Being the odd girl that no one notices isn’t always easy. You’re usually insecure and always on the edge of the action; you’re on the outside looking in. However, when you live on the periphery you become good at observing the world around you. You likely have a wicked wit and are usually one of the smartest and more interesting people in the room. Generally speaking, you have a clear and unshakeable center that is a product of the quiet and alone times you so often experience and therefore have a lot of time to become very proficient at the things you love to do. So although you go unnoticed, more often than not, you’re the go-to-girl because no one does it better than you. If only your insecurities would hop a flight to a far off country you might possibly get it together to embrace life and become part of the group.
When I’m on the subway going to work, or standing on a long line at the supermarket I often wonder how many of us feel like one of those ‘odd girls no one notices’. I think that’s why I enjoy a book where the odd girl eventually becomes part of the group. I especially like it when she saves the day and gets the hero. When that happens I know untold numbers of us are standing up to cheer. Like many of the heroines I’ve read before, Mary Luce in J.R. Ward’s Lover Eternal, Penelope Featherington in Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton, Jane Alcott in Rachel Gibson’s See Jane Score, or Grace in Lori Foster’s Too Much Temptation, Teal Williams is a new heroine to add to my growing list of ‘the odd girl nobody noticed, but should have’.
In Cherry Adair’s book Undertow we get to meet a wonderful heroine who not only has street smarts, book smarts and a wicked wit, she’s also a master mechanic. A complete package. Or so you think. Unfortunately Teal also has lots of baggage that comes loaded with insecurities. After an abusive marriage she’s come back to Cutter Bay at the request of her dying father to be the master mechanic on Zane Cutter’s boat The Decrepit.
Of course Zane, is the kind of man who makes your heart stop, your palms sweat and you’re brain lose its connection to your mouth; he’s that good looking and that charismatic. It’s only right, it’s only fair; it’s only common sense that he needs a woman like Teal. As with all good romances, he has the realization that his life is incomplete without her. Good boy.
Zane and his equally attractive brothers (sequels to come) are treasure hunter s, finding their treasures in the deep sea. Zane’s about to go on the treasure hunt of his life and he needs a master mechanic to keep his ship in working order. Enter Teal. I’d like to say that there’s an instant attraction and sparks fly, but that’s not the case. This book is about a high seas adventure and the dance that Teal and Zane do as they find their way to each other. With lots of action, mystery, danger, camaraderie and romance, Cherry Adair brings us the first book of her Cutter Cay Trilogy, Undertow .
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