Review: Drawing Me In (Stewart Island #7) by Tracey Alvarez

Title: Drawing Me In
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Stewart Island #7
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
DRAWING ME IN is the seventh story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like Jill Shalvis, Marie Force, or Bella Andre, then you’ll enjoy diving into these heart-warming, sexy & seductive small-town romances with authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

Meet Harley and Bree…

She’s drawn by his wild spirit…
Bree Findlow’s ordered world slides into chaos when the man who broke her heart arrives back in their small New Zealand home-town. But with years of avoidance tactics under her belt, she figures ignoring the sexy-as-sin artist whose touch colors her red hot, is a practical solution. Until her mother arrives with an announcement jeopardizing Bree’s livelihood, and her sister also shows up…along with the nine-year-old secret Bree has kept hidden from everyone. Especially the father of that secret.

He’s drawn by her quiet strength…
Harley Komeke is back in Oban to rest, regroup and hopefully re-find his missing muse. He also isn’t against rediscovering every inch of the icy-cool treat, Bree Findlow—after falling under her spell in what felt like a lifetime ago at Art College. His pursuit takes an unexpected turn when, hello, insta-fatherhood. Reeling from shock, Harley knows he should despise the woman who allowed her sister to informally adopt their son, but he can’t. Because Bree, more than anyone, understands that with his past, he never, ever wanted to risk having a wife and family.

They’re drawn to each other over and over…
Like the formidable tides that surge around Stewart Island, Bree and Harley can’t resist the heat generated between them. Push and pull, kiss and retreat, touch after breathless touch—until a moment’s recklessness has consequences neither can brush aside.

Passion won’t hold them together when past fears threaten to tear them apart.

My Review:
Another winner from Tracey Alvarez. Seriously, this woman can do no wrong in my eyes! I adore this beautiful little New Zealand island community that Tracey has created. All the characters are so well written, multi-layered, and complex, with their own unique personalities. The last two books in this series have introduced the Maori culture and traditions, and I’ve been fascinated learning about them. It adds a level of authenticity that is refreshing.

Harley is Ford’s illusive world-famous artist twin, who has been living in New York for the last ten years. He comes home to bury his birth mother and decides to hang around for a while. Part of the attraction is Bree. She was the only girl to ever claim a piece of his heart, and he has never forgotten her.

Bree has been in love with Harley since Art College, but it broke her heart when he moved to NY to further his career. Though she encouraged him to go, her whole world shattered when she discovered she was pregnant with his child. She didn’t tell him as he was always vehement about never having kids. Instead, her sister and her husband have raised Carter as their own.

Fate intervenes, bringing all parties together, and the big secret comes out, along with a new one.

This book really was an emotional rollercoaster read, and I have to applaud Tracey for the depth she brought to the plot and the characters. We are dealing with a difficult topic here, but Tracey handles it realistically and sensitively. Man, did I experience all the feels reading this one! I could really empathize with both mains, and I understood their viewpoints, even though they were on opposite spectrums. What I really loved about this story was the gradual development of both characters. It wasn’t rushed and it felt so credible as a result. If it hadn’t been written so well Harley’s transformation would have been very unbelievable.

The romance was of the on-and-off kind but there was no denying the scorching hot chemistry between Harley and Bree. They both fought an admirable fight, but finally withdrew from their shells and let each other in. It was sweet and steamy in equal measure.

I really really really really enjoy the family and friendship theme in this series – they are a close knit community who are always ready and willing to step up to the plate for one another. That closeness oozes out of the pages.

Listen, I could waffle on forever, but I won’t. Just go buy the book, or start the series already.

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book for beta review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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