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Drawing Me In

(Stewart Island #7)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  77 reviews
DRAWING ME IN is the seventh story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like Jill Shalvis, Marie Force, or Bella Andre, then you’ll enjoy diving into these heart-warming, sexy & seductive small-town romances with authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

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Published May 16th 2016 by Tracey Alvarez (first published May 14th 2016)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Drawing Me In is book seven in the Due South series by Tracey Alvarez. This book was generouly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author.

"Passion won’t hold them together when past fears threaten to tear them apart."

This quote was taken from the blurb of the book and is a perfect summary of this story. In the last book we met Ford Komeke and learned of the troubled start he and his twin brother had in life, leaving both boys with serious committment issues for fear they w
Siobhan Davis
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Another winner from Tracey Alvarez. Seriously, this woman can do no wrong in my eyes! I adore this beautiful little New Zealand island community that Tracey has created. All the characters are so well written, multi-layered, and complex, with their own unique personalities. The last two books in this series have introduced the Maori culture and traditions, and I've been fascinated learning about them. It adds a level of authenticity that is refreshing.

Harley is Ford's illusive world-famous artis
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

Harley Komeke is the other Komeke twin, a famous artist who lives in the UK he reluctantly returned to New Zealand for the funeral of his birth mother a few months ago but now he's back in Oban, living with Piper and West, trying to find his muse.

Bree Findlow runs the local art gallery. She and Harley we
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's that time of the year again! Time for my imaginary New Zealand vacation, courtesy of Tracey Alvarez. Drawing Me In features Harley and Bree, a couple that I wasn't very familiar with (I'm not sure if I just don't remember them being mentioned in the previous books or if they weren't a big part of the community at that time). Anyway, throughout the course of this series,I have really enjoyed seeing all the couples' relationships progress. However, I must admit that I liked the fact that I di ...more
An ARC was generously provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Review now online on to catch a falling book

First impression: Great writing style and storyline as always. I looove Oban ♥ Unfortunately the couple wasn't my personal favorite. I couldn't quite connect with them. Can't wait to read the next book.

Review: Seit Brees und Harleys kurzer Beziehung vor zehn Jahren ist ihm die Fotografin aus dem Weg gegangen. Das war nicht schwer, immerhin hatte er si
Angsty, emotional but at times sweet standalone friends to lovers and second chance romance with a HEA!

Drawing Me In is the seventh book in the Due South series and is just as incredible and refreshingly unique as each and every book in this series that you can’t help but fall in love with. Drawing Me In is an angsty, emotional rollercoaster of emotions but also a sweet friends to lovers, second chance, romance with tough heartbreaking histories for both characters.

Although Bree and Harley have
Cathy Geha
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Superb writing and wonderful support characters in a delightful setting provided the backdrop for Harley and Bree in this, their second chance at a happily ever after, love story. I always look forward to returning to this small coastal New Zealand town where love doesn’t always come easily but if and when it does the story is magnificent and definitely worth reading.

Harley and Bree grew up in the same small town with many of the characters that show up in previous books in this series. They hav
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tracey Alvarez's 7th Stewart Island book, Drawing Me In, was a delight to read. I think that beneath the fascination I have with the New Zealand culture and my enjoyment of the spicy chemistry of the couple, (in this story, Harley and Bree) and reading about the adorable, heartwarming and humorous realities of living in a very small community with close-knit whanau (family), what I find the most compelling about Tracey's books is the deep wisdom of the heart that underlies all of her stories. Sh ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Title Worthy of its Name

Harley and Brianna ( Bree ) Harley After leaving Bree 9 years ago to go to NYC to make his name in the Art world Harley finds out that he is the father of a 9 yo son from there relationship. With Harley being rocked by this news. Bree rocks his world again they got together 8 weeks ago at his mother's tangi Maori for funeral and is pregnant again. Harley finally figures out he wants Bree to be his HEA but Bree does not believe him. Bree finally figures out and HEA will
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot times in the coldest place

It's a while since I read my first-year Island book. Who knew there was so much going on down there.

Bree, an ice queen who closely guards her heart has the hots for Harley. Has done since she was a teenager, but he broke her heart.

Harley had a rough start to life, but he and his twin found love with their adoptive parents, but he's adamant he won't make good husband material. And he is quite clear that he doesn't want to be a father.

Unfortunately both of their lives
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books
Ford’s twin Harley Komeke and his love story. [I totally forgot I had a boxed set of this series *rubs hands*]
Secret baby trope!
Harley has the same horrible parent memories that Ford does. Of course, he’d be terrified of being a parent. Problem is Bree never asked him ten years ago when he’d just left for NY to start his art career. But what about now? Is he staying? Do they have a second chance?
Or a second complication?
He always goes to her when he’s bereft and five weeks ago, they fucked after
Leigh Sonnekus
Aug 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely draws you in! 😉

I LOVE the Stewart Island series - each book is a standalone but the characters from each are all interconnected. The author has created an authentic community of beautiful friendships, family and love - I wish I could move there and join them all!!
Harley and Bree have a very tumultuous yet extremely passionate relationship. It was heartwarming to watch them both face their fears and grow throughout their story. I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend this b
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story of second chances and trust restored...

Flawed bad boys seem to fall the hardest and Harley is no different. Surprises and twists add to this sexy falling back in love tale making it impossible to put down. Our heroine is sexy, OCD, and fierce when it comes to her independence but maybe she can be had.
Mandi Morgan
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much happens in this book. So many twists and turns. Things you see coming and some you don’t. But all entertaining. A truly wonderful story.
Rob. C.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks for Tracey Alvarez, every few months I take a virtual trip to the Southern hemisphere, without the hassle of booking flights, packing suitcases and enduring a twenty-four-hour flight to the other end of the world. Drawing Me In has marked my seventh trip to Stewart Island, New Zealand, and every time it feels a little like coming home to a circle of good friends—even though, unfortunately they don’t exist.

I’ll admit Harley and Bree’s story intrigued me from the blurb, since Harley has onl
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review-request, 2016
Review originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books.

*I was provided an ARC of Drawing Me In by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Drawing Me In is book 7 of the Due South series, and while I typically get bored with a series after a few books, I can emphatically say this one drew me in right away and kept me hooked until the end. I absolutely loved Bree and Harley’s story. It was sweet and seductive yet had enough plot to keep me entertained thro
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 7 of the “Due South” Series, and author Tracey Alvarez continues to impress with another story of love between the wonderful group of “mates”, or friends, that mostly grew up together on the island of Oban, part of New Zealand. This book features Harley, who is a painter who has been living in New York, although he grew up on Oban with his twin brother Ford. The female lead is Bree, who also grew up on the island, and runs the local art shop/gallery which is owned by her mother. Eac ...more
Jennifer G
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own."

I love Tracey Alvarez . Each time I pick up one of The Due South series I feel like I'm going home. I live across the world, yet I feel as if I am part of the village of Oban. Yet I am envious of these fictional friends of mine. I want to be at the emergency ladies breakfasts, I want to be at trivia ni
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own."

I have mixed emotions about this book as it was just that... very emotional and angsty.
I rated this book 5 stars as I believe that if it was that the author wrote the book to be an emotional rollercoaster then she absolutely succeeded.
There was no need to be overly descriptive of the area/scenic spots
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I was not expecting to be “drawn in” to this book (#7 of the Due South Series) because the main characters weren't often “present” in the other books in the series. Bree was peripherally there, but always aloof, snarky, holding herself apart. Harley was away in New York, being a bigtime artist, notable mainly for being Ford's twin brother. As all of Alvarez' books, Drawing Me In is a standalone, but reading the series in order gives you a great sense of the entire community and the characters' p
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I find it hard to believe that we're up to seven books already in this series. There hasn't been a bad one in the bunch; if anything, it's getting better as they go along.

I adored Drawing Me In, and devoured it in about two days. It's somewhat of a companion book to the previous one in the series, Playing for Fun, and they really do need to be read together. Playing for Fun is Ford and Holly's story, and contains the bulk of the backstory about Ford and his twin brother Harley. Drawing Me In pi
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good things come to those who wait!

This is the latest book of the Due South series and is book seven – this book can be read as a stand alone but if you have not read the first five I strongly suggest you read them first....all are amazing.
Waiting for this book I was unsure if I would like it, or more specifically, if I would like Harley. We have come across Bree in all of the previous Due South books and although she is a little reserved she is a gorgeous, funny, feisty, loyal person who you in
Leebecki Whitehead
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
deep secret that could rock bree's life a secret she's kept from her friends for 9 years.

Harley who has commitment phobia whole world is about to be rocked, from a lonely artist in new York to moving back to oban with his twin brother ford and his family, and bree has always had some kind of hold over him.

Bree has been secretly been in love with harley since they were at collage together, but Harley was a young man who didn't want relationships, marriage or children, harley thought he was going
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bree Findlow, affectionately kown as Queen Bee to her friends, has always been the voice of reason, organized to a fault, and the picture of a put together woman who has her life together. Little does she know that her life is going to unravel, one thread at a time.

Playboy Harley Komeke has returned to Oban to try and recapture his muse. He’s trading the fast paced New York lifestyle for the laidback backwater town he grew up in. Another prodigal son returns to find much more than he what he wa
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.)
When I finished reading Ford and Holly’s story – Due South, Book 6 – I was anxious to get to meet Ford’s mysterious twin, Harley. And it was worth the wait! While each book stands-alone, it is so much fun to have read the series in order and to reconnect with all the people you’ve met in Oban. The down
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Another Due South book--yay!

This time our hero is Harley Komeke, Ford's ( Playing For Fun ) can't-hold-me-down artist twin--back from NYC for their birth mother's funeral; hanging around for a while in the hopes his muse will show up long enough for him to create the pieces he needs for his next big city show. Only she's playing hard to get...and so is Bree Findlow, the woman he all but ran from back at art school.

Or is she?

Bree's been keeping a major, ten-year-old secret from Harley, and it'
Marcia Lancaster
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brianna Findlow, or Queen Bree to her friends, has been home and running Bree's Curios for awhile now. She took the gallery her mother deserted after running it into the ground and built it into something she called her own. Something everyone respected. And then temptation on a stick started working next door. Harley Komeke and his twin Ford were rebuilding a store right next to her and she didn't get any advance notice so she could hide out.
Harley Komeke, hometown hero, artist extraordinaire,
Book 7 in the series and I'd gotten a little bored with it already. While I love the characters and the new-Zealand-small-town background I thought the actions to be too repetitive. Most books in the series follow the same build-up and present the same solution. Still, nice to read but looking at all the series I want to finish being bored is never a good sign.

However, this book surprised me a little. I thought it would be like book 2 a lot more considering the shared topics but maybe it's my l
T. Rosado
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it


This was another moving, eye-opening and fun romance in the Due South series. I was really curious as to how the story with Harley Komeke would play out. He came across as an arrogant player (although dedicated brother) in Playing For Fun (Ford's story.) I wasn't worried, though, when left to the consistent hands of Tracey Alvarez. It didn't take much for me to love Harley's brooding artist persona.

I won't say much of the story line, because there are some surprising twists that are best
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is another entry in Tracey Alvarez’s enjoyable, Due South series taking place on New Zealand’s South Island. IN this entry, we meet Harley, the twin brother of Ford Komeke, the hero of the previous book, Playing for Fun. Harley is a very successful artist who has been living in New York who has now returned to New Zealand for the funeral of the twins’ natural mother.

While back in Oban, the small New Zealand town that is the setting for this series. Harley has met back up with Bree Findlow,
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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.

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