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    The wait is over!

    I have been waiting for the Joe & Mac story for what feels like forever (alright it wasn't really). I begged for my ARC copy to read & review! 😂 I wasn't disappointed, as an avid reader of the Due South series I had noticed them in the periphery of some of the stories and couldn't wait t see what was in store for them. Mac owns a bridal store in Invercargill so she has popped up here and there in previous stories and Joe is the resident Irish Dr for Stewart Island. There is some history between the two which has caused some animosity, friction & avoidance of each other. Tracey teases out their story with just the right amount of steam and some bumps in the road. Mac is prickly and antagonistic & Joe is charming and intense. Both of them are commitment phobes. This book takes place in a few more locations than the previous books in the series which is a nice twist. This is a great fun read and I found it hard to put down for when real life interrupted. If I hadn't received my requested ARC copy I still would have gone out & bought this book. So do yourself a favour & buy this and escape for a couple of hours to a beautiful island, parts of NZ & Vegas!
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    Pot-hole-filled road to love and marriage!

    I have loved all of Tracey Alvarez' Due South books because they always included almost everyone in the town of Oban along with whichever couple fell/was pushed/got knocked on the head by love. But I have to admit that Saying I Do is my favorite (so far!) even though it is much less “community based” than all the previous ones. This book is more thoughtful, or maybe I should say thought-provoking, than most of the others. I hesitate to say “angst-ridden,” but the main theme running throughout the story is very much the emotions regarding relationships and love—how they are perceived, really felt, hoped for, avoided, acknowledged, and finally accepted. But getting there is in no way guaranteed! These two are not “storybook” romance characters—they seem to be real people with real hang-ups and issues that go through a lot before they can end up together. And what a great trip Tracey takes you on to get there! Joe and Mac's story appears to be an “enemies to lovers” tale at the beginning. But you soon realize it is more of a “Joe's most humilating experience in his life” and Mac's being a witness—or rather catalyst, of that humiliating experience. His move to Oban on Stewart Island to become the town's doctor was pretty much a reaction to that situation, to get away from Invercargill on the mainland, to put it out of his mind. So it seems reasonable that he would avoid Mac, who's cousin and good friend, Holly, turns out to be one of the town's residents. Unfortunately, four and a half years later, Holly is getting married, requiring more frequent visits from her cousin who happens to be a wedding planner and up-and-coming bridal gown designer. With a little push from the town's busybody/matchmaker, Joe and Mac at least start talking, and finally address the issue that has kept them from getting to know each other all that time. And then the dance begins, from not liking each other very much (or at least THINKING they don't like each other very much) to becoming very involved and unable to stay apart. The sex is great, yet they both have a long way to go, due to unresolved issues about love and relationships before they can acknowledge that they are a couple to themselves, much less to family and friends. Timing is everything they just can't seem to get in sync when it comes to accepting love. Joe's problem with love is the more recent “humiliating experience,” whereas Mac's has been brewing in her head and heart since she was a little girl. Mix in the drama of Joe trying to stop his baby sister's wedding, causing her to “elope” to Vegas (not truly an elopement when their families are invited, is it?), insisting that Mac bring her dress, with or without Joe. And that is when the story shifts to Las Vegas, via a road trip from Los Angeles, and the story takes a few more twists and turns, some unexpectedly more twisty than others, on the way to Joe and Mac's HEA. Which does end up involving pretty much everyone in Oban's participation in the end.
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    Romance Down Under

    My, oh my, oh my! What a dreamy main character is Irish Joe Whelan! And, MacKenna “Mac” Jones? Well she is nothing to be sneezed at, either! Two successful, attractive and strong individuals who have friends in common but also have a past experience that has defined their reason for avoidance over the years. Well, in this book things change and what was dislike flips to a lot more than like. The fact that both have issues pertaining to the belief in love and happily forever after makes this an interesting story but then throw in a side story dealing with Joe’s sister, a trip to Vegas and catching up with some of the Stewart Island folk and you end up with a story that I could not put down. Oh, and…introducing Reid, Laura and Joe’s brothers? Well, now I want THEIR stories, too! Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.
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    Love this series!

    MaKenna Jones is a well known bridal gown designer. She’s loves the happily ever after, just not for herself. Joe Wheelan is the doctor in Oban and there’s a very good reason that he ran to Oban. When Makenna comes to Oban to help her friend with her wedding gown she tries so very hard to avoid Joe because their past is explosive. Joe doesn’t want to have any type of feelings for Mac but lust seems to overtake his good sense when he is with her. Now he not only has to deal with Mac but he also is worried about his sister jumping into marriage with a man he feels that is unworthy of her. When Joe pushes his sister to stop her marriage, his sister decides they will get married in Vegas, with or without Joe. Mac comes along to help with the dress and sparks continue to fly with Joe. The question remains: does Mac believe enough in Joe and her own happy ever after to give their relationship a chance? Or will she take the safe road to protect her heart? I was given an ARC to review for free by the author but the opinion contained in this review are all my own.
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    Another Great Visit to Due South

    Dr. Joe has been an interesting background character in the case that makes up the Due South friends & family group. In “Saying I Do” we finally get to know the good doctor – and what a joy that is! Once again, Tracey Alvarez gives us a character study that is fun, warm, deep, and loving. We can laugh with, empathize with, and enjoy the ride with Joe and Mac. They care deeply for each other, in spite of themselves. This series has continuously drawn us in to live the lives with the inhabitants of Stewart Island. If you love a good read that is full of imagery, lively conversations, fantastic character development, that leaves you anxious for the next dose of life on Stewart Island, then hurry and get “Saying I Do”.
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