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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  650 ratings  ·  127 reviews
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 salva ...more
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Amber Lynn Natusch
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 27%


Perhaps this book is just too dense and complex for a simple-minded reader like myself, but either way it should not take me 10 brains to read something.

Also I want to say fish are cool. Boats are cool. Fish + Boats are super cool. Fish + Boats on repeat for 20% of the book = NOT cool! If I wanted to read something about the sea, navigation, and marine life I would go to the aquarium or something.


Last thing: the book moved at a slower pace than a turtle (see what I did there? Ha, li
Smitten's Book Blog

A beautifully written, emotional, original romance. So different from everything else around at the moment.

Four and a half stars for Aesa & Decker!

I absolutely loved the atmosphere of this book. I felt like I could smell the sea salt, feel the spray on my face and hear the crashing waves! Amber Lynn Natusch does a superb job of really drawing the reader into the lives of these Alaskan fishermen and their families, beginning with that absolutely beautiful cover.

Twenty seven year old Aesa (pronoun
~ Becs ~
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Amber Lynn Natusch is far better known as a paranormal romance writer and this is, to the best of my knowledge, her first contemporary romance but it’s easy to see the experienced hand of an established writer that guides you through this tumultuous and stunning romance. It’s safe to say that I lost myself in this book, immersed myself in a world I ad no previous knowledge of and allowed it all to come vividly to life in my imagination.

Quick summary – Aesa, pronounced Ice-Ah, (be wary if you cal
Review to come!

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Vilma Iris
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Original. Vivid. Entrancing. Utterly Heartfelt.
I loved every moment in this poignant story about love, forgiveness and boldly facing your fears.


“The smell of the sea called to a part of me – somewhere deep in my DNA. I wanted to hate it, fight it, but I could not. With eyes closed, I stood on the shore of the Bering Sea and reflexively inhaled the salty sweetness that stole my childhood, my mother, and nearly my sanity.”

I loved this book. It was truly a breath of fresh air. T
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Everyone always leaves me… Will you leave me too?”

When you read as many books as I do, it becomes increasingly difficult to find the kind of story that does not fit into a popular mould, the kind of story that is thrillingly original and so very different from the rest. And then one day you stumble upon one such story, an act of serendipity if you wish, and you are absolutely hooked from its first flawlessly written page. Who knew I would find my thrill in a book about finding love
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

“What do you want?” he asked, cocking his head slightly to the side. For whatever reason that tiny movement set something off in me and I knew why my heart had won. I wanted him. I wanted him for all that he was and all that he promised to be.

“You,” I said with slightly more power behind the words that time. He smiled at me in a devilish way, like he had won the game I hadn’t known we were playing. “That wasn’t so hard to say, now was it?” His voice was playful, covering an almost palpabl
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Blog Tour
Shelves: romance, adult, read-2014
“Life could change in an instant, leaving no time for regret.”

Exciting, refreshingly unique and romantic. A perfect storm reading adventure!

Aesa Fredriksen has lived her life at the mercy of the Bering Sea. Having grown up as the captain’s daughter, she knew firsthand the dangers of crab fishing when Mother Nature decided to wield an angry bat at the fishermen that sailed her sea. When the death of her mother and a falling out with her father, leads Aesa to flee the fishing town and complete her
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh-books


I really hate doing this because I'm a fan of the author and her Caged series. Hopefully this is just me being weird and plenty of other people like this.

I just didn't get the characters. I mean, plot-wise, it's an interesting story. It's just everything else that got in the way for me. The conversations were stiff... like really stiff, it was almost awkward. When characters interacted their speech was so formal. I feel like the only one who didn't sound like a complete robot was Robbi
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

WOW! Utterly amazing! Stunning. I want to read for the first time all over again…..

I loved every single word of this book. I wish there were more books like this. It was damn near perfect. Once I started, I couldn’t put this down until the very last page.

Undertow is a standout among the sea of books.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this atmospheric and emotional contemporary romance. I gather it's a departure for author Amber, who earned her stripes with her PNR/Urban Fantasy Caged series, which I'm def adding to my tbr. But you'd never know this is her first foray into contemp, based on the sure-footed plotting, captivating characters, and thoughtful themes amply displayed in Undertow.

MC Aesa (pronounced "Ice-ah, but don't call her Ice, unless you want your ice kicked!) is complicated and dimensional, and although
Caitlin Kerry
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

My Review

There are so many things that are right in this book. When you read contemporary books, YA, NA or adult, you think you have seen it all, read it all, every plot twist that has been done before. Each time you pick up a new book you truly don't know what you are getting. Undertow? I couldn't have been happier because what I picked up was pure gold. Lets go through all the awesomeness, shall we?

The setting: Set in Alaska with the focus on crab fishing, I was totally sucked in from the sett
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say.

I liked it. It wasn't a bad story or awful at any means.

I just wasn't really into it. I don't know why I wasn't it was an amazing story and believable characters. But it wasn't for me.

I love the name Aesa by the way. I really liked the relationship between Aesa and her father. I have a great relationship with my dad and I don't really read a lot of stories where a daughter and father do not get along, so I liked that.

Decker was good too. He was a strong character and his
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off, the cover to this book is gorgeous! I really was intrigued when I read the blurb for Undertow. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Undertow is very different in "a sea of same type of plot" books. If you are a fan of the show, The Deadliest Catch, this book will be right up your alley. I really enjoyed it. I will be reading more from this author in the future.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

It was not for me, the writing was good but I just could not connect with the characters. Aesa was extremley annoying to me for some reason. Most of the book I skiimmed I just could not get into.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
*3 - 3.5 stars*

I really liked the sound of this book and in the beginning I was really enjoying it, but somewhere along the way I lost interest and found myself skimming to get to the end.

Undertow is a pretty unique book. I certainly can't recall reading a book about crabbing ships off the coast of Alaska! I liked that this book was to different to what I normally read and I found it all new and exciting to be reading a whole new setting. However, I admit at times I felt the author got a litt
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I had the privilege of reading Undertow last spring and I wasn’t sure what to expect since this would be Amber Lynn Natusch’s first contemporary romance but she delivered big time. Being a fan of her urban fantasy series, CAGED, I knew I could expect an emotionally charged story with complex characters that I would come to love and I was right, god was I right! When you read books within the romance genre, stories and characters can appear to be the same after a short while but Undertow is refre ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 31, 2013 marked it as considering
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
Cover love and it has rave reviews, so I'm marking it on my list

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 agre
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Decker, Decker, Decker....What more can I say? Undertow was an unexpected read. It's a story about Aesa, who is an ER nurse returning to her home town after several years of being estranged from her father. Aesa has abandonment and trust issues, and is quite selfish, always feeling victimized. She was raised as a fisherman's daughter, who is a captain of a crab boat that fishes the dangerous waters of the Bering Sea. She's experienced loss from that very sea, and has a hatred towards ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Beautiful Stars! Aesa is the daughter of a Norwegian sea captain and she has blamed him for her mother's suicide. She decides to return home to make amends with her father after nine years of no contact with him. Aesa meets Decker who is a man quite different from men she has dated, he helps her to see things differently in her life. Aesa and Decker fall in love while on the sea trip but mother nature relishes her fury. Will Aesa learn what true love is all about before it is too late? Ms N ...more
All Romance
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

Wow. Just wow. I really wasn't sure what to expect by this book but I ended up loving it. I have to start of with commending the author on the subject matter. Either she grew up in Alaska around king crab fisherman, or she did a ton of research because I felt like I was getting a lesson on the harsh life of a fisherman. I love it when authors really go the extra mile to paint a picture so real that you feel more like you are watching a movie than reading a book!

Aesa, our heroine

Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Also posted to Jen in Bookland

I had a very hard time connecting with the characters in Undertow. It was often kind of boring, and just overly dramatic for no reason. Not the book for me.

The books starts with Aesa going back to her father before starting her medical internship. This is her last chance to try and have a relationship with him. She had stormed out 9 years ago never to return. She blames her father for a lot of things, and sees him as a horrible person. I don't really get why as I fe
Dawn Kau at Up All Night Book Blog
4.5 Stars

Originally posted at

You know those books that just plunge you right into the lives of the characters, have you feeling each and every one of their emotions, and keeping you captive until the end? And even then you’re still thinking about the story? That is Undertow for me. This is my first novel by Amber Lynn Natusch and I love finding new to me authors like her, knowing I’ll be picking up more to read in the future because of her ability to tell a deeply real, e
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Undertow, I found it interesting that it took place in Alaska on a crabbing ship; it was different. I admit I was unsure about the book in the beginning, it started a little slow for me, but once Aesa and her father started getting over their initial awkwardness in chapter 1 I was good to go! Aesa has returned to Alaska after a 9 year leave, she left home to attend college and med school but has since returned in an attempt to mend the broken relationship with her father. With h ...more
Melanie Douglas
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a bittersweet story..
I enjoyed its uniqueness. Following the lives of a crabbing community off the coast of Alaska is definitely not the romantic genre norm..
There is a lot you could learn from this book, especially about not taking life for granted.
Sadly for me, there wasn't enough romance in this book. However there is a love line, it was more a undertone throughout this book..

I was pleased with the ending, it was bittersweet. And if the author would have written an epilogue and give
Pages in Pink
2.75- 3 stars...

Sigh. I don't know what to say about this- except that it was bleh. Insta-love. Big deals that are really not big deals at all. Problems connecting to the characters. The story needs WAY more fleshing out- in all facets... Character development, plot, imagery- etc.

I liked the theory of the story- I haven't ever read a story like this- so it was different- BUT- because it was SO different- more time should have been spent making those differences pronounced. This story could have
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Apr 28, 2013 added it
Recommended to Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms by: Christina
I hope the author has taken care with Scandinavian stuff - I've read some books lately with Norse mythology or with Scandinavian characters - and if things are all wrong, I have trouble liking the story.
Moon Love
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book for the most part. I was a little disappointed that the cause of one of the major twists wasn't revealed at any point in the book.It was interesting and enlightening to see a book set mostly on the Bering Sea in a crab boat.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Undertow. Perhaps it was because of my love for Deadliest Catch or perhaps it was because it was a good story. Either way I liked it! I did feel a little cheated on some love scenes and would have loved to see more of Aesa and her dad but Decker was refreshing!
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the setting of this book. So very different from what's out there.
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AMBER LYNN NATUSCH is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai―but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write when she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of p ...more

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