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  • In Too Deep on Dec. 06, 2015

    In Too Deep was the first book I read by Tracey Alvarez but never got around to reviewing it at the time. I recently re-read it to remind myself of the story before starting the next book, Melting Into You. I was gripped from start to finish by Piper and West’s story, so much so that it was even better reading it a second time around! In Too Deep is the story of a second chance romance between Piper and West. Piper is in the process of trying to make an important decision over where her future is heading, career wise after her heartbreaking history starts to have an impact on her present. Finally heading home, we start to understand Piper and Tracey Alvarez’s development of Piper tugs at your heart strings, at times, with how torn she is, especially when throwing her history with West into the equation. Although the characters have history, I liked how the author was able to carry their tension through the story, while also capturing their chemistry, and actually dealing with their issues, rather than just sweeping them aside and moving the characters forward to a happy place. The dual points of views also strengthen this story further; it was great to see both Piper and West’s troubles from both their points of views. The descriptions of the locations were very vivid and enhanced this story further. I felt In Too Deep was well paced, with a unique storyline on what could be seen as a ‘typical second chance romance’ story; I definitely couldn’t predict where the story would end up., The HEA gave Piper and West’s story a well rounded finish with no cliffhanger. This story can be read as a standalone romance story or part of the series.
  • Ready To Burn on Dec. 13, 2015

    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.
  • Play on Dec. 13, 2015

    Firstly this was my first book by Holly S. Roberts and I’m glad I found it as I love sports romances, especially well written. When I first started reading, I was amazed by the brilliant start where you are thrown straight in there with a bang rather than a slow introduction. It had me gripped and intrigued to see where the author was going to go with the story. I admit, I expected this to be a typical strong sports star male and average girl and to a point it was but I also found the twist of Michael and that story actually helped give Killian a depth I didn’t truly expect. It was also intriguing to see Rebecca as an athlete in her own right but yet had body hang ups despite what you would expect of an athlete. Also, I was glad Rebecca was able to make a stand against Killian and challenge his thoughts and actions and didn't just instantly forgive him. The story moved at a fast pace and definitely didn’t feel like it dragged out anywhere for too long, as with some books. Some characters such as Malory and Michael reinforced that issue of not to judge a book by it’s cover, although for very different reasons. The park scene with Killian and Michael was probably my favourite out of the whole book. One scene did make me a bit uncomfortable and personally was on the edge for me in terms of how it was and that was when he forced her to her knees (won’t say anymore for spoiling it). Personally, I like stories that have an epilogue and Play had a sweet epilogue which summed up any lingering questions and the small glimpse we got of Killian, Rebecca and Mikey was such a sweet HEA ending. Overall, this was a nice read for something different and if you like hot and steamy sports romances with strong males, don’t hesitate to give this book a read.
  • Christmas With You 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.
  • My Forever Valentine 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.