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    Everything I adore in a book

    Wow! What a mind-blowing book! Easily my favorite of all the books I've read in this series so far. Ready to Burn has everything I adore in a book: Sublime writing, witty dialog, brilliant character development, stunning world building, strong emotions & relationships, lots of hot, steamy romance, and a fast-paced plot. There is nothing I would fault in the slightest. Del Westlake has burned his bridges in LA so when an opportunity presents itself to go home, he can't turn it down. Especially because it may well allow him restart his chef career in Chicago. Del is hiding behind his fair share of demons and it takes a very special lady to crack his nut. (Ahem!) Shaye has been one of my fav characters in this series to date so I was really looking forward to reading this book. She is warm but sassy, strong yet vulnerable; particularly to Del's charms. They spark off each other at the start, and Shaye's nose is understandably out of joint when she finds out Del has been hired temporarily as Head Chef, a position she believes she can easily fill. However, she quickly falls for Del's Hollywood bad-boy charm and is soon in deep over her head. I loved Del and Shaye as a couple and really enjoyed how Del transformed his whole attitude on life by the end of the book, even opening up to his family about the demons that have been torturing him. He was a great leading man. I also adored the reality-TV theme, it added an interesting dimension to the story. There was some really funny, laugh out loud moments in this book, like this bit: "Her revenge was squeezing your bum and letting you put a tongue in her ear? Sounds like cruel and unnecessary punishment." All in all, a truly amazing read. I'm only sorry I read it so quickly. I wish I could wipe my brain and start over, to relish the enjoyment all over again. This is an excellent series and I highly recommend it.
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    5 stars

    I really am liking this series. The characters are qwirky with real problems and real emotions. I like the steamy romance and the plot lines and flow of the stories. Cant wait to read the next one
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    Chocolate and wine o'clock

    I love this book, the third in a series that gets better and better with each book released. Shaye and Del are fun, fiesty, fiery, damaged, passionate, loyal, in denial and completely perfect for each other. Both are terrified of love and letting go......not that that means there can't be plenty of hot dirty sex....on the counter.... in the kitchen.....in the store cupboard..... in the shower....with frosting and without! But they both shy away from commitment, looking for faults and believing themselves unlovable long term. As with all the books in the Due South series this one is laugh out loud funny, steam your kindle up sexy, heart wrenchingly sad and beautifully sweet. It is not only the interactions between Shaye and Del that keep the pages turning, but also the support characters both old and new who are witty, interfering and completely outrageous. Once you start you cannot put this book down, you have to keep going to see just how bumpy and full of fireworks their road to a HEA is.
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    Things are heating up in the kitchen at Due South

    The prodigal son returns. An excuse to help out at Due South, Del Westlake returns to Stewart Island with a plan to salvage his culinary career. He just needs to survive living in the ass end of the world of a few weeks and put up with his old man, who hated him enough to send him away as a teenager. Shaye Harland, baby sister and glue of the Harland family, has always dreamed of one day running the kitchen of Due South as head chef. Her dreams are shattered when Del waltz back to Oban and into her dream job. Shaye and Del are like oil and water. Del, with his worldly experience as a famous chef in LA and Westlake charm, pushes all Shaye’s buttons making for some entertaining scenarios. The fact that he enjoys getting her riled up doesn’t help matters when the Ward on Fire’s film and production crew show up. Things begin to deliciously spice up, in and out of the kitchen. Del learns that he doesn’t have to solve all his problems by himself and Shaye discovers that Mr. Perfect can be flawed. I’m a huge foodie and I love how cooking plays a large role in this story. Personally, I think Tracey has a soft spot for sweets, especially cupcakes. And then there’s Bird-Brain, the kaka who helps Shay see Del’s softer side. I’m a sucker for animals. 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.
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    Long distance relationship? Not what you expect!

    What a wonderful visit back to Stewart Island and a chance to catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. We first meet Del as a brooding man who is clearly unhappy with the direction his life has taken, and is contemplative about his past, and his future. Throughout the book, we see many complexities to Del but at the root of it, we see a little boy who is yearning for acceptance from his father. Everything he has done in his life, from being a chef, to seeking love and acceptance but not commitment, can be tied back to his need for acceptance and love from his father. He feelings of isolation run deep and he is continually reminded of his feelings of rejection each time he sees his childhood friends as adult, in the places he longed to feel belonging in. He was a wonderfully-endearing character and despite his broodiness and often boorish behavior, you can't help but root for him to get the love and acceptance he needs in his life - from his father, and from a good woman. Shaye feels the need to take care of everyone and everything. Her caring nature is often translated into her relationships, and her feelings of desire for Del become intermingled with her need to help him through his troubles with his father and his issues with previous relationships. A broken man and a nurturing woman - what could be more perfect! And you would think so, but of course, love is never that easy. Shaye's deep held feelings for her home on Stewart Island are constantly offended by Del's immense need to protect himself from continued hurt at home by expressing disdain for the island and everything about it. His need to leave and her need to stay create a conflict you aren't sure, as the reader, they will be able to overcome. We aren't just talking about leaving a small town for the big city here - we're talking about one of them needing to be halfway around the world! The twists and turns the author produces with that conflict (and it's SO not what you would have expected) creates a situation where you the reader can't predict whether these two will get the happily-ever-after you know they both deserve. The book is well written and I appreciated the balance of dialogue and narrative presented by the author. There are sex scenes but they do not overwhelm the story and are included in such a way that they contribute to and enhance the story. And, as an American, I love the taste of New Zealand that I get each time I read a book by this author, who even includes some fun pokes at Americans with her jabs at Del's adoption of American words and pronounciation of words over their New Zealand counterparts. Its a fun visit back to Stewart Island and I enjoyed catching up with old friends such as West and Piper and Kezia and Ben, and seeing what's been happening since we last saw them!
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