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    Nice Love Story

    I don't normally write reviews, but I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was a nice love story in a beautiful setting. It deals with tough issues of abuse and how the characters are dealing with it now that they are safely out of the situation. Kept you wondering until the end if Lauren would allow herself to stop hiding herself and her son Drew away from the outside world. Nate is the perfect man to draw Lauren out and he's great with Drew. You want to shake him and make him realize that there is more to life than drifting from country to country taking pictures of other people living their lives. Very enjoyable read.
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    A romping good read

    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, he plans on fixing up the house and selling it to a developer who intends to use it as a celebrity retreat. Lauren, naturally, isn't happy about his plans as she is desperately trying to shield herself and her son from that world. As their paths intertwine, she finds it harder and harder to deny her feelings for him. The attraction is mutual and Nate is also trying to avoid giving into his heart. Nate's plan for the future is to travel the world taking photos and he has never entertained notions of tying himself down. Until Lauren. As the story progresses both Lauren and Nate are on a journey of self-discovery. Learning to trust in themselves and each other is a challenge they embark on together. This book is written in Tracey's usual enthralling style and the words flow beautifully on the page. The setting is again a small rural community but it's evocative and visual and I found myself wishing I lived there. Sigh :) The characters are complex and well written and I was definitely rooting for Lauren the whole way through. Her son Drew is an adorable character and so desperately in need of a father-figure. I was hoping that Nate wouldn't let him down. The only slight issue I had with this book was I felt the pacing was a little slow in the first third. However, thereafter I was drawn in and it galloped along at a great pace. If you are a fan of Tracey Alvarez' Due South series, or you like well-written contemporary adult romance, then I highly recommend this book. Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars.
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    A feel good love story!

    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 an amazing, feel good love story. How can you resist reading such a touching story with the cutest 4 year old little boy ever? You can't! Domestic violence is a terrible thing and often leaves victims scarred on the inside as well as the outside. Seeing the after effects on Lauren and Drew made Nate want to be their protector. Even though he thought he couldn't stay forever because he's a photojournalist and traveling the world is what he does, this woman and her child made him long for things he never thought he wanted. This was an emotional read with a woman who is afraid to live again, a little boy looking for someone to look up to and a man who believes he can never settle down in one place. This is book one in the Far North series. Bravo Tracey Alvarez! What a great beginning! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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    Tracey does it again!

    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's a strong and stubborn woman, as all of Tracey's heroines seem to be. It just took her two years and a pair of gorgeous green eyes to remember/realize that. All the characters seem "true to life," such as her big brother and sister-in-law, and even minor characters li5ke Lizzie, the mother of her son's classmates. Some of my favorite memorable lines come from these other people. Read the book and you will see what I mean! "Hide Your Heart" is a little tamer than most of Tracey's "Due South" books, but that's okay, because it leaves more room for the main characters to develop a relationship not totally based on sex (although they both seem to think about it A LOT!) Besides, there is a 4-year-old to be considered, and he is a major part of most of the interactions between Lauren and Nate, maybe even the catalyst for jumpstarting their relationship. Although I received an ARC of the book for a review, I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and last but not least, greatly appreciated that it was well edited, with no glaring grammatical or word usage errors to detract from the pleasure of reading it!
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    Hide Your Heart

    Loved reading this book, could not put it down! Tracy Alvarez did it again. Great characters, fell in love with them all!! ARC received in exchange for honest review!!
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