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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: 5373 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476774250
  • 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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,819 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
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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 Does it get any better than this? 13 April 2017
By Melissa - Published on
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Crazy intense chemistry, sarcastic banter, endearing characters, an edgy plot . . . does it get any better than this?

If I’m being honest, I wasn’t convinced going into this story that Ivy was a character whose head I wanted to be in. We meet her initially in Burying Water and see a little bit of her softer side in Chasing River, but it isn't until this story that we're given a true look at who this woman really is beneath the snark, the tattoos and her art. I'm the first to admit, I completely misjudged her. I might even go so far to say, she's now one of my favorite characters of the entire Burying Water series. Beneath that abrasive, I-don't-care attitude, is someone with a huge heart.

It was that darn Chasing River epilogue that left me dying for more of Rowen’s charm and silliness. I kept questioning how Ivy could leave Dublin without giving him a chance and her declaration - “grinning Irishmen aren’t my type” - kind of threw me off, at first . . . what, why?! Ok, those were my pre-Sebastian thoughts. Sorry, Rowen. I gotta side with Ivy on this one. I can’t blame her for ditching the flirty Irishmen now that I know Sebastian was on the horizon.

Ivy’s always felt misunderstood, except where her Uncle Ned is concerned. He took her under his wing, helped her hone her tattooing skills and just let her be Ivy. So naturally, his murder leaves her pretty shaken up and sort of lost. After spending seven months in San Francisco, working in his tattoo shop, and contemplating a more permanent stay, her life is uprooted . . . again. Is there anything worth sticking around for or is it time to move on to the next city?

In steps Sebastian, the ex-Navy SEAL and total badass, to change everything. He shows up at the shop, under the guise of a referral, wanting Ivy to work her magic. We’re made privy to the real reason he’s there though and it’s for far more than just a grim reaper on his torso. Sebastian’s there to clean up a mess . . . one that ties Ivy's fate to an elusive VHS tape.

To say that I was completely captivated by Sebastian and Ivy is an understatement. K.A. Tucker has a gift for telling stories without the contrived drama and overwrought angst that plagues so many other books in this genre and it's refreshing. Addictive. Exciting. She really takes the time to develop her characters and the plot, which results in actions, emotions and dialogue that always manages to feel organic. And the insane amount of anticipation and tension she creates . . . utter perfection. I couldn’t ask for more.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 6 November 2015
By Christi - Published on
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Surviving Ice is a must read! I absolutely loved it! It is now my favorite book in the Burying Water series. After meeting Ivy in Chasing River, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her relocating to San Francisco and with a new man in her life but I could not put this book down and I definitely didn’t disapprove of Sebastian.

Let me start off by say that Surviving Ice can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading the entire Burying Water series because it is AMAZING and I’m sad that this is the end of the series! I can’t wait to see what K.A. Tucker comes up with next.

Ivy who normally doesn’t stay in one place for too long has relocated to San Francisco to live with her uncle and to work at his tattoo shop and is also thinking about making it her home until one the night she witnesses her uncle’s murder.

Sebastian an ex- Navy SEAL works for a private contracting company and has been called in to find the evidence the men who murdered Ivy’s uncle were looking for and kill Ivy if she knows too much.

Upon meeting Ivy, Sebastian is intrigued by her and knows that she knows nothing about the evidence that he’s been sent to look for. He quickly learns that Ivy is just as good as he is about hiding her emotions and is intrigued by the tiny woman. To protect Ivy from danger, he must get close to her which is no easy task. The more time they spend together and open up to each other, Sebastian and Ivy start to think about the possibility of staying in San Francisco. Sebastian also knows that if he wants a life with Ivy then he will have to tell her about his past and what brought him to San Francisco in the first place. Will Ivy want anything to do with him once she knows the whole truth?

K.A. Tucker did a wonderful job in finding the perfect match for Ivy. I love this series and the unique storyline in each book and the characters trying to decide what was right for them in some very grey areas as well as the mystery and suspense which each novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! 31 October 2015
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I absolutely loved Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker. This is the fourth book in her Burying Water series but can be read as a standalone. K.A. Tucker has an amazing way with words and each book she writes gets better and better.

Ivy Lee has been moving from place to place for the past few years and has decided to finally settled down for awhile in California and work at her uncle’s tattoo shop. One night her life changes forever when she is witness to the murder of her uncle and one of his clients. She really wants to get out of town as quickly as possible but she first must deal with the tattoo shop and her uncle’s home. One day a mysteriously good looking guy comes in wanting a tattoo and Ivy has no idea that he is going to throw another curve ball into her life and change everything. Will he change it for the better or will he make things worse for her?

“Everything has changed for me, and it’s all because of him.”

Sebastian Ryker was a Navy Seal and now works in security for a company called Alliance. He is sent on an assignment to investigate Ivy and find a video tape that his boss believes is filled with infomation that could put his company out of business. Sebastian is completely suprised by his feelings for Ivy when he first meets her as he has no interest in a relationship or settling down. Will spending time with Ivy have him changing his mind or will he continue his care free lifestyle?

“I wanted to fill her with me. I wanted to mark her, in a way.”

I loved the connection betweeen Ivy and Sebastian. They were such an unlikely pair but found comfort in each other. They were both very closed off individuals but found it easy to open up to one another. I loved all the twists and turns this story took and found myself unable to put it down at times. I am sad this series is over but am super excited to see what K.A. is working on next!!

**5 Stars**
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read in over a year! 11 April 2016
By Denise V. - Published on
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I read a lot of books in this genre. A lot of them are barely passable with regard to grammar and punctuation. A lot of them have thin, predictable plots. Some of them are so ridiculously unbelievable I can't even finish reading them. It's like everyone is self-publishing and not taking the time to really learn how to write a good, believable story, and they are clearly not spending much, if any, money on editors.

But this book... THIS book is phenomenal! The writing is fantastic! The plot, the arcs, the character development -- all top-notch! I only even found a handful of grammatical tweaks I'd recommend but which aren't necessary (kudos, editor!) and one slightly unrealistic scene*.

The story is absolutely believable. The characters are so real I could see them, felt like I could touch them, swear I could smell them. And the plot, despite actually knowing Sebastian's secrets, was anything but predictable.

It was almost impossible to put down this story. I remember liking Ten Tiny Breaths a lot, and I like stories about intelligent tattooed people and tattoo artists (anyone who knows these people IRL knows they are usually colorful, interesting people), so I figured I'd like this book, even if it was just a typical book of the genre. I didn't think it would be THIS good, didn't think it'd be so supremely well done that I want to practically roll around in it and read it three more times in rapid-fire succession, just to keep living in this story.

That's how much I love this book. It's THAT good.

And I know it's the last *planned* book in the series, but I WANT MORE of these people. I'm betting they lead interesting lives in their future as well, and there are so many directions it could spin off into... Especially with bikers and security gigs and Seb's past life which could resurface any time, and Ian's IRA tangent...

<hands in supplication, pouty-faced, begging K. A. Tucker>

***Slight spoiler***

The one slightly unrealistic scene... Ivy and Seb are doing drywall, and he's shirtless and a little sweaty. She *licks* his chest or abs, or something. Doesn't matter what she licked... Anyone who has ever seen or done any drywall work would know a shirtless, sweaty person would be covered in drywall dust in 0.2 seconds, and licking them would be highly inadvisable. It would taste nasty and make a quite unpleasant "mud" on the tongue. And that's the only thing about this story I found *highly unlikely* and made me roll my eyes. But the rest is so awesome, I immediately forgave the teensy faux pas and kept devouring the story -- especially because it got REALLY interesting right after that!
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, intriguing, entertaining romantic thriller - an outstanding series finale! 27 October 2015
By Robin Segnitz - Published on
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Surviving Ice is the final book of the Burying Water series from author K. A. Tucker. Each novel ties to the characters of Burying Water, the first novel in the series, which is set the town of Sisters, Oregon. The plot of each novel is unique, very different from the others, and is guaranteed to grab and hold on to your attention. Tucker’s protagonists, male or female, are caught up in dangerous situations, making for highly suspenseful novels.

Ivy Lee is guarded. She keeps to herself. She’s masked, rarely letting her feelings show. And even as tiny as she is, Ivy is hard and tough on the exterior. Ivy loves to draw in a sketchbook, and she spray paint walls with beautiful renditions of people she has seen or met. She’s also a talented tattoo artist, having learned everything she knows from her Uncle Ned. Since high school graduation, Ivy has traveled from place to place, having never found a place she felt comfortable enough to settle down. Just when Ivy decides that she may settle down with her Uncle Ned, he and a client are murdered in a robbery at his tattoo shop.

Sebastian Ryker is a loner. An ex-Navy Seal, Sebastian works for a private company which accepts overseas contracts for protection, to weed out insurgents, and provide training, among other things. He’s a highly-trained weapon with an icy exterior, and just like Ivy, he wears a mask. Although Sebastian doesn’t allow emotions to rule his life, he surprisingly has no problem doing something inherently bad to protect lives. His next assignment lands him in a tattoo shop in San Francisco.

K. A. Tucker found the perfect man for Ivy Lee. In many ways, Sebastian is Ivy’s equal. These characters complement each other well – they soften each other around the edges. They relax emotionally and feel beneath their icy exteriors when they’re around each other. Ivy and Sebastian are so apt at hiding their emotions, they actually flirt with a serious look on their face. The energy and chemistry that flows between Sebastian and Ivy builds throughout the novel. Tucker did a wonderful job developing both of these characters.

K. A. Tucker is a gifted author. Each of her plots are distinct, and her attention to detail is apparent. Without fail, I’m glued to the pages of each novel as the story builds to an exciting climax. When I read romantic suspense written by K. A. Tucker, for me, it’s the equivalent of experiencing a first-rate thriller at the movies. There’s an added bonus, however. When you choose to read a novel, you are able to experience the thoughts of the characters – something you can’t experience at the movies.

Surviving Ice immediately caught my attention. The interactions between Ivy and Sebastian are entertaining, especially when they dance around each other. I also take great pleasure in reading a good mystery, so uncovering the truth behind the robbery had me turning the pages of Surviving Ice. I was both intrigued and nervous. I connected with each character, and knowing something bad could happen to Ivy or Sebastian at any moment made me anxious. I’m kind of sad to see the Burying Water series end because it is THAT good. I highly recommend each of these novels: Burying Water, Becoming Rain, Chasing River, and Surviving Ice. Each novel received no less than 5-star rating from me. I’m giving Surviving Ice a 5-star rating and adding it to my list of 2015 favorites!