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Ready To Burn: A New Zealand Enemies to Lovers Romance (Due South Series Book 3) by [Alvarez, Tracey]
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Book 3 of 7 in Due South Series (7 Book Series)
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"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." ~ 5 Stars, InD'Tale Magazine

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One second Del stood beside her all moody and mysterious, and the next, his hands gripped the railing on either side of her hips. He moved fast--fast enough that she made an embarrassing little eep-ish squawk. Nowhere to go unless she became flexible enough to do a flip over the wooden railing. 

Shaye yanked her hands from her pockets and gave his chest a shove. "Back off."

Even after she added her sous chef do it now or die glare, he stayed, big and bad and way too close. He continued watching her with dark and unreadable eyes, his nostrils flaring slightly as he breathed. 

Her hands didn't know what to do. She couldn't put them back on those two hard pecs, since every single nerve-ending had soaked up the heat burning through Del's shirt and transmitted swoony, oh yeah sighs into her brain. 

Stupid nerve-endings. Stupid brain.

She wriggled her bottom, so she half sat on the railing, arching away from him. "What are you doing?"

"Showing you the reason."

The rough timbre of his voice stroked over her. Wickedly dark, decadently rich, scarily addictive. Like chocolate, the quality stuff made of eighty percent pure cacao. 

He leaned forward, his face level with hers. "It's a compelling reason."

Shaye's hand shot out to grip his biceps--that or topple backward--but God, he felt amazing. All hard, sinewy muscle and why the hell couldn't she unhook her fingers?

Her breathing hitched, high and ragged. "My sister's a cop, and I know how to defend myself."

"So, show me your ninja moves." 

"Daring a cornered woman to hurt you isn't very bright."

One of his hands rasped off the wooden railing and touched the end of her ponytail. He selected a strand and stroked it down her jaw. Shaye licked her lips, unable to suck her gaze from his mouth, which angled closer. Close enough that she could tell the flavor of the last handful of potato chips he'd eaten. 

Salt and vinegar. Her favorite.

She strained upward to see if he tasted as good as he smelled...Freaking hell-- 

Shaye reared back a little, hair slipping from his fingers, her chin narrowly missing his. "Are you going to kiss me?"

Her heart gave a little bunny-hop at the thought and leaped around her ribs.

"Not unless you ask real nice." 

"Ask you?" There was that damn smirk of his again. She should've guessed he was playing with her. "When pigs fly."

A muscle ticked in his jaw, but the smile didn't falter. "Now you'll have to say, 'Please, Del. With a cherry on top.'"

"I'd jam that cherry up your nose before I'd kiss you, Hollywood. Get outta my face."

His gaze dipped once to her mouth then flicked up. "I can't go anywhere while you're grabbing onto me."

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  • Publisher: Icon Publishing (October 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2014
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By JMM on October 27, 2014
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Due South book 3: Ready to Burn
This title is so appropriate. I was smokin’ after I read this novel. Not giving background for books 1 and 2, but, I will say the story is set on Stewart Island, New Zealand, and continues the saga of the Westlake and Harland family.
Tracey asked me to review book three, and I jumped. If she had been anywhere near me, I would have hugged her so hard, she would have passed out.
I loved In Too Deep and Melting Into You, but they don’t come close to the caliber of writing and hot combustion that flares between Del Westlake and Shaye Harland.
Del is an out of work and out of favor sous chef from LA, meaning no restaurant will hire him. His mother asks him to come to Stewart Island to help with the family restaurant, Due South. There is one huge reason Del refuses. He hasn’t seen his father since he was thirteen.
Shaye Harland’s been the sous chef at Due South, trying to take up the slack. As she always does. She’s spent her entire life, since her father’s death, making sure she holds her family together. She was the only child living at home when he drowned. And since Bill's illness, who is like a second father to her, Shaye has been taking care of the kitchen at Due South.
You know where this his headed. The two meet on the ferry from Invercargil. It isn’t until Shaye walks into the kitchen of Due South that she realizes, Del not only saw her embarrassed by their meeting on the ferry, but now he’s taken the job she thought was hers.
Oh my.
The tension begins the moment you read the first sentence in chapter one and doesn’t let up until the very end. The book is fast paced. And here is what makes the book for me. It’s food theme.
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Be a bridesmaid, they said. It'll be fun, they said.
--Shaye Harland

Oh, Shaye, I feel your pain. Spanx is no fun at the best of times, and when you're the last of your siblings to still be single? Doubly painful...

Shaye Harland's older sister's getting married (Piper from In Too Deep --which you don't have to have read to appreciate Shaye's dilemma here, but if you haven't yet, why the heck not?? ;)), and Shaye's going to be a bridesmaid. This is all lovely--Piper's fiance's a great guy, and he's been a friend of the family for years. Shaye works for him, actually--she's sous chef at Due South, the Westlake family pub. Bill Westlake, the family patriarch, is also its chef, and Shaye's been told by him on more than one occasion that one day the kitchen of Due South will be hers to run. Bill's sick, though, and Shaye's been struggling with the extra workload. She's determined to make it work, however. She can do this--she's focused, determined, and unshakable in the kitchen, even if her personal life is a bit shaky at best.


Del Westlake is back. Del Westlake, the second son who left the island thirteen years ago to live in California with his mom. Del's wanted nothing to do with the father who he believes threw a confused and heartbroken fourteen-year-old away without a second thought, and his relationship with his older brother Ryan (AKA Piper's fiance West) isn't much better. Del's been living the high life as a sous chef at one of the hottest restaurants in LA, and has had zero interest in Due South. So why is he suddenly back in town, weeks before the wedding? Shaye hopes against hope it's just to see if he'll be a viable kidney donor for his dad.

Yeah, not so much.

Del has no intention of being tested.
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I enjoyed the first two books in this series. Stewart Island is a great setting and the location is an integral part of the story-line.

In Book 3, I found it hard to connect with both leading characters. Shaye has been the main support for her family and had to grow up in a hurry. Her portrayal, though, is surprisingly immature.
"Holy-freaking-guacamole with a side order of cinnamon sticks!" There was a lot of potential to develop her character. Instead, she is mocked numerous times for her overly demanding requirements in a partner; as if wanting some who was dependable, who listened to her, and loved her was asking too much.

Del's character was all over the map in a way that didn't ring true. His turnabout in how he felt about the island was too quick given his background. The story-line with Jessica was over the top. With all the emotional ping pong, it was hard to figure out why the two characters were really attracted to each other, except for the fact that there is a limited population to pick from. "I want a fling. She's for me. I'm leaving. I'm staying. I'm no good for her." Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

So, like Gilligan, it's time for me to leave the island.
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My review could be very easy and short: why are you still here? Go buy this book now!
But I think Tracey wouldn't like it that much so I will try to write a proper review.
The book features Shaye Harland, who's only been a secondary character so far, and Del Westlake, whom we've only heard about from his brother (and my all-time favorite character) Ryan/West or other characters in the previous books.
I loved Shaye in the first two books, even though she didn't have any major roles, and I was looking forward to reading her story. Del hadn't been in the previous books, so I wasn't sure what to think of him at first, but since he's a Westlake and Ryan's brother, he deserved to be given a chance.
Shaye and Del's meet-cute is rather funny, and it made me immediately love Shaye. As for Del, well, my first impression of him was that he was a cocky jerk and I wanted to slap his handsome face and send him back to Hollywood.
Thanks to Tracey's writing, though, it was very easy to be pulled into the story and into Del's mind, and understand the reasons for his behavior. Seeing the pained teenager who'd been pulled away from his home, brother and friends inside the grown man was heartbreaking at times, and in a little more than a few chapters he earned my trust, my support and my affection.
Shaye was fantastic. I loved her attitude, the constant banter with Del and the way she wanted to be with him and push him away at the same time. Her contrasting feelings about Del were quite amusing at times.
Shaye and Del's story seems to start off slowly and sweetly, but boy does it get steamy! But even though it is a sexy romance (I guess not PG rated), it's not one of those "I want to skip these parts 'cause they make me wrinkle my nose" books.
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