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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  61 reviews
He’ll shake her foundations…

Ana Grace is living a single mother’s worst nightmare. Separated from her two kids by a catastrophic earthquake, she’s trapped in her office building with a man she’s only just met. He’s a sexy former soldier, and possibly the only man able to help her navigate the dangerous landscape home.

Daniel Calder is tired of failing people he’s tried to h
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published March 9th 2018 by Icon Publishing
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Quake is a brand new stand alone by Tracey Alvarez. I’ve read most of Tracey’s books and they are all contemporary romance. This is her first try in the romantic/suspense thriller genre and I have to say that she aced it! The book had me turning the pages from the beginning to the ending of the perfect epilogue.

The story begins on July 23 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Daniel Calder is former military, now living and working on his family’s farm. Daniel has a meeting in Lower Hutt and then plans t
‘Quake’ resonated with me in more ways than one. Apart from the devastating quakes that have stolen the headlines in New Zealand over the past few years, that Tracey Alvarez has chosen to set her book in Wellington—a place which I adore—and its familiar surrounds made me walk in these footsteps once again. It was all too easy to imagine the windiest city in the world swept away in the tsunami that resulted because of the fictional quake, the landslides and mudflow and the aftershocks crumbling e ...more
Jennifer G
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ana Grace is a lawyer, a single mother of two children, Theo and Alyssa. On Friday morning, July 23rd she picks up her nanny's brother, Daniel for a visit and they head back to her office. At 10:22 a major earthquake and tsunami hit destroying Wellington, New Zealand. Ana's only thought is to get to her children. Daniel, a former soldier, now working on his family farm is a natural born hero but he doesn't see it that way. He wears the guilt of his failures but this time he's determined to keep ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quake is a well-written story with developed characters and an engaging plot. I was pleased to see a natural disaster dealt with in a realistic manner. Help was not immediately available, electricity, water, and phone service were gone, or spotty at best. Roads were impassable making traveling 35km an undertaking. Very real dangers lurked along the way.

I can only imagine how Ana felt not knowing the fate of her kids. Every good mother's nightmare. Her determination to reach them was admirable. I
kittykat (Jo Tortitude)

Instalove aside, this was a fun mini-adventure where, following a disaster, a competent mama-bear tries desperately to get back to her kids, and finds love along the way. But, the main conflict is another of my pet peeves; one party going through the whole 'I'm not made for love' thing and not effectively communicating their insecurities (which is based on a mere couple of situations that most of us have dealt with at some point in our lives) with the other that delays their happy e
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quake is a definite departure for Ms. Alvarez, with an element of danger and suspense not seen in her other series (Bountny Bay and Stewart Island) and the fact that she's new to writing the genre does show somewhat (the suspense part is done somewhat clumsily and predictably) it's still a worthwhile read. Seeing characters in the midst of an earthquake and tsunami-caused crisis felt very topical with all of the natural disasters making the news these days, and reading her descriptions of the de ...more
Cathy Geha
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quake by Tracey Alvarez

The Big One – an earthquake – that is what I always heard people worrying about and preparing for while living in California. I experienced a few and some were humdingers BUT none were as bad where I lived as the one described in this book. What would I do if I were in Ana’s shoes? How would I cope? I am sure that having Daniel, with all of his military training, there to assist her as she made her way through the destruction to reach her children would have been a blessin
Juanita Kees
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Alvarez extends her talents to include a suspense/thriller thread in Quake. Full of action, adventure and the Kiwi humour I love so much, this was a fast-paced read. It took me a while to get into the story, but from the moment they scaled down the wall of the quake-battered building and started out on their rescue mission, the action jumped off the page. The suspense/thriller element was light enough to add intrigue rather than edge-of-the-seat suspense, driven by a third point of view from the ...more
Susan Page
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book, and a bit of a change of direction for Tracey. This has none of the coziness of the Stewart Island and Bounty Bay series of books. It is edgy from the start, very much in the romantic suspense genre, with the emphasis on suspense, which gradually builds through the book.

Daniel Calder, an ex-soldier and now working on the family farm, has flown to Wellington to visit his sister Nadia, who is working as nanny for lawyer Ana Grace. It is Ana who meets him from the airport
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
As always Ms Alvarez sucks you into the meat of the story from the very start. You're drawn in directly to the time that the two main characters meet and interact and the story continues from there at a fairly fast rate. This was a detour from Ms Alvarez' popular series' and was a fun and thrilling addition with the action and adventure of the aftermath of the quake.

I did really like the main hero Daniel as a man that took action and thought things out rationally. His actions showed us his true
Rhonda Brant
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s one thing you know you are going to get with a Tracey Alvarez book, an incredible adventure throughout New Zealand loaded with romance, beautiful scenery and hot steamy sex, but this one came with a twist that I haven’t seen before from her. Those of us who know Tracey and her amazing books, she lives in New Zealand, also known that the area is prone to earthquakes. Now being from SoCal myself, we are also used to those pesky earth moving occurrences, and when they happen, we pray it’s o ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ana Grace is a woman who doesn’t trust men. Every man in her life has failed her. Her father. Her first love. Her ex-husband. The only person she can trust is herself.

Daniel Calder is ex-military. He’s got a chip on his shoulder. Years ago, during training, a soldier under his command was permanently injured because she didn’t follow his orders. Daniel is haunted and guilt ridden by the accident. He’s since placed the needs of others before his own happiness as penance.

The unthinkable has happen
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ana Grace is a defense attorney who had made some nasty enemies in her career. One of them has the perfect plan to get even with her. Ana's little girl Alyssa was with Nadia, her nanny and Ana's son Theo was in school on the other side of the city when the earthquake hit. Former soldier, Daniel Calder's younger sister Nadia is Alyssa's nanny. Ana had just picked up Daniel from the airport and was giving him a ride into Wellington for a business appointment near Ana's office. Daniel decided to he ...more
Meka R.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm already a Tracey Alvarez fan so it goes without saying that I love her style of storytelling and her romantic suspenses are intriguing. Daniel and Ana were sexy and smokin' hot together. I did love them as a couple, but while I loved Daniel as the ultimate hero, with his gorgeous dark looks, his strength, patience, kindness, and courage to move past the guilt he carried about a former soldier under his command, Ana needed a swift kick to the rear a few times. She could be so smart, tough, an ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy, romance
Quake is a departure from Tracey Alvarez's more community-based Due South and Far North series. As I've come to expect from Alvarez, Quake is well-written, but with a pretty scary and surprising twist toward the end.

Attorney Ana Grace is helping out her employee/friend, Nadia, by picking up her older brother from the airport. Daniel Calder is visiting Nadia after switching careers from the military to working the family farm. An earthquake strikes while Ana and Dan are at Ana's office, cutting t
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give Quake by Tracey Alvarez five stars. This book is a stand alone book and is not part of a series. If you like romance books that have a touch of suspense and mystery you will love this book! This was a very well written and a very quick read that will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going to happen.

Ana Grace is a single mother who has a demanding job. Her worse nightmare happen one day when she goes to work and there is a earthquake. The earthquake causes so
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four plus stars. I have never experienced a major earthquake, but I know people who have. I remember one of my friends describing the walk home after the second Christchurch earthquake, and the description in Quake reminded me very much of her experience. The Wellington setting was a nice departure from many of the romances I’ve read lately. It's a place I’ve visited often, and as I read, the feel and geography of the city jumped off the page.

I love reading books by Tracy Alvarez. Some of her on
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn in from the first page from the excitement, danger and darkness that surrounds the family there is never a dull moment. The author gives a compelling story of a single mother and an ex military that have to deal with an earth quake along with trying to get to her children. Both characters are strong, stubborn and willing to stand their ground, they are determined to face the unknown and fight until the end. Both of these characters have issues one is filled with guilt and the other h ...more
Light romantic suspense with just a little bit of a gritty/dark element mixed in with a single mom and disaster theme

Quake is an easy to read romantic suspense mixed in with a single mom and disaster theme. It's a fairly light suspense (not too intense for those not into heavy suspense) with just a little bit of a gritty/dark element, especially in the later part of the book. While it is a fairly fast paced book in terms of time frame, there is a steadiness to the build-up of the climax to keep
T. Rosado
4+ Stars!

Growing up, I loved disaster movies, so I was excited for Alvarez's new romantic suspense novel that occurs during a disastrous earthquake and its aftermath. If that weren't enough, she ratchets up the suspense with the inclusion of an unknown enemy set on revenge.

This author proves over and over that she is adept at writing romance that is more than just about the love story. She gives depth to her H/h by also giving life to the setting, secondary characters, and the story conflict. It
Yvonne Cruz
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read by Ms Alvarez, and it definitely will not be the last one.
From the moment you read the first few lines, you are drawn into the story, and it’s characters. There is never a dull moment.
The main characters, Ana Grace, attorney and single Mom , and Daniel Calder, former soldier and now a farmer, are complex and interesting individuals . Though the story centers around an earthquake in New Zealand and Ana’s despair as a mother to get to her children, as well as Daniel’s
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quake is an interesting story. There’s obviously romance and some suspense but it was also freshly done. Without spoiling too much, I will say that I was captivated by this book from beginning to end.

Ana is a single mom of two who after an earthquake is determined to get to her kids. I couldn’t help but to imagine myself in a similar situation and knowing I would be exactly like Ana in a rush to get to them.

This book only spans over a handful of days (maybe a couple of weeks) but I loved havin
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two Bodies Colliding Causing Shockwaves

Tracey I have read all the Stewart Island series and 1 & 2 in the Bounty Bay series. I really like both of these series and even though when I read what the story was about it is not your usual subject matter But to my astonishment you pulled it off in my opinion this is the best book you have written by far. Ana & Daniel the Lawyer and Farmer After a quake one trying to get home to her kids and the other want to protect her these two are like two bodies co
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding love amid terrifying times
This new book by Tracey Alvarez effectively combined romance and suspense, and was quite dark and different from her endearingly sexy, heartwarming, funny, and sometimes cheeky stories in the Bounty Bay and Stewart Island series. But I liked it mainly because of the leads, farm boy Daniel and lawyer Ana, who were strong, determined, and decisive when unexpectedly thrown together and faced with frightening and life-threatening situations. I liked Daniel more than
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quake tells a story of Ana, a single mum of two who after the unfortunate course of events gets separated from her children. To find them she needs to get to the other side of her city which was ruined by an earthquake and tsunami. Fortunately, she gets help from Daniel, brother of her employee.
The story, as usual, is well written, in particular, I appreciate the realism that was put in descriptions of the earthquake. Tracey Alvarez went beyond her comfort zone and added a healthy dose of suspe
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars ⭐️
This was an entertaining and slightly different story from trusty author Alvarez.
Ana and Daniel are basically strangers when an Earthquake strands them together away from their families (his sister is the nanny for Ana’s children).
I enjoyed watching Daniel and Ana work together to get home and solve the mystery of who was keeping her son from her.
This is the first book I’ve read from Ms Alvarez that combined intrigue along with romance. It was a good effort, but I felt that it redu
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting a romance, and ended up with a bit of suspense tossed in to the mix.

I really liked Daniel, Nadia, Theo, her Dad, and Alyssa. Ana was ok. I would have accepted him as my hero. Lol. Ana had her moments. I felt like she kept sending Daniel mixed signals. I can understand why her trust issues were so intense. I can even understand her hesitancy about falling for Daniel so quickly. That's why I really couldn't fault her, but was just a little irritated about how she handled it.

This wa
Rebecca Penny
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a guy, a girl, her kids and a natural disaster plus a sneaky bad guy. Tracey has ventured more into the suspense/romance genre with this book. It stands out from her other books and looks to be a new direction for her. There is a slightly different feel to the writing style in this book too, a bit grittier and I think that could be a reflection of the shift in genre.

The leads in this book are great, the level of detail is perfect and doesn't lose sight of the of the story line but adds
Cheryl Sanders
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author never disappoints! This fantastic standalone romance features Daniel and Ana. Tragedy strikes and all Ana wants is to get to her kids. This is all about her journey with the ever sexy Daniel, to reach them. Ana is a beautiful, tough attorney with major trust issues. Daniel is ex-military, current farmer and struggling with tons of guilt from an accident that happened while he was in the service. The baggage and guilt could turn these two off relationships forever.

This great story li
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
Earthquakes are a pretty big deal around here, and a couple of years ago there was a dramatisation on TV about what it would be like in my city when “the big one” strikes. This book reminded me so much of that – the terror of being in a tower block with collapsed stairwells, the impact of a tsunami, broken roads, no power, and the way people behave in those situations. So it freaked me out – but not enough to stop reading. Alvarez is one of my favourite authors and this is a departure for her, b ...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.

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