep-end-of-the-pool DEEP with complexity of character and intensity of story. From the moment our heroine and hero meet, I was drowning in this tale. See what I did there? Sorry, I’ll stop.
Jesse Welles is not your typical hero. His character grew up in a small town close to Bend, Oregon. His mother is a respected surgeon at the local hospital, his father is the local sheriff. He found trouble when he was younger but deep down, he’s smart, and he always did the right thing. Jesse’s father didn’t see it that way. So Jesse moved to Portland, Oregon to live, work on cars, and to get away from his father.
The story is told in alternating points of view / alternating periods of time. Don’t fret, it’s not as confusing as you would think. The past is told in Jesse’s POV and we get to know him at his job fixing cars at a garage that may or may not be involved in illegal activities. This alternates with the present day and “Water’s” (as “Jane Doe” has renamed herself) POV as she struggles with life not knowing who she is and how she’s going to live when she has nothing and is not sure where she belongs.
Both of these POVs, or story threads, brilliantly lead up to Water and Jesse meeting. Cue explosive devices and fireworks!
Ms. Tucker has a way of taking an ordinary story, putting a kink right in the middle of it, and then twisting the story around so she has a brilliant, new tale that is above and beyond the ordinary she started with. You’re anticipating moments. You re-read events just to stay in the moment, to make sure you didn’t miss a thing.
I am so glad I got out of my idiot moment and didn’t miss out on this series…