Book Review: Ready to Burn by Tracey Alvarez

25417135Ready to Burn (Due South #3)
by Tracey Alvarez

Summary from Goodreads:

Love small-town romance with an unforgettable cast of characters? The Due South series will transport you to an unspoilt, wild island of the coast of New Zealand. Meet Shaye and Del…

Take one sassy Harland girl…

Shaye Harland, sous chef de-awesome, desperately wants the role of Due South’s head chef. Though a little out of her depth, she can totally cope with the extra de-mands if she can resist her future brother-in-law when he muscles in on her kitchen. The Hollywood wannabe is nothing but a troublesome distraction and he fries her sex-ometer to a crisp. But as far as romance? Forget it. Love, when she finds Mr. Perfect, will be as sweet as her to-die-for cookies.

Add a bad-boy from LA…

Del Westlake swore he’d never again set foot on the island he calls the “ass end of New Zealand.” With his reputation as a sous chef in one of LA’s hottest restau-rants trashed, and his estranged father’s restaurant needing a head chef, Del wants nothing more than to go in, get the job done, and get out. Except his feisty second-in-command carves herself a spot in his heart and completely incinerates his plans.

Watch the sparks fly as they burn it up in the kitchen…

Winning a spot on a TV reality show is just what Del needs to jumpstart his career back in the States. Nothing can get in the way of him winning—not even the woman whose trust he’d destroy if she discovers his secrets. But with a film crew capturing the explosive kitchen chemistry between them, will his bad-boy ways rear up and ruin his shot at becoming Shaye’s Mr. Perfect?

TSR My Review

As always, finishing a book I really like is a bittersweet moment. I am happy for all the characters from Due South because I’ve gotten attached to them over the course of these 3 books but I’m sad too -in a purely selfish way because now I have to sit and wait. While reading Tracey Alvarez’s books, I’ve felt so comfortable and so at home imagining life in a place like Stewart Island.

In Ready to Burn, we get the story of 2 chefs: Shaye Harland and Del Westlake. We know Shaye from the first 2 books as Piper and Ben’s little sister and Kezia’s friend. However, since Del left for the States with his mother years ago, we only knew of him. This is the first time he returns to Oban and of course, him and Shaye butt heads. I loved seeing how their initial reactions to each other changed and evolved into a hot attraction. I think Tracey Alvarez did a great job putting 2 people in a tense and uncomfortable situation (one that neither one of them wanted to be in) and then turning it around into a great love story.

I give it 5 stars because at this point I wouldn’t expect any less from Ms. Alvarez!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 out of 5 stars

5 stars

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