[569]: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

Series: Burying Water, #4
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
Format: E-ARC via Net Galley
Adult Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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…

I changed my mind. River isn’t the hottest man in this series. It’s actually, Mr. International Man of Mystery himself, Sebastian Riker. I don’t particularly swoon over male characters (not often, anyway), but man, Sebastian is one cool customer. I’ve always been a sucker for secret agents, assassins, Marines and NAVY SEALs and since Sebastian was all of those,  he was an instant hit.  I read this book in one shot. As usual, this instalment was predictably, ho-hum addictive. I sincerely hope this is not the last one, because there’s not a lot of books in this genre that I enjoy.

Surviving Ice takes us to San Francisco, where vagabond, Ivy Lee (bad-ass, kick-ass tattoo artist extraordinaire) decided to plant roots, albeit temporarily, with the man who inspired her to become a tattoo artist. Her uncle has always been more of a father figure for her. Even more so than the one who sired her. When she becomes the lone witness for her uncle’s murder, she also becomes the target of a very dangerous organization. Enter Ice (a.k.a Sebastian), the man who was supposed to find the incriminating evidence his employer was being blackmailed for; and disposed of the person who may or may not know its whereabouts.

Sebastian has always been precise and efficient with his assignments. But after meeting Ivy, unexpected complications stalled him temporarily. Ivy, for her inability to form connections with other human beings, has never felt more tempted to solve the puzzle that is, Sebastian. But that would require her letting someone in her life. I like the inherent chemistry between the two. It felt so natural. The instant connection was so realistic and not at all forced.

One of the best things about Ms. Tucker’s writing is that it flows so effortlessly. She mixes the right amount of heat, adrenaline, and emotions without being superfluous with her plot and characters. It is what makes her stories so easy to read, so much fun and so addictive.