How far does a girl have to run to escape a lifetime of pain and loss at the hands of Alaska’s notoriously unforgiving Bering Sea? Twenty-seven-year-old Aesa Fredriksen thought landlocked Columbus, Ohio would suffice, and it does until the fear of regret drives her to return to Dutch Harbor in a final attempt to make amends with her nearly-estranged father. Intent on salvaging the wreckage of their relationship, she reluctantly agrees to join him—the only family she has left—as he heads out to fish for king crab, forcing her to brave the very waters that pulled him away from her as a child. The waters that stole her mother’s
When the day finally arrives for the Norwegian Queen to sail off into an uncertain future, Aesa can’t help but fear the worst. Beyond the violent swells and impending storms, there is far more than death and danger awaiting her on her journey: love awaits her too.
Decker, a young but seasoned member of her father’s crew, is a force of nature as strong as Aesa, He’s her perfect match, and even she can’t deny it. But he too is a man of the sea, and with memories of tragedy and abandonment etched so deeply into her mind, can she overcome her demons and let him in or will she drown in her darkness, forever caught in its undertow.
**Undertow is a standalone book**
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Having been a huge fan of Amber Lynn Natusch’s Caged Series, I knew I’d be in for an emotional, action packed ride with Undertow. As with her Caged series, this author definitely pulls you right into the world of these characters and makes you fall head over heels for them.
I generally try not to delve too deeply into the plots of the books I review because I hate spoilers, especially when it’s a book as wonderful as I felt this one to be. There are so many elements to this book, so many significant moments, that I would hate to give even the slightest thing away. What I will do is go on a bit about what I loved about this book and why I love this author!
I loved the characters. They were each very relatable with very real flaws. They were authentic and it was extremely easy to become attached to them. I loved the writing. This author truly has a way with words and sometimes I was so wrapped up in her story that I forgot I was even reading a book. I loved the perfect mixture of angst, excitement, romance, and action. Undertow really has it all and this book has left such an impression on me.
I loved that the setting of this novel was one like I had never read before. And if you would have asked me before reading this if I found fishermen to be sexy, I probably would have said no. Well Ms. Natusch has definitely changed my view on this! Decker was incredible and one of my favorite male leads lately. I loved the message of forgiveness that encompassed this novel. It was truly a lovely story and definitely brought out the crybaby in me many times. Again, this author’s writing is fantastic and, whether it’s urban fantasy or contemporary romance, I will be reading anything she puts out in the future. Don’t pass this one up!
that’s what the voices in my head tell me to do. And they are very, very loud.