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Surviving Ice: A Novel (The Burying Water Series) by [Tucker, K.A.]
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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 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5511 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (27 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Kristy - MPBB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 December 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 "Target or Game Changer?" Stars! 2 November 2015
By BJ's Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read each and every one of the Burying Water Series and have greatly enjoyed them all. Without a doubt, KA Tucker is very talented romantic suspense writer. Surviving Ice is no different.

Throughout this series we had gotten a peak at the tough-shelled, tatted heroine Ivy, so I had been eager to hear her story. And what a story it is! Moreover, I was equally pleased to find that the assassin for hire hero, who works for a private security firm that does clandestine government style missions, had an equally compelling story to tell. Perhaps the only sad point of this book, is that it is the last of the series. I for one wish there were more books to come, but I'm sure no matter what KA Tucker chooses to write next, it will be equally as compelling and engrossing as this series has been.

Ivy is back in San Francisco. She is living with her uncle and working at his tattoo shop. Thinking she just might finally have found a place she wants to stay put in for a while, she is blind sighted by what happens next. Her witnessing of a gruesome crime--her uncle's murder.

Following that, she is desperate to move on, but left with no choice but to clean up her uncle's shop and prepare his shop and home for sale. It is during this transition period that Ivy meets the secretive, but sexy Sebastian. And that questions begin to arise as to exactly why her uncle was murdered.

Sebastian is on a mission. One of many that he has undertaken at the hands of the private, clandestine security firm that he works for. Never being in one place for long, and doing the jobs that he assumes the public never really wants to know occur to maintain the peace, comes easy to this former Navy Seal. But he has finally been given a mission that he feels like he must question.

When things are not quite what they seem, what will the fiercely independent, Ivy and military trained commando, Sebastian, choose to do? Will they be able to fight their natural inclinations to take flight, in the case of Ivy, and follow orders, in the case of Sebastian; or, will they for the first time in their lives fight for something that could mean so much more?

Entertaining and enthralling, lovers of suspense titles will be captivated by the suspenseful plot of this story. At the same time, the romance between this--somewhat unlikely and yet equally explosive--pair is sure to keep your romance lust sated.

Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal! 27 October 2015
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I feel like it was just yesterday that I found out KA Tucker was beginning the first book in a new series, that series being Burying Water. How it can be that I just finished reading the LAST book in that series, I don't know!! I'm sad. This series is my absolute favorite from this author, weaving together crime and unpredictability, danger and love. But what a way to go, Ms Tucker. Surviving Ice was so great, rife with complex characters navigating an even more complex storyline. I loved it. LOVED it!

Ivy and Sebastian feel doomed from the start, their relationship born out of deceit and fear. But through the lies, there's no denying a true blue attraction exists. The chemistry and sexual tension between the two keeps this ill-fated romance on a precarious line between sweet and sexy and dark and doomed.

Ivy is an artist. She draws, she tattoos, she tags walls with graffiti in the middle of the night. She's unlike any of the female characters in previous books in this series. She's a wanderer. And now she's trying to pick up the pieces after a traumatic event before taking off once again. Sebastian is a liar. Well... more accurately, he's lying by omission. He walks into Ivy's life under the pretense of merely wanting some ink, when in reality, he's on a job, targeting Ivy to see what she knows about the events that lead to the death of her uncle. The situation is dangerous, the chemistry is on fire, and the uncertainty and unpredictability of the future of these characters kept me on the edge of my seat.

Sebastian is "Ice," cold and hardened and determined. Ivy is the perfect counterpart to this stone-faced ex-navy Seal. Just like her name, she's wild and free and untamed. He's closed off, impenetrable, she's stubborn and fierce. They're polar opposites in many ways, yet they fit. He grounds her, she adds color to his life. And as beautiful and perfectly imperfect as their dynamic is, there's no way this can end well.

Despite the serious tone of this story, despite the fact that Ivy's life is in peril and she has no idea, despite the likelihood of Sebastian's lies coming to light and demolishing any romantic possibility between he and Ivy, this story is peppered with humor and lightness. Secondary characters like Dakota, Fez and homeless Jono bring laugh out loud one-liners to an otherwise ominous story. They lighten up the heavy with their witty banter and refreshing dialogue. Ivy and Sebastian too, despite their grave circumstances, have a lightness between them, a fun, sexy, flirty attraction that one can only hope has a chance of surviving after everything comes crashing down. Through their sarcastic, sexy exchanges and the undeniable pull between them, the reader along with these characters, is granted brief reprieves from the gravity of this story to bask in the hope and romance of it before they're quickly reminded of the danger lurking once again.

I love this series so much, love the way Tucker has woven together these storylines surrounding interconnected characters while ensuring each book feels original and unexpected and new. Tucker's writing in this book is just delicious. Ivy and Sebastian consumed me in a way that I did not see coming. I have loved this entire series, some books standing out more than others. Well I'll say it now, Surviving Ice stands out. These characters are so perfectly developed, so thoroughly fleshed out. Artistic Ivy with her shaved hair and her sharp tongue, protective Sebastian with his chiseled body and his dangerous nature, together they are fireworks. They're magnetic. They are pent up aggression, lit fuses, saturated clouds, brimming volcanoes, and you just know that when they let go, it's going to be extraordinary. This story was exactly what I was in the mood to read and I didn't even know it. It satisfied a craving I didn't know I was hungry for and now I just want more and more and more. Danger. Lust. Fear. Betrayal. Sensuality. Deceit. It's all here, woven together behind stunning prose, enigmatic characters and an unputdownable storyline. You know when you open a KA Tucker book, you're getting something good, but Surviving Ice wasn't just good. It was phenomenal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One word - Sebastian 28 October 2015
By Foxy Blogs - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition

KA Tucker delivers an intense opening scenes. After I started this one I knew I was in for a great suspense filled book.

”I need you to find that recording.”
Ivy witnessed a crime that has put her in harm's way and left her reeling with what she should do. Fortunately, for her, a stranger enters into her life at the right moment. This mystery man happens to be Sebastian who has been given the mission to find a missing recording. For him to accomplish this task he has to scope out Ivy and get close to her.

Tattoo Time.
What better way to get to know someone than to let them tattoo to you. Especially when that person you’re trying to get to know is a skilled tattoo artist. Ivy spends some much time tattooing Sebastian she quips, "After seven hours under my needle, we'll practically be married."

Gah, I loved this enigma of a man. A man of very little words who unless he has something that needs to be said he’s not opening up. After reading all four books in this series Sebastian has become my favorite guy. I love his calm and quiet demeanor. Ivy was drawn to his discreet manner along with the fact that he has a reliable vibe.

Ms. Tucker created a fantastic series filled with romance and suspense.

**Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
Quotes are from uncorrected copy and are subject to change in the final version.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars independent and not easy to fall in love 17 November 2015
By MrsLeif - Published on
I was wondering who was going to steal Ivy's heart. She has always had this façade of being strong, independent and not easy to fall in love. The only man she has cared for was Jesse and their relationship was a short one anyway. Seeing her open up to Sebastian and making his frosty look crack wide open was awesome!

Ivy Lee is close to Ned, her uncle. She works for him at his tattoo shop and lives with him but he has made it very clear she won't pay rent. For the first time in a while, she feels like she could stay in one place and set roots down. However, when he is murdered, she can't wait to sell the house and the shop and move away from all of it. That is until she meets Sebastian.

Sebastian works for the Alliance and his next assignment is to make sure they're no loose ends in regards to Ned's murder. If the only witness to the crime, Ivy, is a threat, he has to dispose of her too. Meeting her and realizing how alike they are makes him doubt his job especially when his boss might be hiding something too.

The story is full of suspense. Sebastian is determined to keep Ivy safe in any way possible and let me tell you, it's not easy to take him out. Ninja skills, that one.

I love that both characters have flaws and despite Sebastian's true job, I knew Ivy was always going to be safe with him.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific suspense! 29 October 2015
By Kim B - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I've really enjoyed this series! And this insatllment is no exception.

Survivng Ice is a wonderfully suspensful adventure. I was really blown away by how the author was able to keep me on my toes. The elements of mystery were excellently woven into this a-typical love story.

The characters are refreshing as well. I was a little concerned that I wasn't going to connect with Ivy. In the previous books of this series, she was portrayed as cold & sometimes even callous. But, as a main character I was drawn to her strength, even if she was still a little enigmatic. Sebastian relly peeked my interest as well. He's challenging and intelligent and charming. I wouldn't have thought to put these 2 characters together ... but Ms Tucker figured out how perfect they would actually be together. Very well done!

Overall, a fantastic read!