No one charters the depths of passion on the high seas like New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair in Stormchaser
DESIRE RUNS DEEP
Somewhere off the coast of Greece, a king’s ransom in gold, emeralds, and silver coins lies waiting at the bottom of the sea. Finding this ancient treasure would be a dream come true for marine archeologist Calista West. But that’s not why she’s here. She didn’t climb aboard Jonah Cutter’s magnificent yacht seeking fortune or fame. She’s come for revengeagainst the sexiest, most seductive, modern-day pirate she’s ever encountered…
Like his famous half brothers, Jonah is a master of salvaging shipsand driving women mad with his movie-star looks and raw animal magnetism. Tall, dark, and devastating, he manages to make Callie forget her mission. Every moment they share under the hot Mediterranean sun is an erotically-charged adventure neither can resist. But when Callie discovers what he’s really afterthe lost city of Atlantisis it too late to change the course of her heart…or go all in with the lover of her dreams?
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About the Author
Cherry Adair has garnered numerous awards for her innovative action-adventure novels, which include White Heat, Hot Ice, On Thin Ice, Out of Sight, In Too Deep, Hide and Seek, and Kiss and Tell, as well as her thrilling Cutter Cay series for St. Martin's Press. A favorite of reviewers and fans alike, she lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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By Cherry Adair
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The day didn't look like secondhand revenge. Instead of ominous dark clouds hanging low over a pewter sea, the hot Greek sun reflected glittering sapphires off the Mediterranean. The wake of the motor launch frothed blindingly white as it carried marine archaeologist Dr. Calista West to the megayacht Stormchaser, anchored in open waters south of Crete.
Salt spray cooled her bare arms and legs as the Riva Iseo cut through the dark water. The sleek, twenty-seven-foot Italian work of art, with yards of glossy mahogany, soft leather, and sleek lines, looked like something straight out of a James Bond movie. Expensive and ostentatious. Draco Thanos, the short, wiry forty-something chief engineer of Stormchaser sent to collect Callie from Heraklion, controlled the fast tender with all the deference of a guy handling a sleek sports car.
Callie wasn't even sure what day it was anymore. A short flight in yet another ostentatious, expensive toy, a private plane from Athens. A twelve-hour flight from Miami, an hour flight from Athens to Crete, and another two hours by luxury tender. She was hardly at her best to deal with Jonah Cutter.
Tuning out Thanos, who'd kept up a steady conversation in broken English for the duration, she spread her feet, bracing her hands on the rail as they hit some chop. Her stomach did a somersault that had nothing to do with the waves. The closer the motor launch carried her to Stormchaser, the harder Callie's heart pounded.
Anticipation. Fear. Excitement.
Thanos pointed unnecessarily. The massive ship was freaking impossible to miss. "There she is."
Callie's fingers tightened on the rail as the ship loomed large against a sparkling backdrop of calm azure water and robin's-egg-blue sky. Brilliant sun bounced off acres of white paint and gleaming brass. Twenty, thirty mil? Callie guesstimated, put off by the unnecessary flaunting of the Cutters' wealth.
"Spectacular, isn't she?" Thanos said proudly as he slowed the tender, angling it sideways to dock aft next to the wide dive platform where a guy sat reading. He got to his feet as they approached, lifting a hand in greeting. Callie waved back.
She used both hands to tuck any loose hair back into the neatly tucked French braid on the back of her head, even though she knew there were none. She was too controlled to have flyaway hair. Her penchants for order and organization were perfect for her chosen career. She'd come by them the hard way. By now the traits were ingrained and comfortable.
Without the fine cooling misted spray of the water, and wind generated by the fast movement over the sea, the sun beat down unrelentingly, drying her damp clothes in minutes.
"She's something, all right." Too big, and far too fancy for a dive boat, but wasn't that the Cutters all over? A family of modern-day treasure hunters, they flaunted their wealth like robber barons or nouveau riche Internet millionaires, with total disregard for anyone daring their ownership of the seas.
For a moment Callie had a niggle of misgiving for what she was about to do. Jonah Cutter hadn't done anything to her personally; she'd never even met the man. Never met any of the Cutters. But they adversely impacted people she loved.
She was uniquely qualified to balance the scales.
Straightening her shoulders, Callie grabbed her duffel before Thanos could reach for it. Ingrained and as sure as her dark hair and green eyes was her independence. Drawing in a salt-laden deep breath, Callie let it out slowly as the tender bumped the edge of the wide dive platform where the older man, dressed in cargo shorts and a yellow polo shirt, waited to grab the rope.
And the game begins, she thought, braced to disembark, her fingers tightened on the bag's handles.
Lying was against everything she believed in. Been there, spent a lifetime perfecting the skill. Just because she was good at it didn't mean she liked doing it. But not only did she have to lie through her teeth for the duration, she had to be convincing as well.
She reminded herself that these people were not her friends. She could not soften and bond with them. Growing to like anyone on board Stormchaser would make what she was going to do harder.
She'd known going in that she'd have to keep to herself as much as possible. She was here to do a job. Making friends would muddy the waters and certainly complicate things. And, she admitted, make her second-guess herself — which she unfortunately usually did. She tended to overanalyze things before jumping in. Indecision was, she knew, her worst characteristic. Still, once she'd made a determination, after weighing it from a hundred different angles, she tended to be like a dog with a bone defending the decision.
Her friends tried to get her to be more spontaneous. But it was hard for her. Every decision had consequences, and those had to be weighed and calculated and looked at from every angle.
What wouldn't be hard? Pretending. That she was damn good at. If anyone knew how to pretend, it was her. She'd done it from kindergarten on. When she'd learned to lie for her parents. Why they'd forgotten to sign her up for school programs? Why they weren't there to pick her up after school? Why she rarely had a lunch packed, or money to buy lunch? She'd known instinctively that to say her mama was passed out from Jack Daniel's would be bad, and mentioning that sometimes her dad didn't come home would be worse.
These circumstances weren't the same, but she figured she'd honed her acting chops. She could do this by mentally tarring everyone on board with the sins of the Cutters. Which were too numerous to count.
And by keeping as low a profile as possible.
The gray-haired man held out his hand, helping her from the boat to the diving platform. "Saul Pinter." His full, mostly gray beard was neatly trimmed. Fit and athletic, he had a nice smile and firm handshake. "Welcome aboard, Dr. West."
"Thanks, call me Callie." A cursory glance revealed the dive platform geared with the usual dive equipment and a row of wet suits ready and waiting. At least she'd get to do what she loved. Dive. Discover. "Is Mr. Cutter diving?" Saul shook his head, jerking his thumb toward the ladder leading to the deck above where they stood. "Jonah will have seen you, and be on his way down. Heads up, he'll meet you halfway."
Oh, Callie doubted that very much, but she merely smiled as her heart thumped. Anticipation — no, dread? After all the planning, things were finally happening. "I'm looking forward to seeing our wreck."
"You haven't missed anything. We only arrived late last night ourselves," Saul told her, returning to his chair and the book he'd been reading. "We're all eager to get started."
Was that a jibe because she hadn't joined them two weeks ago? Callie mentally shrugged. Climbing the ladder, she observed in a quick sweep the spotless decks, the gleaming brightwork and shiny brass. Stormchaser was spit-polished. She'd heard Zane Cutter's ship was a piece of crap, but so far she couldn't fault his half brother on the maintenance of his ship.
Several men, in the whites of crew members, leaned on the rail on an upper deck watching her curiously. Callie lifted a hand in greeting and kept going. It was a perfect afternoon to dive, the ocean smooth with just a slight chop. A light breeze loosened strands of hair off her face and neck and brought with it the faint smells of fresh paint and yeasty baking bread.
Water slapped the hull, and the sound of voices died as the men disappeared from view. A gull cried as it wheeled in a perfect circle overhead, then dived like a jet, skimming the water after some hapless fish.
There wasn't anyone else around, and she walked toward a set of sliding doors just as a man stepped out onto the deck ahead of her. His face lit up as he came toward her.
Jonah Cutter. Callie stopped to wait for him, the sun hot on her scalp, the glare off the water bright despite her dark glasses. The opinion formed before the man even opened his mouth. Her assessment was quick and unflattering. But then she was predisposed to disliking him.
Cocky. Self-assured. Entitled.
Exactly what she expected. Her shoulders relaxed. Handing Cutter his ass wasn't going to be difficult at all.
The Matthew McConaughey look-alike wore blue, flower-printed Hawaiian board shorts, a too-tight red T-shirt stretched over sculpted muscles as if it had been painted on. She'd heard that youngest brother Zane was the vain one, but clearly his half brother gave him a run for his money.
Under six feet tall, sun-bleached shoulder-length hair, movie-star good looks, and boy, didn't he know it. Cutter was like a peacock spreading his tail as he removed his shades to eye her up and down.
Shorter, less attractive, and more smarmy than she'd been led to believe. And she'd been led to believe the worst.
Maintaining a friendly smile, she extended her hand when he got close enough. He was about the same height, so they were eye-to-lecherous-eye. "I'm Calista West, thanks for including —"
"Now, aren't you just the prettiest addition to the team, darlin'?" he cut in with a southern drawl and a heated look from unremarkable blue eyes. His lingering handshake was the opposite of firm. Callie disengaged and resisted wiping her hand on her shorts as he looked at her like a dog staring at a juicy bone. Raking his fingers through his sun-bleached brown hair, the better to show off his physique, he gave her a wide, white smile. "Welcome aboard."
Never had two words sounded so suggestive. Smoothing a hand over her tightly constrained hair, Callie made sure the sun glinted off the plain gold band on her left hand. Although she suspected a guy like this wouldn't be deterred by a wedding ring, she had other methods to repulse if the ring didn't work.
"Sorry I couldn't make it to Cutter Cay." A calculated delay to avoid the two-week bonding of crew and dive team on the ship's maiden voyage from the Caribbean, where the Cutters lived, to this remote Grecian location.
"You're well worth the wait, darlin'."
"Dr. West, or Callie. Only my husband calls me darling." Bud nipped. Not that Adam had ever called her anything but Calista, but he'd been über-protective until the day he died. He'd've been delighted to be a deterrent. "If you'll have someone show me where to stash my gear, I'll chan —"
"Finally. The late Dr. West, I presume?" That didn't sound very auspicious. The deep, impatient voice came from directly behind her. The man sounded more annoyed than excited. "I see you've met Brody." His voice was dry. "Push off, Turner, I'll take it from here."
Mouth unaccountably dry, Callie narrowed her eyes at Brody. "You might've mentioned who you were when we were talking."
He put up both hands playfully. "Babe, you didn't give me a chance to say anything." Eyes flickering over her right shoulder and well above her head, he gave a mock salute. "Pushing off now."
Callie turned. Oh, shit. The real threat. This guy was a whole other ball game. Staring up the length of his tall, lean body, she felt her heartbeat stutter. The brilliant sun darkened, and the sibilant slosh of the wavelets went mute.
And she was a pragmatist. Callie couldn't imagine what some romantic would make of him.
Tall. Dark. Devastating.
This man, whose footsteps she hadn't heard, was practically naked. Just a pair of black shorts and miles of tanned, glistening skin pulled taut over rock-hard muscles. Lightly salted dark hair trailed down the steps of his abs to disappear into black shorts. Dragging her rapt gaze back up his chest, she tried to find fault with his physical appearance, but even his disheveled jaw-length dark hair didn't look unkempt, just sexy and untamed, and insanely touchable. Beard stubble shadowed his face, making him look dangerously like a sexy pirate. Instead of looking annoyingly unshaven, the stubble just made him that much hotter. With his piercing blue eyes and dark hair he looked Black Irish, but there was a subtle hint of the Mediterranean in his voice that was impossible to pinpoint.
He exuded utter self-confidence, and sexual prowess.
She imagined him naked. Tried not to, but then imagined them together in a sweaty, heated embrace. Her cheeks felt hot.
Twisting her wedding ring around her finger grounded her as Callie's eyes locked with his. The shockingly clear, Caribbean blue made her breath snag in her throat. Pins and needles, hot then cold, pebbled her skin, and her heart pounded so hard she felt dizzy. Her physical reaction, lust, not fear, shocked the hell out of her.
Please God, don't let this be Jonah Cutter.
He held out a large hand. "Jonah Cutter. Glad you finally made it, Dr. West." His laid-back, sexy baritone held a hint of impatience, resonating through Callie's unprepared body like a tuning fork.
Reluctantly she shook his hand. The slide of her fingers against the callused heat of his made her heart do calisthenics. She released as soon as possible, casually tucking her fingertips into the front pocket of her khaki shorts. "Call me Callie."
He had a swimmer's body, tall and lean, with broad powerful shoulders and long, strong legs dusted with dark hair. "You must be beat, but I'm eager to fill you in before I let you grab some z's. Give me an hour, and I'll let you go get some rest."
"Actually I'm not that tired, I slept some on the various flights." She'd been too excited to sleep, and now she was too overstimulated to even think about closing her eyes.
God help her, there was no mistaking this man for a pushover. His eyes said, Been there, done that. The hard way.
Okay then, more of a challenge than she'd bargained for, but God only knew, challenges were a daily occurrence, not grounds to turn tail and run like hell. Despite the strong temptation.
Steeling herself, Callie told herself she was overreacting and she'd better get her shit together before she said or did something out of character and plain stupid. Still, the Riva hadn't left yet. She could hear the soft purr of the engines over the rapid-fire beating of her heart. Not that she would turn tail and make a run for it, but it was always good to have options.
Bare-chested and in-your-face male, Cutter gave her a narrow-eyed stare when she just stood there as if turned to stone. Or all her mental fuses had blown. "Are you okay?" He of the crystalline blue eyes, easy smile, and Holy-Mother-of-God broad chest sounded a little cranky, and looked — well, he looked good enough to eat. Or if not eat — lick all over.
I'm not impressed. I am not impressed. I am so not impressed.
Steady eye contact, expression bland.
He was just a guy. Just a drop-freaking-dead-gorgeous guy with X-ray eyes who seemed to peer directly into her lying brain. Callie straightened her shoulders and gave him an easy smile. A smile she'd perfected over the years until it felt almost natural. "Just getting my sea legs."
The hot breeze ruffled his shoulder-length, almost black hair around his head and lashed dark strands across his throat. He shoved his fingers through it, pushing it back absently; it fell in shaggy perfection around his face. The beautiful hair in no way softened his features.
"Won't take long." He flicked a glance over her head at the other man. "You're still here." Brody walked away backward, grinning.
Cutter shook his head as he returned his attention to her. "I'll take you down to your cabin to get your gear stashed, then you can play catch-up and meet the others. Hungry?"
Hungry enough to lick the salt off his hot, satiny skin. She shook her head. "They fed me on the plane." She drew in a breath, smelled clean male sweat, and met his gaze while her heart did calisthenics. "Give me directions, I'll find my way." She didn't want to be in close confines with him. He exuded sex appeal, the dangerous kind of bad-boy sex appeal that most women found irresistible. She'd get over the immediate rush of physical attraction and regain her equilibrium in a minute. But she needed that minute to kick her own ass.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had a lot of hope for this book. I have not read the series but didn't really feel that throughout the read. I liked the characters and the premise of them coming together. Both Jonah and Callie have a lot to gain if the salvage is successful. The possible discovery of the Lost City of Atlantis. The sexual tension between the pair was written well as was the turmoil Callie faces internally as to how to proceed with her plan vs. the feeling of lust that she cannot deny. Jonah seems to be more of a stand up guy as opposed to his half brothers as they are described within these pages. On paper and sexually, these two are a fabulous match. They are in sync, dive well together, think along the same lines and practically finish each others' sentences. The few things that stuck out like sore thumbs for me: 1) I don't like the way that condoms were introduced into their tryst after having so much sex without them. While I did question the fact that there were none in the beginning, it seemed a little crazy to introduce them the way it was done and then having them dismissed shortly thereafter. 2) Despite all of the suspense, action and tension at the end of the story, the book ended rather anticlimactically. There was no fight or discussion - only acceptance. This makes absolutely no sense to me. 3) There was also a bit too much technicality for my liking. I love when topics are researched thoroughly and portrayed accurately, but I don't want to feel like I expect there to be a quiz at the end. I received a copy of this book via a goodreads giveaway and am choosing to leave a review.
This is the 4th book in the Cutter Cay series. It starts out kind of slow but then picks up with a lot of things happening. You might even say it picks up with a blast! Jonah hires Dr. Calista West to help them salvage a Chinese shipwreck call the JiLi. But he really wants here there because she’s a marine archeologist who doesn’t believe the city of Atlantis ever existed other than in a book. He believes very differently on the subject. This book starts out with a woman who believes the Cutter family owes her “family” big time and she’s here only to make sure they pay. There’s adventure, excitement (think earthquakes and volcanoes), romance, jealousy, cat fights and way too much else going on to have room in this review to discuss it. Just read the book and you will understand what I’m talking about! It may start out slow but the pace quickly picks up! I love her extended enhanced versions where you learn so much more about all the characters.
This is the 4th book in the Cutter Cay series. It starts out kind of slow but then picks up with a lot of things happening. You might even say it picks up with a blast! Jonah hires Dr. Calista West to help them salvage a Chinese shipwreck call the JiLi. But he really wants here there because she’s a marine archeologist who doesn’t believe the city of Atlantis ever existed other than in a book. He believes very differently on the subject. This book starts out with a woman who believes the Cutter family owes her “family” big time and she’s here only to make sure they pay. There’s adventure, excitement (think earthquakes and volcanoes), romance, jealousy, cat fights and way too much else going on to have room in this review to discuss it. Just read the book and you will understand what I’m talking about! It may start out slow but the pace quickly picks up! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.
Revenge, Greed, Restitution... Calista has promised to help her brother in law exact revenge against the Cutter Brothers. Little does Calista know that this job will take her seeking the lost city of Atlantis and falling hard for the youngest Cutter Brother, Jonah. This story was fast paced, had snappy dialogue, and the sparks between Jonah and Calista were hot!! My only complaint - the book seemed to go directly from middle to end.
This is book four in the Cutter Cay series and it features Jonah Cutter and Calista "Callie" West. Their chemistry was crazy HOT and only tempered by the intentionally misleading wedding ring on her finger. It's hard for me to express the enormous amount of mystery, suspense and action contained in this book. Treasure hunting, revenge, mysteries beyond our comprehension and of course love. WOW! What a ride! Cherry Adair is a master at storytelling! I was so engrossed in this story that you'd have to physically touch my shoulder to get my attention. Brilliant story line with fabulous characters! I do wish we could've seen what happened with Rydell Case and the whole Atlantis and Ji Li situation. Oh, and Brody? What was up with him? I can't wait to read the next book in this awesome series.
Mystical and intense are the words that come to my mind after reading this book. The author Cherry Adair's vivid imagination and attention to detail makes this a wonderful and exciting read. Callie's character is intense and how she orders her life from her traumatic childhood is a great example for all people. She is a fully dimensional character though somewhat lacking in her personal life. For this reason the addition of Jonah's character is perfect. He is larger than life and continually pushes up against her boundaries not allowing her to stay in her safe zone which forces her to grow personally. Not having read the other books to this series I do have some questions regarding Rydell's back history in regards to the Cutter boys. I look forward to reading books 1-3 of the Cutter Cay Series to fill in the holes though it isn't necessary for reading this book. I really liked all the intricate details of the dives as I know I will never scuba dive but from her writing I felt like I was there experiencing all the unique events. Mysticism is an area that can either draw you in or turn you off but in this book I was fully immersed in the possibility that the lost city of Atlantis actually existed. The author did a phenomenal job in developing this part of the book. I give this 4 stars from making the mysticism believable and the relationship between Callie's loyalty to Jonah and Rydell realistic. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Dr. Calista West comes to the Mediterranean near Greece to work with Jonah Cutter. He comes from a family of treasure hunters. Callie is there to help him recover artifacts from a Chinese junk, but when he tells Callie that he's found the lost city of Atlantis, she's stunned. She's here under false pretenses. Callie is really there to betray him to his enemy. What happens next is a suspenseful story filled with unexpected twists. Jonah and Callie are an amazing couple. They have common interests and amazing chemistry. The lost city enthralls and amazes Jonah and Callie. As they learn more about their discovery, strange things happen. In spite of herself, Callie finds herself falling for Jonah. What will happen when he learns the truth? I couldn't put down Stormchaser. The lost city is a thrilling setting. It was so amazing that I wanted to know more. I loved the touch of magic that is interwoven in this exciting adventure. I loved the characters. Callie is an intelligent and strong woman. Jonah is a dominant alpha who's met his match in this feisty woman. The secondary characters add more drama to this story. Cherry Adair has written a great romantic suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm enjoying the Cutter Cay series. I can't wait for the next story. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read. My comments are my honest opinion.
I have been waiting for Stormchaser, the latest in Cherry Adair’s Cutter Cay series, since I closed the cover of Vortex back in 2012. Almost five years! That’s a long time to wait for a book. Actually, longer than that. I’ve been waiting to hear Jonah’s story since he entered the page early in the series. It was almost worth the wait. This is a fun action, adventure novel written in trademark Cherry Adair style. There’s running, jumping, good guys and bad, and crazy monkey sex, all surrounded by a great story. As soon as I started reading I remembered how much I loved these characters and this series. Now I want to go back and reread the first three. The good news is I don’t have to wait nearly as long for the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Jonah Cutter is just getting to know his half-brothers and feels he has to prove himself. When he is scouting for a lost ship, he’s positive he’s found the ultimate treasure: Atlantis. He’s even secured the ultimate non-believer, Dr. Calista West, to verify it. He just didn’t expect everything that makes up Callie. I’m not too much into contemporaries and I’ve only ever read a novella by this author before, so I really didn’t have much expectations on this book. However, I very much enjoyed it. Callie is independent, a loner and very much driven in her task.I loved watching her character change around as the story progressed. There really wasn’t anything not to love about Jonah. He was smart, sexy, and determined to come out on top. As for the plot, I really wasn’t sure what twists the author would stick in there, but I really loved how she ended it. After reading this book, I so want to go treasure-hunting!! I look forward to reading about the other Cutters and more from this author!. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Callista and Jonah work to solve a nautical mystery and find the ultimate treasure hunt. Good suspense along with their romance. Enjoyed settling in to this book and good stand alone addition to the series. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
Stormchaser by Cherry Adair is the long await book four in the Cutter Series. Since I have not read all the previous books, I can say this is a stand-alone book. I would like to know about the Cutter brothers and how Jonah came to be so new to the family as a half-brother. Dr. Calista West also has ties to others that I would like to know more about. So while I enjoyed the book, I think I would have understood some things more if I had read the previous books in the series. More lust than love and more betrayal than suspense but still an intriguing romantic suspense book. Besides the obvious human secret agendas in the story there is surprising mythical magical elements as well. I found those to be the most interesting aspects of the story. The end of the book quickly ties up the loose ends but I wished to have known more. Perhaps the next book in the series will bring those unclear parts better clarity. It is a very short wait for the book, Hurricane to be released soon. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley.
In the darkest storm... Nick, Logan, and Zane Cutter are a tightknit, unstoppable force in the family treasure-hunting business. Now that half-brother Jonah has arrived at the scene, he’s got a lot to prove—and a powerful enemy who wants to stop him dead in his tracks. Love will find a way.... A perilous sea journey. A bitter nemesis. A woman whose spectacular beauty and talents are to die for…Over and over, Jonah will be tested. Is he worthy of carrying the Cutter name? With his eyes on the prize, Jonah will fight with all his heart. But desire often comes with a price. . . Review: So, I am late to the Cherry Adair books. I have known about them and have wanted to read them, but somehow I never did. Well, I finally read one! Yeah me! What I liked most is that it surprised me. I did not expect the supernatural bent to the storyline. I guess I had a preconceived notion than she would write straight up contemporary adventure. I loved the supernatural aspect to the story and I think it went well with the whole searching for lost treasure. That is another thing I liked, the searching for lost treasure. I have always been fascinated with ancient civilizations and always want to go on an expedition. Plus I am hooked on those shows like "The Curse of Oak Island". Jonah, first I loved that he had scruples and did not go after Calista when he thought she was married. But, whoa, momma when the truth came out about that the chemistry exploded. Calista, I liked her, not as much as Jonah. I have to say the scene where she puts the creepy Anndra in her place, was just awesome to read...one of my favorite parts of the book. I had not read the other books in the series, so I was a little confused on why Calista's brother-in-law is so out to get the Cutter's. But other than that, it can be read as a stand alone. Writing was engaging and fun to read. Loved the setting of the book. Now, I want to go look for Atlantis ;) Great action, adventure romance with a little supernatural thrown in. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Good Addition to the Cutter Cay series This is book 4 in the Cutter Cay series. Jonah has the chance of a lifetime to be a treasure hunter like his half-brothers. When he finds a sunken Chinese ship off not far from the Greek Isle, Jonah thinks this is his chance and he snaps it up and runs for the opportunity to show he is like his brothers. He thinks this sunken ship is his holy grail and his gold mine. He needs an archeologist worth their weight in their field and one who wont try to disprove this find just because they wont believe what has been found. This marine archeologist is none other than Calista. Thing is, she isn’t what she appears to be. She is an archeologist but she also wants to help her mentor out and in order to do so, she will gladly undercut Jonah by taking his research to help her mentor. There are many twists and turns beset with Betrayal, Conflict, Angst Sexual Tension and Passion in this book. There are so many things at play –Jonah and Calista are a good couple- each have what they are after and then they realize there is more to life than that one dream. The mystery and suspense that are interwoven help boost the storyline. At times the story does become dull but it will pick back up. I didn’t like when the ending became rushed for I wanted to see the story naturally progress but overall, this was a good addition to the Cutter Cay series. My rating: 4.4 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Stormchaser is book four of Cherry Adair’s Cutter Cay series. This is a wonderful five book series. I’ve started with Stormchaser and loved every second of it. It can definitely stand alone. This is an adventure/romance series with all the trimmings and more. The plot is fast paced and well thought out. The characters are realistic and well developed. The romance sizzles and the intrigue and adventure never end. This is the story of Jonah Cutter and Dr. Calista West (Rydell). An imaginative story about finding the lost city of Atlantis! Yes, it is! As well as other treasure. Adair pulls off an intriguing plot and wraps it in and exciting package of true love. She does it with such zest for life and yet manages to remain true to the exciting premise of otherworldly science, not to mention good old-fashioned human greed. Jonah is one of the Cutter brothers (from another mother, but accepted by the brothers) and wants to prove himself to his successful brothers and show them how dedicated he and brilliant he is. Dr. Calista West (a.k.a. Callie) is/was married to Adam Case, brother of the Cutter rival, Rydell Case. She uses her professional name, not her married one. There’s a lot of bad business and blood between these families. She actually had ulterior motives for taking this job, besides being paid four time her usual rate. Rydell wants her to spy on Cutter and let him know what treasure he’s after. The attraction between the two main characters is immediate and very hot. Both fight the attraction with all they have. Callie uses her wedding ring (her husband died four years earlier due to illness) to keep single males at bay. Jonah, coming from a father that was unfaithful to both wives…doesn’t believe in poaching. The angst is sizzling as they fight the attraction. Callie is just as attracted to Jonah, but conflicted out of loyalty for Rydell. Ah, the tangled webs Adair weaves… I don’t do spoilers, so I’ll just say that the plot weaving these two together through attraction, adventure, danger and more is one whale of a ride. It’s more than entertaining, it’s enthralling. This story and series is a keeper! Copy provided for honest review
This is the long awaited 4th book in the Cutter Cay Romantic Suspense/Adventure series. I've always enjoyed Cherry's stories and was delighted when her publisher gave me a NetGalley ARC of this book. The story is full of action, lustful attraction that tries to be denied, betrayal and mystery. As always Cherry has well researched her subject and I wished I could have had this in an epub version rather than the pdf provided by the publisher so I could easily look up the meaning of words I was unfamiliar with. The story is about the salvage of a sunken Chinese Junk off the coast of Greece by the Cutter brothers newly discovered half-brother, Jonah. He's determined to prove to the successful brothers that he's worthy to be a full member of the family salvage company. He's discovered a lost city under his wreck and he thinks it's Atlantis. He hires Dr. Calista (Callie) West as his marine archaeologist to authenticate the discovery. With all his in-depth research on his crew he missed that Dr. Calista is the Cutter's competitor/foe, Rydell Case's sister-in-law. She accepted the job so she could turn the discovery over to Rydell her only remaining beloved family. Jonah also doesn't know her husband, Adam Case, died 4 years ago and she's using her wedding ring as "protection" against romantic entanglements. Neither one reckoned on the burning instant sexual chemistry between them. And so the story spins with one adventure after another. There is mystery in who are these odd guys on the nearby Fire Island, why are there accidents happening, who are the odd brother-sister duo who owns a cosmetic company doing on Fire Island? By the end of the action packed story Jonah and Callie discover their true treasure and we discover the answers to all these questions. Thank you St. Martin for the NetGalley ARC for me to review.
This one was just a "meh" read for me. The story is very disjointed in my opinion and I could never develop the warm and fuzzies for these characters. The sexy times are well done but I never feel that chemistry between the two MC. Add to that all the craziness and mystical happenings in the story and it just doesn't feel real. The premise of the story, the exciting discovery of what could be Atlantis, set up everything for an exciting story, I wish it had all come together.
Stormchaser by Cherry Adair Cutter Cay #4 Standalone book but perhaps having read the previous three would have given more background on the Cutter brothers as well as why Rydell, the heroine’s brother-in-law, is a player in this story. This is Jonah and Callie’s story. Jonah Cutter is into archaeological underwater treasure/salvage hunting and believes he has found the motherlode of all finds under the seas near Greece. He has hired Dr. Calista “Callie” West to authenticate as well as dive and do other academic things on the hunt. Callie is there under pretense with subterfuge and bad intentions predominant in her mind. Little did Callie realize that she would be ensnared by pheromones AND the lure of a potentially huge find that could make her name in academic circles. Add into the brewing forbidden lust between Jonah and Callie a couple groups of nefarious rather ruthless and questionable characters, some disturbing paranormal stuff and a lot of scientific jargon and you have a larger than life story that kept me entertained today. It is not my first choice of book to read but it was enjoyable all in all. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3 Stars
3.5 Treasured Stars! I think this might be one of those times where not reading previous books in the series may have hurt the chances for me to connect completely to the story. We start out with Callie taking a job with Jonah Cutter to help him salvage and document his discovery. He believes he has found the lost Atlantis and Callie is an expert in her field. We learn real quick that she only took the job to sabotage it for the Cutters nemesis, Ryder, Callie's brother-in-law. I'm assuming it's revealed in previous books why these men don't get along, but you don't learn it in this book until the second half. What little you do learn, doesn't justify her deceit, in my eyes. I had a really hard time liking Callie because of this. I loved Jonahs character. He fell hard and fast for Callie which made me fall for him. In turn, that made it even harder to like her for betraying him. Unfortunately, this made the first half of the book a bit of a struggle for me. The thing that saved the story for me is that I'm apparently easily won over. Once Callie gave into her attraction to Jonah, I started rooting for them and could enjoy the 2nd half of the book. I would really like to know more about what Rydell thinks the Cutter men did to him to deserve his revenge. It didn't touch anymore on the subject but Rydell's story is next in the series. ARC provided by NetGalley.