Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4) by K.A. Tucker: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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.

Releases: October 27, 2015

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Review by Michelle:

K.A. Tucker is a stop-what-you're-doing-drop-everything-and-read author for me. As soon as I hear about an upcoming release I start counting down the days and clearing my schedule. For example, did you know there are only 103 more days until the release of the next great K.A. Tucker book, He Will Be My Ruin? I have never been disappointed yet and honestly I'm not sure it would even be possible with this author. Instead I typically start a new K.A. Tucker book with exceedingly high expectations and am surprised to find they have been surpassed each and every time. Surviving Ice is no different. The entire Burying Water series is one thrillingly suspenseful, captivating and consuming story after the next. Surviving Ice in particular is a compelling and gripping story rife with danger and raw emotion.

From the moment Ivy smarts off to a man close to three times her size who she calls "Tree Trucks" for a reason, I knew she was soon to be one of my favorite heroines. I love when the main character is a feisty one and Ivy has sass for days. With her quick wit, dry humor, and unaffected facade, Ivy is the perfect stoic survivor but with the right person (and there are not many of those in her life) she is able to show her kind, caring, vulnerable side making her the perfect combination of snarky and sweet, soft and strong.

Who would have thought a rebellious nonconformist and an unconventional all-american hero would turn out to be a match made in heaven? It seems that Sebastian's cool, calculating side complements Ivy's wild side perfectly. Impeccably suited for one another, both Ivy and Sebastian are tough nuts to crack, but once they are in, they hold nothing back sparking a passion that is pulse racing and a devotion unparalleled.

K.A. Tucker has an undeniable way with storytelling and as she deftly switches back and forth from longer detailed chapters which illustrate each character's personality and frame their backgrounds to short alternating point of view chapters, it is easy to see just how she can draw you in and completely immerse you in her engrossing stories. As Sebastian and Ivy begin to have unbidden and unwanted feelings for one another this use of quick fire alternate POV chapters ensures we don't miss a moment of each characters' thoughts, reactions, and witty retorts as they each struggle with some unwelcome and untimely emotions while the more comprehensive chapters explain and endear these guarded and uniquely alluring characters.

A provocative and evocative story, the danger and intrigue of this book kept me on the edge of my seat while the fun and sexy banter made me fall in love with Ivy and Sebastian both individually and as a couple and the intensely moving personal struggles made me ache and yearn and desire and grieve right along with the characters. Surviving Ice is another fantastic read and the ideal ending to an exhilarating and intoxicating series.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

About the Author:

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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“You’re two hours late!” I holler, rolling the shade up, preparing my best scathing glare for Bobby. It’s not his giant frame I find looming outside, though.

It’s that guy from yesterday.

We simply stare at each other through the grimy glass for a moment: me, in surprise; him, something unreadable, his eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses. He’s swapped his black T-shirt for navy today, to go along with the jeans. Simple, clean, unremarkable. And yet very appealing on him.

“Is it Thursday yet?” There isn’t so much as a hint of a joke in his voice. I can’t tell if he’s serious.

“You’re persistent.”


“Persistence annoys me.”

Finally, a slight smile touches his lips, and I instantly find myself fighting the urge to match it. He slides his sunglasses off his face, meeting my eyes with that cool, indifferent gaze. “And what doesn’t annoy you?”

“Not much, honestly.”

Another staring match. As intense as the weight of his gaze is, it’s not nearly as uncomfortable as it was yesterday, now that I’m no longer wary of his intentions.

I should be difficult and tell him to come back in a few days. The thing is, I don’t want to be difficult. I want to be very easy for him right now, because I’ve been thinking about him more than is wise since yesterday. Especially since last night. If just a sketched picture and thoughts of him could get me off so quickly and easily, I wonder what the real man could do to me.

Not that I would ever flip my hair or giggle at his jokes or do anything else to make my interest obvious.

I unlock the door and pull it open, stepping back to give him room. “The guy I was supposed to be working on hasn’t shown up, so I guess you’re in luck, because I’m all ready to ink and I need skin to work on.” I let my gaze drift over his arms, honed with muscles and free of any markings, before moving over to his chest and stomach. Wondering if the rest of him is this perfect. Wondering exactly which part of him I’ll get to touch.

“You look more rested today,” he murmurs, a secretive smile touching his eyes. As if he can read my mind, as if he knows that he helped put me to sleep last night.

I don’t answer, pushing the door closed. I lock it once again with a sly smile. As far as I’m concerned, if Bobby shows up now, no one’s here.

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