Surviving IceSeries: Burying Water #4
by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria, Simon & Schuster on October 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
My husband tells me he’s not a picky eater. He tells me, “make anything”, “try new recipes”, “the only thing I don’t like is onions”. So I get a recipe off Pinterest, nothing too fancy but it has ingredients I don’t normally have around the house. I saute, I broil, I let stand. The meal is perfect because it has all the best ingredients… and no onions!
My husband says, “It’s okay.”
A story is similar to a recipe. You take characters, throw them in a world you’ve built, stir in some plot, and if you’ve done it all correctly, you come out with a tasty book. Some books taste better to other readers than they do to you, and that’s okay.
Ms. Tucker’s menu has only let me down one time before and that’s pretty good batting odds in my opinion. No, I promise not to throw in another metaphor! But seriously, not every single one of her books could be 4 – 5 stars for me. I don’t think that’s possible for any author.
Everything was here for the makings of a stellar read for me. You have Ivy, the quintessential bad girl who doesn’t follow anyone’s rules but her own. She’ll break a law here or there but deep down, her moral compass is straight. She doesn’t like commitment because she wants the freedom to up and leave whenever she wants. She’s an extraordinary tattoo artist, taking customer’s ordinary ideas for their body art and making them exceptional!
When her world is ripped out from under her, Ivy is stuck in San Francisco having to deal with the aftermath on her own. It’s while she’s dealing with some of these issues that Sebastian comes to her aid. Well, he actually wanted a tattoo but he’ll help the girl out first because he mama taught him right. Or is that the NavySEAL in him? Either way, Sebastian is all over Ivy’s business and she’s not sure she really minds.
So there’s a little bit of romance, a whole lot of mystery, some war politics, and two cool leading characters to hook up. What could possibly be wrong with the story?
I don’t know but it just didn’t click with me. It took me forever (and a day) to finish this book! I didn’t find myself sneaking moments to pick up my iPad and read a few pages. I wasn’t pounding the pages at night until 2:30am. I actually fell asleep reading the book several nights.
The story just fell flat for me.
Could this story have been condensed into a novella and made more exciting? Maybe? Could some scenes have been deleted or shortened? Yes, I think so. I was reading the ARC so take my review with a huge-ass grain of salt! These books sometimes get huge changes once they go to their printings!
Either way, much love to Mrs. K.A. Tucker – I will never stop reading your books! I can’t wait to “see” what your next project is!!!