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Saying I Do

(Stewart Island #8)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Marriage and happily-ever-after are for suckers…

Joe Whelan was fooled once on the way to the altar, and the Irish doctor isn’t about to be an eejit over a woman again. Especially not one who witnessed his broken-hearted humiliation years ago. He won’t be swayed by the sparks that fly whenever his eyes meet MacKenna’s or distracted by her sweet kisses. The only thing Joe c
Published May 16th 2017 by Tracey Alvarez
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Siobhan Davis
Dr Joe has featured in several of the Due South books up to this point but we haven't really learned that much about him except that he's originally from Ireland. Mac has appeared previously as Holly's cousin and the bridal shop owner so we know a little bit about her too. This is their story and I loved every heart stealing moment of it!

Tracey is a fabulous writer and her prose and her wonderful characters always hook me from the get-go, and Saying I Do was no different.

Dr Joe has sworn off lov
MacKenna Jones is a wedding dress designer from Invercargill, she has come to Stewart Island to send time with her cousin Holly in the run up to her wedding to Ford (the couple from Playing For Fun). When Stewart Island's meddling octogenarian matchmaker claims she is having a heart-attack shortly after seeing a cake which is meant to look like a spanner but is otherwise described as looking like a zombie's penis, Mac is sent to get the Island's Dr Joe Whelan. Aka Oban’s Doctor Sexy McSexface.

Rhonda Brant
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are a handful of authors that I will automatically order their newest book sight unseen because they are always without a doubt going to be great. Tracey Alvarez is one of those select authors that I will read anything I can get my hands on that she writes, and Saying I Do is definitely one of those

Joe and MacKenna's story is mixed with humor, sass, hot steamy lovin, a couple of emotional scenes and definitely some tears brought together into this pretty romantic story. For those of
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first saw the cover of this book, I was pulled in and had so much hope for this story. Unfortunately, I didnt like it as much as I thought I would. Just as the story started to pick up and get my attention it was over. I felt there wasn't enough drama to keep my interest, I wanted so much more from these characters. I wanted to feel the characters own personality, it seemed they all talked and thought the same, I wanted individuality. I felt there was so much more potential there and it j ...more
Having read book 8 I stated numerous times that the series is kind of repetitive but it still is charming and offers an entertaining read.

The book follows a well-worn path but interestingly, part of it is set in Las Vegas. I am not really a fan of this trip as I love to read the series for its New Zealand setting. As always, it's lovely to revisit the characters of former books and I look forward to reading the next book as I already own it.

However, I am not sure if I am going to buy book 10 r
InD'tale Magazine
There’s something about Ms. Alvarez’ writing that makes one fall in love all over again!

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Due South series - Tracey Alvarez:

Saying I Do is book eight in the Due South series by Tracey Alvarez. I have loved this series from the first book and I am amazed how this author makes each and every book new and unique. This is MacKenna and Joe’s story and these two stole my heart.

We have met MacKenna Jones before, she is Holly’s cousin. Mac took her love of designing wedding gowns and turned it into a business as a wedding planner. She lives and works in Invers. It’s about an hours ferry ride across the Foveaux Strait to Oba
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
I adored this story. It started off a little slow for me but about 10% in and everything picked up and I couldn’t put the book down.

This wasn’t a story full of a lot of push and pull or silly misunderstandings but instead it was a story of two people with baggage trying to navigate real, true love for the first time.

I highly recommend this book!
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Tracey Alvarez' Due South books because they always included almost everyone in the town of Oban along with whichever couple fell/was pushed/got knocked on the head by love. But I have to admit that Saying I Do is my favorite (so far!) even though it is much less “community based” than all the previous ones. This book is more thoughtful, or maybe I should say thought-provoking, than most of the others. I hesitate to say “angst-ridden,” but the main theme running throughout th ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another gorgeous addition to the Oban community that I now feel a part of! Firstly I need to say 'Thank You' Ms Alvarez! I've had a major slump in romance reading of late and you've just restored my faith in the Romance genre!

Although it wasn't a 'perfect' love story, it had everything that I see as a reader is essential for me. Firstly, two main characters that have depth, flaws, chemistry and most of all... are likeable! I always feel in this series that each character is someone I'd like to g
Rach Lawrence
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review-request, 2017
Review originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books.

MacKenna Jones has been designing wedding gowns since she was a little girl, but for other people. Mac isn’t the marrying type. She got close once, but she now knows that forever is not for her. Yet there’s something about Oban’s sexy doctor, Joe Whelan, that keeps her coming back for more. Too bad Joe hates her for ruining his chance at happily ever after.

Left by his fiancée a week before his wedding, Doctor Joe Whelan has no interest in holy matr
Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are two huge reasons, well, three, come to think of it, why I jumped at the chance to read SAYING I DO by Tracey Alvarez. First and foremost is my undying love for New Zealand. While visiting this amazingly stunning country, I also made a detour to that little bit of land that is Stewart Island –revisiting it through the books of this series means the world to me! Next, the title: In two long (short?) years, I will be marrying myself, which means that right now I’m an absolute sucker for n ...more
I’ve always been fond of the Due South cast (some couples more than others, admittedly) and every new book in this series is like revisiting the motley crew who live in Stewart Island, so far from the rest of the world yet so happy in their windswept, isolated community with a record number of HEAs minted there.

Dr. Joe Whelan’s turn finally arrives in this book and it’s fate, or rather, Alvarez, who chooses to pair him up with Mackenna Jones, a gun-shy wedding-dress maker who flees when it comes
Enemies to lovers romance between a sexy Irish doctor & a hard hearted wedding dress designer with a painful intertwined past

Saying I Do is an enemies to lovers romance between a sexy Irish doctor and a hard hearted wedding dress designer with a painful intertwined past. This well written book had a freshness to it, despite being book eight in the series, with the book being set partly away from Stewart Island but with just enough on the Island to see familiar faces putting in an appearance for
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great story!!!! Joe & Mackenzie, "Mac"......had an inauspicious beginning. Thus triumphed all obstacles to have a HEA!!!!!

Joe & Mac knew each other from the past. It was a very interesting beginning for them both. The length Mac went to to catch Sofia in action was pretty ballsy!!! Of course with the help of her Bestie, Reid, that scene in the restaurant with Sofia was pretty hilarious!!!! Mac catches her in the restaurant's restroom & confronts her. Mac then presented to Joe her evidenc
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

I give Saying I Do by Tracey Alvarez five stars. This is book eight of the Stewart Island Series. This book can be read as a standalone, you will see characters from the other eight books in this book but you do not need their stories to love this book. I have read all the other books in this series and loved them all so I would recommend you read those as well. This book is very well written and it did not have any violence in it. There is some sexual content but I feel that the scenes a
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is a must-buy for me, and after a bit of a hiatus the author has returned to this series and Stewart Island, and it's a welcome return. This is MacKenna and Joe's story, and both of them have appeared in previous books as supporting characters. They are both gun-shy about marriage, and relationships in general, and have a past history that makes them avoid each other like the plague. It's not friends-to-lovers exactly, more of a mutual-attraction-despite-my-better-judgment situation. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having met four years earlier and trying to avoid each other ever since Joe and Mac find themselves being brought together by the forever interfering Mrs Taylor. If you have read any of the previous books you will know that once Mrs Taylor gets an idea in her head then there is little that can be done to dissuade her.

Having been burnt before Joe is not keen on opening up his heart to anyone, especially not to Mac who was there to witness his humiliation. Mac has seen her mother marry do many tim
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eram, arc
3.5 stars
Another solid entry Ms Alvarez's Stewart Island series takes us back to New Zealand's southern isle and the small community of Oban.
This story focuses on the town Doctor, Joe, and Mackenna - an honorary member of the community via her cousin Holly.
This is a not quite- enemies to lovers story that focuses on two people that have been wounded by the past and have to learn to love again.
This is a well written story that takes our couple from Oban to Las Vegas and back. We see how the pa
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally, it's here - book number eight of the Stewart Island series! I can't tell you how enchanted I am with these books. Every single one is polished to the last dot. "Saying I Do" is no exception.

This time we meet Mac and Joe, he is Irish doctor working in Oban and she is wedding dress designer from Invercargill. They met years ago and taking into consideration the events from their shared past they should avoid each other at all cost, at least they try to do so. But fortunately, fate has com
Sarah Porter
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
As always Tracey's books are down to earth and realistic, but funny and interesting as well!

Having read (and purchased) all of the previous Due South series I was really interested to find out what happened to Dr Joe. As alway with this type of book, it's never going to give you any real challenges or moments where you honestly think 'what's going to happen?' But as always wonderfully written and interesting characters who engage you. Absolutely perfect, spot on reading for your holidays! Well
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books
McKenna Jones is Holly’s cousin and has used her dressmaking skills to make her designer wedding dresses the must have item for the discerning NZ bride. But she’s not a big believer in the HEA for herself; from her own experience and from another wedding she brought to a grinding halt.
The Irish lilt of Dr Joe Whelan is a favourite with the old ladies on Stewart Island who have almost given up trying to match-make him. No one knows what happened in his past when his bride to be left him days befo
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again Tracey Alvarez has written a wonderful story. MacKenna and Joe have a unique past. I've never read anything even remotely similar to why they try to avoid each other. I loved their snarky banter. There were times I wanted to knock some sense into both of them.

The scene where MacKenna meets Joe's brothers is priceless! Joe's entire family are quirky, interesting individuals. I loved how his sister pulled the wool over his eyes!

These two quotes from the book sum up love and life to me:
Penny Leidecker
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this well written book about the sexy Irish Doctor, Joe Whelan and the owner of Next Stop, Vegas, MacKenna Jones. The characters and well developed and this draws you in. You feel like you are a part of these family and friends. Mac and Joe have somewhat of a history, but they really don't like each other. Their history is what ends up bringing them together, when Joe asks Mac to design Kerry's wedding dress. He thinks Kerry's groom-to-be, Aaron, is just after her for her future money. Ev ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is just something about a series, that sense of calm when you return to a familiar setting. The saying hi to friends and catching up. And just a little bit of all round feel good magic.

This book, did all of that and then some. It was just such a great read. I love the peaks at others from previous reads in the series, but mostly I love Dr Joe and Mac [or MacKenzie because I'm not sure if we're friends ;)].

I'm not normally a fan of flashing back scenes, but they were used very well here. Th
Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This fabulous story is book 8 in the Stewart Island series and it features MacKenna Jones and Dr. Joe Whelan. This entire series is full of fantastic five star reads. I love Dr. Joe and his Irish family. Mac is a little fickle but through everything, her feelings for Joe never wavered. From the moment they met they led each other on a crazy, emotional adventure.

I highly recommend this fantastic story set in Stewart Island, New Zealand. I always love traveling Due South to this wonderful island f
Winnie Lim
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Tracey Alvarez brings us on a wonderful journey that is full of humour, romance, familial love and explosive chemistry between the hero and heroine. From an awkward start due to their past, to getting past it and being wildly attracted to each other, then to finding love, their story has lots of twists and ups and downs and I totally enjoyed being on this journey with MacKenna and Joe.

* I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compen
Lovely Loveday
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I realty like that this book is part of a series because I can continue with the story through several books instead of one. I found this to be a great read and I really loved the flashback scenes. I feel that they added so much to the current story line that it was a must. This helps to remind me or fill you in if you haven’t read the previous book with what is going on and why. Overall a very happy reading with a lot of laughable moments
Paul R
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great read by Tracey Alvarez. I have really enjoyed her Stewart Island books. This links both the island and the mainland. The story interweaves with characters in other books to make a most delightful read. It makes me laugh and shake my head at different times. How do two people with a painful past figure out that they really pull toward each other and survive? This also gets in a good bit of travel. Enjoy the read; I surely did. It was well worth my purchase.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Saying I Do of the Year

Dr. Joe and Mackenna ( Mac ) story about getting over past relationships for Mac her mother and leaving someone at the Alter. Dr. Joe getting over Mac's involvement in breaking up with his fiancee 4 yrs before. This story had me laughing and in tears. A must read for everyone who loves HEA. Tracey has outdone herself once again.
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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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