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    Another Captivating Read

    Know Your Heart is another amazing read from Tracey Alvarez. This book really appealed to my creative side as both leads are involved in the arts. Savannah Payne is an accomplished actress who is going through a bit of a rough patch. Having lost a coveted part in favour of a younger model, she decides to lick her wounds at her newly-acquired holiday home in Bounty Bay. It's only when she arrives that she remembers her cousin Nate has already rented the place to one of his old college buddies. Glen Cooper was pushed into the family law practice though it's not what his heart craves. At this point he is fed up with his life. A literary agent has expressed interest in a work of fiction he's been penning for a few years so he takes time out of the rat race to focus on completing the book, in the hopes of pursuing his dream as a full-time writer. Now, I can totally empathise because I recently made a similar decision myself, so I was intrigued to read this story. Glen is an obnoxious ass at the start and I really didn't like his attitude towards his landlady. I was totally Team Sav. But as the story unfolds we learn there is history between the two, although Sav doesn't actually remember. I quickly got on board the Team Glav train, and by the midway point I was rooting for them as a couple. The addition of Glen's teenage nephew Tom added depth to the story and how both mains related to him was heart-warming. Tom is dealing with self-confidence issues in part due to a fragile relationship with his father and the consequence of his parents recent separation. I enjoyed his character enormously. We also catch glimpses of Lauren, Nate and Drew who featured in the first Far North series and I love when series do this. It's always great to catch up with other familiar characters. As is typical of Tracey's writing style, both main characters are complex, with their fair share of flaws, though they experience personal growth as the story develops. Beautifully crafted. Fantastic dialog between them as well, with plenty of humour, and a healthy dose of romantic moments. There is absolutely nothing I can fault in this book. I loved all of it - the writing, world building, characterisation, plot and pacing. In summary: Another captivating read from the very talented Tracey Alvarez. This review will feature on my blog on release day: My YA NA Book Obsession I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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    Grabs your heart right from the start

    Know Your Heart grabs your heart and holds on to it. It is the second in the hot NZ series Far North by Tracey Alvarez. The heroine, Savannah Payne, is a Hollywood actress who had been featured in tabloids because of her very public breakup with her husband and now has been unceremoniously dumped from her comeback movie for an actress who is “five years younger and 20 pounds lighter.” Feeling extremely insecure and washed up at 27, all she wants to do is hide away in her Far North retreat, stay away from the media, and then work her butt off (literally and figuratively) for a chance at a leading role in a new sitcom. Her only problem is that her haven has been rented out for 6 weeks to Glen, a corporate lawyer who is an aspiring writer in need of a quiet, unreachable place on deadline to finish his first book of fantasy. Savannah believes all she has to do is ask the renter nicely to leave. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that she had known Glen in his geeky days as a friend of her cousin, and he had actually rescued her after a drunken night in a bar. Fireworks begin instantly when her best flirty smile does not result in the renter's immediate offer to leave; in fact he shuts the door in her face. She does not recognize Glen at all in the beginning, and he just wants to forget her. And so begins the conflict over who gets to stay in the house. She doesn't realize that the battle to get into the house and get Glen out begins to heal her wounded pride and confidence, nor does she realize she is becoming interested in him. Yet she does figure out pretty quickly that he sees the “real” her, Savannah Davis, not the movie star Savannah Payne, although she doesn't understand why. Along the way, both Savannah and Glen are forced to put aside preconceived stereotypes (stuck up move star, rigid uptight lawyer), as little by little, they get to know each other, and she, as well, “sees” the real Glen. It takes them a while, but eventually they both get caught up in challenging each other while fighting their mutual attraction. Their history together (even though she doesn't remember, doesn't even realize that Glen had been her shining knight) helps build the strong feelings, that neither wants to acknowledge. Everyone else sees their love blooming, even when they don't. The book ends, not so much in a HEA manner, but in a “we will make it work no matter what” way—just like real people! This isn't just a romance or a bunch of sex scenes strung together; actually, the sex scenes are fairly tame for an Alvarez book. Instead, there are several familial issues involving both the heroine's and hero's families, some of long years' standing, that are dealt with and wonderfully resolved. And this is where Tracey's “people” shine. They always remain true to their characters that are presented to you through hints and flashbacks. There is a fantastic reconciliation scene that made me cry--only in a cathartic way, I promise--that could have been contrived and just stupid, but it was totally believable. I was given this ARC for an honest review and I received no compensation.
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    Loved this book!

    Loved this book! Tracey Alvarez has a wicked way with words and so does Glen Cooper, the lawyer writing a novel in this story. Savannah Payne, an actress with a heart of gold, is trying to prepare for her next part and make a bid for a big comeback. Glen and Savannah’s story has its ups and downs with family issues both need to resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that family was so important in this book and that both Glen and Savannah were willing to give of themselves to help others. It is definitely a feel good story and one that makes me want to know what Ms Alvarez will write next! Thank you to the author for a copy of the book to read and review.
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    A good book with a great storyline

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own. We were first introduced to the idea of Savannah in the first book in the Far North series when we read some of her cousin's back story. In Know your Heart we get to know her a lot better. And who doesn't love a strong, willful leading lady? And then of course there is the equally strong and willful hunk of man that ends up stealing her heart (what kind of romance would it be if people didn't fall in love?) Tracey Alvarez has done it again, she has taken a story that lives in her mind, and given us the chance to meet, get to know, and fall in love with the people that live there. I would recommend this book (along with her others) to anyone looking for a feel good story, just make sure you've got time, because if you're like me, you won't want to put it down one you start reading.
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    Follow your heart.

    It was love at first sight for him. She never saw him as more than her cousin's best friend. Glen Cooper has always been that guy who put the needs of others before his own. That is until he took an extending leave from his father's law firm to finally finish his novel. Spending a month in an isolated farmstead will stimulate his creativity. Little does he know, the object of his teenage dreams is about to land on his doorstep. Savannah Payne (Davis), recently passed up for a role by a younger actress, goes home to her country hideaway to regroup and focus on getting her next big role. Her biggest challenge isn’t' the new script, it's her stubborn tenant who won't vacate her house and break his lease. She's always gotten her way and this time will be no different. Hilarity ensues as Savannah campaigns to get Glen to surrender and leave her house. Two equally strong will people with opposing goals learn to respect and love each other. This was a fun read. Lauren, Nate, and Drew, from Hide Your Heart, also make appearances. Once again, Tracey Alvarez has created realistic, relatable, characters you can't help of adore. I am privileged to be a part of Tracey’s ACR Team, where I receive ARCs in exchange for honest reviews.
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