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In Too Deep

Stewart Island Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Soakes
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Two hearts. A second chance. Everything on the line… 

Ryan "West" Westlake belongs on the island. It's in his blood and who he is. Nobody can deny that. When Piper Harland walked out of his life years ago, West let her go. He'd never stand in the way of a woman and her dreams. But now that she's back, their past smacks him right in the face. With tempers flared and desires heightened, West just might realize what he lost so long ago.  

Piper would do anything for her brother - even if means going back to Stewart Island - the one place she swore she'd never go again. As a member of the elite New Zealand Police Dive Team, Piper is forced to return to her hometown. When she confronts the demons of her past, old feelings of grief and pain come flloding back, as well as lost love. Without drowning, can Piper wade through the pain of her past and find a future with the one who shattered her heart?

©2013 Tracey Alvarez (P)2018 Tracey Alvarez

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Beautiful Story - Great Narration!

This was my first Tracey Alvarez's book. This is the first book in the Stewart Island Series. This is a small town and a second chance at love story. I love West and Piper's story. Their story is beautifully written, and has it all: drama, angst, guilt, lack of communication, and misunderstanding, but also funny scenes, great chemistry, sexy and hot scenes, and heartwarming scenes. I absolutely love their happy ending. The secondary characters are also very interesting. I love the scenery. The dive world is a new theme to me, and I love this part of the story. Now, I can't wait for the next book in the Series. This was my first listen to Amy Soakes's voice. She has a great pace, and a great range of voices. I love her voice, and her accent, and I am looking forward for more books narrated by her. I enjoyed my listening. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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sweet 2nd chance romance

Piper is forced to take leave from her job as a police diver and returns to her hometown to help her injured brother with the family's dive business. She did not plan on coming face to face with her ex so soon...but it was inevitable since he was also her brother's best friend. Of course, they had hidden their relationship from her brother, so now talk about awkward! It's even more awkward since she has to stay in his house...and also help out at his restaurant...yep, no escaping at all. Wes is still hurt and furious with the woman who broke his heart when she left town without a word all those years ago. Never mind that he knew that she was guilt ridden from the accidental drowning of her father during a dive, that she believed was her fault. Now she's back and burrowing under his skin again, but her time is limited since she has to return to work...many many miles away...so he can deal.
Neither Piper nor Wes counts on the resurgence of their feelings for each other. Can they see beyond the past hurts and guilt and have a second chance? Lots of emotions to flesh out in this book and it was well developed. Also enjoyed the sub characters. Great start to this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great audiobook!

This book was so much fun! An all-around great read with fantastic characters, a solid plot, and a delicious romance, I read the ebook version a while ago, but was more than happy to re-read the audio when I found out it had been released. You've got to love that Kiwi accent... :)

Lovers-with-a-past is one of my favorite troupes, and it's done very well here. Piper and West have explosive chemistry, but when they parted nine years ago all kinds of misunderstandings--some of them due to willful misdirection, while others are not--conspired to keep them apart. They both believe that there's an expiration date on this portion of their relationship as well, and it makes for some heartbreaking scenes.

Fortunately, to distract you from the angst, there's also plenty of fun and steamy scenes throughout... ;)

In Too Deep is a romance, so the HEA is a given, but it's definitely not an easy path for Piper and West. Their journey is believable, and at times, heart-wrenching. I needed to have everything work out for those two, and this kept me looking for mindless things to do so I could keep listening. (All the dishes in the house are spotless! The dog has never been on so many walks!)

Though I loved the hero and heroine, the secondary characters here are just as fun and really helped to showcase Tracey Alvarez's fun and witty writing style. Reading this book, it feels totally populated with fictional characters that would blend right in with my less-than-fictional friends. I love books like that--where the characters seem to jump off the page they're so real.

The New Zealand setting is absolutely beautiful, and reading about diving--from free-diving to cage diving (sharks!) to being a dive cop--was fascinating. None of it is something I'd be able to do, mind you--I'd be the one sitting on the beach or deck of the boat with my SPF 45 and a book--but it is really interesting to read about.

It all adds up to a book that I literally didn't want to stop listening to, even though I already knew how it was going to end up :)

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Great Listen

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. It was a long book, but kept my attention. There were several times I thought it was ending, but it kept on going. It was fast paced and exciting. Some twists an turns that will keep your attention. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters and their personlities.

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Good book!

I enjoyed this first book in the Stewart Island Series. Piper & West’s second chance romance was a good read. I am excited to continue this series & see who else finds their HEAs.

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Second chance New Zealand romance

In Too Deep is a second chance set on a New Zealand's Steward Island. I enjoyed the characters of West and Piper as well as the background building for the others who will be featured later in the series. Ms. Alvarez’s description of life on this tiny island with a permanent population of under 400 will engage you and make you wish travel there yourself. Although entertaining, it took me a while to get used to Amy Smoakes’ accent. I’m ready for the next in the series.

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  • Donna
  • orlando fl
  • 12-19-18

Back In Time

As the first book in the “Stewart Island Series,” the author Tracy Alvarez masters the “Second Chance Romance” novel genre. Characters Piper Harland and Ryan Westlake find their lives back in the place (Stewart Island) where their original romance began. After Piper’s and Ryan’s return, both the attraction and the conflict of their previous relationship comes back into play. The setting for the story is in New Zealand and this audio is the first in a series of Stewart Island stories.
The audio edition narrated by Meghan Kelly gives full life to this story as the voice quality was excellent and well suited to the theme. Narration was emotionally expressive with appropriate tone to each given situation. Voice was properly paced with pauses injected where necessary to provide emphasis to the storyline. As the main characters were male and female, the only criticism I have is the the same voice delivery was provided essentially for both characters. At times I would have to listen carefully to determine whose thoughts were being performed as their was little difference in the voice presentation.
Overall the story was interesting and I would follow the sequel as the delivery was very good in quality and its presentation . I have listened to other narrations from Amy Soakes and found her performance to be a nature easy rhythm in its delivery. I have received access for purpose of review however, the insights and opinions were not solicited but of my own account.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 01-07-19

Audible version is as good as reading the book!

I originally read this book way back in 2015 but got this Audible version in a free download over Christmas and enjoyed listening to it just as much as I did reading it!
This is the first book of the Due South series and is an amazing start to what I am sure will be a fantastic series.
Piper is summoned back to Oban to help with a family crisis – she heads back with dread knowing she would rather face gang members and drug addicts high on meth than set foot on Oban and face her past. The past of her father’s death on the island, which has left her with PTSD that she does not acknowledge and buries as deep as possible, the past of abandoning her family when tragedy hit and they needed her most and the possibility of facing Ryan ‘West’ Westlake who is not only her past but still holds her heart – a fact she won’t even admit to herself. She is a Police Diver, who hilariously also suffers from seasickness, she uses her sarcasm, quick wit and cutting remarks as a defence to keep everyone at arms length. She is defensive, prickly, insecure but fiercely loyal to those she loves, not hesitating to wade in before she thinks.
West is still convinced he did the right thing by pushing Piper away nine years ago to live out her dreams, he has even managed to convinced himself that this was the best thing for him too as she would have left in the longterm anyway. It is not until Piper returns that he realises he is living a half life.
Look out when they come together as fireworks are guaranteed, there are plenty of sparks when they reconnect and verbally ‘spar’, sizing each other up and both trying to convince themselves that there is nothing between them, these sparks become a raging inferno when they finally give in, with plenty of hot, dirty sex.
Can either of them admit their feelings to themselves and each other before it is too late or are they doomed to make the same mistakes they made nine years earlier and live with their fears rather than the love they could have?
There are plenty of tears and emotion to go with the hot sex, we get to meet some fantastic ‘support’ characters who will get their books later in the series....Ben, Shaye, Kezia, Holly, Erin, Ford and many more. We also get to meet some lovely quirky characters such as Mrs Taylor, Glenna and Bill who as the older generation take great pleasure in interfering and lighten the book with their antics and fun – I am sure we will see more of these as the series continues too.