Review: Hide your Heart (Far North #1) by Tracey Alvarez

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Title: Hide Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Far North
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance

Love will bring them together. Distrust will tear them apartโ€ฆ

Alexandra Lauren Knight has reinvented herself in the safety of her rural New Zealand hometown to become Lauren Taylor. Sheโ€™s cut all ties with her past as a former model whose ex-husband turned out to be ruthless in both the boardroom and the bedroom. While Alexandra allowed otherโ€™s expectations to propel her into the spotlight, Lauren prefers the safety of anonymity; restoring classic cars with her brother, and snuggling with her four-year-old son.

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 itโ€™s not just his buyerโ€™s tight deadline or that the restoration is far beyond his expertise which turns a short-term project into an ordeal. Nateโ€™s plan of travelling the globe is in jeopardyโ€”created by the intensity of his growing feelings for Lauren and her little boy.

As the sparks of passion ignite between them it reawakens Nateโ€™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 heartโ€”before her safe haven is exposed and she can no longer hide in the shadows.

My Review:

This is book one in Tracey’s new Far North series and as a massive fan of her Due South series I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book.

Hide Your Heart tells the story of Lauren and Nate. Lauren is an ex-model hiding from a troubled, dark past. She will do everything to protect her young son Drew, including ignoring herย growing attraction to hot newcomer Nate.

Nate is a photojournalist who has purchased the nearby house as an investment. Taking time out from his busy career, he plans on fixing up the house and selling it to a developer who intends to use it as a celebrity retreat.

Lauren, naturally, isn’t happy about his plans as she is desperately trying to shield herself and her son from that world. As their paths intertwine, she finds it harder and harder to deny her feelings for him. The attraction is mutual and Nate is also trying to avoid giving into his heart. Nate’s plan for the future is to travel the world taking photos and he has never entertained notions of tying himself down. Until Lauren.

As the story progresses both Lauren and Nate are on a journey of self-discovery. Learning to trust in themselves and each other is a challenge they embark on together.

This book is written in Tracey’s usual enthralling style and the words flow beautifully on the page. The setting is again a small rural community but it’s evocative and visual and I found myself wishing I lived there. Sighย  ๐Ÿ™‚ The characters are complex and well written and I was definitely rooting for Lauren the whole way through. Her son Drew is an adorable character and so desperately in need of a father-figure. I was hoping that Nate wouldn’t let him down.

The only slight issue I had with this book was I felt the pacing was a little slow in the first third. However, thereafter I was drawn in and it galloped along at a great pace.

If you are a fan of Tracey Alvarez’ Due South series, or you like well-written contemporary adult romance, then I highly recommend this book.

2 thoughts on “Review: Hide your Heart (Far North #1) by Tracey Alvarez”

  1. Great review! I own the first book of her Due South series and I have to read it soon after hearing you mention how much you enjoy her books I am really curious about trying out her books.
    The characters sounds so well written and interesting and I like the soudn that he is a photographer. And Drew sounds adorable!
    Is it recommended to read her Due South series first before this one or do they stand alone? As both series name are sorta similiar I was wondering if there is a connection between the two.
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  2. I really love this author Lola. Her books are incredibly well written and I love the themes of community, family and friendships that run throughout each story. All the books will stand alone though it’s recommended to read them in sequence to maximise enjoyment. You don’t need to have read her first book in the Far North series, or the Due South, to read this one. I’m half way through reading the ARC of the 2nd Far North series and it’s even better. Love Tracey’s work ๐Ÿ™‚
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