I am so happy to share my review of K.A. Tucker’s Surviving Ice as part of the book’s blog tour. Surviving Ice is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Surviving Ice is releasing on Tuesday, October 27th!
I love K.A. Tucker. In fact, she is one of the authors who introduced me to New Adult and one who absolutely “does it right!” Keep reading for my review, an except from the book, and a great giveaway!
And don’t forget to check out my reviews of the first three books in the series:
- Audiobook Review: Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker
- Book Review: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker
- Book Review & Giveaway: Chasing River (Burying Water #3) by K.A. Tucker
About Surviving IceTitle: Surviving Ice
Series: Burying Water #4
Also in Series: Burying Water, Becoming Rain, Chasing River
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria, Simon and Schuster
Publication date: October 27th 2015
Target Audience: New Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Length: 352 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense.
Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.
When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for.
Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control.
That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.
Other Titles in the Burying Water Series
As I’ve mentioned before and will continue to mention, K.A. Tucker just does New Adult “right.” Yes I know that this is a subjective field…but just take my word on this 🙂
Each and every story K.A. Tucker writes stands out.
K.A. Tucker writes great complicated romance with a dash of suspense thrown in…a perfect formula for a really enjoyable read. These are not cookie cutter stories where she’s changed the names and tweaked the plot and basically rewritten the same tale.
Surviving Ice has an edge that the previous books in the series did not…Tattoo parlors, biker gangs, hit men…this tale was gritty and down to earth.
I love how her characters are all unique.
All of her characters are well developed with interesting back stories that really speak to the people they’ve become and make their actions and thoughts believable and easy to understand. Ivy is such a strong and independent woman, she was a pleasure to get to know better. And Sebastian…well who wouldn’t love a mysterious ex-military man hell bent on doing whatever necessary to make the world a safer place.
That’s never as simple as it would seem though…and as Sebastian and Ivy get closer, he starts questioning whether he’s really knows who he’s working for and why…
Surviving Ice was a great conclusion to the Burying Water series.
Not my favorite…ah River…LOL…but a solid read that won’t disappoint!
Excerpt from Surviving Ice
With my keys in the ignition, I pause once to get another look at the old storefront signage, at the playful eyes staring down at me, and smile. They belong on a puppy or kitten, not on a feral fanged jackrabbit. Kind of like the exotic girl with razor-sharp attitude inside. Though her eyes aren’t necessarily playful. Soft, yes. Veiled behind a tough act, but I saw the vulnerability there. The need to appear strong when she doesn’t really feel it inside.
She is strong, I’ll give her that. Her uncle was murdered a week ago and she’s not sitting in there, crying about it. She’s set her grief aside to do what needs to be done, and that’s a quality not everyone possesses. She’s doing it on her own, too, I presume, because I don’t see anyone around to help her.
But she’s definitely not unaffected by what’s happened. I could see it in the dark bags under her eyes, as if she hasn’t slept in days. I saw it in the way she reacted to me entering the shop, her tiny fist curled around the wrench, ready to defend herself if she needed to.
I knew about her two-hundred-dollar-an-hour rate before stepping inside, thanks to a quick website search. That, along with an impressive portfolio of work, confirmed to me that I have nothing to worry about if I were forced to have her hold a needle to my flesh. But for now that’s not necessary because I got what I needed.
She’s going to be busy here for a good few hours, which means her house is waiting for me.
I feel the pull, though, to go back and just drag that chair out for her, despite her attitude. She’s too arrogant or suspicious or plain fucking mule-headed to accept help when she clearly needed it, stretching her tiny body—that I could snap in two in a heartbeat—to her full five-foot-two stature in defiance, even as I towered over her. She clearly wants it out for emotional reasons, to try to unsee whatever she witnessed that led to her uncle’s murder. I want to tell her that it’s pointless. She’ll never be able to shed those memories.
But I’m not here to be her shrink or her confidant.
And if she knows anything about this videotape, then I’m about to become her worst nightmare.