Review ~ Melting Into You by Tracey Alvarez

MeltingIntoYouBook:Melting Into You

Series:Due South #2

Author: Tracey Alvarez

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 291

Published:Icon Publishing, June 8, 2014

Source: Publisher

Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…

Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.

New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood…

Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff. He doesn’t do cosy home and family. And he sure isn’t the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasises about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.

They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…

When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.

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Have you ever had a one night stand with a tourist passing by the small town you live in, moved on with your life, and just when you’re doing okay have her knock on your door to drop the child you didn’t know you had in your hands and leave? No? Well, can’t say the same for Ben Harland, Due South resident brooding ‘teddy bear’ of a guy.
Having already met Ben in the previous book, we already knew he’s got the hots for teacher Kezia Murphy, she of the single mom. I might’ve mentioned this a few hundred times or so, but stories involving children, they’re an instant case of smitten for me. So I was very excited to start this book and see how Ben, what with him being a man of a few words and a grouchy manner, would cope with a surprise the size of a nuclear explosion. Well, nuclear family variety anyway. Not only has he got to deal with his feelings for Kezia and her daughter, but he has to deal with responsibilities of taking care of a child too. A child that he had no idea he fathered, a child that he already missed a lot with, not to mention the fact that Ben lives the life of a single man, not single dad.
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Review ~ In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez

InTooDepBook:  In Too Deep

Series: Due South #1

Author: Tracey Alvarez

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count:240

Published: Fido Publishing, December 19, 2013

Source:Publisher

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.

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Didn’t think I’d travel to a New Zealand town without the company of hobbits. So glad to have picked this book up, it made me imagine cool waters in this summer heat.

Piper and Ryan ‘West’ Westlake have been friends since childhood. West is Piper’s brother’s best friend, considered as another son by her family, so they charmed me right from the start. I might’ve mentioned this a few times-or a thousand, but who’s counting?- but friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance themes. There’s a different kind of sexiness when it comes to two people who already know the best and the worst of each other. Read More »