Monday, 12 October 2015

Review: Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4) by K.A. Tucker

Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)Surviving Ice

Author: K.A Tucker
Series: Burying Water
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Release date: 27th October 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed book number three in the Burying Water series, Chasing River – I am yet to read the first two books but they are on my tbr pile and I am quite eager to get to them so I was keen to start on Surviving Ice. At the start of this book I wasn’t sure how I would warm to Sebastian but as the story progressed, I found myself really enjoying the characters and the storyline.

Our MC is talented tattoo artist Ivy Lee who we met in Chasing River, she likes to move around and her latest stop is in San Francisco working with her uncle at his tattoo shop; she begins to feel settled until her uncle and his client is murdered in a robbery but she soon finds out there is more to it than what she originally thought; she plans on moving on but sticks around to fix up her uncles house, shop and dealings.

Sebastian Riker works for a private security company and has been contacted by his long-time friend, fellow former navy seal and now boss to locate evidence that could cause trouble for his company, Alliance. With an interesting past Sebastian doesn’t believe in killing just to cover tracks so he gets closer to Ivy to see what she knows about her uncle’s dealings and a particular item they are in search of.

I liked both Ivy and Sebastian, they couldn’t have been more different – Ivy was quite forward and brash and Sebastian serious, strong and stoic, as I mentioned earlier I didn’t instantly warm to him, he came across as cold but once they met and began to interact I found myself liking their banter and the way he protected her. Their chemistry was pretty instantaneous but the romance didn’t feel rushed or forced at all, it all flowed and came together nicely. In the last book I thought we'd get a Rowen and Ivy pairibg but I was glad to meet someone new.

The side characters were each interesting and I liked finding out the reasoning behind the murders; it all came together well in the end.

You could tell how much research and thought went into writing this book, it was wonderfully written and had me hooked from the very beginning, we also get both Ivy and Sebastian’s POV which worked well.

Overall, I enjoyed the romance, mystery and likeable characters. Surviving Ice is a nice addition to the Burying Water series.

Thank you to Atria Books via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Surviving Ice.

K.A. TuckerAbout the author: Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. 

She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 

All images/blurb/author details etc. have been copied from GoodReads


  1. I love this series and have this one my list to read this week. Great review :)

  2. I loved the first two books a lot, but not so much the third one. I hope I like this one better!


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