I really enjoyed In Too Deep, exploring the dynamic relationship between Piper and West. In this novel we get to experience the relationship between single Mom, Kezia and Ben, a man’s man, who just found out that he too, is a father.
I was initially concerned that this novel would spend a great deal of time talking about the children and their relationship with their respective parents. I wanted intrigue and suspense and a lot of angst between the main characters. I shouldn’t have been worried. Ms. Alvarez delivered an entertaining storyline along with comical quips and deep emotional entanglements.
I found myself eager to continue to read and even found myself thinking about the growth in the author’s writing from the first novel- so interesting to be able to watch this evolve! Her love scenes were absolutely flawless and captivating, not the been-there, done-that variety that we sometimes experience if we love this genre.
Ben, as a character was a strong alpha male, complete with pride and the will to run from his responsibilities. Fear of making a mistake as a father drove his thoughts at times, but Kezia, a strong woman with her feet firmly planted was the voice of reason and a model of good parenting for Ben. As their relationship evolves it centers around the children of course- and we can always count on Ms. Alvarez to bring us a satisfyingly happy ending.
If you haven’t experienced Stewart Island or the setting of New Zealand- give it a try. The fresh setting and nuances unique to NZ make a colorful backdrop to this sweet story. Tracey Alvarez is a fresh new author who I believe will become one of your new favorites!
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About the Book:
Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply…
Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved—and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazzia—crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where she’s adopted into the close knit community on Stewart Island, Kezia and her daughter are all the family the other needs. Except Zoe yearns for more.
New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant father-hood…
Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff. He doesn’t do cosy home and family. And he sure isn’t the big teddy-bear Kezia Murphy, the woman he secretly fantasises about, thinks he is. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.
They’ll either melt or raze their lives to the ground…
When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears. The more he fights it the harder it is to make the choice that will destroy the family he now longs to claim.