Book Review-Undertow by Cherry Adair

Book Review-Undertow by Cherry Adair

Book Review-Undertow by Cherry AdairUndertow by Cherry Adair
Also in this series: Riptide
Series: Cutter Cay #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on December 28th 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0312371926
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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…


My Review


Zane Cutter has been working on finding the ultimate treasure on  a ship torn apart years ago from a hurricane. But he needs an engine specialist, Teal Williams. Teal Williams has been working for Zane’s brother for quite some time, but she doesn’t like being on the sea since she gets seasick and she doesn’t trust Zane and his “intentions” further than she can throw him. At first she refuses to go along because she has issues with the “Caribbean Casanova” who tends to have women flirt around him no matter their age. But she can’t resist the temptation of jewels and gold and having a chance to prove Zane. While, on their dive, both Zane and Teal are attracted to each other, but there are outside influences that tend to drive them apart. Zane has enemies, vultures that are circling for the treasures hidden below. Zane and Teal show how explosive they are together, but right when they feel their treasure hunt is going well….a new and dangerous enemy comes on the horizon and Zane might lose everything he has worked for and the woman he loves…

The Hero 

Zane Cutter is one of the three cutter brothers who have taken life by the storm and embraced his passion for searching for lost treasures under the sea. He had his brothers to watch his back and they have a tight bond, despite who their father was. Their father was a womanizer, and had a woman in every port. They lost their mother after she tried to obtain a divorce and was killed shortly after. Zane is driven and devoted to his passion. He loves women, and he doesn’t hide that fact, but he also can’t deny his feelings for Teal. A woman that tries not to be a woman but is sexy in her own way and has that sensual appeal that calls out to him. He loves that she doesn’t need a ton of makeup or a fancy hair to be full on woman. Zane is also a fighter and creates one hell of a battle in his determination to win Teal over.

The Heroine 

Teal Williams loves to tinker with things and immerse herself in books. She married at a young age, and she learned quickly that her husband at the time wasn’t okay with who she was. He wanted to change everything about her….from her diet, to makeup and hair and when he wanted her to get a boob job she had enough. She walked out on him and his emotional abuse he had dished out to her. Then she realized how important it was to be true to herself. On one crazy night, she had wild sex with Zane when he was overshot with drinking. Over the  years, Teal has fallen in love with Zane. But refuses to let him know it, because he is a womanizer and she would just be another peg on his bedpost. But after searching through the ocean bed for lost treasures, she sees Zane in a new light. I really enjoyed Teal as the heroine…she was the right match for Zane. Spirited, strong, and tended to let her emotions gain control especially when jealousy came around the corner. I loved her sassiness and her loose tongue and not afraid of being herself.

Plot and Story Line 

Undertow was such a fun and thrilling adventure that I couldn’t get enough of. There were many things about this that reminded me of one of my all time favorite adventure authors: Clive Cussler. So if any of you have read Cussler, Cherry Adair is similar only much more romantic tone to it. We have a treasure hunt beneath the sea….with three sexy brothers, some dangerous villains, a military secret and some wild sensual drama that keeps you hungering for more. What more do you need right? Well after reading Undertow I have become hooked on this author…she is simply phenomenal and writes suspense in the way that it should be written. I couldn’t get enough of the sense of adventure and mystery.

There was so much energy that was portrayed through this story, and the details so vividly written, I could almost imagine myself diving and finding those lost treasures like Zane and Teal do. As a whole there were many aspects of the story that made this story amazing to read. We have a stimulating plot that is full of unexpecting thrills, drama and mystery. We some dangers that come and the way that Zane, Teal and the other members of his crew handle any situation that is thrown their way.

The romance that builds between Zane and Teal is full of storms and waves and it isn’t easy seeing these two find a reasonable compromise. There are misunderstanding and conflict, but there is also passion and depth to it. Zane will use any weapon at his disposal to get to Teal. Teal at first wants nothing to do with Zane, because she doesn’t trust easily and she knows the way women are with him. She is afraid of trusting and getting hurt again. But what I liked about this book, was seeing how Teal’s nontrust in Zane doesn’t drag too much which is what I was afraid of at first. But boy the chemistry between these two is explosive and I couldn’t get enough of seeing it.

“Do NOT think ou can just stroll in here whenever you like, and kiss m–”

“Haven’t kissed you.” His voice was low and velvety, his eyes seemed to flow demonically in the dim light “Yet.” He cupped her face between his palms and pulled her mouth up to meet his. This kiss wasn’t suggestive, or insidious. He went from zero to a hundred in point zero seconds. Heat scalded her body as he plundered her mouth in a ravishing kiss that curled her toes and set her entire body on fire.


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

I loved the side characters that play a role in the story. We have the two brothers Logan and Nick both are a bit more reserved and closed off than Zane. Zane is more upbeat and social. Nick and Logan are deep but quieter and I can’t wait to see more of those two. We also have the adopted parents of these boys Ben and Maggie. Oh Maggie….I loved her. She was enchanting and sweet and protective of those boys but she loves Teal and plays a bit of a matchmaker.

This was a wild and adventuresome romance that had me by its tails from the first page. I can hardly wait to read more from this author.

The Cover 

I love the style of this cover…and really the whole series. With the bottom seeing the whole “under the sea” diving aspect that is a major part of the story. Then the top that is sexy and love his pose of the effect of the hero running his hands through his hair….I want him hehe

Overall View 

Undertow is the first book in a thrilling new series that is packed with adventure, treasure seeking, dangerous thrills and a sexy romp of a romance beneath the sea!!! HIGHLY THRILLING!

Series Order

UndertowRiptideVortexStorm Chaser

About Cherry Adair

Always an adventurer in life as well as writing, New York Times best-selling author Cherry Adair moved halfway across the globe from Cape Town, South Africa to the United States in her early years to become a interior designer. Now a resident of the Pacific Northwest she shares the award- winning adventures of her fictional T-FLAC counter terrorism operatives with her readers.

Cherry settled in beautiful San Francisco, where she started what eventually became a thriving interior design business. "I loved being a designer because it was varied and creative, and I enjoyed working with the public." A voracious reader when she was able to carve out the time, Cherry found her brain crowded with characters and stories of her own. "Eventually," she says, "the stories demanded to be told."

When asked why she chooses to write romantic action adventure, she says, "Who says you can’t have adventure and a great love life? Of course if you’re talking about an adventurous love life, that’s another thing altogether. I write romantic suspense coupled heart-pounding adventure because I like to entertain, and nothing keeps readers happier than a rollercoaster read, followed by a happy ending."

Popular on the workshop circuit, Cherry gives lively classes on writing and the writing life. Pulling no punches when asked how to become a published writer, Cherry insists, "Sit your butt in the chair and write. There's no magic to it. Writing is hard work. It isn't for sissies or whiners."

Cherry loves to spend time at home. A corner desk keeps her focused on writing, but the windows behind her, with a panoramic view of the front gardens, are always calling her to come outside and play. Her office has nine-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a television and built-in bookcases that will house approximately 3,500 paperback books.

9 thoughts on “Book Review-Undertow by Cherry Adair

  1. I clicked Amazon because this sounds fantastic. The eBook is 8.00 but I can get paperback for much cheaper. I think I will look at my library and used bookstore. What a great find, thanks for sharing many elements I love in romantic suspense.

    1. oh wow!!! Yeah I would definitely buy it in paperback then or the library if they have it. Anytime the e book is the same price of more than the printed format I always buy it in the printed form. You get more out of a paperback than you do a e book. I think you would really like this author.

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