Summary: 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…
Source: I received a digital copy from NetGalley.
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K.A. Tucker has done it again! I loved Surviving Ice! Seeing Ivy grow some roots and settle down was definitely something I was not expecting and I knew it would take a unique guy to get to her fall in love. I couldn’t wait to see it happen.
I like this series because it resembles the Ten Tiny Breaths series in that we see characters and side characters finally get their chance to fall in love, but I also like how each book somehow deals with the dark side of crime in different ways. In the first two books, it was the Russian crime mob affecting the lives of the characters. In the third book, the IRA and rebels in Northern Ireland starred. I won’t give away the group involved in Surviving Ice, but I enjoyed that perspective and I thought it was well done. She really does her research to create a contemporary romance with dark ties that don’t seem outlandish or out of place.
K.A. Tucker got me to care about Ivy when she was one of the less likable characters I’d encountered, which is something she’s always been able to do with every one of books. I really enjoyed her point of view and her adventure. I liked Sebastian, too. He was a quiet stranger with a pretty dark secret. I enjoyed getting to know him and watching him reluctantly fall for Ivy just as much as she reluctantly fell for him. It was great.
I highly recommend Surviving Ice and all of K.A. Tucker’s books. She’s my go to contemporary author and I love reading just about everything she writes, even if the synopsis didn’t initially intrigue me. She writes well and gets me to care deeply about the characters.