by Cherry Adair
Series: Cutter Cay #5
Published on April 4, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Romance
Rydell Case’s ship is his home, his heart, and his reason for being. After his ex-wife left him—taking his brand-new megayacht, Tesoro Mio with her—she sailed off with a royal billionaire and out of his life forever. Now Ry spends his days searching for treasure—until his ship is hijacked. With the prospect of his salvage business tanking, he needs both the ship and his ex back—if only she didn’t despise him more than any man on earth. . .
When Addison D’Marco boards Tesoro Mio to find her ex-husband in her cabin, she’s furious. Ry is more handsome, more annoying, and more determined than ever. Addy can’t believe he has the nerve to demand the ship back after the way he broke her heart. With her fiancé about to board, she doesn’t want Ry back in her life to ignite painful memories and never- forgotten desires. But could it be that, amid troubled waters, Addy and Ry can salvage what they once had and have a second chance at love. . .or does fate have something else in store?
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So far this is the second of the Cutter Cay novels that I’ve read and I have to say I enjoyed it less than the previous book, Stormchaser. Where I had issues last time around with the romance, it came up again in Hurricane between Addy and Rydell.
The couple were married before disaster befell them and they divorced, but a dark turn of fate leaves Rydell in need of Addy’s ship putting the two in each other’s paths again. While there is some story in the background, it’s not a strong plot and is overwhelmed by the rekindling romance between the two characters.
I felt like this book had far too much telling versus showing. Sometimes it can be alright but in this case, it was too much. We get all the thoughts of both characters with no room left for us to figure it out ourselves. With Hurricane I felt like the author didn’t trust the reader to pick up on the characters’ personalities and reasoning behind their actions.
Rydell is mentioned in the previous book and, as far as I know, the only lead of one of these books who is not from the Cutter family. In fact he hates them. But the Cutters aside, he’s had a bad run of things of late but continued to persevere which I admire about his character. He never lost his love for his now-ex-wife either but gave her the space he thought she wanted. Of the two, I did like him more if I had to pick.
Addy was a bit spoiled and hot tempered, and honestly I didn’t find her viewpoint all that interesting. She hasn’t exactly had a hard life but her mother is terrible and her boyfriend kind of sleazy. Nothing about her really struck me as interesting, not like the previous women of Adair’s books that I’ve met.
Together, their romance was a lot of telling on the author’s part and lots of heated looks between the two. There was plenty of steam is this book but I wasn’t feeling it. I just didn’t feel their relationship in general. It felt fairly forced and the whole reason for their divorce in the first place (and consequently the reasons their relationship struggled again in this book) came down to a lack of communication. Over and over this proved to be the biggest struggle between them and, frankly, it just got old after a while.
And without a stronger story to fill in the gaps, the book just kind of flopped for me.
Yet, I still think I may give the earlier books a try to see if any of those are better, but Hurricane just didn’t work for me as a good story or a good romance. I’ll be interested to see other works by the author, whether she continues this series or starts new ones, as her writing is good and there’s potential beneath it all.