[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.

  • I waited to read your review until now because I was also reading the book. I wrote my review and sent it off, and just read yours. I agree totally! I really have loved all of them in the series. And it is the last in the series-according to the authors note at the end. I am really sorry about that!

  • Yay 😀 So glad you liked this book Joy. It seems pretty amazing 🙂 So glad you love the writing; that is always a must ;p

  • Oh man, I was following this series, but it’s unfortunately fallen by the wayside. I hope to pick it up soon, especially if you say the guy here is hotter 😉

  • Adriana C

    I still haven’t read anything from this author. This series can be read as a standalone? or I need to read the previous books.

  • Jazmen

    Another reason why I need to read K.A. Tucker’s books. It sounds like it’s got everything going for them. And the guy sounds amazing! Need to mover her up my TBR. Nice review!

  • You know . . . I have yet to read anything Tucker . . . o.O BUT. I’m pretty sure I’ve one-clicked at least a couple of her books, so will definitely get on that 😉

  • I skimmed this one, because I want to read it…. but I’m keen to meet Sebastian! Glad you enjoyed it Joy!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Tsk, you just had to read it right away. That good eh? I’m clearly missing out

  • I’m dying to read this one! It’s always nice to collect another book boyfriend, haha.

  • Haha that’s the best part of reading. We can change our love to a different character with out all that messy breakup stuff haha!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I love when a new male character becomes the hottest in the series! 😉 I haven’t read anything by this author though I know she’s one that many readers enjoy, so I definitely need to bump her up my TBR! Great review!(:

  • I do love the easy ones

  • You really seem to be on a roll with KA Tucker’s books of late. But if you love them, then definitely keep on reading them! I like the sound of this one. I am not into tattoos at all so we will see how that goes. Sebastian has caught my interest though!

  • kindlemom1

    Crap, I wasn’t going to read this but now I see that I must meet Sebastian. Wonderful review!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “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.”

    Um. I’m in love with him already Joy! Sign me up for Sebastian immediately:) *wanders off to Amazon to buy him* Can’t wait to read this!

  • Damn, Joy! You killed me with that first line. I can’t wait to pick up my copy of this one and meet (steal) Sebastian all for myself. I agree with everything you’ve said about her writing. It’s so easy to slip into. She clearly knows how to master writing NA books without being unoriginal.
    Great review, Joy!

  • Well hello Sebastian 😳

    I think this is one of the few NA series that seems to be internationally agreed upon, how effortless it is even if a little predictable. This one sound pretty hot actually. I love a strong male protagonist. Was there fanning and pearl clutching involved Joy? I’m so glad you’re loving this series, I’ve been buying them based on your reactions and planning to binge them all. Will add another to my shopping cart. Fabulous review! <3

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I rarely swoon over male characters either, unless they are Roarke or Benton Wesley from the Kay Scarpetta series (gray hair, polished and has about 2537485 years of education, that’s my type all right). Since we’re similar in that regard, the fact that you found a new one to swoon over is really appealing. 🙂 Must meet this guy!