Sunday, August 3, 2014

Second Chances boxed set - a great weekend read at a great price!

If you've followed me for a while, you probably remember a few posts about my Kiwi friend, Tracey Alvarez's books - In Too Deep and Melting Into You. Well, Tracey has recently teamed up with other indie authors to create a boxed set with Second Chance romance novels and, after a few successful months in the iBook store, they've finally released it on all other major retailers too - which allows us, Kindle owners, to finally get our hands on it! YAY!

This makes for a great summer read, so don't miss your chance to get 7 novels for the special price of 0.99 $. I've one-clicked. What are you waiting for? 




There’s nothing sweeter than the promise of a second-chance romance that somehow fell apart the first time around. Join seven top New Zealand indie authors as they chart the course of rekindled romances after tender teenage infatuations, failed first-time marriages, friendships that never quite made it over the line, and partnerships previously forbidden. 

This collection of contemporary novels is a limited time special offer. Heat levels vary from sensual to downright sexy—there’s something for everyone. For more info check out our website at http://www.kiwiindies.com


In Too Deep — Tracey Alvarez 
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? 
Personal Website: http://www.traceyalvarez.com


The Playboy’s Redemption — Diana Fraser 
James Mackenzie is tired of his shallow lifestyle and wants a family. But before he begins his new life he wants to secure the future of the woman he wronged ten years before. The last thing Susie Henderson needs is her ex lover buying the winery in which she works and threatening her independence. Because how can she trust someone who betrayed her, someone who doesn't even believe in himself? 
Personal Website: http://www.dianafraser.com


Laura’s Big Break — Janet Elizabeth Henderson 
Laura needs to interview war hero Charlie to keep her job. She'd rather stick a fork in her eye. Charlie jokes that he won't say a word unless Laura comes along on his cycling holiday. Sport phobic Laura has no choice but to agree. It's two weeks of hell in Holland - and that's before Charlie discovers she can't ride a bike! 


Dating Daisy — Joanne Hill 
When Daisy Miller discovers a new dating show in town, she auditions in the hope of getting promotion for her ailing bookshop. She figured she’d never win. She was wrong. Ancient History Professor Joel Benjamin—the loser boy Daisy once spent a memorable night with—chooses Daisy. But Joel's only on the show as a favour to his best mate and dating Daisy threatens his dream of becoming an Associate Professor. 
Personal Website: http://www.joannehill.com

The Wrong Sister — Kris Pearson 
From the 'Wicked in Wellington' series. Fiona Delaporte has an impossible assignment - to care for her newly widowed brother-in-law and his tiny daughter. (The newly widowed tall, dark and delicious brother-in-law she's secretly wanted for five long, frustrating years.) WARNING: Contains one hot man who always gets what he wants - in bed and out. 
Personal Website: http://www.krispearson.com


Return to Totara Park — Shirley Wine 
Winsome Grainger left Totara Park vowing never to return. A vow broken when she and her estranged husband, each inherit a half share in the estate. She has had time to regret not telling Jared why she walked out on him, and their marriage... Too late Winsome learns she’s a pawn in a dark and deadly game. A game whose rules she doesn’t know.
Personal Website: http://www.shirleywine.com


His Christmas Present — Serenity Woods 
A romantic Christmas novella. Dion Wallace turns up in New Zealand hoping for a quiet break after the stress of his father's betrayal, and maybe also to reconnect with Megan Green, whom he hasn't seen since they met in Prague a year before. Megan has a Christmas present for him - but it's not quite what he was expecting...


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Here's my review of Tracey Alvarez's In Too Deep, taken from the release event in January 2014.

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Wow. Wow.
This should be enough to let you know what I thought of this book, but I guess it's not enough of a review, is it? :) I've been recently having trouble with books with an intriguing blurb that left me with a sour taste in my mouth once I finished them, so when I started reading In Too Deep I had no expectations - which I've decided is the best way to start a book, especially by an author I don't know.
I didn't need to get too deep into the book (forgive the pun!) to get hooked. A couple of Kindle pages and I knew I was going to like the story. When Ryan "West" Westlake entered the story, well, I knew I was going to love the book. :)
I was glad to find that West wasn't the only thing that kept me glued to my Kindle, though. With other books I found that a great (and handsome) hero was sometimes enough to keep me reading even if the story lacked a little depth, but this was definitely not the case. Yes, West is hot, there's no denying it - but Piper is a great heroine too, and the plot has just enough tension and chemistry to keep you reading.
I loved the way Piper's not the usual damsel in distress waiting for Prince Charming to rescue her. She's a badass cop with a tough shell, but at the same time she's also a broken soul who's trying to protect herself from more pain. I enjoyed reading how things changed for her as days went by and the departure date grew closer. I could feel how torn she was between wanting to belong and needing to leave it all behind. At times is broke my heart and made me want to hug her.
Ryan, or West as we get to know him throughout the book, is just... WOW. He's self-confident, a little cocky, funny and a sweetheart all in one. And he plays the piano - AW!!!! :) I could spend hours rambling about him but it wouldn't give you the idea. You'll have to read the book to understand what I'm talking about.
I loved the interaction between Piper and West, their banter and the chemistry. It gets stronger as the story progresses and this is just another thing that will keep you glued to the pages.
There are some great side characters, and I'm hoping ro read more about them in the next books in the series.
The book is long, definitely not something you can read in one sitting (unless you manage not to eat or sleep until you've finished it), but it's also one of those books you don't want to put down and at the same time you wish would never end. That's the effect it had on me. I loved every single scene and never felt as if something was unnecessary or just used to make the book longer (which is something I find quite annoying in a book). Every scene was important for the whole story and brought a little more details into it, creating a deeper connection with the characters.
Third person POV does not always help pull the reader in, unless it's used flawlessly. This is one of the very few cases when third person is way better than first. You always know who's thinking what, and you can feel their emotions even though it's not a first person POV. I loved the author's writing style, the dialogues and the descriptions. I've never been to New Zealand, but while I was reading I could see the places she described, the island where the story is set, the ocean, the beaches and all the settings. It actually made me want to pack up my stuff and move there. Kudos to Tracey for her writing.
I know this is the first book in a series and I wonder if the next books will still include West and Piper, or they will be about other characters. Either way, I know I'll definitely look out for more books by Tracey Alvarez.




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