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Hide Your Heart

(Bounty Bay #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,838 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Love will bring them together. Distrust will tear them apart…

Alexandra Lauren Knight has reinvented herself in the safety of her rural New Zealand hometown to become Lauren Taylor. She’s cut all ties with her past as a former model whose ex-husband turned out to be ruthless in both the boardroom and the bedroom. While Alexandra allowed other’s expectations to propel her
ebook, 282 pages
Published April 18th 2015 by Icon Publishing (first published April 8th 2015)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Hide Your Heart is book one in the Far North series by Tracey Alvarez. This is my first book by Tracey and I absolutely am in love with it. I was drawn in from the very first page when I first met Lauren and her sweet adorable little boy, Drew. And of course the oh so sexy Nate.

family, friends, photos, ElonMusk, Tesla, holiday wishes, OBE ...

Lauren Tayl
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
When I read the blurb, I was super excited to read this because…well, I’m a photographer and I’m a sucker for anything having to do with it. I clearly need to start showing some restraint because it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. It wasn’t bad, just didn’t live up to my personal expectations, so I’m not holding it against the author.

While hiding out in New Zealand from a past she’d like to forget about, Lauren literally finds herself in a jam, needing the help of a complete stranger. Th
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story. Nate was really funny and smooth. I smiled at just about every flirtatious thing he said to Lauren. He was also great with her son Drew. The reason I took off a star was because the story ended abruptly and the author used the epilogue like it was the first chapter of her next book (it might be) instead of giving me a satisfying conclusion to Nate and Lauren’s story. Nate and Lauren were not even in the epilogue, at all. It was like they admitted they loved each other ...more
For me this was just an ok read. Hide Your Heart is a sweet contemporary romance; however it has no suspense, adventure, extreme angst, or mystery in it--just a sweet contemp romance. The adrenaline junkie in me needs something more than that. If you really like sweet contemp romance, you may enjoy this book more than I did.

Lauren Knight is an ex New York runway model who divorced her abusive husband and returned home to New Zealand with her 4-year-old son to live in hiding from the tablo
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars
Wonderful characters, likable, nice people you can't help but enjoying spending time with. The setting was more inland country than here other series which was all about the water. This story had a more mature story of a woman hiding from an abusive husband and public life, a little boy who wakes from nightmares of past horrors, and a good man who hasn't found any reason to put down roots.
This was the second book in the New Zealand romance starter set by the same author. I e
Siobhan Davis
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in Tracey's new Far North series and as a massive fan of her Due South series I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book.

Hide Your Heart tells the story of Lauren and Nate. Lauren is an ex-model hiding from a troubled, dark past. She will do everything to protect her young son Drew, including ignoring her growing attraction to hot newcomer Nate.

Nate is a photojournalist who has purchased the nearby house as an investment. Taking time out
Okay. SO we have this physically and emotionally scarred woman - with her four year old son in tow - who is fleeing from her abusive ex-husband. She meets her new neighbour, Nate, who looks similar to her ex.

How would you really expect her to act? *I* would go for the quiet, I don't want to be noticed, forget you ever saw me approach, wouldn't you?

Instead, she steps up as 'alpha-female' determined to show him just who is boss. (rolls eyes here. I LIKE strong women, but not ones who th
Escape into My Reads Book Blog

This book was such a joy to read that I easily fell in love with it. Usually when free books come up on Amazon I’m always a bit dubious to one click, but Hide your Heart turned out to be a little gem of a read for me. (PS it’s still free at the time of posting my review 03.06.17)

Lauren is an ex model who had to leave an abusive past behind to keep herself and her son Drew safe from her ex-husband. Heading back home for a new start where her b
Hide Your Heart is the first in a new series by Tracey Alvarez, Far North. It is a contemporary romance set in the beautiful New Zealand Northland. I loved the first chapter, it drew me in and I was soon anticipating a good read.

Lauren has escaped from a tough situation with her little boy Drew, all of four years old. She may have been a top model, but she is no simpering female. She knows her way around the inside of a car, is a great mother and can use a chain saw with the best of
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting sounds beautiful, another beach town. The story was intriguing. There are a couple of misunderstandings and secrets that are eventually resolved. There is a happy ending for the main characters, and the next couple is introduced to each other at the end of the book.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading a book by Tracey Alvarez is like taking a mini vacation to my imagined little happy place in New Zealand. I've never been to New Zealand but thanks to her, I feel like I go there every time I read one of her books and once I finish it, my mind will still keep wandering off to that awesome place in my head. Just like a vacation though, it's never long enough!

My favorite thing about this book was the heroine. I loved Lauren so much, which is different because I usually tend to like the gu
Johanna Sawyer
Thanks to the author for an ARC to read and review.

I have been a long time fan of this author since her first book! I received it as an ARC and it blew me away. She has yet to disappoint me with her hopelessly romantic books! In this one Lauren is hiding from the world with her son Drew. Once Lauren was model walking the cat walks of New York, London, and Paris but after a horrible marriage she prefers living near her brother in the backwoods away from the limelight. There she meets
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I feel like this story could have gone deeper. Review coming
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. A good storyline, the perfect hero, a lovely setting and lots of romance and emotion.
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet read! I loved the characters--Lauren and Nate, naturally, but also Lauren's brother Todd and sister-in-law Kathy and Drew, of course--he is absolutely adorable, with his monkey-roni and the Superman picture--too cute! :)

Lauren's fighting some pretty big demons--she and her son escaped an abusive relationship and a life she'd never asked for in New York City, seeking refuge in rural New Zealand. Once a world-famous model, she's dyed her hair, changed her look, and keeps h
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hide Your Heart: Bounty Bay Series Book 1 is by Tracey Alvarez. This book is well written and the characters are well portrayed and are realistic. It takes place in Bounty Bay, New Zealand.
Lauren Taylor and her four-year-old son, Drew, are on their way home in the rain. They have skidded off the gravel road and the front wheels are caught in a muddy ditch. Lauren has been unable to get the car out even after applying limbs beneath the wheels. She and Drew will either have to get out and walk ho
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read several books a week and often can't remember them the next day. However, there are some authors whose books, and the books themselves, that stick in my head for a longtime after. Tracey Alvarez is one of those authors and "Hide Your Heart" is one of those books. My only problem with it was that it was too short. As tightly wound as Lauren is when she first encounters Nate, I expected her to take longer to let him get close. But as I read on, I realized that she didn't have a chance. She' ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav
4 1/2 STARS

I actually read the first of Ms Alvarez’s books from Love Down Under Boxset from the Due South Series and I got caught in her ability to pull you in and I instantly went looking for her other books,
I love a book that is full and yup I’m a romance gyal… can’t get enough of them and this book surely delivers although you feel sometimes to knock the guy in his head for being silly.
The characters are well rounded and you fall in love with little Drew as he as any i
Cheryl Sanders
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lauren and her 4 year old son, Drew, ran from Drew's abusive father two years ago. Now she's living in Bounty Bay, New Zealand. Her car is stuck in the mud, in a storm, on the side of the road and they're about to be rescued by a tall, sexy stranger, who will forever change her life. Nate Fraser is only in town long enough to refurbish a home he purchased and sell it. What effect will this beautiful woman and her amazing little boy have on him after his business is finished in Bounty Bay?
Donna Porter
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra Lauren Knight was a famous model who just faded into the background. She changed her name to Lauren Taylor and dyed her hair brown. She was raising her four year old son in Bounty Bay. Her brother lived next door with his wife, Kathy. Lauren got stuck in the mud on her way home with Drew and couldn't get her car unstuck. She turned her ankle trying to get it out of the mud. She flagged down a car in hopes of getting some help. Nate Fraser was new to the area. He had bought a home to fi ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Easy" 5 stars!!! Amazing booook! I really enjoyed it.

All of the characters were so perfect and NOT annoying or a push-over, and it was just great. You had your heroine, Lauren, who was crazy strong and determined. Your hero, Nate, hot, loving, and determined. And then Dreeeeewwwwwwww. Perfect little sweet, awesome, and fun Drew.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would've considered thinking higher of it if the ending didn't feel so rushed to me. Their HEA didn't seem to f
Stephanie Jenkins
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I thought it was very entertaining, and once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. I loved getting to know Nate and Lauren, and Drew melted my heart! I found myself rooting for Nate to come around and join their little family. Tracey Alvarez is a wonderful author, with detailed story telling that allows the reader to become a part of the story.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books
Nate knows there is something wrong, the second he sees the woman who has run her car into the ditch at the side of the road. He frightens her and her kid is terrified of him. Carefully he offers to drive them home only to discover they are his neighbours. He’s new.
Lauren spent the last of her money buying a small house near her brother’s place. She keeps her head down and her face out of public view. Both she and her four year old son, Drew, prefer it that way. She and Todd, her brother, repa
Amber Daulton
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
In the first Bounty Bay novel, former runway fashion model Lauren Taylor is hiding out in the wilds of New Zealand with her four-year-old son. Except for her family, no one in the small town of Bounty Bay knows about her celebrity status and the abusive ex-husband she left in the States. When a famous photojournalist buys the dilapidated property next door to hers, she fears her carefully crafted little world will soon fall victim to the paparazzi.
Nathan Fraser bought the rat-infested house and
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give Hide your Heart by Tracey Alvarez five stars. This is book one of the Bounty Bay series and I absolutely loved this book. This book is very well written and not only have hot love scenes but it will also make you laugh and of course there is a HEA. If you like small time romance you will love this series that takes place in beautiful New Zealand.

Lauren Taylor has decided to move back to her hometown with her son to escape not only the cruel spotlight of being famous but to also start ove
Barbara ★
I loved Ms. Alvarez'sDue South series, so I knew I'd love this one too and I did.
Lauren Taylor was a beautiful model who lived in New York with her rich husband until she wasn't. Domestic violence ripped her from her unhappy home and sent in hiding to her home in New Zealand with her four year old son, Drew. Lauren is living "behind the scenes" so to speak so that she isn't captured by the paparazzi and splashed all over the news again when Nate Fraser rescues her from the ditch she finds herself in unexpectedlAlvarez'sDue
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Trip to New Zealand

I'm on a New Zealand book kick lately and I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Alvarez's books. This is Lauren and Nate's story. Lauren has returned to New Zealand to be near her brother and live in a secluded area. Leaving her abusive husband and her modeling career in New York City.
Nate, a photojournalist buys the run down property next to Lauren. He's going to fix it up and sell it to someone who plans on turning it into a celebrity retreat. Lauren doesn't want celebrities or p
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Learning to Trust

Rural New Zealand isn't quite the polar opposite to New York City, but close enough for a former model hiding from herself. Trigger warning--spousal abuse. This is not described horribly or graphically but enough is shared to make its point. There is also some fairly steamy but, again, not graphic, sex. But there is also struggle and redemption, and a heroine who's not afraid to tackle an overgrown yard with a chainsaw besides knowing her way around the innards of an
Gary Truman
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

On March 1st I bought the Down Under Starter set which included Hide Your Heart. Forgetful me on Sept 4th purchased it again. When I finished the starter set I decided to go with the Stewart Island 1st and fell in love with the writer's love of New Zealand. Tracy I just loved your storytelling of how your descriptions of the people the land, weather and at the end a Glossary of Maori words. I decided to start to read the Bounty Bay series this evening and was dumbfounded that I had read
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HIDE YOUR HEART is the first story in Tracey Alvarez’s Bounty Bay series. The story takes place in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This heartwarming small town romance is both sexy and sweet. Ms. Alvarez is an amazing writer who creates well develop storylines with lifelike characters. In this story, Lauren Taylor and young son are fleeing the cruel limelight and returning to their roots. Lauren wants a new start for her and her son. If only Nate Fraser a sexy photojournalist hadn't moved next door. Nate ...more
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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

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