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Ready to Burn

(Stewart Island #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Love small-town romance with an unforgettable cast of characters? The Due South series will transport you to an unspoilt, wild island of the coast of New Zealand. Meet Shaye and Del...

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 de-
Published October 20th 2014 by Icon Publishing (first published October 1st 2014)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Due South Series

Ready to Burn is book three in the Due South Series by Tracey Alvarez. This book was generously provided to me by the author in return for an honest review.

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Del Westlake was forced to leave Oban, the beautiful little island community in New Zealand, with his mother when he was just a kid. His parents split up and he went with his mother while his older brother stayed with his father. He never forgave his dad for send
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

What Worked
I love that this whole series focuses on family and a small town community.
It was wonderful that ALL the characters from the previous books were added in and some new characters too.
How Del’s attitude towards his home town of Oban and also his friends and family changed so much over the course of this book.
The banter between ALL the characters and their friendships was AMAZING!
The chemistry and heat between Shaye and Del was excellent.
The many of humorou
Johanna Sawyer
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author for a free copy of this wonderful book to read and review.

"It's definitely wine and chocolate o'clock". Yes it's definitely time for a new release from Tracey Alvarez, and another chapter in the Stewart Island saga. This book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me crazy....but a good kind of crazy. In this novel, West's brother Del returns to the mainland to help out in the restaurant, and be head chef. Del hadn't been back in thirteen years due to some animosity towards h
Rob. C.
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 lookin
Sherilee Gray
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ready To Burn

This is the third book in the Due South series and it was soooo damn good. Like a giant piece of chocolate cake after a long crappy day. Delicious. I have loved all the books in this series, but Del and Shaye completely won me over, managing to sneak into top spot. Which is no easy feat! I love a wounded hero, and Del Westlake has plenty of demons to overcome. Watching Shaye slowly chip away his defenses and win him over made for some wonderfully hot and heartwarming scenes.

Like t
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is Tracey’s third book in her Due South Series. Although each book could be read independently and enjoyed for her beautifully written prose, cleverly injected humour and quirky one liners, it is so much better when you have devoured and enjoyed book one and book two beforehand, as I have.

They say it takes a Village to raise a child. Tracey’s many and diverse characters, accumulated over this series, have now become that Village for me, as real and familiar as a well watched TV show. In my
Cathy Geha
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tracey Alvarez has created a community with characters that are one hundred percent likable and set them in a small coastal town in New Zealand thatI would love to visit. This third book in the Due South series is the story of Del Westlake, chef from Los Angeles, and Shaye Harland, sous chef in the kitchen that Del’s father owns. The characters in previous books do make a few appearances but the book is mostly about Del and Shaye, their dreams and the fulfilling of them, their families and what ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, for 10/25/14.
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
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ready to Burn (Due South, #3) by Tracey Alvarez
As always, finishing a book I really like is a bittersweet moment. I am happy for all the characters from Due South because I've gotten attached to them over the course of these 3 books but I'm sad too -in a purely selfish way because now I have to sit and wait. While reading Tracey Alvarez's books, I've felt so comfortable and so at home imagining life in a place like Stewart Island.

In Ready to Burn, we get the story of 2 chefs: Shaye Harland and Del Westlake. We know Shaye from the first
Cheryl Sanders
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Ready to burn continues the wonderful Due South series.

I was so excited to be back on Stewart Island with all my favourite characters and the new and simply delicious Del Westlake (definitely good enough to eat)! Tracey Alvarez kept me hooked from the beginning with her wonderful descriptions and colourful characters. I love how Tracey draws you into the story and makes you care about all the good citizens of Oban. I think I may have to push the boat out and admit this is my favourite of the ser
Alexia Adams
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great story by Tracey Alvarez. My favourite part about these books is the character development, especially of the hero. At the beginning, I wasn't fond of Del Westlake, and I wondered how the author is going to turn him around. By about halfway, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, by the end, I'd marry him. Del Westlake has a lot on his plate (pun intended) and he has to learn to accept help before he can truly be worthy of our heroine.

A wonderful read although if I'm hone
Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
READY TO BURN is the third book in Tracey Alvarez’ beautiful Due South series – and yet another book I devoured and didn't want to end. This series has so many wonderful characters that I grew fond of, and you always get another glimpse of the couples from the previous books, which always makes me excited to return to that beautiful little island at the back of beyond that is Stewart Island. This series feels so real – like you could board a plane and go visit the characters. The fact that I’ve ...more
Nancy Stopper
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 no ...more
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Amazing Stars

I was given this book for my honest review

As the earth turns on its axis we know that it takes 365.25 days. We feel the seasons go from fall to winter, then to spring into the infamous summer season. As we get nearer to our beginning emotions that we get from another year past and gone we can think about what we have accomplished and what we have yet to accomplish. Did you ever think that when the earth rotates that it takes each of our hopes and dreams and promises for a new tomo
Siobhan Davis
Wow! What a mind-blowing book! Easily my favorite of all the books I've read in this series so far.

Ready to Burn has everything I adore in a book: Sublime writing, witty dialog, brilliant character development, stunning world building, strong emotions & relationships, lots of hot, steamy romance, and a fast-paced plot. There is nothing I would fault in the slightest.

Del Westlake has burned his bridges in LA so when an opportunity presents itself to go home, he can't turn it down. Especially beca
Lily Shepherd
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great story by the Jill Shalvis of the South Pacific.

I'll never tell you the story - that's why you have to buy this third book by Tracey Alvarez. But I will tell you that Del is one screwed up guy and Shaye is looking for Mr Perfect-complete with check list of character traits. Clearly there are going to be fireworks, and Ms Alvarez doesn't disappoint.
We get to see the characters from her first two books, adding to the family dramas and providing support when it's needed. And, we get to
E Reader
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get ready to burn

Oh my, what a story. Sweet little Shaye can be hot little Shaye with Del, AKA Hollywood. The two of them have chemistry from the handcuffs in the start of the story through the pain and trouble they go through. This story made me laugh, cry, and again made my toes curl from the steamy scenes between Del and Shaye. This was such an easy and great read. I totally love this series, so glad to have read it and makes me want to go explore New Zealand and find what would draw people t
InD'tale Magazine
What are the best romance novels made of? One part sassy-but-realistic heroine named Shaye. Add a heavy dollop of sexy, mouthwatering, why-can’t-I-find-one-of-these-guys named Del.

Read full review in the 2015 February issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jemi Fraser
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner! Del and Shaye are so much fun - and the book had me smiling and laughing a lot. The twists and turns pulled me in and I had a hard time putting it down to deal with Real Life. A great read!
Del Westlake has been gone for years from Stewart Island (his mom moved him to the US when he was a teen after a divorce) and he's been trying to make it in LA as a chef. He gets called back to Stewart Island to help out at his family's restaurant while his dad is sick. Shaye Harland is not happy to learn Del is taking over HER position at Due South. But working in close quarters, the two find they are attracted to each other. Del makes a pitch for the restaurant to be a part of a reality show, ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars - This is a better than book 1, probably because I felt I knew the characters and the island more. The tension is hot between Del and Shaye, in and out of the kitchen. There's a lot of drama of course, but Shaye is the fixer of all things unsettling so the angst isn't too high. I felt like the ending was rushed a bit to get us to the HEA conclusion but overall I enjoyed it and really feel connected to the island and its inhabitants.

Biggest issue is this quote, wtf does this even mean:
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great book in the Stewart Island series. It is filled with great characters, strong emotions, witty dialogue and wonderful romance. It is always great to go back and check in on the couples we have met in earlier books and even better when Shaye finally finds her Mr. Perfect-for-me. Del returns to Oban, he reconnects with his father, patches up his relationship with his brother and finds a woman he can love.
Sarah Gilsenan
It is a good, quick read but completely ruined by the talk of soda, Dr Pepper, cookies (except for the American born mother) and the use of Fahrenheit temps instead of me picky but this is a Kiwi context distorted to fit an American one. Use an American setting if you are going to use American language.
A reasonable series ruined by pandering to a specific reader base.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much anther winner of a book by an author I enjoy reading.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute romance novel.
Simo Bardi
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved it!
reader of books
bit long, but fun story about chefs in cool New Zealand Island location.
Rach Lawrence
*I was provided a copy of Ready To Burn by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Shaye Harland has had one dream her whole life: to be head chef of Due South, her tiny island’s only restaurant. With Bill, the owner and head chef, currently undergoing dialysis, Shaye expects to step up and run the restaurant. What she doesn’t expect is for Bill’s son, cocky Hollywood chef Del Westlake, to step in and take over.

Thirteen years ago, Del and his moth
Things are getting hot and steamy in Due South's kitchen and I'm not just talking about the cooking!

Out of the whole of the Due South series so far, with In Too Deep my personal favourite, I think this is definitely a very close second! I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this story with Shaye and especially with Del being more unknown but let me tell you, it definitely blew my expectations out of the water.

The writing, as always by Tracey Alvarez, is witty, funny and smoking hot; the chem
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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! 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 c

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Stewart Island (10 books)
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  • Melting into You (Stewart Island, #2)
  • Christmas with You (Stewart Island, #4)
  • My Forever Valentine (Stewart Island, #5)
  • Playing For Fun (Due South, #6)
  • Drawing Me In (Stewart Island, #7)
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