Book Review: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

Title: Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 320 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars


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, 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.

Grace Review

A suspenseful and entertaining conclusion to a great series!

This story played out like an old time caper. Murder, a carefree heroine, a mysterious stranger, and a missing video tape. Ivy is not your typical heroine. She’s the ultimate rebel, with tats and a partially shaved head, who loves to express herself through spray painting. (Great job on the cover btw. I really dislike how covers don’t match the character description, but this one was a perfect match.) On top of that, she’s part Spanish, part Chinese. An ethnic beauty. She tries to come off as disinterested and uneffected on the outside, but has a caring and vulnerability to her. It’s this inner beauty that draws the attention of Sebastian, who enters her life as more than just a coincidence.

One theme I love about this series is character redemption. All of the men in this series seem to have this common tie that puts the heroine in danger. Whether it’s dealings in the past or present, both pose a threat and inherently make the hero, the bad guy, for at least part of the story. So is the heroine that special to make the hero change? Can he save her and himself in the process?

Sebastian and his mission, was a hard thing rationalize. I understood the purpose of Alliance and why it was necessary to secure information. I could get behind that. What I couldn’t get behind was their methods to secure that information. Sebastian does seem to have a more code deep down, in protecting innocent people. However, he continues to work for someone that doesn’t share that same code, which is why I was so conflicted.

With time though, the reader and Sebastian learn that Alliance isn’t as clean as its leader tries to project. This knowledge and his growing attraction to Ivy, change the course of his mission. While at first he promised not to do anything wreckless until he was sure of Ivy’s guilt, that morphs into full on protection for her safety. He becomes a character to admire. The only concern is the lies he now hides from Ivy as each day passes between them. You know those lies will eventually surface. It’s just a matter of time. What is left to question is how those lies will damage their relationship which changed from casual acquintance, to friend, to lover.

This story was entertaining from beginning to end. With a likeable heroine, trying to stay strong when she faces so much loss, and a hero trying to right others wrongs, and build something he never saw coming. This author gives us two characters to cheer for and hope they find that light in the dark tunnel.

This was another great series by the author who has become one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.



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