The nationally 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 who resorted to blackmail and 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.
Highly recommended series
Surviving Ice is the fourth and last installment in the series. We had a hard time putting this book down, We've loved Ivy since meeting her in Burying Water. K.A Tucker's writing is dangerously addictive. Each story in the Burying Water series is descriptive and filled with mystery and angst, a perfect combination. The raw emotions of each of these characters will keep you captivated and not wanting to put this book down until you have read from cover to cover.
Ivy is never normally in one place for too long, she's always jet setting. She has settled in San Francisco working in her Uncle’s tattoo shop with the idea of staying for good. That is until her uncle gets murdered in the shop, now she can't wait to get out of there. First things first she needs to sort out the shop and her uncles house.
Sebastian is an ex Navy SEAL working for an old friend at a security company. He is finally back on home soil after years abroad, he has a job to do. Ivy is his next job, all he needs to do is go in and get what he needs using any means necessary.
As he works to find what he needs the unexpected happens, something that has never happened before. He is drawn to and connects with Ivy, something he hasn't felt with someone in a long time. Ivy isn't the easiest person to get to know but the walls she's kept up piece by piece are slowly coming down.
Ivy is feisty, independent and strong, like Sebastian she can read people. She knows he is keeping something from her she just can't figure out what it is.
“You'll give him the space he needs in order to open up to you, and he will eventually. He just needs to know that he can trust you with his darkness.”
Lines become blurred the more Sebastian gets to know Ivy, the deep their connection the more he digs to uncover the truth and protect her. The more Ivy opens up herself and her heart to Sebastian the more she realises he is hiding something from her. The truth could destroy them and what they have together or it could get them killed…
“I can see that you have been wandering for years but you've only just found your anchor. No… Two anchors. Or rather, one of your anchors has found you. “
Oh my wow I (Kristy) can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It's actioned packed and fast packed. Filled with mystery, angst, suspense, romance and heart pounding moments that will consume you. K.A Tucker is definitely one of those authors you want to drop everything and read. Surviving Ice finishes the series with a bang. I would definitely highly recommend this series.
This book can be read as a standalone.