Series: Due South #2
Published by Icon Publishing on June 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Big, sexy men who donÔÇÖt relate well to kids need not applyÔÇª
Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you donÔÇÖt trust people not to let you down, itÔÇÖs easier to not get involvedÔÇöand getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be una pazziaÔÇöcrazy! Four years ago while KeziaÔÇÖs daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husbandÔÇÖs life. Starting over in the little town of Oban where sheÔÇÖs 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 ZealandÔÇÖs worst candidate for instant fatherhoodÔÇª
Ben doesnÔÇÖt do gooey emotional stuff. He doesnÔÇÖt do cosy home and family. And he sure isnÔÇÖt 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, heÔÇÖs a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting.
TheyÔÇÖll either melt or raze their lives to the groundÔÇª
When the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesnÔÇÖt 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.
Welcome back to Due South and Stewart Island.┬á Meet Ben Harland, and the resident Italian hottie, Kezia Murphy. ThereÔÇÖs always something sizzling down in New Zealand!
Ben is living the easy life.┬á His main concerns are making sure his boat tour business stays afloat and sampling the hot tourists. He doesnÔÇÖt want any attachments on the island, but little did he know said sampling bore some unknown fruit.┬á In one day, he becomes a father.┬á As luck would have it, with the appearance of his daughter Jade into his life, it also opens the door to the women he canÔÇÖt get out of his head.
Kezia has already been there and done that.┬á She was married, watched her daughter battle leukemia, and lost her husband.┬á Though she lacks the support of family, she is slowly forming her own family of choice.┬á She is happy teaching at the local school and letting her world revolve around her daughter.┬á What she wasnÔÇÖt counting on was how alive she would feel at a simple touch at the hands of Ben Harland.
Kezia is an amazingly strong woman who has traveled to hell and back. Understandably, her focus is on her child.┬á When Jade pops into BenÔÇÖs life, Kezia begins to realize how heart can expand to embrace this child who so desperately needs motherly love.┬á In the process, she also sees the tough outer layers of the man her makes her burn slowly melt away.
Once again, Alvarez draws us so deeply into the quaint lives of our beloved residents of Stewart Island.┬á ItÔÇÖs a close knit community that supports its own through any type of situation.┬á We met Piper and West in the first book, and get to see them again as they and the other key players help Kezia and Ben navigate their rocky road.
As his love begins to burn bright for Kezia, Jade and Zoe, Ben discovers exactly who and what he wants in his life.┬á You canÔÇÖt help but fall in love with Ben as we watch him grow into a great dad.┬á ThereÔÇÖs something about a man who is rough around the edges and then let his inner teddy bear out.┬á ThereÔÇÖs more to this man than even he knew.
Alvarez has once again knocked it out of the park.┬á Read this book and fall in love again with the residents of Stewart Island.
5 hot and bold sizzling stars!
~ Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)