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Home for Christmas by Tracey Alvarez

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 5th December 2017
Home for Christmas by Tracey AlvarezHome For Christmas by Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #9
Published by Icon Publishing on December 1st 2017
Pages: 136
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three-stars

They’re dreaming of a White Christmas…

Carly Gatlin can’t wait to take her fiancé to Colorado for a snuggly snow-filled Christmas, only a freakish summer storm sweeps in disabling everyone’s plans. Still, with holiday surprises in store and even a secret admirer for Stewart Island’s elderly notorious matchmaker, the happy couples of Oban might not mind being home for Christmas after all.

Tracey Alvarez’s ‘Home For Christmas’ delivers such a nostalgic punch for the folks of Stewart Island, with her trademark snark and witty humour. Maybe the best part of it here is that it’s a virtually no-angst and engaging dive into a series I like very much, with a hint of more to come.

‘Home for Christmas’ is quite cleverly plotted and structured: every chapter focuses on a different pairing that had come together in her previous books (pick your favourite here) and provides the badly-needed catch-up that I need of them from time to time, even if it’s just to see how they’re getting on past their happy-ever-after, thanks to bad weather changing the best-laid plans on Stewart Island. There’s also the unique Christmas cheer and the days leading up to it small-town style and culmination of it all in the gathering of the whole township for the event, as well as a sneak-peek into the sexy cop’s story which I can’t wait for.

If anything, the sweet holiday-vibe comes on strong here, and even from another side of the world where the season are reversed, who says Christmas can’t be festive without snow?

three-stars

In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 14th December 2014
In Too Deep by Tracey AlvarezIn Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #1
Published by Icon Publishing on December 19th 2013
Pages: 329
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five-stars

Love small town contemporary romance with an unforgettable cast of characters? Each book in the Due South series contains a sizzling, sexy love story set on an unspoilt, wild island in 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. Fresh...Seductive...Heart-warming... Everything you want in a contemporary romance-plus enough steaminess to make your toes curl!

Never thought I’d be so engaged in this incredibly compelling story. Piper is my absolute heroine – I laughed, felt and cried along with what she’d gone through, carried effortlessly through the book by Ms. Alvarez’s smooth prose – and clapped when she got her HEA.

five-stars
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