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In Too Deep: A New Zealand Second Chances Romance (Due South: A Sexy New Zealand Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Winner of Best First Book in the Romance Writers of New Zealand 2014 Koru Award for Excellence.
"Out of the gate with her début at full throttle, Ms. Alvarez receives a blue ribbon!" - InD'Tale Magazine

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Red alert. Red alert.  Her next inhale stopped halfway down her lungs and her nipples budded into two hard points of Ohmigod-yes-please.

She raised the tip of her chef's knife and pointed it at his nose. "Keep your hands to yourself, Westlake."

His gaze flared hot. "What if I don't want to?" He took two slow steps sideways, two steps closer to her. "What if I'm tired of playing your game of 'there's nothing going on here.'"

The knife in her hand swiveled to follow his cat-like movements. "I don't play games. And FYI there is nothing going on here. Nothing I'm interested in pursuing, anyway."

Another step and he rounded the corner, crowding her backward until her butt hit the counter. He rescued the knife from her shaking fingers, laid it on the chopping board, and left his hand resting there, effectively trapping her.

"Liar, liar, pants on fire," he murmured.

She shoved a hand against West's chest to stop him coming closer, but all that achieved was runaway tingles up her arm from the hard, hot muscles beneath his shirt. He leaned into her fingers and the rapid bump of his heartbeat throbbed against her palm. Close enough to see her own reflection in West's eyes, she froze when his pupils shrunk to tiny dots.

His nose twitched. "Something's burning."

Yeah, something was burning, all right. One more touch, one more second of him looking like he planned to do her on the kitchen counter and she would either catch fire or do something absurd like kiss him again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3127 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0473272148
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Icon Publishing (December 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEZR8V8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand). Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she's the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes--Kiwi men, in other words.

When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found with her nose in her e-reader, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.

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What Readers & Reviewers are saying about Tracey's books:
"Yet another awesome book in the Due South series!" ~Amazon review.

"Out of the gate with her début at full throttle, Ms. Alvarez receives a blue ribbon!" ~InD'Tale Magazine.

"In Too Deep (Due South #1) is thrilling, raw and gritty giving the reader a real treat!" ~Amazon review.

"Tracey Alvarez has written an incredible story filled with amazing characters, strong conflict, interesting themes, and an amazing small coastal town setting." ~Amazon review.

"5 stars. Ms. Alvarez has done it again, with incredible, if not one-of-a-kind storytelling!" ~ InD'tale Magazine.

"The story was engaging, funny, heart-warming, sensual, passionate, and brought me back to people and a place I'm growing to love." ~Swept Away By Romance

"Their story is beautifully written, contains sexy and steamy scenes that heat up the bedroom...and the kitchen, and has moments that will break your heart and some that will make you laugh out loud. All this guarantees for an entertaining romance read." ~Amazon review.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lily Shepherd on January 26, 2014
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Ms Alvarez is heading towards being the Jill Shalvis of the South Pacific. The characters in In Too Deep (Due South #1) are real Kiwis who call a spade a spade and have a depth of emotion that is not often found in contemporary romance novels. It's raw, gritty and very human. It's also sprinkled throughout with Kiwi humour and gives readers an insight into what makes us the thick skinned people we can often be - especially the guys and our wonderfully dedicated Police Force.

I'm not going to tell you the story as then you wouldn't need to read this fantastic book. But, having grown up with a Father who was New Zealand's first professional diver I can tell you that there are no glaring inaccuracies in Ms Alvarez's underwater scenes and if you've spent any time under water you'll feel the tension she's cleverly crafted.

In Too Deep is worth investing in, especially if you have a fascination with New Zealand and its people. It's secondary characters are interesting enough that I'm waiting waiting waiting for Ben and Kezia's story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hines on January 21, 2014
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In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez is the first book in her Due South series. Set in New Zealand and featuring the hottest Kiwi men ever, this is a romance that will wrap itself around you and have you feeling right along with the characters. Their pain, their joy, their doubt is laid out in every word just ready for you to own as you read.

I know I'm reading a good book when I get the tight bands of emotion in my chest at pivotal points in the tale and this book delivered emotion by the literal boat-load.

Piper is a highly skilled member of the New Zealand Police National Dive Squad and is part of the team that searches for missing people at sea. She chose this career as penance for a tragedy in her past. Now she has to go back to her hometown and face the past head on. It just so happens that the past is a hot, two-legged heartbreaker, ex-best friend and future slave-driver.

Ryan Westlake (AKA West) is over Piper. She crushed him nine years ago when she left town and he won't EVER let that happen again. Never mind that he now has to deal with her on a daily basis while they all pull together to pull her brother (his best friend) out of financial ruin so he doesn't lose his home or family business. He is done with her.

Oh my. The hostility between these two (Piper and West) is intense and we slowly find out exactly what it was that happened nine years ago that caused them to go from best-friends and lovers to two near-strangers barely able to stay in the same room without antoginizing each other to explosive result.

A wonderful book that I had a hard time putting down. I'm excited to read more books about this small oceanside town in New Zealand and it's inhabitants.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kris Pearson on January 28, 2014
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There were so many twists and turns in this relationship - and plenty of other people to flesh out the story. I simply loved it. Loved the distinctive Kiwi style of speech which Tracey Alvarez has captured beautifully. Loved the setting on isolated Stewart Island. Loved the characters lurking in the background waiting for their own book.
There were small touches like the turkey mug that made me laugh so hard. Plenty of steam in the shower scene (and not the water vapor type.) I really enjoyed spending time with Piper and West and have already read the whole book through twice. I only do this for the really good ones - the first time to roar along with the story and the second to appreciate the writing. Loved it both times.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JoT on January 21, 2014
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In To Deep is a book that I'll re-read over and over again. That's for sure.

It is a wonderful story that you have to read in one sitting.

The characters are very well crafted. The story has a great an enjoying pace.

Piper Harland still, years after, feels guilt because of the death of her father. She is a cop and is a part of New Zealand Police National Dive Squad.

9 years later she is going to place she vowed never to come back. Place where her heart was broken. She is going back home because her brother needs her. For next 6 weeks she'll be working with him. Ryan “West” Westlake.

Loved this engaging story that kept me flipping the pages until the early morning hours.

I was so hooked on and enjoyed every single bit.

If you love stories that stay with you long after you have read the final page, In Too Deep is the perfect choice.

≧◔◡◔≦ 5 ✰ read ≧◉◡◉≦

>>>ARC received in exchange for an honest review<<< [...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nina on January 20, 2014
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A book set in my most favourite country New Zealand? Hell, yeah, I’m in!!
Add well developed characters with one of them carrying a burden of the past, and a story about forgiveness and second chances to the mix and you have the wonderful book that is In Too Deep.
Oh, and, yes, there's a beautiful and hot love story in it as well!

Piper is a strong and tough character and I admire her for choosing a career in police diving after everthing she went through with her father.
Although she had left Stewart Island for good after West dumping her and her father dying shortly after, she put up the strength to return after nine years when her brother Ben needed her the most - to help him saving their family business when he got his leg broken.

I don’t know what it is, but the fact alone that Ryan Westlake was called 'West' by almost everyone instead of his first name - even by his own father! - made him sexy as hell for me! I can't explain... I think it's just HOT :)
What I didn’t understand was why he was fuming at Piper about her leaving 9 years ago, when he was the one who pushed her away in the first place. He had his reasons anyway, but he could've had some more faith in Piper - they would have found their way together.
But besides my lack of understanding for this action of his West turned out to be a sweet caring and loveable man.

For me it’s quite rare that I love a second character almost as much as I love the main ones, but with Piper’s older brother Ben I did.
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