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Undercurrent by Kaylea Cross
Kill Devil Hills, #1
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She’s looking to reinvent herself.
After the worst two years of her life, Aspen Savich has just moved across the country to the Outer Banks, looking to start over and leave her painful past behind. But it follows her anyway, bringing consequences she never could have imagined. Someone is watching her. Targeting her—and they don’t care who gets in the way. She has no one to turn to except the sexy local mechanic who has found a way past all her defenses, never dreaming of the kind of danger they’re up against.
He’s about to have his world turned upside down.
Tragedy made Coast Guard vet Bowie Davenport withdraw from the world around him. He’s lived in Kill Devil Hills his whole life, focusing on work and family. Being alone is something he made peace with long ago—until the sexiest woman he’s ever seen pulls up to his garage in a little red Woody asking for help. There’s no way he can say no, even with his unwanted attraction to her. He tries to fight it, but soon he’s fallen completely under her spell. And when the unthinkable happens, he won’t hesitate to stand between her and the deranged enemy bent on taking her life.
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“Okay, time for you to try my banoffee pie.” Aspen pulled away and went into the kitchen to slice them each a big piece, then came to sit next to him on the couch in the living room.
Setting one plate on the coffee table she’d painted, she cut a bite from the other with her fork and held it out to him, the look in her eyes soft and full of female appreciation as she held his gaze. “Here.”
Bowie leaned forward and slowly parted his lips, accepting the mouthful. The instant the creamy confection hit his tongue, he moaned. “Oh my God.”
“I know, right? Here, have another. Make sure you really like it before you start on your own piece.”
He slid the bite from the tines with his lips, the cool whipped cream blending with the tang of the banana, the sweet softness of the toffee, and the golden, crisp graham cracker base. He growled low in his throat, savoring the explosion of flavors and textures.
Aspen’s eyes darkened, the pupils dilating. “Good?” she whispered, staring into his eyes.
Yeah, it was good. But he was even hungrier for her. He wanted to taste her, take away her sadness and show her just how desirable she was.
Curling a hand around the back of her neck, he covered her lips with his. Aspen set the plate down and deepened the kiss, leaning into him while her hands moved over his shoulders, up his neck to twine in his hair. She tasted sweet, like sugar, and she was so damn sexy, her full, soft curves driving him insane with the need to see them naked.
He kissed her again and again, one hand holding the back of her head while the other slid down to cup her ass and pull her flush to him. The softness of her breasts pressed to his chest, making the front of his jeans even tighter. He was rock hard already, aching for relief, and he wanted it to come from Aspen this time instead of his own hand while thinking about her.
She moaned when he trailed his tongue down the side of her neck, tipping her head aside to give him more room. The motion pushed the tops of her breasts up higher, taunting him with the view of her cleavage. He slid his hand around to cup the underside of one breast through her dress, then lowered his face until he could nuzzle the tempting valley between the mounds.
“Unzip me,” she whispered breathlessly, gripping his head tighter.
The desire in her voice made the fire in him burn even hotter. He found and tugged down the zipper at the back of her dress. The fabric loosened and fell away from her shoulders and chest, revealing the sheer, lacy black bra encasing her breasts. His mouth went dry, lust blasting through him at the sight of those hard pink nipples pressed against the cups.
He slid his thumbs across them, more blood rushing between his legs at the unbelievably sexy sound she made, her eyes dropping closed in pleasure. He’d give her a whole hell of a lot more pleasure than that before they were through tonight.
NICUnurse’s Review of Undercurrent by Kaylea Cross
Undercurrent is the first book in an all-new series by Kaylea Cross. As a long-time fan of her writing, this book did not disappoint. Kaylea Cross is at the top of my 1-click author list and one of my top go-to romantic suspense authors for a reason: she writes such wonderful characters and does suspense so, so well, no matter what world she’s creating. I’ve read and re-read so many of her books since I found her and will continue to do so. You can’t go wrong with any of her books, in my humble opinion. Each series she’s written is more than worth your time and money invested into it. And I always look forward to the next new series she sends our way.
Undercurrent brings us to the small town of Kill Devil Hills on the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Our hero, Bowie, is struggling to put the past behind him, but he lives with survivor’s guilt that weighs him down so much he’s given up on being happy. Especially with a woman. The heroine, Aspen, is also trying to put her past behind her and deal with survivor’s guilt, but she’s more than ready to put her foot on some solid ground and move forward. With the help of her uncle willing his beach house to Aspen after his death, it’s her shot to get it right this time despite her grief over his loss. But someone isn’t pleased that Aspen received all that she did from her uncle and is determined to make it their own.
As much as I love Kaylea Cross and her books, the suspense in this story didn’t seem to be quite as…suspenseful…as what we’ve seen from her in the past. For me, that was a bit of a letdown as I dove into this new series. With that said, it was by no means a disappointing book altogether. I stand by the statement that you’d be hard-pressed to find any book of hers disappointing. She did a great job building us this new world, though. I loved the glimpses into Bowie’s siblings’ lives and can’t wait to see where their stories take us. The plot’s pace is pretty steady for the most part until the climax. And there was plenty of emotion from all of our characters, which I also loved. Despite figuring out the mystery pretty early on as it wasn’t quite a hidden mystery, it was still a very intriguing and entertaining read for me. And I think romantic suspense fans and fans of Kaylea Cross will enjoy this book immensely.
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Undercurrent by Kaylea Cross 4 out of 5 propellers!
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast, and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.
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