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Posted November 10, 2013
Fan of The Deadliest Catch? Well that does not really matter, but it is DEFINITELY a BONUS if you are! This book gave me a great romance, redemption, drama, action, suspense and heartache. I highly recommend you go pick this one up.
I really was pleasantly surprised by this book … I LOVED it! For me, it started a “little” bit slow and I was not sure if I would be able to get into it, but I was TOTALLY wrong to feel that way. Sooner than later, Undertow ended up being one of those books for me that I did not want to put down because I had to find out what was going to happen. The author did the perfect job of keeping me right on edge… and even brought stupid tears to my eyes. Why do I say stupid? Because in the middle of a certain scene which brought on tears for me, I had to leave my house to go pick up my kids – looking all “stupid” with a red-eyed-puffy-crying face… I was afraid for anyone to ask me if I was ok and what happened …. You know then I would have to tell them it was a book that made me look like this! Most people do not get that when I tell them LOL. I know you would get that though!
I LOVED this book (it was not what I was expecting at all). Even though I mentioned above about “The Deadliest Catch” – I want you to know that is not a show that you have to like or love to enjoy this story (I admit that I only saw probably one show before), BUT for those of you who enjoy(ed) that show – this book will give you just enough of that life (what types of damage living the life on these boats can cause both physically and emotionally for the crew and their family members). In addition you get a strong (but damaged girl) (Aesa), a VERY swoon-worthy male lead (Decker) and a great cast of characters that you will fall in love with too (at least I did).
Although I have met Amber Lynn at a book signing this past year, this was my first book of hers I was able to read and I can tell you it will not be my last. Go grab this one and let me know what you think.
Posted November 8, 2013
I loved that this contemporary romance novel had such an unusual setting. I’ve read romance novels set all over the world… never near or on a crab boat. And let me tell you, I could not put Undertow down! This novel was a page turner from beginning to end with nail-biting suspense and such cringe-worthy scenes.
Nine years ago Aesa ran from all she’d lost, her father, and the Bering Sea that did nothing but take from her. She returns with the intent to mend the broken relationship with her father, but is not anywhere near ready (emotionally) to walk into her childhood home and face it all. On the surface she seems ready– she’s a doctor now, she’s got a handle on her anger, and she’s matured. Part of what makes her so relatable is that old wounds bring her right back to where she was emotionally nine years ago. Aesa has a death grip on her anger. If she’s angry then she doesn’t have to feel pain. And she thinks her anger is justified.
Decker has a past. He’s learned from it, and it doesn’t define him. He is a fisherman through and through, but unlike anyone Aesa has ever met. And by anyone, I mean he is the first person she’s let past her walls in nine years. And now that he’s there, there’s no way in hell Decker is going to let Aesa push him away to protect herself.
Posted November 6, 2013
Anyone that knows me or follows my blog knows that I’m not a huge fan of romance. So you can bet that if I’m recommending a romance, it’s damn good!
Amber is such a great writer and storyteller. Undertow is such a vivid, heartbreakingly good story. Aesa has pain and it is the hard, mean, crushing kind of pain. She hates her father and hasn’t gotten over the death of her mother. But she comes back to Alaska to see her dad after a 9 year absence. She’s not sure what to expect from the visit, but she sure as hell doesn’t expect what happens. She goes to work on her dad’s boat and meets Decker. Aesa feels comfortable around him, safe even. She doesn’t want a relationship because she’s moving to Anchorage in a few weeks to start her residency. But when you experience tragedy and hardship, sometimes the ones you rely on to help you keep you from being pulled under. The question is, will Aesa allow herself to be rescued or will she succumb to the cold, deep darkness that beckons her?
So, yes, this is a romance, and yes I did like it. I actually more than liked it. The main reason for this is that Amber doesn’t write your typical romance. Even though she has written romance aspects into her paranormal books, this is her first contemporary romance. It is not the usual girl meets guy, falls head over heels in love on the first day, has the most amazing mind-blowing sex that night and then they live happily ever after. Amber’s characters are flawed; they have huge issues and aren’t one dimensional. They are more like real people than most book characters. And Amber keeps you guessing when she writes. You don’t get the expected and usual response or story from her. Everything about her books and her characters is unique and I love that about her writing. I may not like romance, but I love Amber Lynn Natusch’s brand of romance. If all romance was written like hers, I would be a romance whore!