Kissing The Bride

Kissing The Bride

by Tracey Alvarez

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Kissing The Bride by Tracey Alvarez

The countdown is on to the Wedding of the Year, New Zealand!

It's seven days until Shaye Harland and Del Westlake finally tie the knot--and it'll be the most awesomesauce wedding Stewart Island has ever seen if Shaye has anything to do with it. Her All Things Nuptial journal has the big day planned to perfection, but not everything runs like clockwork. While marrying the man of her dreams beats chocolate as an Easter treat, a few mini-catastrophes like Boris the obstinate sea lion threaten to ruin their special day.

WARNING: If you're new to the Stewart Island world, this fun and sexy short story of Del & Shaye's wedding isn't the book to start with. Lots of favorite characters join in the wedding craziness--and if you haven't read the earlier Stewart Island books (or at least READY TO BURN book #3) it'll just be crazy-confusing.

KISSING THE BRIDE is story #7.5 in Tracey Alvarez's best-selling Stewart Island books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small town romances with a touch of comedy, you'll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

Download your copy of KISSING THE BRIDE and dive into these sensual romance novels!
Intended for mature 18+ aged readers who enjoy their feel good romance on the steamier side.

Praise for the Stewart Island series!

"It's official...I'm hooked on this series! I want to jump on a plane and fly to this island, because apparently they grow them big and HOT in New that is!!!" ~ Swept Away By Romance

"Perfection comes in many shapes and forms, and Ms Alvarez delivers in her contemporary voice and quirky character traits that make a distinctive difference between average and stellar storytelling." ~ InD'Tale Magazine

"Just as the must-read series of Donna Kauffman (The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove), Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor), Terri Osburn (Anchor Island), Marie Force (The McCarthys of Gansett Island), Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores) have entranced me with their seaside settings and caring communities - so has Tracey Alvarez - and I'm adding her series to my must-read shelf too."~ Fab Fantasy Fiction

Don't miss any of the Stewart Island books!
Book 1: In Too Deep. Featuring Piper and West.
Book 2: Melting Into You. Featuring Kezia and Ben.
Book 3: Ready To Burn. Featuring Shaye and Del.
Book 4: Christmas With You. Featuring Carly and Kip.
Book 5: My Forever Valentine. Due South Short Stories.
Book 6: Playing For Fun. Featuring Holly and Ford.
Book 7: Drawing Me In. Featuring Bree and Harley.
Book 7.5: Kissing The Bride. A Due South Short Story.
Book 8: Saying I Do. Featuring MacKenna and Joe.
Book 9: Home For Christmas. Stewart Island novella.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161670453
Publisher: Tracey Alvarez
Publication date: 06/19/2016
Series: Stewart Island
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 107,178
File size: 621 KB

About the Author

Tracey Alvarez is a USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author living in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand). Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, she's the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes--Kiwi men, in other words.

When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found with her nose in her e-reader, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.

Follow Tracey on Twitter as @TraceyAlvrezNZ or Facebook as
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Kissing The Bride 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Missouri-Shopper More than 1 year ago
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own." Tracey Alvarez does not tell a story, she lets you live the story through the lively, witty, heartfelt dialogue and observations of her characters. Do yourself a favor, read all of the Due South books in order. When Shae remembers past moments with Del, you’ll enjoy reminiscing too. Like with each Tracey Alvarez book, you will experience laugh-out-loud humor, joy, family-love, strong friendships, and gorgeous scenery. The whole Oban gang is here for Shae and Del’s wedding. All the love between these families and friends is here too. Like an any family wedding, don’t forget your tissues!
trosado More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS! This is a lovely wedded finish to Del and Shaye's romance first visited in book 3 of the Due South Series. Although, we're certain to see cameo's in future books. This short novella is a sweet, fun and loving story without the angst and loaded drama. While there are some mishaps along the way, they just cement the love and perseverance Del and Shay have. Each chapter is a day's event leading up to the BIG day and all of the regular Due South personalities make an appearance. I tend to avoid novellas unless they are tied to a series I'm reading and the characters have already been previously established. That's exactly what we have here and why a story this size creates the perfect scenario to revisit well-loved book hero and heroine, Del and Shaye. If you enjoyed their story like I did in Ready to Burn, you will definitely want to catch up with them in Kissing the Bride. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
asianlily More than 1 year ago
This novella was just what the Doctor ordered!!! I really love catching up with all the beloved people of Stewart Island. I do always want to know what's happening with them. Kissing the Bride is all about Shay & Del. it's a week before their Big Day & Shay is making sure it's going to be the Wedding of her Dreams, the Perfect Day. Del loves Shay sooooo much that he is sooo patient with all her planning the perfect wedding. She wants everything perfect, like any bride. But with all the planning, hilarity ensues. Including Mother Nature not cooperating & this big seal. Yes, you have to read that!!! Which is really out of anyone's control. Shay's plan A turns into Plan B. What sooo amazing is that everyone helps out to make this the perfect wedding & day for Shay & Del. What a community of loving friends & family. It's soooo heartwarming. Shay could have just went ballistic, especially with her type A personality, but she didn't . You have to admire that. She wanted a perfect day for her & the Man of her Dreams. I think it's because she's surrounded by people who supports her & loves her & will do anything for her that she did not breakdown. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my very honest, true opinion whether positive or negative without being compensated for it. I love, love the continuing stories of Stewart Island residents. Keep writing them Tracey Alvarez!!!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is book 7.5 in the Due South series and it is perfect! I love Del and Shaye and any chance I get to revisit all the great characters in the Due South series, I will definitely take. It's a week before their wedding and she wants EVERYTHING perfect. She's become bridezilla with her wedding journal close at hand. What happens when a pesky and very large sea lion named Boris tries to ruin Shaye's wedding day? This story has the perfect amount of humor, so much love, great family and awesome friends. I love that this author writes her characters as real people in real life situations. The cover is exactly how I would have pictured Del and Shay. Bravo Tracey Alvarez! Way to keep the series fresh! Looking forward to whatever comes next! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
ahhmericanwoman More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet short story, that at times runs spicy hot! It is a followup to the third book of the series, "Ready to Burn" where Head Cook Del and Sous Chef Shaye decide to intermingle their seasonings. The Due South Series follows a large group of friends who live on an island just off the southern end of New Zealand. It follows Book 7 of the series, so a lot has happened among the group since Del and Shaye first got together. This is a book where it really makes a difference that you have read all the previous Due South Books, so you can understand who everybody is and how they are inter-related and paired. I would not recommend trying to read this book as a stand-alone. It would be way too confusing. I suppose it shouldn't have been a surprise to me, but Shaye is a bit of a bridezilla in this book. I guess someone who is an excellent chef would want to make sure every detail is perfect for her wedding! In fact, Shaye has an "All Things Nuptial" journal in which she has every single fine point of her wedding planned out, and exactly when it has to be done. There are scaredy-cat moments with some cold feet, sizzling hot moments, and of course a lot of crazy and fun moments. All in all it makes for a really great, fun story! I wish I could move there and be friends with all these people! (...and maybe even find me a hot New Zealander!) Great series, great story. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
Kissing The Bride is a really fun story. As mentioned by the author, it is not meant to be a readalone story. It would be better to read it after you have read the rest of the Due South series. But if you have read the rest of the Due South series like me, you'd definitely find this an enjoyable read. Usually in most stories, the HEA is just one small part of the story. I'm really glad that Tracey decided to make the HEA of Del and Shaye into a story of its own. It was really fun reading about the snags that Del and Shaye encountered while planning the wedding. This is definitely a great addition to the series. ** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Lexa123 More than 1 year ago
I just can't get enough of these books and characters. If you've read the Due South series (which you really must do, not only because it's hard to understand this book without it, but because the series is amazing) you're sure to love this book! Shaye has everything planned out for the week before her wedding down to the minute but what will happen when things start to go wrong? Shaye and Del are a fantastic couple and I was upset when the story ended! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this copy in no way influenced my opinions on the book.
Ania_S More than 1 year ago
Are you one of those readers who are wondering what happens in the they-lived-happily-ever-after part? If yes, this short novel is definitely for you. It was so nice to once again read about Shaye and Del, I honestly adore this couple, they are one of my favorite Tracey Alvarez’s couples, if not the most favorite one. So if you enjoyed “Ready to burn” as much as me then “Kissing the bride” should find a place on your must-read list. Enjoy! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
A short, sweet, heartwarming story that is an absolute must read for fans of the Due South series. Del and Shaye are my favorite couple from this series and I was jumping for joy when Tracey decided to write a story featuring their wedding. It was everything I had hoped for and more. Cupcake and Hollywood are as endearing as ever and so solid as a couple. In an attempt to be uber-organized, Shaye is a tiny bit of a bridezilla. Del isn't that phased but he wants his woman to be happy so he is going out of his way to ensure that their day goes off without a hitch. But you know what they say about best-laid plans?! Things don't go according to plan but their wedding is still a wonderfully joyous affair and they get married surrounded by their family and friends. This novella is chock-full of witty banter, sexy times, romantic times, family and friends times. Loved every word! We get to meet all the amazing characters from the series and I truly felt like an invisible guest at the wedding. I hated turning the page because I knew each one was bringing me closer to the end, and I didn't want it to end! In summary, this was a fantastic feel-good read. Highly recommended. I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Bookreadingnurse More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the series!! Shaye just wants the day she gets married to be perfect! So much so that she has a whole binder devoted to her special day and it's detailed to the minute on the days before her wedding. When her wedding bible is damaged she begins to freak out but Del has a mission to make this the day Shaye has always wanted. All your favorite Due South characters make a appearance, including one very grouchy sea lion. A not to be missed read!! I was generously given this book to review but the author but the opinions expressed are all mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is so good. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
There are seven days until Del and Shaye's wedding. As the book blurb says, if you haven't read the series before this is NOT the place to start. As a recap, Del Westlake was the wunderkind chef from LA who came back to Oban for his older brother's wedding and takes over as head chef at Due South (the local bar/restaurant) when his father Bill is taken ill. Shaye Harland is the incumbent sous-chef whose nose was put out of joint when Bill asked Del to take over instead of her. Del and Shaye's story is told in Ready to Burn. In this novella we get a day-by-day countdown to the wedding including the Bridezilla-esque wedding planner book, the strippers at the stag night, the surprises Del and Shaye spring on each other and of course the involvement of the grumpy sea lion Boris. Despite Del and Shaye not being one of my favourite couples in the series I loved this novella. It was funny, romantic and poignant. Recommended for fans of the series, it brought together all the couples from the previous books in a very memorable wedding. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute, funny and sexy short story about Shaye and Del's wedding. Fans of the Due South series don't want to miss this book. It's a short read without any major drama or big obstacles to overcome - if you don't count an obsessively organized bride-to-be, a wicked sea lion and the unpredictable Stewart Island weather. All the characters from the previous books are back, and I was happy to meet them all again. The strong sense of community and family is the main feature in this series, and it's what makes it special. If you've yet to read any of the books, please go ahead and try it (the first book is free), to understand what I'm talking about. There are some sexy moments between bride and groom, and some heart-warming ones when they finally stand in front of each other, exchanging vows. In short: Kissing The Bride is a quick, weekend read that won't fail to bring a smile to your face by the time you've reached the last page. If you haven't read any of the previous books, you'll probably have a hard time following, so I'd recommend reading at least Shaye and Del's full story (Ready To Burn) first. Or, better yet, read all the previous books, if you can. ***I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't compensated nor was I asked to write a positive review.***
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Organized Shaye has Her All Things Nuptial journal filled out and is working down the list of things to be done ticking off each one as it comes along. She is eager and ready and oh so organized seven days out from her wedding to Del. With bridal showers and bachelor’s parties, last wedding dress try-ons and cupcakes to bake everything is ready and right on schedule. But, life does not come with guarantees so there are some last minute adjustments that need to be made in order for Shaye and Del to have a successful wedding day. I LOVED this story! I got to glimpse the characters from the previous books in the series while finding out how Shaye and Del spent the last week before their wedding. Thank you to the author for the copy of this short story in exchange for my honest review. I have loved every book by this author and this is just as wonderful as those that have already been written.
mel_t More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm a huge fan of Tracey Alvarez's Due South series. To get the most out of this short novella of Del and Shaye's wedding you really have to read at least their full length story, but it helps to read the series in order to get to know all the characters. This was a fun, sexy, romantic update on Del and Shaye in the 7 days leading up to their wedding. It's like a standalone epilogue - a great way to find out what happens with a hero and heroine after the HEA in their book. As always Ms. Alvarez tells an engaging story - this one had me laughing out loud in parts and then swooning with the romantic wedding in the end.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet--and entertaining--story! I loved revisiting Shaye and Del and seeing them tie the knot. The countdown format was a lot of fun (7 days before the Big Day and counting...) and I enjoyed watching them encounter (and defeat, of course!) all the obstacles Ms. Alvarez threw in their way as the big day came closer. Seeing everyone come together to help them prepare and celebrate was like attending a family reunion (but the fun kind, with the side of the family you get along with-not the side with the creepy uncle and annoying cousins). I love seeing favorite characters once again in a slice of life format like that! Kissing the Bride could probably be read on its own, but it's going to have a lot more meaning for you if you've at least read the first part to Shaye and Del's story, Ready to Burn . If you've read the entire Due South series, even better! And now I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment... (subtle hint) ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rebeccajp76 More than 1 year ago
This is a great quick read revolving around Due South's favourite head & sous chef's Del & Shaye (Ready To Burn....go and read it!!). The Due South series is fantastic and this book follows Del & Shaye in the lead up to their wedding. Tracey continues with the humour & warmth of the series with some spicy bits!! This book was a lovely way to give Del & Shaye the happily ever after you wanted for them. I have read the whole series up to date and highly recommend it, I've bought nearly all the books and put in my pre-order so I don't miss release dates!! I was privileged enough to receive a free copy of this book and have provided an honest review. This is my own opinion and I was not compensated for my review nor required to write a positive review.
JANE_LANE04 More than 1 year ago
The perfect wedding sweet! It was such a joy to catch up with Shaye and Del after "Ready to Burn." Shaye is doing her best to plan every detail and make this wedding go off without a hitch, while Del is planning a secret surprise to make Shaye the happiest wife he can. I loved how these two have grown together since "Ready to Burn." While the problems our characters encounter aren't as serious as issues as they encountered in the past (such as Del's alcohol troubles in "Ready to Burn"), when there is a wedding on the line, the stresses mount. I loved how Alvarez takes these wedding stresses and makes them real obstacles in the context of the pending nuptials. This wasn't one of those wedding stories will the walls are practically falling in around everyone; there was a lot of joyful moments in between. These steamy and sweet moments mixed with the surprising (Boris, the obnoxious sea lion) and disastrous made me fall in love with this story. I received a free copy of "Kissing the Bride" in exchange for an honest review.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Kissing The Bride is book #7.5 in the Due South series by Tracey Alvarez. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. It is almost time for the day Shaye Harland has dreamed of most of her life. It’s seven days until she marries the love of her life, Del Westlake. Shaye wants this day to be perfect in every way. Hence, her journal of All Things Nuptial. This journal has been her constant companion for the past few months as she makes lists, checks off lists, and makes more lists. She has planned everything so carefully so nothing can go wrong, right?! Del doesn’t care about Shaye’s journal or what color the bridesmaids wear or what flavor the cake is. He just wants his bride-to-be happy. So he will do whatever he can to keep that smile on her face and make their wedding day perfect. As is with plans, though, things don’t always go the way they were supposed to. You can’t plan for a cantankerous sea lion or unexpected emergencies, weather changes, or crazy family and friends. I have loved this series from the start. This book was adorable. I fell in love with Del and Shaye in the third book, Ready To Burn. So I have been so excited for them to reach their big day. Did their wedding go according to plan? Of course not! Was it perfect anyway? It really was. Did I sigh and maybe even tear up a little bit. That will be my secret.
dinnafash More than 1 year ago
Once again, Tracey has brought out all the characters in Oban and has made them all an integral part of Shay and Del's pre-wedding plans and activities. This story even stars Shay's notebook of “All Things Nuptial” which suffers severe trauma right at the start and a gigantic sea lion named Boris. What could have been a boring “everything that can go wrong” wedding story had more than enough unusual twists to keep me laughing at the funny parts, holding my breath at the tense parts. It isn't all laughs, such as when Shay tries to prove she is “spontaneous” and pulls a stunt that brings the memory of Del's dead ex-girlfriend front and center. It makes Shay and the reader wonder if she has finally screwed it up one too many times. But you just know Del isn't about to let Shay get away, after all they have been through together and apart and now finally together again. Right? But it wouldn't be a Tracey Alvarez story if it didn't have angst amid the fun and HEA and it is all here in a very enjoyable story about Shay and Del's wedding. I was given an ARC of this story for an honest review and received no compensation.