Due South Boxed Set: 5 Sexy New Zealand Beach Romances
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The Due South Boxed set contains the first five books of USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author Tracey Alvarez’s romantic series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small-town romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.
The first 5 Stewart Island Books (over 1200 pages) are included:
In Too Deep (Book #1)
Two hearts. A second chance. Everything on the line…
To save her brother from financial ruin, police diver Piper Harland does the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island hometown on Stewart Island where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. West lost Piper once, but now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit. Maybe he wants her a little bit, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk? Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both.
Melting Into You (Book #2)
They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…
Ben Harland is, by his own admission, a bit of a grouch. He doesn’t do soppy chick-flicks and he’s hen-picked enough as it is with his mother and two younger sisters on his case. He sure doesn’t need any more drama in his world. But life has a way of rearing up and biting him in the butt when he least expects it. Cue insta-daddyhood to an eight-year-old girl and an out-of-control attraction to Stewart Island's hot school teacher, Kezia Murphy.
Ready To Burn (Book #3)
Watch the sparks fly as they burn it up in the kitchen…
Shaye Harland desperately wants the role of Due South’s head chef, but the far too sexy Del Westlake muscles in and steals it. A reality TV show plans to feature Del at his estranged father’s restaurant—jump-starting his ruined reputation and career in the States—but will the sparks flying in the kitchen burn his chances of ever becoming Shaye’s Mr. Perfect?
Christmas With You (Book #4)
The Kiwi barbecue isn't the only thing sizzling this summer...
Carly Gatlin’s doesn’t want to spend another Christmas alone since her father died the year before. She’s come to Stewart Island in New Zealand to spend the holiday with her stepfamily, though she feels more of a Christmas Grinch than filled with good cheer. Kip Sullivan’s big, boisterous family have also arrived en-masse—someone just shoot him before his match-making relatives get out of control. Kip agrees to make Carly’s first Kiwi Christmas special, but will he gain more than mistletoe kisses from the woman who threatens to claim his heart?
My Forever Valentine (Book #5)
Love small town romance and Happily Ever Afters?
Dive into the Due South world to find out what your favourite characters are doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these four short and sweet romance stories.
Praise for the Stewart Island series!
"A gem of a small town romance set in gorgeous New Zealand. Heartfelt and romantic, I was rooting for Piper and Ryan all the way!" ~ USA Today Bestselling Author, Kylie Gilmore
"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
Other books in the Stewart Island series:
Book 6: Playing For Fun. Featuring Holly and Ford.
Book 7: Drawing Me In. Featuring Bree and Harley.
Book 7.5: Kissing The Bride. A Due South short story.
Book 8: Saying I Do. Featuring MacKenna and Joe. Coming May 2017
You will no doubt fall in love with not only Stewart Island but many, if not all, of it’s residents!
Five, well written, full length romances that can be read as standalones (My Forever Valentine ideally needs to be read after the other 4), with no cliffhangers and a HEA. Once you start reading, you will be hooked! All books are written from dual POV’s. I would rate each book 5 stars.
Definitely recommend you read this series!
… In Too Deep… is a second chance romance between Piper and West. Piper’s heartbreaking history starts to have an impact on her present 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.
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.
The location descriptions were very vivid and enhanced this story further. 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.
… Melting into You…
Melting into You will tug at your heart strings almost from the get go and throughout, with different characters getting you at one point or another. This to me was a clear indicator of Tracey Alvarez’s ability to develop believable characters with real emotions. The challenges that are faced by all aren’t easy to deal with but the way they are handled is with sensitivity, delicacy and fittingly at times, humour.
With a great writing style that draws you in, Melting into You definitely gives different take on single parent romances.
… Ready to Burn…
I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this story, 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 from the get go, when they meet again in a rather embarrassing situation but sets the tone so well, 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.
Definitely one of my favourites.
… Christmas With You…
I was relatively surprised by this little treat of a story. Kip and Carly are relatively unknown other than brief mentions previously, Kip more so than Carly, but thoroughly enjoyed their story.
Christmas with You is a sweet, heartfelt 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 is relatively drama free but with enough tension that it wasn’t overly sweet and false feeling.
… My Forever Valentine…
This is such a teasing and sweet glimpse into the futures of our favourite couples. It gives just enough to whet your appetite. Warning, ideally you do have to have read the other books first to fully understand these 4 short stories as they do contain spoilers, especially in Shaye and Del’s.
I won’t say too much but Shaye’s story was the most shocking - who would of thought that our sweet and innocent little Shaye could get up to such ninja style antiques! Ben and Kezia’s twist I didn’t see coming and Kip and Carly’s story was funny with the situation they ended up in; definitely not the most romantic place. My favourite 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.
I received a free copy of these books in exchange for an honest review.