Things are getting hot and steamy in Due South's kitchen and I'm not just talking about the cooking!
Out of the whole of the Due South series so far, with In Too Deep my personal favourite, I think this is definitely a very close second! I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this story with Shaye and especially with Del being more unknown but let me tell you, it definitely blew my expectations out of the water.
The writing, as always by Tracey Alvarez, is witty, funny and smoking hot; the chemistry between Del and Shaye quite literally simmers between the two characters from the get go, when they meet again in a rather embarrassing but sets the tone so well situation, until it boils over and you get to see just how ‘perfect’ these two are for each other, despite their own personal issues and preferences. The visuals described seemed even more vivid to me in this story and I think it shows just how well Tracey is able to describe places and by venturing briefly out of the main areas of Stewart Island and Invercargill, you really do feel like you are there and can picture the scene clearly. With each book in the series, I never feel like I’m constantly re-reading the same things twice, especially about the locations on Stewart Island.
One of the things I actually really liked about how this story was written was the interesting dynamic seeing both Shaye and Del in the same career, yet not clashing too much in regards to wanting to beat, or compete, against each other and sabotaging things for the other, as I would have typically expected. Yes, you get a bit of that rivalry over becoming head chef but you can also clearly see they respect each other as equals after the first few teething problems are overcome.
The changes both characters go through from beginning to the end felt like natural changes in both characters, which were already starting to occur and just grew stronger as the duo grow closer. It was also nice to see previous characters popping up and having an impact on both Shaye and Del’s story. I loved Holly’s reaction when talking about the revenge with the macaroons! We also get to learn a lot more about the Westlake family in this book, which actually if you were to re-read In Too Deep adds to Piper and West’s story further.
Overall, if you are looking for a relatively light hearted romance but with enough drama to keep you interested and eager to keep reading, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. Again, as with all books in this series, you don’t have to have read any other books in this series to be able to read this book as all books are a standalone with a HEA. However, reading the whole series or for this book especially, In Too Deep at least, definitely adds an extra dimension to this story.
As I say, definitely one of my favourites.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)