Undertow by Cherry Adair {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 19 February, 2014 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 6 Comments

Undertow by Cherry Adair {Kelly’s Review}Undertow by Cherry Adair
Series: Cutter Cay #1
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback


Teal Williams is content with her career as a ship’s master mechanic—until Zane Cutter, the “Casanova of the Caribbean,” makes her an offer she can’t refuse: to climb on board with him for a real-life treasure hunt. Teal must help him dredge up a shipwrecked vessel containing an abundance of gold, silver, and emeralds—and she’ll claim part of the prize.


Zane needs a mechanic—not a lover—and Teal, who can also dive, is perfect for the job.  So it suits him just fine that Teal is completely immune to his charms…or so he tells himself.  But with a deadly enemy in their midst—one who’s silently edging closer—Zane and Teal sink into troubled waters. Trapped in the middle of a perilous sea, they have no one to turn to but each other as they face down a danger that runs unfathomably deep—and a passion that runs even deeper…

Enjoyable but didn’t blow me away.

Thoughts on Undertow

Another book I’m torn on. There were definitely things I liked (Zane’s outgoing personality being the exact opposite of Teal’s, for one) but I had a hard time getting into Zane and Teal as a couple until late in the book. I think it was mostly because I kept expecting Teal’s big secret about what happened during Zane’s father’s funeral to blow up in their faces. Instead, it’s almost glossed over and ended up being a bit of a letdown.

Which isn’t to say I disliked the book. It was entertaining. But… most of the time I thought the two of them acted like teenagers doing stupid things to rile the other or hiding to avoid any messy talks about feelings and such. And I’m still disappointed about the big reveal.

However, if I look at it less from the romance side and more from the “HEY! TREASURE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN!” side, I got a kick out of it. Do you see how I end up all conflicted over some of these books? I read them for the romance and end up staying for the buried treasure. That’s not a euphemism, either. THERE WAS LITERALLY BURIED TREASURE.

I did like the ending. Sure the supah-sekrit mission they’re given kind of rolled up out of the blue but it did force them to face their feelings for one another and we got some blood and bodies in the water. Literal, again. Both blood and bodies were left in the water. I actually liked all that action more than Zane hitting on skanky women to try to make Teal jealous and Teal responding by glowering at everyone who comes near her.

I think this is telling me I need to read some straight romantic suspense. Heavy on the suspense. No worries. I’m on it.

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6 Responses to “Undertow by Cherry Adair {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. “But… most of the time I thought the two of them acted like teenagers doing stupid things to rile the other or hiding to avoid any messy talks about feelings and such.”

    Hm. That sounds like it would be hugely frustrating Kelly! But like you said, if you sort of disregard the romance a bit and approach it from a mystery/adventure angle, it sounds like a solid enough read. I of course am a romance junkie so disregarding it would be way easier said than done! Lovely review though:)

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