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Review: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

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

Publication Date: Oct. 27, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 352 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3/5 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…

After Chasing River, I was pretty excited for Ivy's story. I wasn't sure if I would like her because she's definitely a little rougher around the edges, but she ended up being a really great heroine. I liked seeing her tough, don't give a crap attitude, but I also liked seeing her vulnerable. After drifting from place to place for so long, she won't outright tell you she wants to settle down and put down roots, but in reality she does. She gets bored with men easily, never really finding the right one to hold her interest. She is very much a free spirit and I liked that about her.
Sebastian was a sexy, tough former SEAL who sweeps into town on a mission that involves getting close to Ivy and finding out if she has knowledge of some very sensitive information. Of course the more he spends time with her, the more he really hopes she's an innocent in everything because he really likes her. He has never really been the settling down type either, but it turns out he just needed to meet his match in Ivy.
Like any of K.A.'s books, this one certainly doesn't lack in sexual tension. I love the way Tucker handles it- it's always this slow build up to the point where you are just dying for them to get together already.
My main issue with Surviving Ice was its pacing. I felt it read very slowly and I didn't feel as engaged as I did with the other storylines. I did like Ivy and Sebastian together, but just missed that suspense I felt so strongly in the previous books. When all was said and done, I just wasn't wowed by this one.

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  1. I agree with you on the pacing for this one, I really thought it lulled in the middle... plus I had trouble warming up to Sebastian. Its still an awesome series and I loved Ivy so much but I wish this one would have grabbed me just a bit more. Great review!

  2. Aww! I'm sad you didn't like this one more, but I understand. It was definitely slower. I loved Ivy and Sebastian together though, so it ended up being enjoyable for me.
    Sorry this was slightly disappointing, Jess!

  3. I'm a bit nervous about this one too Jess, I haven't taken to Ivy as much as I have to the other characters. I'm glad you enjoyed it even if you didn't flat out love it. I'll be buying it soon even though I have a feeling that I might feel the same way you do.


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