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Romance Down Under: New Zealand Romance Starter Set

(Romance Down Under)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Read the first two full-length, standalone romance novels from USA Today bestselling author Tracey Alvarez’s Due South and Far North series.

In Too Deep (Due South, #1)
Two hearts. A second chance. Everything on the line…
Ryan "West" Westlake belongs on the island. It's in his blood and who he is. Nobody can deny that. When Piper Harland walked out of his life years ago, West
Kindle Edition, 513 pages
Published October 16th 2016 by Icon Publishing
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May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free, owned, romance
Book 1, In Too Deep 4.5 stars- I loved this New Zealand Island romance. What a wonderful experience. The writing was so vivid I could see the images and walk along side these fabulous characters. This was like taking a vacation without the cost and long flight. The characters, there is no way you can't help but admire, like and wish the best for them. They have realistic problems, and deal with them is easy to believe ways, and even have believable sex. Yes you heard that right, there were no ex ...more
Mary E
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Good stories

I might have given these books a four or five but I had to skip large graphic sexual descriptions. A good romance does not require detailed sexual encounters.
Oct 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
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FREE on Amazon today (10/29/2017)!
Rach Lawrence
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I have read each of the books included in this set individually. Following are my reviews, originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books:

In Too Deep:

New Zealand police officer and dive team member Piper Harland left her home nine years ago after the death of her father and being dumped by her one true love. Ryan “West” Westlake never got over letting Piper go, but his home is on the island where they grew up, running his family’s business. Now Piper’s brother is in financial trouble, and she needs to
Cathy Geha
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance Down Under by Tracey Alvarez

Two FREE books by one of my favorite authors! How wonderful to see them together for new readers! I have read EVERY ONE of Tracey’s books and look forward to reading many more through the years.

My reviews for the two books:

In too Deep by Tracey Alvarez

This may be Tracey Alvarez’s first novel but hopefully it will not be her last. The characters she has peopled her story with are all multidimensional and interesting. The small town in New Zealand where this st
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two books in one.

The first of each of her two series, Stewart Island(Due South) and Bounty Bay(Far North).
Both series are set in New Zealand, which was a new experience for me, the locations make the most of the countries landscape and obvious affinity with the sea.

Stewart Island - In too deep.
I took a while to gel with the characters in this novel, Piper is a police diver, very strong and single minded woman, who left her hometown to pursue her career and to escape her past. West, her brother'
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Too Deep:
This is the first book in the Due South Series by Tracey Alvarez. It is the second series I've read by this author and I am hooked. Her characters are realistic and are fast becoming old friends. The dynamics and dialogue between the characters really show their complexity and love for each other. The tension is thick. If Piper and West aren't at each others throats, they're fighting their mutual attraction. Will they wise up and grab a hold of what's in front of them or let their in
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romance Down Under: New Zealand Romance Starter Set is by Tracey Alvarez. The book is cute and easy to read. The characters and plot are realistic and is something you can see if you visit the islands.
Piper Harland was proud of the job she did. She was on the Police National Dive Squad and spent her time recovering bodies. This wasn’t her first one but it was the first who resembled Ryan Westlake, her first love. She knew she hadn’t done as well as expected; but she didn’t expect the dive maste
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a 2 book set and they are both great reads. I love 2nd chance romances. In Too Deep: Ryan and Piper come back together when she returns home to help her brother. After much miscommunication and pent-up feelings, truths come out that not only bring Ryan and Piper together but also helps to heal a family. Hide Your Heart: Lauren and her son Drew return home after an abusive marriage. She has left her celebrity life and wishes to stay away from people. In walks Nate who finds her on the sid ...more
Hazel Worden
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two short story's , Likable characters, interesting take on location the story are set.

First story a little choppy in the reading, people with attitude without any real reason especially the two people the story revolves around. Our girl piper had reason. 9 years and still feeling hurt from a rejection from the only man she ever felt anything for. As the reader I found my self having to re-read passages to understand who was saying what .

Second story much improved a more polished read. easy to f
Didi Ps
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Too Deep (Stewart Island Book #1)

Piper goes back home after many years of being away & is confronted by the first love she ever had, along with memories of a sad time in her family’s past. This was a nice story.

Hide Your Heart (Bounty Bay Book #1)

Nice story here... When Nate tries to help Lauren, her son says he can't wear her apron because it's pink. His answer, "Not a problem. I'm not allergic." Love this! In this story Lauren is trying to hide from her past, but with Nate at her doorstep,
Molly McMurray
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice blend of evil and wicked good!

Loved the characters, all of which were well fleshed out like you could picture them right in front of you. That's, to me, is one sign of a great writer, along with an excellent plot which Tracey Alvarez did an excellent job of as well. I shed years of joy several times along the way which (to me) means good story telling, too. Keep 'em coming, Tracey!
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Wow, this starter collection is amazing! I loved it! You will feel everything a person can feel (anger, heartbreak, passion, and love). A warning, have tissues handy! I went through everything these characters went through and can't wait to go through it all over again with the next in the series. Enjoy!
Mei Silk
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best romances I’ve read. It’s well written and fast-moving. Even though the plot isn’t original, and characters are familiar, Tracy Alvarez won’t give you a chance to feel bored. A great writer is someone who retells an old tale and still gets you hooked. I love Piper and West although they both have made mistakes.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Bad download!

It really does seem like it would be a good book and I really wanted to read it but two pages in and I started getting plain blank pages. All the way through the downloaded books there's pages missing and I can't make sense of the story with that much information missing.
Ruth Caves
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brains, beauty, and brawn

Love the story line that knows that beautiful doesn't mean stupid or inept. Also the acknowledgement that abusive people hide under many public personae.
A strong female character doing the best she can will always get my vote.
Anne Turnley
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
2 good romances

These stories take place in New Zealand. The first in Oban on the southern most island and has lots of scuba and free diving. The second in northern New Zealand at Bounty Bay. This couple have lots of fears to overcome.
Kathy A. Davies
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New Zealand LOVE 💘

I loved how the love between two people can wonderful. It get difficult because they are not willing to share true feelings because they do not see what others see. At last love is Possible but will they said up in time?
Mandi Morgan
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very Romantic

Very romantic story. Loved the story development. They are a very explosive couple. This book brings out a lots of emotion as you read what the characters go through and how they feel. I really enjoyed this book.
Elizabeth C Logging
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story teller

Both books were true love on the pages. Exciting and adventurous in both stories. Made you believe you were right there with the characters. Great job Ms Tracey Alvarez.
Barbara R. Cady
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great books!

This is the second time I've read these actually, and even knowing what was going to happen they were just as good as the first time. I love the characters and the stories.
shelia harman
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two Romances

This starter set of two stories was absolutely magnificent.The characters of each story draws you inside their stories.It is like you are right there with them through each of their trouble and triumphs
Kathy Wheeler
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Out in the boonies

Off in what is I’m sure beautiful countryside, and retreat a family living has Sister and her son move in from NYC. Reclusive, and then the story begins with a new neighbor. Good reading romance with some mystery as to why she and son Drew are out here.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Great Author!!

Adult romance with moving sexual content that’s not smutty trash. A lot of the newer “romance” books make sex scenes uncomfortable for readers. I am glad I found a new author to read who brings the heat without bringing the trash bag along.
Lynne Watts
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two good books set in New Zealand. Out of them both I preferred the second one which was a better read, the first one had a lot of description which at times I thought was unnecessary. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Book 1: Rather sexual but it isn't badly done. Plenty of depth and emotion. 3 star

Book 2: Happy ending but they worked to get there. Liked the characters. Solid 3
Catherine Geist
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Book

This was a good read. It was well written. Both stories well great stories. They kept your interest& were not cliffhangers.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Really enjoyed this book thank you. Hopeful there is more
Of the same but I've yet to find them. Fabulous
Anita Viaud
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story

I really enjoyed this story. It kept me intrigued throughout the story.

I really enjoyed this story. It kept me intrigued throughout the book.

carol ann miller
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Two wonderful stories . Stories about family, love and changes. Both of these stories will keep you entertained from beginning until the end.

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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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