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?


“I’m sure that you have a lengthy list of requirements for the men you date.” He chuckled lightly before his tone regained its seriousness. “You should. Standards are important.”
“I don’t have a list at all,” I countered. “I don’t really date. I don’t have time, but, on those rare occasions when I do, my finding is that men typically want only one thing from me. What’s even more fascinating is that, whether or not they get it, the outcome is the same.”
“And what’s that?” he asked, his playful expression hardening.
“They leave.” My voice was softer than I had expected to hear it, implying a certain sorrow that I didn’t really feel. At least I didn’t think I felt it.
“Those aren’t men, Aesa,” he said, staring back out the window before him. “A man doesn’t seek out a woman because he wants to screw her and leave, nor does he leave because he can’t screw her at all. That’s an asshole. A real man goes after a woman because he knows that life with her far surpasses that without her. He should be stimulated by her very presence, lack of clothing notwithstanding. That is a man. Apparently you don’t have much luck finding any of those.”
My breath caught at his words. He was an oracle, a beacon of wisdom, found in the most bizarre place. How and why he knew what he did was still a mystery, but I couldn’t help but think of the story behind it.
He had inadvertently cut to my core when it came to men. What disturbed me most was whether I had somehow always known that the choices I made would ultimately result in those men leaving. Was it both nature and nurture leading me to recreate that which I’d always known—solitude? What I had once thought was indifference to the level of commitment I found in the opposite sex suddenly seemed like self-sabotaging behavior instead. It made me wonder if I would always be alone. Surely the “men” Decker spoke of wouldn’t want someone as emotionally unavailable as me.
“I guess I don’t.” It was all the response I could muster while in my introspective stupor.
“Maybe you should start a list after all,” he added, turning to face me again with an expression that was far more at ease. “’Not an asshole’ would be a great number one.”


Jenn’s Review of Undertow 

What a fantastic refreshing read from Amber Lynn Natusch. When I first read the synopsis to this book I was immediately intruded. I’m a huge fan of the show Deadliest Catch about crab fishing in the Bearing Sea so I knew that this book would be right up my alley… I wasn’t sure what to expect having not read anything form this author before, and after finishing I can say I’m a fan!!!!
This book is so different from anything that I read before. Yes there is some underlying themes to the story that hold true in almost all love stories, but this one has such unique aspects to the storyline that I was sucked in from the moment it started…

Aesa, which by the way is such a beautiful and unique name, has been running from her past. Her mother died and she blamed her father but as always there is more to a story sometimes then what we want to see. Determined to make a final attempt at repairing her relationship with the only real family she has left she decides to return to the dreadful place that haunts her memories and her heart. When she arrives her father explains that they are departing earlier then he expected and asks that she join him. Not only will this journey now change her life in good and bad ways she will be forced to face her fears…

Decker is WOW just I don’t even know how to explain him… He’s a sweet man and he so rugged and sexy… He’s the kind of man that ever girl wants, strong, strapping and loving… He’s made some fairly big mistakes in his past that he has been made to suffer for. Meeting Aesa changes some of his perspective on things… Decker’s story seriously broke my heart…

This book will have you flipping the pages there is just every single element in this book, love, fear, angst, suspense, Amber does and amazing job of running you through the emotions… There were tears, there was joy and there was complete and utter shock at times… She captures life on the bearing sea perfectly! The story will stay with you for awhile after, causing you to think about many things. Life and how short it can be, how we can be so quick to judge and place blame on people that don’t necessarily deserve it, and how our fears of the unknown can cause us to make decisions that aren’t always what’s best for everyone involved…

This is not just a love story about people meeting in the most unlikely of places, lets face it finding true love on a crab boat isn’t the most likely place to look, it’s about redemption, forgiveness and finding true happiness…. I give Amber 5 Stars for this fantastic read… I didn’t want this one to end… Pick this up now… I’m 100% positive you won’t regret it!

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Author Bio
If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word portfolio. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times. 


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