Christmas with You
Book 4, Stewart Island - Due South, no. 4
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The Kiwi barbecue isn't the only thing sizzling this summer...
She’s a Holiday Grinch.
Carly Gatlin doesn’t want to spend another Christmas alone. With her beloved father gone, she’s desperate to be part of a family—so she’s spending the holidays with her step-brothers on Stewart Island. But even with sand, sun, and not a snowflake in sight, everything reminds her of what she’s lost. So no tree trimming, cookie baking, or kisses under the mistletoe for her, thanks. Especially not from Due South’s sexy bartender, Kip.
He’s a too-hot-for-his-Santa-suit killjoy.
Kip Sullivan’s moved hundreds of miles away from his family who’d like to see him married off before his next birthday—on Christmas Eve. Then ten days before the big event, his meddling relatives arrive en masse, and dear God, they’re planning to stay. With match-makers breathing down his neck, it’s becoming harder to ignore the temptation to unwrap Carly like a present under the tree. Kip agrees to help make Carly’s first New Zealand Christmas special. He’s got five holiday missions to complete—one involving a frisky fake reindeer—before he hopes to claim a mistletoe kiss…and maybe even Carly’s heart.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without this spicy yet sweet Due South novella.
**This 40,000 word novella can be read as a stand-alone, but you’ll love it so much more if you’re read the earlier Due South novels.**
CHRISTMAS WITH YOU is the fourth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small town romances with a touch of humor, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.
Download your copy of CHRISTMAS WITH YOU and dive into these sensual romance novels!
Intended for mature 18+ aged readers who enjoy their feel good romance on the steamier side.
Praise for the Due South series!
"It’s official…I’m hooked on this series! I want to jump on a plane and fly to this island, because apparently they grow them big and HOT in New Zealand…men that is!!!" ~ Swept Away By Romance
"Perfection comes in many shapes and forms, and Ms Alvarez delivers in her contemporary voice and quirky character traits that make a distinctive difference between average and stellar storytelling." ~ InD’Tale Magazine
"Just as the must-read series of Donna Kauffman (The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove), Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor), Terri Osburn (Anchor Island), Marie Force (The McCarthys of Gansett Island), Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores) have entranced me with their seaside settings and caring communities - so has Tracey Alvarez - and I'm adding her series to my must-read shelf too."~ Fab Fantasy Fiction
Don’t miss any of the Due South books!
Book 1: In Too Deep. Featuring Piper and West. A smoking-hot reunion which may lead to a second chance for them both...
Book 2: Melting Into You. Featuring Kezia and Ben. Can this widowed single mom and the stubborn but sexy single dad ever make one big happy family?
Book 3: Ready To Burn. Featuring Shaye and Del. Two chefs, one workplace where things get seriously overheated—and a passionate enemies to lovers romance.
Book 4: Christmas With You. Featuring Carly and Kip. A New Zealand holiday romance where becoming friends with benefits can sometimes make the sexiest Christmas present of all...
Book 5: My Forever Valentine. Due South Short Stories.
Book 6: Playing For Fun. Featuring Holly and Ford. New Zealand’s octogenarian matchmaker is at work, with best friends Holly and Ford in the crosshairs.
Book 7: Drawing Me In. Featuring Bree and Harley. Coming May 2016
Book 7.5: Kissing The Bride. A Due South short story. Coming July 2016
Book 8: Saying I Do. Featuring MacKenna and Joe. Coming December 2016
A Stewart Island Holidays Romance
I felt sorry for Carly when she arrived on Stewart Island, obviously looking for a family to feel a part of. I was so annoyed at West for his behaviour towards his step sister I would have slapped him upside the head if I could! So it was lovely here to read Carly's burgeoning romance with the ever present but until now vague Kip. He finally gets the opportunity to show us his character, and his wonderful overwhelming family. Is Carly falling for Kip or his warm loving relatives, and will Kip allow himself to become vulnerable by letting himself fall for Carly?
Their voyage of discovery is condensed into a novella, but loses nothing of its intensity for that. We get little chance to converse with the regulars, as this is a shortened version, but when we do, we get the awww factor. As ever, we get the ending we all want with a healthy dose of Christmas in the mix. Another gem from the pen of Tracey Alvarez.
Let Kip and Carly steal your heart this Christmas!
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.