October 25, 2015

SURVIVING ICE by KA Tucker {5*Review/Giveaway}

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.

Ivy has never been one to put down roots. So when her winds up murdered, her first instinct is to run. But first she has to ready the tattoo shop and his home to sale. Then walks in trouble disguised as a client.

Sebastian is there for a job. Find a video tape and clear up any loose ties. Soon he finds out that this job is different than all the others. For the first time ever he is questioning his boss and the reasons behind this hit. Then moment he meets Ivy he knew he met trouble.

Such an amazing book! I am so very glad to have followed all the books in this series from the start, but I seem to have found a great fondness for this one especially. I cannot quite put my finger on the whys, just that I adored it. Maybe it was the mystery that surrounds the murder of Ivy's uncle. Maybe it was the suspense that seemed to radiate off the pages. Or it could very well be the attachment I found with these characters. How about all of the above!

Sebastian comes walking in from the start, absolutely oozing charm. So much so, that Ivy is willing to forget her independent ways. Even the readers will be panting over him and loving every square inch of his....great personality. ;) But seriously, I was in awe of the man and the mystery surrounding him and his occupation. It made for an interesting read. And had me eagerly flipping through the pages.

And that suspense I mentioned earlier? I was in wow. Just when you think that the plot is finishing up, we are struck with the realization that their trouble might not be over with. That the real stress may just be starting. How will everything work out when there doesn't seem to be a way? Mercy! The tension is high in this one.

I loved Ivy from the last book, CHASING RIVER. She was fun and feisty even then; more so now that we get her story. I enjoyed her bristly exterior but loved seeing it all chip away for Sebastian. It helped me really get to know her and love her all the more. And when she and Sebastian are together I was gaga over them. Together they are an amazing pair. I have complete and utter love for them both.

Wonderful, amazing, beautiful, fierce book! SURVIVING ICE is a definite page turner, a keep you up late into the night kind of book. 5 Stars!

And don’t miss the previous titles in the Burying Water Series!

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.

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