?Undercurrent by Kaylea Cross

?Undercurrent

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 16 Comments

?Undercurrent by Kaylea CrossTitle: Undercurrent
Author(s): Kaylea Cross
Series: Kill Devil Hills #1
Also in this series: Submerged , Adrift
Published by Kaylea Cross Inc. on March 30, 2021
Pages: 217
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense
Source: Author
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Purchase: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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 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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book includes mature content and is not suitable for readers under 17.

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?Undercurrent by Kaylea Cross is the first book in her Kill Devil Hills series. The story introduces Bowie Davenport and Aspen Savich. Bowie is a retired Coast Guard turned mechanic. Bowie struggles with guilt stemming from an incident in his past and he has difficulty  forgiving himself even though it was out of his control. Therefore, he closed himself off from committed relationships out of fear of history repeating itself. However, he never expected to meet Aspen, who had him feeling things he never thought he would feel again.

Aspen came to Kill Devil Hills to start her life anew. A decision she made after inheriting a house and car from her great uncle.  This placed her in the crosshairs of a disgruntled relative. On arriving in Kill Devil Hills she went looking for a mechanic to have the car tuned up and her search led her to Bowie. They had an immediate attraction to each other  which led to a friendship and romance developing between them.  However, demons and threats from their past would come knocking, threatening to destroy their newfound happiness.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish. It moved at a steady pace for most of the story, with the pacing picking up speed in the last twenty percent. Cross supplied sufficient information to whet one’s appetite and having one waiting anxiously for the other shoe to drop.

Despite the immediate attraction between the protagonists, the romance that developed was a slow burn one. It took awhile for Bowie to come to terms with his feelings for Aspen, because the guilt from his past held him back. In the end he relinquished the guilt, allowing his heart to be free to love again. Their honesty and openness with each other helped in the growth of their relationship. It took them awhile to open up about the tragedies from their past, but when they did, there was no holding back.

The secondary characters, some of whom were likeable, and some who were not, added depth to the story. Meeting Bowie’s sibling proved a treat, and I am eager for their stories. Aspen’s new neighbour, Jack, had me smiling each time he made an appearance. Beneath his grumpy exterior lay a heart of gold, and his dog Sinbad would melt your heart.

?Undercurrent dealt with issues which many readers can relate to. Issues such as loss, grief, greed and jealousy. If you enjoy romantic suspense, ?Undercurrent would make a wonderful addition to your shelf.

Story Evaluation
Plot
4
Characters
4.5
World Building
4
Writing Style
4.5
Pacing
4
Enjoyment
4.5
Ending
4.5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Undercurrent by Kaylea Cross delivered a suspenseful and addictive romance that will appeal to fans of the genre. #romance #suspense #newrelease #killdevilhills Click To Tweet

About Kaylea Cross

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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