REVIEW & EXCERPT TOUR: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

October 29, 2015 Adrienne's Reviews, Blog Tour, Giveaways, New Release, Reviews 1 ★★★★

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Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on October 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
Pages: 352
ASIN: B00UDCNHQO
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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 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.

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for K.A. Tucker’s SURVIVING ICE!

SURVIVING ICE is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

SURVIVING ICE is releasing on Tuesday, October 27th! Grab your copy today!

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Fierce. Stunning. Captivating.

Ivy Lee is all of that and more.  I think as far as complexity goes, Ivy just may be K.A. Tucker‘s toughest character yet.  I wasn’t at all surprised to find her in a really tough spot.  She exudes confidence on the outside when really she’s hiding this vulnerable sensitive person inside.

Just like Ivy, K.A. Tucker’s writing is also fierce, stunning, and captivating.  Her growth as an author shows with each new book.  This isn’t your run of the mill romance, they’re so much more layered with deeply rooted vulnerability and multi-faceted stories.  Surviving Ice is exactly what I had hoped Ivy Lee’s story would be.  This rebellious young woman never tied down, who desperately seeks stability even if she doesn’t know it.

I’ll admit, I was a little worried about whom Ms. Tucker would pair Ivy up with.  She needed more than a good looking guy, more than brains, more than jokes.  She needed someone who could match her in intensity.  Sebastian was brute strength, he was dangerous, he was mystery and I think Ivy didn’t have a choice but to find herself drawn to him.  Sebastian and Ivy needed each other but for very different reasons at first.  Surviving Ice was told in dual pov which allowed us to follow both sides of a dangerous story.  I did find myself really enjoying Sebastian’s chapters, I felt like the voice really matched the character and I was drawn to him.

There are so many variables in Surviving Ice, so many interesting characters, that it was hard not to love them all.  While I had some issues with Ivy’s characters they were minor in comparison to the story as a whole.  I think I just felt like there were some loose ends, loops that needed closing.  Like her issues at home for instance.  I had a hard time understanding why she was the way she was and why we didn’t get any closure.  But that’s my hang up and I guess really wasn’t necessary in the grand scheme of things.

Some readers might be turned off my Ivy’s nonchalance to Sebastian’s obvious secretiveness.  But keep in mind that she’s much the same.  So where she wants no one to dig into her, she gives him that same respect.  I think if her character had been ANY different, I wouldn’t feel this way.  I’d be like “silly, stupid, gullible girl” but that’s not Ivy and her actions and reactions just…fit.

While not my favorite in the series Surviving Ice most definitely ranks up there with the other fantastic books by K.A. Tucker.  And I just know this WILL be the favorite for many readers.  Enjoy!

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

 

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With my keys in the ignition, I pause once to get another look at the old storefront signage, at the playful eyes staring down at me, and smile. They belong on a puppy or kitten, not on a feral fanged jackrabbit. Kind of like the exotic girl with razor-sharp attitude inside. Though her eyes aren’t necessarily playful. Soft, yes. Veiled behind a tough act, but I saw the vulnerability there. The need to appear strong when she doesn’t really feel it inside.

She is strong, I’ll give her that. Her uncle was murdered a week ago and she’s not sitting in there, crying about it. She’s set her grief aside to do what needs to be done, and that’s a quality not everyone possesses. She’s doing it on her own, too, I presume, because I don’t see anyone around to help her.

But she’s definitely not unaffected by what’s happened. I could see it in the dark bags under her eyes, as if she hasn’t slept in days. I saw it in the way she reacted to me entering the shop, her tiny fist curled around the wrench, ready to defend herself if she needed to.

I knew about her two-hundred-dollar-an-hour rate before stepping inside, thanks to a quick website search. That, along with an impressive portfolio of work, confirmed to me that I have nothing to worry about if I were forced to have her hold a needle to my flesh. But for now that’s not necessary because I got what I needed.

Information.

She’s going to be busy here for a good few hours, which means her house is waiting for me.

I feel the pull, though, to go back and just drag that chair out for her, despite her attitude. She’s too arrogant or suspicious or plain fucking mule-headed to accept help when she clearly needed it, stretching her tiny body—that I could snap in two in a heartbeat—to her full five-foot-two stature in defiance, even as I towered over her. She clearly wants it out for emotional reasons, to try to unsee whatever she witnessed that led to her uncle’s murder. I want to tell her that it’s pointless. She’ll never be able to shed those memories.

But I’m not here to be her shrink or her confidant.

And if she knows anything about this videotape, then I’m about to become her worst nightmare.

SURVIVING ICE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

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About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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