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Series: Burying Water #4
Published by Atria Books on 2015-10-27
Genres: Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
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.
I am a sucker for K.A. Tucker’s writing. I devour ANYTHING she puts out, and her Burying Water series is no exception.
Surviving Ice has an edge to it that was a bit dark, even for K.A. Tucker, but it was so well done that it doesn’t even matter! We’ve gotten to know Ivy throughout the first few books of this series as the edgy tattoo chick, but we truly fall in love with her during her own book! (And Sebastian isn’t so bad either!)
This one has a bit of a murder mystery thrown in, which gives it the perfect amount of action and suspense!
But let’s talk about what really counts – the romance!! **SWOON** Sebastian and Ivy have instant chemistry, but their romance is slow and realistic, which I love! (And of course, we get to address the skeletons that they both have hidden in their past!)
Sebastian has the perfect bad-boy, man of mystery thing going for him. (Yet he gives off just enough of the “Boy Next Door” vibe to make him even more lovable!) And he is the perfect guy to tame Ivy’s icy exterior! And they are both so beautifully broken that they fit well together.
This one is so fast-paced and full of suspense from the opening scene of Ivy’s uncles murder, that I can’t say too much because it will totally give it away. I can only say this: Read it!! You’ll be glad you did.