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Release Week Blitz: Surviving Ice: K.A. Tucker

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Surviving Ice - Cover Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4)
K.A. Tucker
Released October 27, 2015

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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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A soft meow catches my ear. The resident tabby cat—a whore who hops from one villa to the next, sharing her affections without discrimination—struts across the thick balcony wall to me, her tail curling in the air as she approaches. I stroke the soft patch of fur beneath her chin and listen to her purr while I begin to mentally prepare myself for my return to California.

It’s been almost five years since I last stepped foot on American soil. Soil that once brought me purpose, love, and determination. Then pain, weakness.

Disgrace.

What will it bring me now?

My hand drops from the cat’s chin, deciding I’ve given her more than enough. She leans forward, head-butts my arm— allowing me a chance to reconsider, to show her the kind of love that I am no longer capable of—before giving up and scuttling away.

With a sigh and one last glance over the peaceful blue waters, I flick the cigarette butt that sits mashed up on the railing and venture back inside to where an olive-skinned Grecian beauty is sprawled across my bed. She’s the smoker, and an unexpected outcome of last night, while I enjoyed a quiet solo meal by the water. A curvy, sensual woman, much like the tabby cat, stalking in to impose herself on my life. Except her affections weren’t as easily dismissed, wearing away at my defenses over the hours with throaty laughs and wandering fingertips.

Manipulating my loneliness.

I rarely succumb to it, but last night, I did.

I also must have had too many glasses of that pricey limnio, because I don’t usually end up in my own bed with a prostitute.

I slide a hand back and forth over the smooth skin of her hip until she stirs with a small groan. Eyes as blue as the Aegean Sea below us flutter open to meet mine. Her plump natural lips—that were wrapped around my cock with such expertise last night—curl into a smile. “Good morning, American,” she purrs in her thick accent, reaching for me. “You want more, don’t you?”

Had I not just received that call from Bentley, I probably would have taken her again. But minutes within getting news of my next assignment, my mind is already shifting focus, shutting down my weak human urges, preparing the rest of me for what is to come.

I quash her efforts for a repeat by filling her groping fingers with her crimson dress. “You can let yourself out.”

“But . . . last night was . . .” She stumbles over her own surprise. “Will I see you again?”

There’s no use pretending that either of us is something we’re not, that we will be more to each other than we were for a few paid hours last night. So I don’t bother answering, leaving her on my bed to head to the bathroom, feeling her anger blazing into my back.
Surviving Ice is the fourth book in the Burying Water series and it may be my favorite. It has a great mix of romance and suspense between two independent, fierce characters.

Ivy Lee is confident, and fiercely independent. As a wanderer without roots, she has few friends and few ties that keep her grounded. After making her way back to her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco, she realizes she isn’t feeling the usual need to pick up and move to a new location as she normally does. Mentally preparing to settle in for a long term stay in one place, her world is rocked when she witnesses a murder.

Sebastian Black works jobs that are off the grid and never recorded. He arrives just as Ivy is trying to sort out her next move with her uncle’s shop and house, but his arrival may not be the help she thinks it is, as he seems to know more than he should about her uncle and the threats that seem to be growing.

The timing for their meeting is tough on Ivy, as she is only days from losing her uncle, but it couldn’t be better for that tension that builds between them as Sebastian uses whatever means necessary to get the information for which he is searching and yet finds himself trying to protect her from danger.

The suspense was great as Sebastian digs into his investigation, Ivy sorts through her uncle’s things and works to remember details that might help police find the killers. There were a lot of small details woven throughout the story that added to the mess they had to work through.

The storyline is fitting with current events and feels fresh and relevant. It was a story that as the details were revealed, those details explained so much about the characters and the way they related to others. Those details reveal so much about unsettled feelings and suspicions. 

I am sad to see this series come to an end, but it feels like a natural place for it to leave off. I love that Ivy is the one to conclude the series and am so glad that readers have the chance to see inside her head. Though this isn’t the first time she appears in a Burying Water book, her prickly exterior and vagabond nature make for an interesting character study in this stress filled environment.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Author pic - KA TuckerK.A. Tucker

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.          



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