Series: Cutter Cay #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Rydell Case’s ship is his home, his heart, and his reason for being. After his ex-wife left him—taking his brand-new megayacht, Tesoro Mio with her—she sailed off with a royal billionaire and out of his life forever. Now Ry spends his days searching for treasure—until his ship is hijacked. With the prospect of his salvage business tanking, he needs both the ship and his ex back—if only she didn’t despise him more than any man on earth. . .
When Addison D’Marco boards Tesoro Mio to find her ex-husband in her cabin, she’s furious. Ry is more handsome, more annoying, and more determined than ever. Addy can’t believe he has the nerve to demand the ship back after the way he broke her heart. With her fiancé about to board, she doesn’t want Ry back in her life to ignite painful memories and never- forgotten desires. But could it be that, amid troubled waters, Addy and Ry can salvage what they once had and have a second chance at love. . .or does fate have something else in store?
Being a treasure hunter is much like being a gambler as Rydell Case very well knows. After his gambit to have his sister spy on his competition for him failed spectacularly, Ry decided to cut his losses and move on. Only, he can’t go very far because his ship was hijacked and destroyed and the only option available to him is to temporarily take over his ex-wife’s ship, which was supposed to be his pride and joy until it was awarded to her in the divorce settlement, to salvage the biggest find of his career as quickly as possible or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build. But Ry isn’t going to pass up a chance to win his wife back, even if she is engaged to another man.
Addison D’Marco would prefer to have a continent between herself and her ex-husband but she’s not so lucky since he commandeered her ship and sharing the close quarters aboard with him and her fiancé is a really tight fit, especially as the painful memories threaten to overwhelm her.
Addy and Ry cannot avoid each other for long and soon they have to deal with their past and the fact that the destruction of their marriage was helped along by people they trusted. Along with the happening on board, maybe having Ry there may be to Addy’s advantage as he will do anything to keep her safe.
I read this series backwards, staring with this book first and I’m glad I did because Ry was horrible in the preceding book and I probably won’t have read this one if I read in order. He came across as arrogant and selfish and unfeeling, but underneath all of that was a man who felt he didn’t measure up and tried hard to do so, even as fate conspired to deal him blow after blow to knock him down. It was really easy to root for his success in the face of all the bad luck he was dealing with.
Addy on the other hand was a pampered and spoiled socialite, really selfish and shallow. Even though the author tried to gin up sympathy for her, I really did not like her and the choices she made that put others a risk sealed it for me.
Addy and Ry’s relationship was very dysfunctional and took up a big part of the story, but the nefarious cast of characters and intrigue and suspense they brought with them served to excite my interest. Like I said in my review of Stormchaser, this series bring to mind the Indiana Jones movies and if you enjoyed them or love adventure, mysteries and suspense, then you will definitely enjoy this book and series.