Automate clicking a link in an email?

I'm currently working on an automation that generates an email from a website. The email has a hyperlink in it that needs to be clicked on in order to get to the data that was generated. The problem is that the hyperlink is not a URL but just the word 'here', so scraping the text does not work. Hence the robot needs to click on the link. Is there a solution to this problem other than using surface automation?
Since the email contains a link, it is in HTML format. Try searching for the HTML tag that indicates the link: href = "some URL". The URL will be the part between the double quotes. I'm not back at work until next week, so I'm not able to test this or to definitively explain how to find the href tag, but hopefully you will find this suggestion useful.