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…
Surviving Ice is the final book in the Burying Water companion series. Surviving Ice follows Ivy in San Francisco working at her uncle’s tattoo shop when she becomes a witness to a life changing crime.
Surviving Ice is my least favourite of the series because my suspension of disbelief was pushed a little to far and there were a few moments that were swept under the rug that should have been addressed further.
Suspension of disbelief is the reason I gave Surviving Ice four stars instead of five. I always have a hard time fully enjoying romance novels that feature crime heavily in the plot since a lot of the time I find them unrealistic since authors have to balance a fine line between believable crime and/or investigations and character and romance development. Most of the time, the crime or investigation suffers at the hands of the romance. Tucker does a better job than most at balancing these two aspects of the novel, however the profession of the male love interest is what pulled me out of the story the most.
There are a few creepy moments that are swept under the rug. These moments in romance novels are always overlooked because as long as the characters are physically attractive it’s not considered creepy behavior. I wish Tucker would have addressed them further rather than a passing line in the chapter few chapters.
The chemistry between the main characters is intense, though what else can you expect from a Tucker novel? Surviving Ice is full of sarcastic banter and intense character moments that make it hard to not enjoy despite the issues outlined above.
Overall, Surviving Ice is a fun and steamy romance with an edgier plot.
Have you read Surviving Ice? What did you think? Have you read the other novels in the series?