How far does a girl have to run to escape a lifetime of pain and loss at the hands of Alaska’s notoriously unforgiving Bering Sea? Twenty-seven-year-old Aesa Fredriksen thought landlocked Columbus, Ohio would suffice, and it does until the fear of regret drives her to return to Dutch Harbor in a final attempt to make amends with her nearly-estranged father. Intent on salvaging the wreckage of their relationship, she reluctantly agrees to join him—the only family she has left—as he heads out to fish for king crab, forcing her to brave the very waters that pulled him away from her as a child. The waters that stole her mother’s life.
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?
So I am writing this on very little sleep. 6 am is a late night even for me.The reason? I couldn’t put this book down and literally had to make myself do so and finish it today. I really loved this book! But then I should tell you that I love anything Amber writes and wait impatiently for each of her new books. This book is a departure for the author in that her usual writing is of the paranormal genre and this book is definitely not that.
Aesa is descended from a long line of King Crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. She escaped Alaska and became a doctor after becoming estranged from her sea captain father. She comes back to try and mend fences. Decker is a man with a past and is a deckhand on her father’s fishing boat. The two meet when Aesa goes on one of the trips with her dad.
To say that Decker is not your typical deckhand is an understatement. He is intelligent, kind, and caring and is just an all round good guy. Aesa is immediately drawn to him-and he to her. This is the story of their romance but it is a bit darker then just your run of the mill romance.I don’t want to tell any spoilers but let’s just say that the weather on the Bering Sea becomes a whole other character in this story. Add in an unsavory character also aboard ship and you have the makings of a really good story. And I mean a really good story.
Okay this where I start to gush. Sorry. I like a good romance but they generally have to be more then just a romance with the exception of a few favorite authors from years ago that I still read. As I said before, Amber added in some darker elements and at times the book is non-stop action, that is, when it’s not being a romance. And what a good romance this is! I fell in love with the characters as they are so well written and real. Amber is at her best when writing her characters. She has a knack for making them real and people that you would love to know-with the exception of her bad guys of course. She does know how to write a great villain!
I hope Amber never quits writing her paranormal books but if it had to happen, I think she has found another niche for her writing. I certainly will be reading any genre she decides to write in. As I have told her in the past, she could write the telephone book and I would read and enjoy it. I was given this book for an honest and fair review.
This book was a great story, I highly recommend it and I rated it 5 stars!