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In Too Deep

Stewart Island Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Soakes
Series: Stewart Island, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

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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Full of everything romance

I love second chances. West and Piper both have so much past hurt, that this is a second chance for them both to find love and to heal. Piper has to face her fears to return home. West lost his mentor, when Piper lost her father. He dives to forget, until Piper returns. The chemistry between these two heats up the pages of the book. The drama and suspense that surround them, keep those pages turning. I loved their happy ending, but getting there was half the fun.

Amy Soakes has an easy to listen to voice and keeps a steady pace. Her accent added a real feel to the characters. She brought the characters to life. Ms. Soakes narrated the suspense and drama in the book in such a way,that I was hanging on my seat at times. Overall, I enjoyed the narration of this book.

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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.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 21-12-18

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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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 11-05-20

Good story

Piper the choices she has made, returning to help her brothers now nine years later. She had become a police officer, and a diving expert, after the tragic death of her father before Now coming home when there was still the guilt, and accusations. Clearing the air so love could happen. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • melody
  • 07-05-20

Heartfelt

This is a new author for me this is really a heartfelt polite yours heartstrings romance with tantalizing danger and intrigue and twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed I love the story between Ryan &Piper Harland walked out of his life years ago Now she's back as sparks fly her arises and tempers flare I loved in their ration of this book the storyline was fabulous original this was definitely a 4.5 star read

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  • Lady M
  • 09-12-19

such a good story

this is the longest book I've ever listened to, but there's so much story here, it was so good.

I really liked the narrator. it took me a little while to get used to the accent, but I loved how authentic it made the story

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  • Mcj56
  • 13-11-19

Love it

A wonderful romance I thoroughly enjoyed.
Very well narrated I’ll definitely check out more from this author.

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  • AJvR
  • 25-10-19

Nice small town romance in beautiful New Zealand

Tracey Alvarez's books make me want to visit New Zealand.
The atmosphere of the town is typical small town. The characters are believable, but entertaining.

Piper needs to deal with demons from her past when she returns home to help her family.
One issue from her past that has plagued her the most is her brother's best friend West...
Conflict between them ensues soon after she gets back, but it all ends with a HEA.

The narrator does have a Kiwi accent, but it is not so strong that it is hard to follow the story. It just helps set the atmosphere.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 23-10-19

Very good

I found this audiobook to be a very good listen. It has a great combination of romance, drama and some suspense. The narrator does a wonderful job of reading each character and bringing them to life.

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  • Pam R
  • 16-10-19

Loved This Book

I absolutely loved listening to this book, Tracey Alvarez and Amy Soakes did an amazing job bringing the characters to life and I can't wait to know what happens next

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  • Betababe
  • 11-10-19

Diving for Love

Beyond the lovingly depicted virtual sightseeing stirring travel longings in my breast, we have a hero and heroine each struggling with loss and hurt and trust issues in this second chance romance. We also learn a bit about free-diving and cage diving as Amy Soakes, narrating in an Aussie/New Zealand twang (I'm sure the various accents and dialects Under Downunder are as distinctive to local ears as Georgia, Texas, West Virgina and Massachussets are to the educated US listener) even provides a credible California drawl in this delightful tale.

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  • Bette
  • 10-09-19

Great Story & Narration🎧 Sweet & Heartfelt!

This is a great second chance romance. I enjoyed Tracey Alvarez’s writing style and the interesting storylines she created, they were engrossing from start to end. I love how descriptive she is and where the story is set. The characters are complex and well developed, Piper returns back to her hometown to help her brother, she left home nine years earlier with a broken heart. Back home she has to face her heartbreaks, one of whom is West and not only does she have to face him she has to work with him. I enjoyed how their story played out, there is never a dull moment, there is plenty of emotions, angst, drama, past and present, some nice humor and a slow burn to a wonderful & sweet second chance romance. Thank you Tracey Alvarez for this great story.

I listened to the Audible edition, narrated by the talented Amy Soakes. She is an entertaining storyteller and terrific voice performer. She brings these characters to life, give each their own voice and personality, as well as heart and attitude. She does a great job projecting the emotions of the characters as well as the characters of the story into her performance. Thank you for another great listen🎧