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Ready to Burn

Book 3, Stewart Island - Due South, no. 3

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Watch the sparks fly as they burn it up in the kitchen…

Take one sassy Harland girl.
Shaye Harland, sous chef de-awesome, desperately wants the role of Due South’s head chef. Though a little out of her depth, she can totally cope with the extra demands if she can resist her future brother-in-law when he muscles in on her kitchen. The Hollywood wannabe is nothing but a troublesome distraction and he fries her sex-ometer to a crisp. But as far as romance? Forget it. Love, when she finds Mr. Perfect, will be as sweet as her to-die-for cookies.

Add a bad-boy from LA.
Del Westlake swore he’d never again set foot on the island he calls the “ass end of New Zealand.” With his reputation as a sous chef in one of LA’s hottest restaurants trashed, and his estranged father’s restaurant needing a head chef, Del wants nothing more than to go in, get the job done, and get out. Except his feisty second-in-command carves herself a spot in his heart and completely incinerates his plans.

Winning a spot on a TV reality show is just what Del needs to jumpstart his career back in the States. Nothing can get in the way of him winning—not even the woman whose trust he’d destroy if she discovers his secrets. But with a film crew capturing the explosive kitchen chemistry between them, will his bad-boy ways rear up and ruin his shot at becoming Shaye’s Mr. Perfect?

READY TO BURN is the third 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 comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

Download your copy of Ready To Burn 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.
Book 7.5: Kissing The Bride. A Due South short story.
Book 8: Saying I Do. Featuring MacKenna and Joe. Coming later in 2016

Customer Reviews

Sparks fly between Del and Shaye!

In this third book of the Due South series, we have the story of Del Westlake and Shaye Harland. Del is a chef in the U.S. and his mother asks him to return to New Zealand to help is ailing father, Bill, at his restaurant called Due South. Shaye is Bill's sous chef and assumed that one day she'd take over as head chef. You can imagine her shock and anger when she sees Bill's son Del arrive on the island and she's told Del will take over, temporarily, as head chef. She was angry when Del moved to the U.S. with his mother when she was 10 years old. She doesn't want to like Del but the sparks fly when they look at each other. Del doesn't want any ties because life for him is complicated enough right now but he just can't resist her. Shaye has a check list of traits her perfect man will have. Does Del measure up? What happens when they have to work together every day?

I've only given you a glimpse of what's going on in this story. Del, faults and all, ends up being an amazing man. Shaye is tough and stubborn yet still vulnerable. I love that all the women in this series are strong, independent, and smart. Their sense of family is evident on this island they call home.

Super excited for book four starring Carly and Kip!

Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wow this one hit all the check marks and then some!

I am in love with some Due South AHHHHHHH!

This is the third in the series and with each book I found it amped up in its .... Everything!
This book truly, for me, hit every one of the markers I look for in a book and then some. You have angst, a fiery tempered lass with a deadly aim, sweet and savory as well as hot spicy romance all broiled into one book that you keep reaching for even when you should catch a couple hours before the dawn light shines in.
You get so caught up in this Due South group as they become so much a part of your own clique and you just have to know what's going to happen with each them. I love how Ms Alvarez keeps the story flowing from one book to the next and we do not lose the characters from the previous books but we gain new friends and their stories trade place with a twist here and there. This one we see potty mouth sister getting married and we still catch glimpses of her story while (don't get me angry little sis) Shaye's story unfolds with this sexy crusty bad boy Del (West's Iittle bro) who really is a sweetie under a whole lot of junk and attitude but oh o oh so sexy.
You run the range of emotions from laughter at the start with the back and forth between Shaye and Del and the sad hopeful of Bill and his illness and the tears when love seems unrequited... Also when it is as it is done so romantically it touches you in all the right spots. We also get some pretty naughty, spicy scenes (and I eh complaining AT ALL) because they keep the naughty in me happy.
So for a fun, full bodied and totally enjoyable read of some wonderful characters and some beautiful scenes pick this one up and make sure you grab the others, they each can stand alone but I enjoyed the follow along as I met the characters and they meant more as you get closer to them with each 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."

Long distance relationship? Not what you think!

What a wonderful visit back to Stewart Island and a chance to catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. We first meet Del as a brooding man who is clearly unhappy with the direction his life has taken, and is contemplative about his past, and his future. Throughout the book, we see many complexities to Del but at the root of it, we see a little boy who is yearning for acceptance from his father. Everything he has done in his life, from being a chef, to seeking love and acceptance but not commitment, can be tied back to his need for acceptance and love from his father. He feelings of isolation run deep and he is continually reminded of his feelings of rejection each time he sees his childhood friends as adult, in the places he longed to feel belonging in. He was a wonderfully-endearing character and despite his broodiness and often boorish behavior, you can't help but root for him to get the love and acceptance he needs in his life - from his father, and from a good woman.

Shaye feels the need to take care of everyone and everything. Her caring nature is often translated into her relationships, and her feelings of desire for Del become intermingled with her need to help him through his troubles with his father and his issues with previous relationships. A broken man and a nurturing woman - what could be more perfect! And you would think so, but of course, love is never that easy. Shaye's deep held feelings for her home on Stewart Island are constantly offended by Del's immense need to protect himself from continued hurt at home by expressing disdain for the island and everything about it. His need to leave and her need to stay create a conflict you aren't sure, as the reader, they will be able to overcome. We aren't just talking about leaving a small town for the big city here - we're talking about one of them needing to be halfway around the world! The twists and turns the author produces with that conflict (and it's SO not what you would have expected) creates a situation where you the reader can't predict whether these two will get the happily-ever-after you know they both deserve.

The book is well written and I appreciated the balance of dialogue and narrative presented by the author. There are sex scenes but they do not overwhelm the story and are included in such a way that they contribute to and enhance the story. And, as an American, I love the taste of New Zealand that I get each time I read a book by this author, who even includes some fun pokes at Americans with her jabs at Del's adoption of American words and pronounciation of words over their New Zealand counterparts. Its a fun visit back to Stewart Island and I enjoyed catching up with old friends such as West and Piper and Kezia and Ben, and seeing what's been happening since we last saw them!

Ready to Burn
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Oct 23, 2014
  • Publisher: Tracey Alvarez
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 381 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Stewart Island
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