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Tracey Alvarez is a USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author living in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand). Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.
Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, she's 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 she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes--Kiwi men, in other words.
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on Dec. 14, 2015 :
I was relatively surprised by this little treat of a story in the Due South series. Unlike in the first three books, which were based more so on the three Harland siblings, Westlake family and established characters Kezia and Zoe, Kip and Carly are two relatively unknowns other than brief mentions in previous books, Kip especially more so than Carly. I was intrigued to find out more about these two characters and where their story would fit in with the whole Due South series but thoroughly enjoyed their story.
Christmas with You is a sweet little romance set during the festive period where things heat up between a naughty sexy bartending santa and his horny little lost elf. I liked how Kip’s family were introduced and used throughout, adding depth to Kip’s character in a subtle way, especially regarding his surprising childhood and teenage years that you would not have expected. I also liked the added dimension of the story with West and Carly; it was quite a poignant way of reinforcing Carly’s emotions and struggles aside from her relationship with Kip.
The story as a whole was relatively drama free but with enough tension at times that it wasn’t overly sweet and false feeling. Carly’s past christmas mission traditions and how they were incorporated into the present in the story .
Out of books 1 to 4, I would say Christmas with You was probably the easiest after book 1, In Too Deep, to read as a complete standalone because there is not quite so much emphasis on other supporting characters, although they do crop up here and there.
Christmas with You is a sweet, well written, heartfelt, HEA christmas story. Definitely give this story a try!
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 9 days after purchase)