#Review #AudiobookReview Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

Posted October 27, 2015 by collecto in Audiobook Review, Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Books, Collage, Release day / 2 Comments

#Review #AudiobookReview Surviving Ice by K.A. TuckerSurviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
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Published by Atria Books on October 27th 2015
Narrator: Olivia Song, Sebastian York
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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four-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…

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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Angy’s Book and Audiobook Review: 5+++ stars

Thank you K.A. Tucker for such amazing series. I remember when I first read the Burying Water, I liked it but I felt like it was lacking sex scenes, but later I learned to love K.A. Tucker’s writing style, and the lack of sex didn’t matter anymore. Her books have amazing plots, with great characters, lots of suspense, drama and action!

Surviving Ice is the story of Ivy and Sebastian. I met Ivy Lee in book #1 when she tattooed Alex’s water symbol. Back then she was just an angry girl who hated almost everyone. Later in Chasing River, she was more engaging and I started liking her. She became a good friend of Amber’s and I was sure I’d love Ivy’s book.

I’ve spent my entire life proving to them—and everyone—that I’m not a weak little girl.

Ivy is kind of a nomad.  She doesn’t like commitments of any kind so she can leave whenever she wants. As it would happen, she’s been in San Francisco for the last seven months and feels like staying there to work in her uncle Ned’s tattoo parlor. Unfortunately, she witnesses a murder and is suddenly involved with cops, a gang of bikers and one military man that will change her life forever.

Ivy Lee is the kind of girl I’d love to be. She is strong, free, and amazing. I liked how she lived her life and the choices she made. She never felt alone because she loved being alone.  And when she wanted something, she simply went for it.

I want to take him home. I want to take his clothes off and mother his wounds—my artwork—with a gentle, experienced hand. And then I want to fuck him.

That’s what basically happened when she met Sebastian. When this tall, serious, mysterious and extremely handsome man walked into The Black Rabbit, she felt lust at first sight. For him it was something completely different. First, he wasn’t interested in Ivy, because he was a man on a mission—and she wasn’t his type at all. But once he got to know her better everything changed.

“And she’s perfect for you. I can just feel it. It’s like”—she holds her hands in the air, her fingers rubbing together as if testing out an invisible fabric—“those first few warm days when the ice begins to melt. When you just know that the long, cold winter is over.”

Sebastian is a different kind of boyfriend for me. He’s a very complicated character. He and Ivy are very similar because they do what they want, go where they go and neither of them want any kind of commitment in life. But… his past is something he isn’t proud of and he believes that what he’s doing presently will redeem him somehow, until he finds out the truth about the murder Ivy witnessed and how he was indirectly involved.

Sebastian has an army of ghosts trailing him.

Sebastian York as always, has done an excellent job with the narration of Surviving Ice. It was so ironic that Sebastian was narrating Sebastian, HaHaHa. But seriously, his performance was PURE PERFECTION. The strength in his voice matches the strength of this character’s personality. And when Sebastian was most vulnerable, I could hear that vulnerability in York’s voice. I also loved the change of tone used for the innuendos and flirtation between Sebastian and Ivy.

This is my first audio with Olivia Song. She has a great voice. It’s soft with a hint of sarcasm, just like Ivy’s.

Overall, Surviving Ice was an excellent read and the audio made a perfect companion. Great writing style, great plot, great characters, great everything. I would have loved to read about Dakota’s story. She was a great secondary character with a peculiar personality—sadly the series is over.

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Carolin’s Book Review: 3 stars

“Surviving Ice” is the story of Sebastian aka Ice. He is something like a hitman, works for a secret Alliance. He is ex-military, a Navy-SEAL. And very hardcore, in every sense. Until he meets the person of interest for his next “assignment”: Tattoo-artist Ivy. She just lost her uncle, and owner of the tattoo-parlor she works for, to a robbery. But what has Sebastian have to do with all this?

First off – I loved K. A. Tucker’s writing style! But that was the only thing I liked about this book. My opinion here is very personal. I normally like my romance-novels as what they are proclaimed to be: with a lot of romance in it. But reading this book was more like reading an episode of “CSI” or “Person of Interest” or something like that. It very much focused on the mystery surrounding both Sebastian and Ivy. I couldn’t even see them end up together until approx. 75% into the book, there just wasn’t any trace of chemistry between the two MCs. Or in other words, I couldn’t get into it emotional, was bored by this whole crime-theme. Then, at the 75%-mark, things picked up speed – suddenly, there was this huge attraction and bond between Sebastian and Ivy and it was just like BAM. It hit me so suddenly and I loved it. But then there was still this whole mysterious robbery… All this crammed into only 25% of the book was just too much.

All in all, I rate “Surviving Ice” with 3 stars. One for the logical aspect of the story, one for the great writing style and one because I was surprised by the sudden emotional bomb dropped on me in the last quarter of the book. But it just wasn’t for me personally. That shouldn’t keep anyone from reading it though. If you like your books with a great amount of plot, mystery and action and are not opposed from only very little romance and intimacy in your books, then I can definitely recommend it.

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excerpt

“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.”

“Yes.”

“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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