October 25, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for K.A. Tucker’s SURVIVING ICE! SURVIVING ICE is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

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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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EXCERPT #3
“We’re closed!” I yell, whipping my head around, my anger at myself for not locking it launched.
 A man I’ve never seen before stands motionless in front of me, amusement in his eyes as he stares. Nothing else about him betrays his thoughts, though. His stance is still and relaxed, his angular face perfectly composed.
My heart begins to race with unease.
“I’d like some work done.” His voice is deep, almost gravelly, his tone even and calm.
I climb to my feet, because I don’t like anyone towering over me. And because his piercing eyes unsettle me. Unlike the two-hundred-and-fifty-pound biker who just left, this guy makes me nervous. The wrench is still in my fist, and I grip it tightly now. “I’m not working today.”
“Tomorrow.”
“I’m not working tomorrow either.” The corner of his mouth twitches as we face off against each other. “When will you be working again, then?”
He’s patient. It’s annoying. But he also seems very interested in this tattoo, which makes it less likely that he’s here to hurt me. I relax my grip on the wrench. “I won’t be. Not here, anyway. Black Rabbit is closed for good, or at least until it opens under new ownership.”
He pauses, his shrewd gaze weighing so heavily on me that I finally have to look away from him. I feel like a sophomore year science class dissection—the unfortunate amphibian donated in the name of education. “That’s a shame.”
Either he’s not from around here or he hasn’t read the news. Or he’s one of those sickos who gets a kick out of crime scenes. “It is.” What’s really a shame is that this guy didn’t come a few weeks ago, because I gladly would have agreed to mark his entire body with my hands then.
On first-glance impression, he actually reminds me of Jesse Welles, the love of my teenage life, though I’d never admit that to anyone. This guy’s eyes are lighter—a cool chocolate rather than near-black—but they have that same intensity; a similar smirk sits atop his full lips. He, too, has dark hair coating his hard, masculine jaw; it’s just sculpted to a perfect short beard. He’s taller and broader than Jesse. Harder looking, not just by a few years of age but as if by life itself. That’s a little concerning, given the kind of life that Jesse Welles has already lived.
But there’s something distinctly different about this guy, too. I can’t quite place it, but I can feel it. Something slightly “off.” Or maybe it’s just this place that’s making everything in my life feel off—after all, my mind is still in a haze over Ned’s death. The last thing I should be thinking about right now is this guy or Jesse or getting laid.

I have been in a reading slump for a while now and this book got me out of it. From start to finish, I was captivated by the story. I finished this book in a matter of hours. The girl: Ivy, an artist with wanderlust and commitment issues, who's entire life is torn to bits when her uncle/boss is murdered in his tattoo parlor. By chance or Fate, Ivy walked into her uncle's shop at the wrong time. Ned, her uncle was very influential in nurturing her artistic passions, unlike her traditional parents. His death was a harsh reality check. The assailants shot her uncle and took off with some cash and the security tapes. The cops don't have any leads on his assailants and what their motives were for killing her. It all looks like Ned owed some bad people some  money and this was the consequence of not paying up, but something wasn't right. The guy: Sebastian aka Ice (like ice water in your veins?). Sent by his boss to watch Ivy and find a VHS tape (I remember those :) with damning evidence against Alliance, his "security firm." The first moment they meet, there's no instant attraction, something I really appreciated. Their attraction for each other grows over time and though the timeline is still a little fast, Sebastian and Ivy are like two side of the same coin with great chemistry. Both have secrets, know how to keep a poker face and never stay in one place for very long. What started out as an easy job becomes complicated when the pair start falling for each other and end up becoming more. Of course, with the tape's location still in question, trained killers have set their sights on Ivy. Overall, I loved this book and how it ended perfectly. This book seems like a stand-alone, but there were some mention of previous characters from the previous books written in a similar style. Be sure to check those out too!

5 stars

And don’t miss the previous titles in the Burying Water Series!
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SURVIVING ICE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
October 19th
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Works of Fiction – Review & Excerpt
Melissa's Book Obsession – Review & Excerpt
Britt's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt
October 20th
Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt
Latte Nights Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon a Twilight – Review & Excerpt
October 21st
TSK TSK What to Read – Review & Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck In A Book – Review & Excerpt
Read, Write, Ripley – Review & Excerpt
October 22nd
Bittersweet Reads – Review & Excerpt
thebookdragon – Review & Excerpt
Bookish Things & More – Review & Excerpt
October 23rd
Desert Divas – Review & Excerpt
Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt
October 24th
Globug Needs a Book – Review & Excerpt
I Read Indie – Review & Excerpt
Love N Books – Review & Excerpt
Zili in the Sky – Review & Excerpt
October 25th
The Consummate Reader – Review & Excerpt
Connected by Books – Review & Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
pbc – Review & Excerpt
October 26th
Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Review & Excerpt
Will Read for Feels – Review & Excerpt
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October 27th
Collector of book boyfriends – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt
Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs – Review & Excerpt
October 28th
Reading is Sexy – Review & Excerpt
Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt
Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
October 29th
Lost in Literature – Review & Excerpt
Chapter by Chapter – Review & Excerpt
LuLo Fangirl – Review & Excerpt
Nicely Phrased – Review & Excerpt
October 30th
The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt
Typical Distractions – Review & Excerpt
A Life Bound By Books – Review & Excerpt
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt
About K.A. Tucker
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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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