Type: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Copy: Sent
Searching for a sunken ship off the coast of Peru, treasure hunter Logan Cutter manages to pull a very different kind of prize from the sea—beautiful gallery owner Daniela Rosada. Dani claims she was thrown overboard by ruthless pirates and begs for his protection. But Logan is no strnager to a woman’s lies, and something about her story doesn’t add up.
IN TOO DEEP
With her knowledge of Peruvian artifacts, Dani offers to help Logan translate an ancient map that will lead them to a shipwrecked treasure—and into a carefully laid trap. But the closer they get, the deeper she falls for him, not realizing that Logan is hiding a secret of his own. By the time she learns the truth about his boat, his brothers—and his blood feud with pirates—it’s too late. By falling in love, they’ve set a course for disaster…
Cherry Adair is a master storyteller who can pull you in and hook you from the first page! That is exactly what happened when I picked up Vortex when it opened with a daring ocean rescue. Though I was a previous fan of this series, Logan Cutter didn’t fail me or let me down either. I instantly liked him and his steadfast ways. He ruled his boat with iron clad certainty but it was evident how much he cared about his crew and the friendships he had forged in business. He is a shrewd businessman when it comes to Cutter Salvage but his private relationships, though orderly, are what really drives him. Particularly the relationships with his brothers Nick and Zane. He strives to keep the family close and not let the past with their father keep them from all they can be in the present. Logan, as the oldest, saw the most growing up and has shielded his brothers as much as he could over the years. Now with both brothers having fiances and adding to their small family, Logan sees it as his job to keep everyone in the fold.
When he pulls a woman out of the water on the cusp of finding a long lost treasure who seems to know exactly what he is looking for and how to find it, he is instantly suspicious. Going with his gut he allows the woman to lead him in a different direction from his original course and in the process finds himself drawn to the mystery and danger that seems to be following in her wake.
Our heroine is Daniela and though I was completely confused by her story for the first couple of chapters it quickly came together after that. On the run from a vicious ex she stumbles into another danger altogether, her thieving family. Long lost cousins wanting a piece of the family heirloom hidden at the bottom of the ocean just waiting for Logan Cutter to salvage. Throwing her into the water and counting on Logan’s hero complex the cousins essentially use Daniela as bait.
Daniela is headstrong, confident but somewhat broken from her last few encounters with her ex. Afraid of water, enclosed spaces and large domineering men, she is rightfully skiddish upon first boarding the ship. Her quick wit and will to live made her likable as much as her ability to overcome her fears. Her instant connection with Logans dog, aptly named Dog, was heartwarming. I loved her intent on naming the wolf hybrid throughout the book by throwing out different names each time she called him. I wondered tho….a dog on a salvage boat….where did it go to the bathroom? Did they suit him up after every meal in his life vest and let him crap in the water….can dogs ever do that? They can’t squat out there. Was that some poor saps job description? Follow the dog around on the poop deck with a plastic bag? Do salvage boats even have poop decks ( I don’t even know if that’s real…but I remember hearing it somewhere lol)? Ok….I’ll stop now. Regardless, Dog was a great addition to the story.
I loved all the secondary characters but particularly Jed and Wes. Jed is Logan’s second in command on the boat and I do believe he has a little crush on a rival boat captain known only as the “red-headed sea bitch”. A woman who seems to show up in every book intent on pilfering a few trinkets from each Cutter brother. I have my suspicions about her motivations but either way I think Jed my have a little thing for her. Wes is a fellow diver and good friend of Logan. He is a hulking brute of a man who also happens to be gay. I loved that while Wes did have a stereotypical good fashion sense, on a boat of close knit men, no one seemed to single him out based on his sexual orientation. They all seemed at ease with it and I liked that.
TFLAC agent Micheal White once again makes an appearance in the series. I love the incorporation of those guys into this series and am really looking forward to a new TFLAC book due out this fall!!!!
Vortex is a wonderfully written addition to the literary ranks of contemporary romances! Filled with excellent imagery, peppered with action and a simmering heat that is sure to please romance readers everywhere. Now that Adair has written a book involving each original brother and with the surprising addition of half brother Jonah in Riptide, I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes from here!
I give Vortex by Cherry Adair 4.5 stars!