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…
Our female lead is a badass, witty, sassy, half spanish half chinese, tattoo artist. This should be enough to make you want to read Surviving Ice.
“After seven hours under my needle, we’ll practically be married.”
If you’ve read the previous books in this series you know perfectly well who Ivy is, and you were dying to read her book, if you haven’t read this series, you can read this as a standalone, or better yet read the whole series since it’s really good! There’s a perfect balance between romance and suspance. Sebastian was a Navy Seal, but he’s now working for a security company, and he’s next job revolves around Ivy.
People so rarely surprise me anymore, but I have a feeling she might.
When Sebastian strolls into Ivy’s life, she’s just lost her uncle, and she witnessed his murder. Sebastian works for the same people as those who killed Ivy’s uncle; and now he needs to find out how much Ivy knows, and whether she’s a threat or not. But as he gets close to her, they both start feelings things they shouldn’t, since neither of them wants to settle down in San Francisco, or with someone at all. They’re both always ready to pack their things and go, never really setting roots anywhere. But that may change since Ivy needs to take care of her uncle’s stuff, and may keep his tattoo shop; and Sebastian, after finding out what truly went down with Ivy’s uncle, wants to protect her.
I saw the vulnerability there. The need to appear strong when she doesn’t feel it inside. She is strong. I’ll give her that.
Since the very first moment Ivy’s felt safer with Sebastian around, but she’s not stupid, she knows he’s not telling her everything, but she trusts her guts and so she trusts him. She knows it’s just a matter of time before he opens up to her.
Who are you, really, Sebastian? Besides the stranger who strolled in and seized my heart?
It was really beautiful to see these two closed off characters slowly unraveling for each other, giving little glimpses of their true selves. Nothing’s rushed, the romance between Ivy and Sebastian starts as attraction, the mystery of her uncle murder is explained one piece at the time. All this is wrapped up in a beautiful and fluid writing style.