In Too Deep (Due South #1)
by Tracey Alvarez
Summary from Goodreads:
She vowed never to return.
To save her brother from financial ruin, Piper Harland must do the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island home-town where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. Piper is tough, resilient and a little wild—much like the remote and beautiful Stewart Island where she grew up. As a cop who’s part of the elite New Zealand Police National Dive Squad, bringing the dead back to their families still doesn’t stop the guilt she feels over her father’s drowning death. Now nine years later she’s obligated to return to a hostile community as the outsider, and forced to work with the man who was once her best friend and first lover.
She’s a risk he can’t take.
West is an Island man, through and through. As owner of the local pub, he lives and breathes the local community, and sure as hell can’t imagine living anywhere else. But most of all he refuses to ever fall for a woman like his flighty mother. He lost Piper once to give her the chance to fulfil her dreams of becoming a cop. But now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit to help her brother—his best mate. Maybe West wants her a little bit, maybe he can’t resist the temptation to tease and touch her, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk?
Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both.
At first I felt somewhat disconnected from the story. It didn’t grab me right away -took me a little while to get hooked but I’m so glad I stuck with it.
Once I really got into it, there were so many things I liked about the book, it wasn’t just the main characters but all of them. I loved the small town island setting and the fact that everyone was like one big family. It’s one of those books that you want to live in!
I really enjoyed the interaction between Piper and West, especially how it evolved throughout the book. It was very emotional and I found myself brokenhearted at times but also laughing and swooning in other occasions. The love scenes were very well-written, descriptive enough to keep you on the edge of your seat but not so much that they became boring.
Piper was great as a strong female lead, I found myself rooting for her from the start, truly hoping she got her happy ending after having gone through so much heartache. Not just from having her heart broken by West nine years ago, but also the death of her father, the guilt and the alienation that came afterwards.
West was definitely likable and swoon worthy but in the beginning I didn’t quite trust him. This obviously changed as the story progressed and I got to know more about him. By the end I was totally captivated by West. What’s not to love, he was hot, playful and flirtatious.
“West stopped digging long enough to tug the hem of his shirt up to wipe his brow, exposing the hard planes of his stomach. He winked when he turned his head and caught her staring.”
I really loved moments like this between them and I really enjoyed reading this book.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars