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Playing for Fun

Book 6, Stewart Island - Due South, no. 6

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Is Ford Komeke New Zealand’s most reluctant bachelor?

Wanted: A woman for Ford...
Ford Komeke can’t deny he could use an up-skill in the dating arena. It’s a local in-joke that his game, as far as women go, sucks. Thanks to the meddling of New Zealand’s worst octogenarian matchmaker, he’s got an online dating profile, a new wardrobe, and a haircut from Stewart Island’s sexy hairdresser, Holly Parker. But since he’s well and truly mired in the friendzone with Holly, what’s the harm in exploring his options? A little jealousy could work wonders.

Offered: Dream job with a catch...
What do you say when you’re offered an un-turn-downable career opportunity? You say, hell-to-the-yeah! Only there’s a problem. To get the dream job Holly must leave Stewart Island and her two best friends, Shaye and Ford. But if Holly can distract Shaye with wedding planning and set Ford up with a nice girl so she can stop imagining him naked, neither will notice if she exits stage right. Neither will notice if her feelings for Ford stop being strictly platonic.

Warning: One kiss is never enough...
As addictive as the chocolate stash Holly hides in her fridge, one kiss forces them out of the friendzone—way out of the friendzone. Heat and hunger explode, but the ugliness in Ford’s past hold his heart hostage. Playing for fun or playing for keeps? Holly and Ford must decide because the consequences of falling in love means that someone’s heart or someone’s dream will ultimately end up shattered.

PLAYING FOR FUN is the sixth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heart-warming, sexy & seductive 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 Playing For Fun and dive into the sensual Due South world!
Intended for mature 18+ aged readers who enjoy their 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

Customer Reviews

Another excellent book

"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."
I love this series and wasnt sure if this book would be as good but i was very wrong, its another excellently written book, i love all the characters in the books before and Ford was one i wanted to find out more about. This book has shown us about Ford from his awful life as a young child with his birth mum and his twin Harley to his happy up bring with his auntie and uncle who are now there parents. The friendship between Ford and Holly was lovely and you could tell they had feelings for each other but didnt want to upset there friendship. Holly and Fords friendship is brilliant until Mrs Taylor has an idea to find Ford a girlfriend and puts Holly incharge of setting up his online profile on kiwi match. Holly then realises she loves Ford beyond friendship but thinks its going to ruin there friendship so decides to do nothing about it, Holly knows she only has 6 weeks to deal with seeing Ford with another women before she leaves the island to work on the main land and thinks she can cope with this, but after seeing Ford on his first date she realises this is harder than she thought it would be, Ford knows he has feelings for Holly but doesn't think she feels the same. eventually while on another not great date Ford realised the only person he wants is Holly who also has realised that she wants Ford. They have there ups and downs before there realtionship makes it alot of this caused by Ford shutting Holly out when his birth mum dies and not telling her things he's bottled up since a young child, it takes him nearly loosing Holly to work through the demons and make peace.

This book made me smile and laugh and also made me cry its an excellent book and if you loved the others in the series this is a must, i hope theres more books to this series. Keep up the excellent work Tracey.

Holly’s Labrador friend becomes a hot Alpha male!

Playing For Fun is based on the classic friends to lovers storyline. although I truly didn’t know whether this couple would make it to the lovers part with all the trials and tribulations Holly and Ford go through, some more heartbreaking than others (such as a few crazy women and red lace panties!). I just couldn’t stop reading until I finished; I was hooked from the start!

Along the way, the lessons of learning to ask for what you want and learning to open up and let people in is handled beautifully by the author, not rushing into changing the true core of the characters, while also expanding them in new directions. Also, I found the incorporation of using the horoscopes to surmise the chapters a very clever way of giving the story more depth and really making you think as you read.

I felt the story had a good flow that didn’t feel rushed but yet moved at a face enough pace where it did not feel as though it was being dragged out in anyway just for the sake of it, as seems to happen in other books. I personally liked how the tension between the two characters was built up and they weren’t instantly falling into bed with each other, something of which seems to be a common theme these days. You can clearly see both characters, Ford in particular, having to come to terms with their emotions after certain things have happened in their pasts.

As always, it’s nice to see other characters from the series pop up and used in a way that even if you haven’t read their stories, you don’t feel lost. I’ve personally only read so far 2 other books in the Due South series and I can assure anyone who is apprehensive that you will need to have read all the previous books to understand you really don’t need to; each book truly can be read as a standalone, without feeling like you’ve missed any important points in relation to the characters in the book, in this instance Holly and Ford.

Overall, I found Playing For Fun to be a well written story, with a sweet ending that was finished and left no cliffhangers for Holly and Ford. This can be either read as a standalone or as part of the series, which I would recommend as it just adds further depth, even if it’s only book 1 (Piper and West) which is free! I strongly suggest you give this story a read and any other books by this author.

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.

Kept Me Turning the Pages

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.

Playing for Fun is a story about friends turning into lovers. Holly had given up hoping that Ford would see her as anything more than a friend and had accepted a job on the Mainland but couldn’t convey her decision to any of her friends. Ford had “non-friend” feelings for Holly but was uncommunicative with women and so never let on that he wanted more. Even when Holly had won a date with him at a Bachelors Auction he had only exchanged five words with her. Things were not looking good at them getting together. I think the fact that Holly was leaving allowed her to go for what she wanted with the knowledge that if their relationship went pear-shaped, she wouldn’t have to deal with the fall-out in a small tight knit community.

The story was such that it kept me turning the pages though I must admit that I found the bad language disrupted my reading rhythm; for many I guess this would not be an issue but thought it was important enough to point out. In this respect I much preferred Kezia and Ben’s story in Melting Into You, as the language was toned down due to the inclusion of two little girls in the storyline.

Although part of a series, this is a standalone story and you can enjoy it without having read the others.

Playing for Fun
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: 17 December 2015
  • Publisher: Tracey Alvarez
  • Print Length: 346 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 6, Stewart Island
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