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Riptide by Cherry Adair

Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Riptide by Cherry AdairRiptide by Cherry Adair
Series: Cutter Cay #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 30, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 338
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Amazon | B&N | two-half-stars


Princess Bria Visconti has no idea why her brother would lend money to a reckless scavenger like Nick Cutter. He's simply too arrogant, and too handsome, for his own good. But he can't charm his way out of this one. The money her brother invested in Nick's latest treasure hunt is the key to her country's future, and Bria plans to make Nick pay up - even if it means climbing aboard his boat and making his life a living hell.


Nick thinks Bria must be deluded if she thinks he's going to put his treasure hunt on hold for her - princess or not. But when a series of attacks puts his entire crew in grave danger, Nick begins to see Bria in a new light. The princess may be out of her elements, but her strength and courage run fathoms deep. Even when their darkest secrets rise to the surface - and their deadliest enemies come after them...




Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.


Riptide is my second read in the Cutter Cay series.  I am reading the series in the lead up to the fourth book being released in March. The genre is romantic suspense which is one of my favorites. I did enjoy the mystery and action in Riptide.  Nick Cutter was interesting in his ability to read vocal accents and his government work.

However, the billionaire guy with the gal down on her luck is a trope I hate. Nick seemed to think he should have sex with Bria because he’s attracted to her physically even though he sees her as a spoiled princess without skills. Bria is an actual princess who has been in exile. She is somewhat used to having her way but she has developed some real skill and is making her own way in the world. Overall,  it’s not too realistic.

A fun and sexy read, despite my issues. The fascinating part is Jonah. It’s too much of a spoiler to say who he is, but I can’t wait to learn more about him!


About Cherry Adair

New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair’s innovative action-adventure novels have appeared on numerous bestsellers lists, won dozens of awards and garnered praise from reviewers and fans alike. With the creation of her kick butt counterterrorist group, T-FLAC, years before action adventure romances were popular, Cherry has carved a niche for herself with her sexy, sassy, fast-paced, action adventure novels. She is hard at work on two new series – CUTTER CAY and LODESTONE, and loves to hear from readers. Cherry loves to interact with readers.

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Undertow by Cherry Adair

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Undertow by Cherry Adair

      Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   I got this library book to decide if I wanted to read and review the upcoming fourth book in the Cutter Cay series. I’ve always wanted to read this author as my impression was it would be romantic suspense. For various reasons, I decided to do it so you will be seeing the next two books in these short reviews,  before the new one. It was fairly enjoyable to read. There are hot guys, treasure on the seas, and a lovely ocean paradise. There is mystery, action and adventure as the brothers go salvage treasure hunting on the ocean. The plots and facts involved are either hopelessly cliche or over-the-top drama. The hot guys are sort of man whores and can have any woman they want. They […]

Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Posted January 12, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments
Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Since I really enjoyed this author’s Kitty Norville books and I’ve rediscovered my love of science fiction, Martians Abroad seemed like a perfect fit. I was so excited to read it. It was interesting while I was reading and learning about the world and the characters. People are living on Earth and Mars and various other colonies in space.  Polly and her twin brother, Charles, are the children of the head of the colony on Mars. Unfortunately, this was a young adult story and I don’t like young adult most of the time. The perspective of everything was by Polly. As a young adult, she was immature, rebellious and not all that far-thinking. Certainly, she had skills which allowed her to handle some bad situations. But other happenings she caused herself. Polly just felt whiny to me, thinking over and over what she wanted. She didn’t look at options to […]

Thrifty Thursday: A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

Posted December 29, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Thrifty Thursday: A Cowboy for Christmas by Katherine Garbera

The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on December 22, 2013  (currently $2.99 as of writing this post) Overall rating 3.71 with 434 ratings and 86 reviews   This is a nice enough novella with a TINY bit of holiday theme. It is fluffy as expected. I’m tired of the wealthy guy, broke gal story. I’m not sure if it is that, or the novella length, but the characters were not very real to me. Everything was okay while reading, but looking back nothing interesting happened overall. Stereotypes which sometime lend comfort, just felt boring here. A Cowboy for Christmas was a light, quick read. There was too little to make it memorable

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Posted December 8, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

     Romantic suspense is always a favorite of mine. I like the combination of elements plus some action and / or mystery. This author looked interesting as well. When All the Girls Have Gone was an easy read but lacked elements to give me an emotional connection. The main characters were likable enough and even somewhat realistic. Charlotte worked in an assisted living facility and had been dumped 5 days before her wedding. She was kind, smart and quite relatable. Max had gotten burned out as a profiler and now was starting his own private investigation business. Both have difficult family histories. They meet when a women dies of a drug overdose who is Charlotte’s sister’s best friend. Charlotte’s sister is now missing. So they work together to investigate what is happening. This is all well and good. However, the characters are not developed enough for me, and the […]

Early review: Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens

Posted October 12, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments
Early review: Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens

    The Ghost Seer series is urban fantasy by my personal classification since it follows the progress of one couple. I’ve liked the fact the romance has shared focus equally to the mystery. It’s always been a quirky read, sort of silly sometimes. Ghost Maker continued on its silly way and the plot was not too interesting to me. It may have been fewer ancillary characters. Enzo and the Other don’t seem to develop much; we don’t learn much more about them. Claire and Zach are learning some. It still feels a bit like running around in the dark or with your eyes shut.  Zach’s work is more structured which helps. As for their relationship, it was quite insta-love in the first book, Ghost Seer, and now it is weird. They admit they love each other. They back each other up in life and death situations. There is quite […]

The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson

Posted August 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
The Last Dream Keeper by Amber Benson

    This Arc came in paperback in my first package for AceRocstars. It looked like one of my top picks because I love magic but it was book 2 and we got so many great things. I had trouble getting book 1 without buying it and I prefer not to buy when I don’t know how I feel about the author or series. So I ordered up the first book through Interlibrary loan. The Witches of Echo Park is book 1. The world-building and character development began at a slow pace. Each chapter took a different point of view so there was lots of information on lots of people. The setup of the story with its history and characters had a good amount of depth.  There was some action, more to know and a possibility of romance, but this felt like the setup rather than the actual story. A strange […]

Thrifty Thursday: A Soul for Trouble by Crista McHugh

Posted July 21, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments
Thrifty Thursday: A Soul for Trouble by Crista McHugh

         the purpose of thrifty thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point). Goodreads rating:   3.79 with 1, 093 ratings and 110 reviews Currently it is FREE on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.   A Soul for Trouble seemed like a good pick.  It got 4.5 stars by RT Book Reviews, and was one of the top 10 in Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off which had over 270 entries. You can read about SPFBO  and the 10 finalists here.  I was trying to pick a fantasy novel for this month but it has strong romantic elements.  I didn’t like either aspect very much. The fantasy story was fairly simplistic and kind of ridiculous. The soldiers and knights in the story were too emotional for my taste. Instead of following orders, they did what they wanted based on whether they liked someone. The romance featured a love triangle […]