Undertow by Cherry Adair

SHE TAKES THE PLUNGE.

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.

HE’S BLOWN OFF COURSE.

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…

Zane and Teal are my current favorite couple. I absolutely loved this book. The interactions not only between the main characters but the secondary characters left me wanting more more more!

Zane is a playboy, though his reputation has been slightly embellished. He’s charming, good-looking and successful, the trifecta of perfectness. He thrives on the thrill of the hunt for shipwrecks and the treasure their sunken remains may contain. Along with his two brothers, Zane Cutter is known for his amazing finds.

His current find, the Vrijheid, is the mother load of sunken treasure. What he needs is an experienced diving team, a flawless mechanic to take care of his junk heap of a boat and no distractions. He needs Teal Williams. The daughter of his aging and sick  mechanic who is as good as they come and as mousey as well. Teal is one woman who won’t be a distraction on the find of a lifetime.

Teal came to Cutter Cay Island out of a sense of duty to her dying father whom she has never connected with. She never agreed to go out to sea with the youngest Cutter brother Zane….the star of her nightly dreams since childhood. She had given herself freely to him once yrs ago in his drunken state and then he had dismissed her like she was a whore. Teal doesn’t want a replay of that horrible night and so she throws her defenses up with a sharp tongue and hostile attitude.

What she really is, an insecure woman who beats herself up on a daily basis, never needs to be seen by the likes of Zane Cutter. He’d chew her up and spit her broken spirit out faster than she could blink. But when things start disappearing right under their noses, and the danger closes in them, will Zane finally figure out that the love em and leave em attitude isn’t what he wants anymore? The mousey, smart-mouthed, brilliant mechanic who happens to look stunning in a wet suit starts to become someone Zane can’t breathe without.

Teal swore she’d never show her heart or her secret pain, to Zane Cutter again. He didn’t even remember their night together! So why is the thought of something happening to him starting to make her hyperventilate? Could she seriously be falling again for the one guy that has ever managed to truly break her heart?

Undertow was an amazing book. I sat down and read it in one evening, which doesn’t happen often. The kids wisely left me alone because even they seemed to know that mommy wanted to read this NOW. I had to go to three stores to find it, wasn’t anyone getting in my way of reading it.

The world that Cherry builds is full of gorgeous scenery and the adventure of a lifetime. I felt as if I were scuba diving right along side Teal and Zane. I felt the gold coins in my hands and the breath of excitement in my lungs. It was amazing.  I’ve never been to a Caribbean Island (shoot I’ve only seen the ocean twice) but my mind certainly didn’t know the difference with Cherry’s descriptive writing. I can’t even describe to you what it felt like to enter the world of ship salvaging. It was an incredibly exhilarating feeling.

Teal and Zane are awesome together. The push and pull of their relationship was constant and left me begging Teal to open up to Zane. I enjoyed the fact that Teal was an extremely smart engine mechanic if not completely deficient In relating to people. The double sides to her personality were so well done. I yearned to give her a hug after learning about her past and what had molded her into the person she was now.

Zane, of course, is smokin hot and says all the right things at the right time (well, most of the time) and he knows how to get what he wants. When what he wants turns out to be Teal, Zane will stop at nothing to make her his. I sighed aloud several times while reading. His protectiveness and fierceness when Teal is in harm’s way was completely endearing. I was rooting for him right up until the last scene when everything finally comes together.

Undertow is a first class ticket to romance, suspense, pirates and the elusive Men in Black! There is even an appearance from an old friend in the T-Flac series. You will not be disappointed with this book I assure you. If you’re wanting a book to take you on a treasure hunting adventure, complete with sensually hot love scenes and enough intrigue to knock you on your ass, pick up a copy of Undertow and start your own magical journey!

Favorite line from the book: “The prospect of sex with you is making me irrational and so damn horny I can’t think straight. You’re…..damn. I can’t explain this; you’re like coming home”

I give Undertow by Cherry Adair 5 stars!

I can’t believe I have to wait till early summer 2011 for Book 2!

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