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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 Feb. 14, 2016 :
Okay, so I've been naughty and haven't read the Due South books in order like I was supposed to. If fact, there's a book or two I haven't read at all yet, but I am definitely going to - and SOON! Yes, these four couples in these stories are part of a group of good friends that hang out together on this small island off New Zealand, and they all know each other well. And if you haven't read the previous books, you're going to be a bit confused about who all these quirky young people are, and these stories may be a little bit of a spoiler to their individual stories, each of which is the subject of a separate book.
But if you a sitting there all alone (or even not), on Valentine's Day and want to read some short, cute, and funny romantic Valentine's stories, all of which will take only a short time, this is the book for you! There are FOUR stories here, each approximately only 15 pages each. Yet each is a fun, sweet read. To try to cut back on **POSSIBLE SPOILERS**, you will read about, in no particular order, a maybe unplanned possible pregnancy - or maybe not, somebody might or might not be proposed to, someone might enjoy playing naughty nurse, and there may or may not even be a surprise wedding thrown into the mix. Then again I might be making this whole thing up. But that would make this a pretty crappy review, wouldn't it? Hmmm. Wouldn't want to do that.
Well, some or all of those things may happen in the span of a short 63 pages, to various people. How much more romance do you want in a short Valentine's Day read? Or any day you're in the mood for some quick, hot, fun romance? These are so well written, you won't be able to resist a smile, or two, or three, or four. A great valentine recipe guaranteed to please!
I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review. She suggests you read the books in order. As you can see, my opinion is entirely my own.
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
on Dec. 14, 2015 :
This is such a teasing and sweet glimpse into the futures of the lives of our favourite couples from books 1 to 4 in the Due South series. The books are well written, unsurprisingly, and give just enough to whet your appetite without going too far. A word of warning, you do have to have read the books for each couple to fully understand these four short stories. However, if you haven’t, they are definitely small bite-size teases that will encourage you to read each couple’s books (warning they do contain spoilers on outcomes of stories, especially in Shaye and Del’s case).
I won’t say too much about the story but Shaye’s was the most shocking, I think, because who would of thought that our sweet and innocent little Shaye could get up to such ninja style antiques! Ben and Kezia’s story twist I didn’t see coming and Kip and Carly’s story was so funny with the situation they ended up in; definitely not the most romantic place but so perfect and sweet in the end. My favourite, overall, has to be Piper and West’s story but that is personal preference as they were the first couple I read about and made me fall in love with this Due South series. Also, these mini stories answer questions you didn’t realise in some ways were still lingering on from each couple’s books in some ways, especially Shaye and Del’s and Ben and Kezia’s.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short book, as with all others in this series so far, and can’t wait to read more from Stewart Island.
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)