Cutter Cay #4
by Cherry Adair
Published on March 7, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
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In the darkest storm...
Nick, Logan, and Zane Cutter are a tightknit, unstoppable force in the family treasure-hunting business. Now that half-brother Jonah has arrived at the scene, he’s got a lot to prove—and a powerful enemy who wants to stop him dead in his tracks.
Love will find a way....
A perilous sea journey. A bitter nemesis. A woman whose spectacular beauty and talents are to die for…Over and over, Jonah will be tested. Is he worthy of carrying the Cutter name? With his eyes on the prize, Jonah will fight with all his heart. But desire often comes with a price. . .
Stormchaser was all simmer with no substance.
This particular romance centered around Dr. Calista West who’s hired on by Jonah Cutter as part of his salvage team because he thinks he’s found Atlantis, and the good doctor has debunked its existence in previous works. The set-up was good. And a large portion of the book was spent with each character detailing how attractive they found the other person. So clearly that’s all sorted out. But you know what I cared about in all of this?
Does Atlantis exist?
In this alternate world, at least. For all their sexual tension heating things up, I couldn’t care less about whether Callie and Jonah could get past her secrets and go for it. This was made worse by the all-too-neat ending that didn’t address the biggest problem in their romance. Which, you know, is a bit important here.
This whole time, Callie is acting as a spy for Jonah’s biggest competitor who just happens to be her brother-in-law. The other deterrent is of her own design and cleans itself up about halfway through but that first little bit comes out during the big action scene at the end… and then is never really resolved.
She spends this entire book falling for a guy who she’s supposed to be helping her brother-in-law screw over and at the end Jonah doesn’t even mention it. Love conquers all. And other mushy stuff.
Plus, like I mentioned, they’re constantly talking about how the other looks and I finally stopped caring after the millionth cliche line. It pushed aside the story which I was actually interested in (maybe that’s the scientist in me). Combined with the ending, I really wasn’t feeling this romance. I wanted more time where they were talking instead of oogling each other. And there were a few moments like this, but not enough to warrant a happily ever after. I needed another chapter or two, something to wrap up the rest of the loose ends floating around.
Now I know this is in the middle of a series but it didn’t feel like it would continue in a future book. Characters from the previous books were mentioned and having not read them I couldn’t say if there were any crossovers, but Stormchaser read as a standalone. Which means I’m never going to get that satisfying ending that I craved.
Also, the Atlantis findings….grr… I felt cheated.
I think it was an interesting idea to set a series of romances out at sea with treasure hunters, and I enjoyed the adventure of it. But I can’t say that the romance was quite what I had hoped for. But if you’re looking for some steamy sea fun then this book is definitely a good choice. A decent read and I may pick up the previous books as well as the next one, Hurricane, and a good choice for someone looking for lots of heat and adventure into history.