Burying Water by K.A. Tucker — "The heart wants what it wants."

22 December 2015

Burying Water (Burying Water #1)
by K.A. Tucker (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Atria Books on October 7th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Edition: eBook (369 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.

I'm completely shocked by the fact that I did not pick this book up sooner, and although I don't regret reading Chasing River first (because it made me fall in love with K.A. Tucker's tremendous writing), I wish I had read this first before I picked up the third book. And let me tell you, Burying Water left me speechless (or screaming “yooooooo!” probably 99.9% of the time. Let’s leave the 0.1% alone for the sake of my sanity).

Now, I always tend to stay away from amnesia stories because they break my heart most of the time. Imagine being with someone, then next thing you know, something tragic happens and then they don’t have any memory of you anymore? Good lord, do you hear that? That’s the sound of my heart shattering to billions of pieces. But because I’ve been so intrigued by this series, I needed to step out of my comfort zone and pick it up, because hello, I’m definitely not going to miss a K.A. Tucker book.

Step aside, Nicholas Sparks. There’s a new player in town. 

Nicholas Sparks’ books may have been amazing as they’re similar to dramatic Lifetime movies, particularly the classics he’s written that have been turned into exceptional movies that definitely tore everyone’s hearts out; a.k.a. The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. However, in my honest opinion, his newest works don’t capture my heart as it used to before.

K.A. Tucker’s style falls in the same category: the dramatic lifetime movie style filled with intense, raw and unapologetically unrefined stories, with a great amount of suspense on the side. There’s no dilly-dallying in Tucker’s writing style—exceptional, straightforward and eye-opening, and although [she] doesn’t go extreme lengths to the point of explicitness; sugarcoating is definitely not in her vocabulary.

"The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart."

Her characters are painfully realistic, from the main to the secondary characters. Each and every significant character mentioned will surely give you an emotional reaction. Burying Water is told in alternating POVs between Jesse and our ‘Jane Doe’ (Water), with mixes of flashback and present day chapters (just like in Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven), which gives us the opportunity to explore not only the two main characters, but also various sides of the plot.

Water’s character (pre-amnesia as ‘Alex’ and during) ignited so much feelings. She’s a smart woman who had hailed from an unfortunate childhood with dreams of a brighter future, but a wrong decision has led her to a disastrous marriage. After the tragic accident that resulted to her memory loss, Water didn’t wallow in a self-pity and continued to stay strong for her own sake. On the other hand, Jesse, our hero, is a character you’d definitely feel for. He’s a misunderstood young man who’s made wrong choices in life as the black sheep son of the town sheriff, but seeing him go through the tremendous heartbreak just broke me. He was a total sweetheart whom will make you swoon.

K.A. Tucker’s take on their relationship was fantastic and beautifully written; both past and present, and bloomed wonderfully, despite how it seemed abrupt in the beginning. Jesse and Water had so much chemistry together, even in her “new” life. It’s passionate and intense, with hints of suspense, in either timeline which will keep you on the edge of your seat as your read on.

“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.”

Burying Water has captured my heart in many ways and every turn of a page packed an emotional punch and will render you speechless, and none of those cliché bullcrap that will make you hurt your eyes from all the rolling.

If you haven’t tried anything from K.A. Tucker, I suggest you give this series a go. But let me warn you, again, this is no cliché novel and if that’s what you’re looking for, then I suggest you move on because you won’t find that here. However, if you’re willing to step out of your cliché romance comfort zone, let this series be the first on your list.