Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: In Too Deep (Book 1) by Tracey Alvarez


In Too Deep

By Tracey Alvarez

Due South Series Book 1

Book Review by Heidi

Published: December 19, 2013
Pages: 240






PIPER~ knows heartache , having lost her father and having her heart broken by "West" She's more than ready to leave her hometown , Stewart Island . But there's a saying that goes "Never , say Never" and she's about to realize this .
The fact that Wes is Piper's brother, Ben's best friend doesn't help matters does it ?

BEN ~ Piper's brother and what an ass ! I wish he would actually just talk to Piper and hear her side of the story , clear the air and get on with it ! He's hostile and has issues I felt like socking him one at times !

RYAN WESTLAKE (WEST)~ A very delicious speciMAN indeed! He's the piano playing pub owner with nothing lacking in the self confidence department. 

We see Piper returning to Stewart Island to help her brother and she doesn't exactly get a  warm homecoming :(

Piper and West have serious chemistry and as the story continues it just intensifies and at times I feared self combustion!

I struggled to put "In to the Deep" down it was basically self service in my household!

Tracey Alvarez are you sure this is a debut novel !? The writing style is fantastic and the characters are awesome!

A definite , well earned ★★★★★ read!


Love small-town romance with an unforgettable cast of characters? The Due South series will transport you to an unspoild, wild island off the coast of New Zealand. Meet Piper and West... 

She vowed never to return. 



To save her brother from financial ruin, Piper Harland must do the one thing she swore she'd never do—return to the tiny island hometown where Ryan "West" Westlake crushed her heart. Piper is tough, resilient and a little wild—much like the remote and beautiful Stewart Island where she grew up. As a cop who's part of the elite New Zealand Police National Dive Squad, bringing the dead back to their families still doesn't stop the guilt she feels over her father's drowning death. Now nine years later she's obligated to return to a hostile community as the outsider, and forced to work with the man who was once her best friend and first lover. 



She's a risk he can't take. 


West is an Island man, through and through. As owner of the local pub, he lives and breathes the local community, and sure as hell can't imagine living anywhere else. But most of all he refuses to ever fall for a woman like his flighty mother. He lost Piper once to give her the chance to fulfil her dreams of becoming a cop. But now she's back for an unexpected six week visit to help her brother—his best mate. Maybe West wants her a little bit, maybe he can't resist the temptation to tease and touch her, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk? 

Saying goodbye for the second time might just destroy them both. 


I live in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where I've yet to be buried under my to-be-read book pile by our infamous wind--my Kindle's a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy (who doesn't mind cooking dinner while his wife mutters to herself and hammers away at the keyboard), we have two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

As a teenager I devoured novel after novel in my maths class, which explains why I still don't understand using the alphabet in equations. I discovered a stack of tattered paperbacks hidden in my mother's wardrobe featuring scantily clad women wrapped around bare-chested hunks. Who needs a pimply-faced teenage boyfriend when you can have book boyfriends, right? So as a child I got my first taste of Happily Ever After in fairy-tales, but after reading romance--I was hooked.

Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, I'm now the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories I love to write. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes--real Kiwi men, in other words.

When I'm not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, I can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres and nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars. What? You were expecting me to say free-dive training, hiking the world-famous Rakiura track on Stewart Island, and restoring classic cars? Nope, sorry. I'll leave such excitement to my characters as they explore their worlds and find the love of their lives.


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Melting Into You
By Tracey Alvarez
Due South Series Book 2

Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…

Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.



New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood…



Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff. He doesn't do cozy home and family. And he sure isn't the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasizes about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.


They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…



When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn't know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.