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Hide Your Heart Audiobook

Hide Your Heart: Far North Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Hiding in plain sight just got complicated....

Lauren Taylor and her young son have fled back to her hometown to escape fame's cruel spotlight, and all she wants to do is start over. No press, no pictures, no problem. Until Nate Fraser, a sexy photojournalist, moves in next door. Resisting his kisses and keeping her secrets soon become the hardest thing she's ever done.

Nate's got one foot out the door and one last assignment before he resumes his nomadic lifestyle, camera in hand. His every instinct screams that his beautiful but unwelcoming neighbor is hiding something. He couldn't care less when it's difficult enough to keep his eyes-and lips-off of her. No matter how much Nate attempts to keep his heart out of reach, he's drawn into her life. But a guy like him can never have what he wants most. Can he?

Nate Fraser, a burned-out photojournalist, plans to fix up the property next door to Lauren and sell it as a celebrity retreat. Always on the move, Nate is only comfortable with short-term assignments and even shorter-term relationships. But it's not just his buyer's tight deadline or that the restoration is far beyond his expertise which turns a short-term project into an ordeal. Nate's plan of travelling the globe is in jeopardy-created by the intensity of his growing feelings for Lauren and her little boy.

As the sparks of passion ignite between them it reawakens Nate's long forgotten dream of having a home and family. Lauren must find a way to trust Nate not only with her secrets, but with her heart-before her safe haven is exposed and she can no longer hide in the shadows.

©2015 Tracey Alvarez (P)2017 Tracey Alvarez

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  • Beckymmoe
    alden, ny United States
    08/12/17
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    "Don't hide from this audiobook!"

    Such a sweet read! I loved the characters--Lauren and Nate, naturally, but also Lauren's brother Todd and sister-in-law Kathy and Drew, of course--he is absolutely adorable, with his monkey-roni and the Superman picture--too cute! :)

    Lauren's fighting some pretty big demons--she and her son escaped an abusive relationship and a life she'd never asked for in New York City, seeking refuge in rural New Zealand. Once a world-famous model, she's dyed her hair, changed her look, and keeps herself apart from everyone but her immediate family. She's afraid of being recognized, afraid of the paparazzi, and afraid to let anyone outside her family in. She originally befriends Nate somewhat reluctantly in order to get him to change his plans for the property next door, but the more she gets to know him, the more she wants him, even though she knows their relationship can't last...

    Having recently lost his mentor, Nate's taking a break from his photojournalism to rehab a house he's bought sight unseen. (Okay--he saw pictures, but they were misleadingly old and hugely inaccurate.) He's in way over his head, so he enlists the help of a neighbor--a neighbor who's less than thrilled to notice his new boss's interest in his sister. Nate's drawn to Lauren and charmed by his son, but has always believed that his would be a solitary existence--leaving a family to chase work around the globe just wouldn't be right, after all. That's what his mentor always told him...didn't he?

    I loved watching Lauren and Nate grow closer, and seeing Drew work his magic on the confirmed bachelor. Tracey's new series is starting out beautifully--this book doesn't quite have the same lighthearted feel to it that her Due South series does, but it's written with her same trademark humor. I loved every minute I spent reading this one, and look forward to book two--which will star Nate's equally famous (and in at least one aspect, equally infamous) cousin.

    The audiobook version added the extra dimension of an awesome New Zealand accent--so fun! The narrator did a nice job of bringing Tracey's story to life--here's hoping that the duo will get together in the future to bring more of her books to audio!

    Rating: 4 stars / A-

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  • Colleen
    24/11/17
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    "Great story "

    I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book to be recorded!

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  • Jankevin Ong
    17/11/17
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    "Well worth the credit "

    Great story line. The narrator really brought the story to life. I can’t wait for the next story to be released.

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  • Fran
    10/10/17
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    "Charming love story bringing together a damaged mother and a man who could not commit."

    I liked all of the characters of this book. They were well drawn and believable. Lauren and Drew were perfect together helping each other reach out and grow. Nice ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renee
    13/09/17
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    "two people really looking for love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if you like romance and angst


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    too many to choose from


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I loved her voice when she wasn't speaking for someone. Her accent was heavy IMO so it was hard to understand what she was saying for each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt for the heroine and her son. The hero frustrated me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dinnafash
    01/09/17
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    "A great NZ uninterested strangers to lovers story"

    Thoroughly enjoyed Nate and Lauren's story. neither one was the least bit intetested in a relationship, so the first half of the book is the two of them pushing each other away while becoming attracted. The narrator did a good job with the voices. I was able to keep the characters straight with her differentiation of accent and tone. I think it really helped that the narration was in American English, or I might have gotten lost. Kind of felt like a voyeur during the steamy scenes, because Rose did a great job there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • singingknitter
    24/08/17
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    "Healing and Love in Bounty Bay"

    Hide Your Heart is another example of Tracey Alvarez's skill at writing believable, heartwarming stories. Her characters are like people you meet in your own life, and Rose O'Toole, the narrator, brings a depth and authenticity to each character. Lauren Taylor is a famous ex-model, ex-wife and mother to young Drew. Trying to escape the notoriety of her previous life and abusive marriage, she has settled in Bounty Bay, close to her brother Nate and his family. She has hidden herself and her heart away and just wants to give her and her son a quiet life of healing and normalcy. Enter Nate Fraser, a famous "photojournalist" , who buys the property next door with a plan to make it into a retreat for the rich and famous. Exit anonymity. Hide Your Heart revolves around Nate's plans for his property, Lauren's attempts to dissuade and redirect him, and, underlying all of it, their undeniable attraction to one another. Through the book, as they learn more about each other and the passion grows, we see each character's fears and emotions about love and commitment. We see Nate's deepening relationship with a rambunctious and sweet Drew, and Lauren's heart slowly opening up. As they explore their passion, situations and complications arise that challenge each one's vision of their future. Rose O'Toole captures these moments and and the emotions with clarity and finesse. She brings uniqueness and life to each person, even little Drew. She adds colour and depth to an already good book. Hide Your Heart is a good read and a wonderful Audible book. I highly recommend Tracey Alvarez to everyone!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John O.
    20/08/17
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    "Enjoyed the Story & NZ History Lesson"

    This is a great narrative of a very good book. Loved the glimpse into New Zealand. I'd recommend this one for those looking for a fun story. Charlie is a hoot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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