Rating: 4 Cups of CoffeeGoodreads Book Description:
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.
I am undeniably heartbroken. K.A. Tucker, one of my favorite romantic-suspense writers, ends one the greatest series I’ve read to date with this read. SURVIVING ICE concludes the BURYING WATER series and this story is nothing short of gripping and intense, introducing you to a scorching love that is built upon mystery and lies.
We meet Ivy Lee earlier in the series, but getting to live inside her head was a real delight. She’s fierce as hell, a tatted up nomad, the kind of girl who knows who she is, is beyond independent, and is always ready to move on from wherever she is. You can tell she’s not a huge fan of commitment – she’d rather live outside of a suitcase than plant roots in any one place. Her spunky attitude is striking; I found myself wishing I was a little bit more like Ivy after spending chapter after chapter in her mind.
In walks Sebastian, this gorgeous guy who exudes confidence and allure. However, Sebastian showing up in Ivy’s life at the time that he does isn’t necessarily fate.
“I’m certainly feeling an attraction to Sebastian that’s becoming hard to ignore, a desperate need for intimacy and diversion, even if it’s only temporary. But there’s something else amid the skittishness I feel, something steadier that’s pulling me to him. I think I just feel safer when he’s around.”
Sebastian’s motives for weaving himself into Ivy’s life go deeper than he lets on. Ivy is in the dark, a place that Sebastian needs her to be, at least until he can settle the mess that comes with the deadly robbery that Ivy witnesses.
“I would become a reaper of sorts, delivering an end to those who needed it. Without medals, without fanfare, but with quiet honor.”
SURVIVING ICE delivers the thrills that only K.A. Tucker can create – a story line that is fast-paced, a love that is searing and electrifying, and a reading experience that will leave you begging for more.
“Who are you, really, Sebastian? Besides the stranger who strolled in and seized my heart?”
About the Author
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.