Crazy intense chemistry, sarcastic banter, endearing characters, an edgy plot . . . does it get any better than this?
If I’m being honest, I wasn’t convinced going into this story that Ivy was a character whose head I wanted to be in. We meet her initially in Burying Water and see a little bit of her softer side in Chasing River, but it isn't until this story that we're given a true look at who this woman really is beneath the snark, the tattoos and her art. I'm the first to admit, I completely misjudged her. I might even go so far to say, she's now one of my favorite characters of the entire Burying Water series. Beneath that abrasive, I-don't-care attitude, is someone with a huge heart.
It was that darn Chasing River epilogue that left me dying for more of Rowen’s charm and silliness. I kept questioning how Ivy could leave Dublin without giving him a chance and her declaration - “grinning Irishmen aren’t my type” - kind of threw me off, at first . . . what, why?! Ok, those were my pre-Sebastian thoughts. Sorry, Rowen. I gotta side with Ivy on this one. I can’t blame her for ditching the flirty Irishmen now that I know Sebastian was on the horizon.
Ivy’s always felt misunderstood, except where her Uncle Ned is concerned. He took her under his wing, helped her hone her tattooing skills and just let her be Ivy. So naturally, his murder leaves her pretty shaken up and sort of lost. After spending seven months in San Francisco, working in his tattoo shop, and contemplating a more permanent stay, her life is uprooted . . . again. Is there anything worth sticking around for or is it time to move on to the next city?
In steps Sebastian, the ex-Navy SEAL and total badass, to change everything. He shows up at the shop, under the guise of a referral, wanting Ivy to work her magic. We’re made privy to the real reason he’s there though and it’s for far more than just a grim reaper on his torso. Sebastian’s there to clean up a mess . . . one that ties Ivy's fate to an elusive VHS tape.
To say that I was completely captivated by Sebastian and Ivy is an understatement. K.A. Tucker has a gift for telling stories without the contrived drama and overwrought angst that plagues so many other books in this genre and it's refreshing. Addictive. Exciting. She really takes the time to develop her characters and the plot, which results in actions, emotions and dialogue that always manages to feel organic. And the insane amount of anticipation and tension she creates . . . utter perfection. I couldn’t ask for more.