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?
Decker is the well-spoken, ruggedly handsome, incredibly intuitive man who seems at odds with his career choice. His personality and traits were a complete opposite from what I would have expected. Aesa (Ice-a) is the daughter of a highly regarded fishing boat captain, who left for college and never came back. She is a ER doctor who never puts down roots, isn’t interested in love, and has a broken relationship with her father with whom she hasn't seen in 9 years. Her need to fix the rife between the two brings her back home for a few weeks before she starts a new job closer to home. Aesa’s father convinces her to go out on the boat for the start of the season to give them a chance to spend time together. Against her better judgment she goes along, and meets Decker, one of her fathers deckhands. Decker has a way of being able to see right through Aesa, he says the right thing at the right time, and always seems to see beyond her bullshit to the heart of the problem. As Aesa and Decker develop a relationship their worst nightmare surfaces and they are left fighting for their lives.
What I loved about the book was the writing; it flowed, and was beautifully worded and structured. The setting in which the story took place was fresh and new, it took me into a world that was so beyond what I have ever experienced, but that was so real. The relationships were forged on trust and respect and the love that these fishermen had for one another and for the sea, cemented the entire concept of the book. I loved Decker, he is a real man, he is rough, and tender, and smart, and sarcastic. He had such a great balance of positive characteristics and then there was this….
“I am a man. I don’t run. I don’t lie. I don’t cheat, and I don’t use. I don’t find enjoyment in games, either. I’ve paid for my mistakes in life and learned from them. I know what I want, Aesa, and I want you. Nothing more. Nothing less. “
I mean…hello….this guy is a dream come true. He was so honest and forthcoming that I was singing his praise…finally a flawed man that doesn’t spend half the book lying or hiding from his past and issues!
Aesa…I could have punched this chick. I was very on the fence about her. She was wishy washy and really couldn’t seem to get it together. She wants to fix her relationship with her dad but has such a negative view of him and takes everything he says as an attack. She wants Decker and is in love with him but does the most cowardice thing possible by tucking her tail between her legs and running....far far away with not so much as a parting goodbye. Lies however, she doles out in spades. While Decker was this amazingly well rounded man, Aesa was kind of a mess. She didn’t have much going for her other then her legacy and career. She was bitchy, sarcastic, and really just lost in her own head. Had she been softened up a little I would have enjoyed her character more.
The plot of the story is very climactic. It builds to a few major events that made me shed tears. It was full of action and occurrences that kept the story moving forward with purpose. The book had a happy ending, but it was epilogue-less which left me defiantly wanting more. Just when these two got their shit together, the book ended and I was left a bit empty…I really want to know what happened in their future.
All in all, this was a fresh and unique story that I loved. There was nothing stale and predictable about the plot or characters. If you are looking for something a bit different, something that will keep you engaged and on your toes, then Undertow is a fantastic choice.
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