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, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home.
She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime.
She’s ready to pack up her things yet again, when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.
That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter wasn’t random.
Not at all…
Paperback, 352 pages
Published: October 27th 2015 by Atria Books
Three and a half stars: A suspenseful mystery and hot romance.
Ivy is back in San Fransisco, working at her uncle's tattoo shop. Even though Ivy isn't one to put down roots, she is starting to feel settled, until tragedy strikes. Ivy witnesses a horrific crime that leaves her reeling. While trying to pick up the pieces, Ivy meets a handsome stranger, who suddenly seems to be readily available to lend a helping hand. Little does she know, Sebastian has an ulterior motive. Before long, Ivy is falling for the enigmatic and sexy Sebastian, but is she falling for the wrong guy?
What I Liked:
- This is the fourth and final installment in K.A. Tucker's Burying Water Series. This book delivers another suspenseful tale paired with a sexy romance. If you are a reader that enjoys romantic suspense, and you want something different in your NA reads, definitely give this series a go.
- Ivy and Sebastian are the most prickly characters in the series. They both are rough around the edges, drifting and unable to commit to anything long term, whether it be roots or romance. When Ivy and Sebastian are thrown together, neither expects a long term relationship, a fling perhaps, but nothing with commitment. I liked both Ivy and Sebastian. I got to know Ivy a bit in Chasing River. I like that she is tough, determined, unconventional, a bad girl. Sebastian is more of a mystery. He is a former navy SEAL working for a secret defense company. He is stoic, quiet and a loner. Even though these characters are different from the previous couples, their chemistry is hot.
- The romance is different as well. Yes, is starts out with a lustful attraction, and more lust, with neither party wanting or expecting a romance, but then things change. I liked the way the couple grew close, learned to trust one another and they way the leaned on each other. This romance had the least amount of drama and angst in the series, and I liked that. I enjoyed watching it all play out.
- There is a strong focus on art considering that Ivy is a talented tattoo artist. I liked reading about tattoos and what goes into them.
- The mystery was the best part, and I think, the best mystery in the series. Even though the reader knew up front who the killers were and why, it was still interesting to uncover the dirty laundry behind the murder and the cover up. I liked the whole angle with the military and its secret contracts, and all the covert politics.
- Everything draws to a nice, neat and satisfactory close, and I was left content with the way everything played out. I liked that Sebastian found closure, and that Ivy was in a good place. No cliffhangers or unanswered questions.
And The Not So Much:
- I don't know for me there was something missing with the romance. Maybe because both parties were rather stoic when it came to sex and attraction. I wasn't as drawn to this romance as the others.
- I was eager to learn more about Ivy left Ireland, and why she gave up on the Irish boy she was seeing there. There was nothing regarding this.
- I wished that there had been more ties to the other books. There are some mentions of Amber and Jesse, and one quick phone conversation with Amber. I wanted more on the characters from the other books.
- I kept expecting Ivy to reach out to her family, but that never happens. I was wanting more on Ivy't familial relationships.
- I honestly think this was a case of the book just not working for me. I can't put a finger on it, but I wasn't connected and swept away by this one. I am sure other readers will love this one, but for me it was the weakest in the series.
Surviving Ice is a book where bad girl meets sexy, brooding, loner ex Navy SEAL. It has a solid mystery and a good romance. I appreciated that this book was without heavy angst or drama, and that it was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it as I have loved the other books, I think it is a case of me and not the book. I will still eagerly read the next book by Ms. Tucker.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.