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.
This is the first entry into K.A. Tucker’s new series. I read all of her Ten Tiny Breaths series and loved them all. So I was prepared to love this one as well-and I did. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Alex is a twenty two year woman that is in an abusive marriage to a Russian mobster. Had I known it had to do with a Russian mobster, I might have not read it, and I would have missed out on a really good read. Jesse is a twenty something guy that works as a mechanic. He comes from a good home, his mother’s a surgeon and his dad is a sheriff. He’s made his share of stupid mistakes in the past, so when he meets Alex and falls for her, it just adds to his life of mistakes. Only this mistake could get them both killed for real.
The book is told from both Alex’s point of view and Jesse’s, only not in the first person. Alex’s is in the present and Jesse’s is the past, so this book goes back and forth in time. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked this but as it went on, I did enjoy the way it was written, although I did like the story that Alex told the best. I think that is due to knowing how horrific things were heading and not wanting it to happen. Made me a bit nervous while reading-not going to lie. That’s not really a spoiler since it is in the blurb, and the first chapter but still, not going to say more!
I really like the characters of Alex,aka Water, and Jesse. Jesse, I liked in particular, as we see him fall in love and really care for Alex. Of course, he doesn’t always make good decisions when it comes to her, but it’s only because he loves her. Alex doesn’t make good decisions either as shown by her marrying Viktor, a man close to twice her age, when she was just eighteen. Viktor, as the villain of this was just horrible. Abusive, cheating,controlling and a mobster to boot. I also liked Jesse’s parents, his mother in particular. Another character, Ginny, when introduced, I hated. After she becomes more prominent to the story, I changed most of my first impressions of her pretty quickly. All great characters, as is this authors usual.
What didn’t I like about this book:
Only one thing comes to mind and that is one of the resolutions towards the end. I can’t say what it is as it would ruin the book, but I thought there should have been more to it.
Who would I recommend this book to?
Adult romance readers that don’t mind some horrific aspects. It’s definitely not a simple romance!
I am a big fan of K.A.
Tucker’s work and have read most of her books. If you haven’t read her Ten Tiny Breaths series, and are a romance reader, you really are missing out on some really wonderful reads. This book was an excellent beginning to her new series, and I can not wait for the next one!