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Hide Your Heart

(Bounty Bay #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,163 ratings  ·  201 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 in
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Icon Publishing
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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 Taylor is now living in a small, rural New Zealand town with her four year old son, Drew. But this wasn’t always where she lived. Lauren had a very different life in New York, first as a famous model and then as t
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is OK read.

It has this small town romance vibe. Min angst/ drama. The chemistry between 2 characters is suficient to maintain the story.

The story is OK. The heroine has some spouse abuse relationship in the past. The chemistry between the hero and heroine takes time but not slow burn.

Overall this is OK read.

3 stars
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
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 tabloid pres
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 enjoyed it al
Siobhan Davis
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 from his busy career, h
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 think its a
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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 brother lives she runs in
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 them. While
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
DNF'd at 58%

Setting this one aside for now. I was really in a contemporary romance mood when I started, but now my mood has shifted and I felt like something else. The story is solid, nothing really stands out and some things feel slightly off. Not a fan of the trope where one character will move away and the other has to stay and they're both so firm on their stance.
Big Joe  Rossi
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Taylor was also once known as top model Alexandra Lauren Knight now she lives secluded in a small rural hometown, tucked away, SAFE, and planning to stay that way. For herself, but for her son more. An abusive ex having made keeping him safe, and herself, a top priority.

Driving home, car trouble will introduce us, and her and her son, to Nate, her new neighbor. A sexy burned out photographer. She is distraught when she learns he bought the property next to hers and plans to renovate it a
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 her neighbo
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I feel like this story could have gone deeper. Review coming
Sep 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
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FREE on Amazon (9/16/2017)!
Le Petit
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
A broody romance about a single mother who is a domestic abuse survivor and a photojournalist. It hits all the marks as far as romance goes, she’s an ex-model with a killer body and face. He is tall, broad shouldered, with striking good looks and a broody personality. Both are afraid to let people in but learn to trust one another and fall madly in love.
I had expected the ex-husband to show up and make trouble but alas that was not to be. Nothing heavy happens, he is her new neighbor who is flip
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 herself apart
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Cheryl Sanders
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?

This is
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 innocent child does, wrap
Donna Porter
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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 flow, but I can look past
Stephanie Jenkins
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.
Tugs at your heart strings....

Lauren Taylor nee Alexandra Lauren Knight. 25 or 26 year old former model.
Drew Taylor - her 4-year old son.
Java - their protective and big softie Rottweiler.
Nate Fraser -31 year old photo journalist.

Lauren fled to Bounty Bay after escaping her abusive husband with their 4-year old son. She is hiding out with her brother and his wife as her only neighbors. Nate purchases the land next to hers with the intent of flipping the house on it. They
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, i-own
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, repair
Amber Daulton
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
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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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