Hide Your Heart (Far North #1)
by Tracey Alvarez
Summary from Goodreads:
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 into the spotlight, Lauren prefers the safety of anonymity; restoring classic cars with her brother, and snuggling with her four-year-old son.
Nate Fraser, a burned-out photojournalist, plans to fix up the property next door to Lauren and sell it as a celebrity retreat. Always on the move, Nate is only comfortable with short-term assignments and even shorter-term relationships. But it’s not just his buyer’s tight deadline or that the restoration is far beyond his expertise which turns a short-term project into an ordeal. Nate’s plan of travelling the globe is in jeopardy—created by the intensity of his growing feelings for Lauren and her little boy.
As the sparks of passion ignite between them it reawakens Nate’s long forgotten dream of having a home and family. Lauren must find a way to trust Nate not only with her secrets, but with her heart—before her safe haven is exposed and she can no longer hide in the shadows.
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 guys better. The women can get on my nerves sometimes but not Lauren. She is a former model turned kickass mom who is now a mechanic and handles a chainsaw like a pro!! I even loved that she had a scar on her face, I’m not sure why but I thought that was so cool, like a physical proof of just how tough she was. But she can also put on an apron and bake muffins for the boys.
Who doesn’t love a story about a mom who will do anything for her kid? This book was beautiful and inspiring and I know I’ve been gushing so much about Lauren but Nate was pretty great too, quite stubborn but still great. Have some patience because he takes his time to come around but as always, Ms. Alvarez makes it worth your while.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars