Know Your Heart

Know Your Heart


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Know Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez, Book Cover By Design

When the landlady from hell becomes the one woman he can't live without...

Kicked off a movie set, actress Savannah Payne flees to her vacation house in Bounty Bay to prepare for the audition of a lifetime. Only a stubborn, sexy lawyer is currently renting it and he won't budge an inch. Not even when she uses every weapon in her arsenal to drive him out of his mind. But all's fair in love and war, including his kisses that make her want to surrender.

Glen Cooper needs a distraction-free month to finish writing his first novel and he's found the perfect spot. As a lawyer he knows his legal rights, and the self-absorbed woman who doesn't remember the night he once saved her won't weaken his resolve. Too bad he's fighting a battle of attraction that he just can't win. With Savannah returning soon to Hollywood, could falling in love could be the truce needed for her to stay?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514337561
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/03/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

USA TODAY best selling author Tracey Alvarez lives 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.

Fuelled 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.

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Know Your Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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Naty 9 months ago
Glen is been in love with Savannah, his best friend Nate’s cousin, from the first time he saw her more than ten years ago. So, while renting her house in Bounty Bay, she knocks at his door wanting to get back her house, he knows that he is lost. Can they have a chance together and finally find love? A tender love story about love, friendship and pursuing your dreams. Very well narrated making you feel as part of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and the series! This book had me laughing out loud and crying, so enjoyable!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick enjoyable read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For once the reviews were spot on! And it was free! Best romance ive read in years: good writing, sweet story line and well developed characters.
MariePalmer More than 1 year ago
Love or hate...a very fine line but plenty of fireworks! Stubborn, driven, focused, determined, impatient, hardheaded, selfish and downright stroppy could describe Glen or Savannah at the beginning of this book. Both have had a rough few years, both have had unexpected upheaval dropped in their lap, both are on a time limit and both are convinced they are in the right and the other will have to leave! Both are too stubborn to do so! You cannot help but laugh out loud at the antics these two pull to try and outdo each other, often stooping to underhand or childish ploys, as you swing from cheering for Savannah, to Glen and back again, they very quickly suck you in and you suddenly realise that yes they both have all these very apparent and obvious faults but actually when you scratch the surface you find they are both.... Loyal, loving, thoughtful, motivated, family orientated people who got carried away in the heat of the moment and the principal of the situation. Add to this the fact that they are hot, sexy, passionate and creative and you are guaranteed fireworks each time they come together wether in lust, anger or frustration. Both have been burnt before but deep down both hunger for love and acceptance of who they really are not who the world perceives them to's a rocky road as they both try to find themselves and each other.....half the battle is knowing when to run and when to stand and fight for what you want.....or having the guts to return when you realise you were wrong!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the Far North! In "Know Your Heart" we meet Savannah, an actress in a slump and owner of a hideaway home in Bounty Bay. Sav may own the home, but gorgeous lawyer Glen is renting it out for the next six weeks. Savannah's attempts to annoy Glen into leaving the lease early are ridiculous and funny. I loved how she chose to park a bright orange camper/caravan elsewhere on the property and listen to awful (to Glen) music. Glen pushes right back, cooking delicious dinners (just for him) and absorbing the delights a full home on a beautiful plot of land has to offer. I wasn't really sure why Savannah had to stay in the house instead of the resort she kept trying to push Glen toward. Similarly, I wasn't totally sure why Glen wanted to keep their path's so separate, considering he still had the hots for her. Glen saved Savannah from a drunken night she doesn't remember, including not remembering it was him who took care of her. When I read the scene where Sav realizes it was Glen who took her home, I was glad it wasn't a scarier situation, but still wasn't sure why he didn't want her to know all these years later. However, these minor questions don't detract from the fun I had reading their back and forth button pushing. I can get behind these two being stubborn just for the sake of being stubborn. Another enjoyable read from Tracey Alvarez! I received a free copy in exchange for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to New Zealand - the north country.   Meet Savannah and Glen - the actress and the lawyer who is trying to write his first novel.  Glen rents a secluded house away from the commotion of city life and well away from his stuffy lawyer father and brother.  Who's vacation house does he rent?  Savannah's!  And she wants him out so that she can hide away from the cameras and paparazzi.  When trying to evict him doesn't work, she resorts to buying an RV and parking it on the lawn of property, blaring country music at 5:00 am, and arranging garden gnomes to drive him crazy and away from her house. Needless to say, her plans backfire...  turn the pages to watch the sparks fly and ignite. With this second book in the Far North series,Tracey Alvarez doesn't disappoint!  This book along with those from her Due South series are well written and keep you coming back for more.  I can't wait to read more from this author. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, nor was required to write a positive review. Having said that, I would have read this book even if I had not received it from Tracey. I so enjoyed the first book in the Far North series “Hide Your Heart” that I was excited for this book to be released. Believe me when I say Know Your Heart does not disappoint. I was sold on this book from the first page. The pace and flow of this book is well balanced, polished while taking you on a whirlwind romance. It is full of humor, flirtation, romance and love. The book centers on Savannah and Glen, but family is equally important, specially helping a teenage boy and his father to heal their relationship. There is a saying that true love will out. In the case of Glen this is true, his one true love, the one who stole his heart at such a young age is back in his life. The ensuing repartee between Savannah and Glen will make your heart sizzle and give you the warm fuzzies. If you are reading this in a cold climate Jane Austen sums this romance up nicely when she said ”If the warmth of her Language could affect the Body it might be worth reading in this weather.” It will warm you up from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Get ready to add Glen Cooper to your book boyfriend list. I enjoyed each page of this book, and I look forward to reading more books by Tracey Alvarez. I do not want to tell you the complete story line because that can take away the joy of getting lost in this book on your own. Happy reading. .
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
Savannah Payne was introduced in Book 1 (Hide Your Heart) as Nate Fraser's cousin. Savannah is an actress who is going through a rough patch. At 27, she is being overlooked in favor of younger, skinnier actresses. All she wants to do is retreat to her house in the Far North. Only one problem: Nate talked her into renting it to a friend of his for 6 weeks. Glen Cooper is a disillusioned lawyer. He has bowed to the demands of his father instead of pursuing what he really wants in life. Now he has rented Savannah's house  to pursue his dream-- writing. He has 6 weeks to finish his book or the publisher will back out. All Glen wants is peace and quiet. Oh, and assurances Savannah won't be anywhere near her house. Seems he has been in love with her since he was in college and she was 17. When Sav shows up Glen refuses to leave-- he has a lease to back him up. Sav refuses to back down and buys a camper to live in on her property. What follows is 2 stubborn people who refuse to back down or admit when they are wrong. They certainly won't admit to the feelings they have for each other. Tracey Alvarez has written another terrific book. The characters are well-developed and likeable. The story grabbed my attention and never let go. There are layers to the story with more than just the relationship between Sav and Glen being explored. This story has humor, fireworks(Sav and Glen are combustible!!), love, fears, insecurities, warmth...and did I mention fireworks? Glen is a caring, compassionate, sexy hot man. Sav isn't a diva. She is a down-to-earth, fiery woman. They make the perfect pair. I highly recommend Know Your Heart if you are looking for a hot, sexy love story. You won't be disappointed.
robing1 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, even though I have not read the first one (yet) I was able to read this one without much trouble. I had a hard time keeping interested in the first couple chapters, but after that I couldn't put it down. The characters are very likeable people, very believable. The antics were funny where Savannah was trying to get Glen to leave her house early so that she could have her privacy to rehearse lines for an audition. But Glen was determined he wasn't leaving before the six weeks that he paid for were up because he needed the quiet to finish writing his book. I liked that Glen took his nephew Tom for a couple weeks during school break, it brought out Savannah's nurturing side. I am looking forward to reading more of Tracey's books. 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.
Phyllis57 More than 1 year ago
This book just moved to slow for me. I want a book that I can’t put down, that draws me in and keeps my interest. It started off slow and I had trouble just sticking with it. The situation was believable but the characters made no connection with me. Savannah is an actress who, having just lost a major acting role, comes home to lose weight and prepare for her next audition. Glen is an aspiring writer who has taken a leave of absence to finish his book. He has a legal rental contract for Savannah’s house and as a lawyer he knows it. But Savannah is determined to remove him from the property with immature and petty behavior. With Glen’s determination to stay you know that sparks are going to fly before these two realize they are made for each other. I just wish the sparks had been a bit more explosive. "I received a free copy of Hide your Heart by Tracey Alvarez, in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and the opinion expressed here is mine."
Teresa-Appyt More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Far North Series. I have not read "Hide Your Heart" yet, which is the first book. Both are stand alone stories with characters in common.. One of my favorite types. In "Know Your Heart" we have Savannah is an actress trying to rekindle her career, however when she is replaced with a "younger/thinner" actress for the part she was hoping to get she decides to escape to privacy. Unfortunately,  her cousin has rented her vacation home to a friend who needs quiet time to write his book. Glen is a lawyer, tho not by choice. They clash as she wants her house back so she can hide out and he does not wish to give up his chance to finally finish the book he has wanted to write for years. Along with Savannah's cousin and Glen's nephew they find neutral ground.  I love a slow burn and Tracey Alvarez delivers in spades.. She has a wonderful way of immersing the reader into the lives of her characters. Both Glen and Savannah are interesting and little things about their lives are revealed as the story progresses.. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a well told story of substance.  "I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review."
TanyaLeeAnn 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. We were first introduced to the idea of Savannah in the first book in the Far North series when we read some of her cousin's back story. In Know your Heart we get to know her a lot better. And who doesn't love a strong, willful leading lady? And then of course there is the equally strong and willful hunk of man that ends up stealing her heart (what kind of romance would it be if people didn't fall in love?) Tracey Alvarez has done it again, she has taken a story that lives in her mind, and given us the chance to meet, get to know, and fall in love with the people that live there. I would recommend this book (along with her others) to anyone looking for a feel good story, just make sure you've got time, because if you're like me, you won't want to put it down one you start reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of the Far North Series, we are introduced to Glen Cooper, an old friend of Nate's.  He is renting the house that Savannah bought from Nate at the end of the first book.  My first impression of Nate was that he was very rude, due to his first interaction with Savannah.  This is nothing new as I've had this reaction before with other characters in Tracey Alvarez's books.  In fact, I remember thoroughly hating Ben from Due South until he redeemed himself in his own book, so I learned my lesson not to jump to conclusions at the beginning.  My other problem was entirely my own problem.  For some reason I kept associating the name Glen Cooper with a bald, fat guy -I have no idea why! I think it was my subconscious playing tricks on me... Luckily, I found the perfect solution; I always opened the book to the cover picture before starting to read.  I would take a nice long look at the super hot guy in the picture and remind myself that THIS is Glen Cooper.  Problem solved.  The relationship between Glen and Savannah was very entertaining.  I loved the constant bickering and their plans to get on each other's nerves, both of them simultaneously trying to get rid of the other while fighting their growing attraction.  I was very curious to find out what had happened between them in the past, as it was clear that this was the reason Glen behaved the way he did towards her.  The author kept my interest throughout the story by only giving away little bits of information until we find out the rest of what happened when they were teenagers.  Know Your Heart was amusing, fun, sweet and with just enough angst to keep you hooked.   *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
dinnafash More than 1 year ago
Know your Heart grabs your heart and holds on to it. It is the second in the hot NZ series Far North by Tracey Alvarez. The heroine, Savannah Payne, is a Hollywood actress who had been featured in tabloids because of her very public breakup with her husband and now has been unceremoniously dumped from her comeback movie for an actress who is “five years younger and 20 pounds lighter.” Feeling extremely insecure and washed up at 27, all she wants to do is hide away in her Far North retreat, stay away from the media, and then work her butt off (literally and figuratively) for a chance at a leading role in a new sitcom. Her only problem is that her haven has been rented out for 6 weeks to Glen, a corporate lawyer who is an aspiring writer in need of a quiet, unreachable place on deadline to finish his first book of fantasy. Savannah believes all she has to do is ask the renter nicely to leave. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that she had known Glen in his geeky days as a friend of her cousin, and he had actually rescued her after a drunken night in a bar. Fireworks begin instantly when her best flirty smile does not result in the renter's immediate offer to leave; in fact he shuts the door in her face. She does not recognize Glen at all in the beginning, and he just wants to forget her. And so begins the conflict over who gets to stay in the house. She doesn't realize that the battle to get into the house and get Glen out begins to heal her wounded pride and confidence, nor does she realize she is becoming interested in him. Yet she does figure out pretty quickly that he sees the “real” her, Savannah Davis, not the movie star Savannah Payne, although she doesn't understand why. Along the way, both Savannah and Glen are forced to put aside preconceived stereotypes (stuck up move star, rigid uptight lawyer), as little by little, they get to know each other,and she, as well, “sees” the real Glen. It takes them a while, but eventually they both get caught up in challenging each other while fighting their mutual attraction. Their history together (even though she doesn't remember, doesn't even realize that Glen had been her shining knight) helps build the strong feelings, that neither wants to acknowledge. Everyone else sees their love blooming, even when they don't. The book ends, not so much in a HEA manner, but in a “we will make it work no matter what” way—just like real people! This isn't just a romance or a bunch of sex scenes strung together; actually, the sex scenes are fairly tame for an Alvarez book. Instead, there are several familial issues involving both the heroine's and hero's families, some of long years' standing, that are dealt with and wonderfully resolved. And this is where Tracey's “people” shine. They always remain true to their characters that are presented to you through hints and flashbacks. There is a fantastic reconciliation scene that made me cry--only in a cathartic way, I promise--that could have been contrived and just stupid, but it was totally believable. I was given this ARC for an honest review and I received no compensation
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
It was love at first sight for him. She never saw him as more than her cousin's best friend. Glen Cooper has always been that guy who put the needs of others before his own. That is until he took an extending leave from his father's law firm to finally finish his novel. Spending a month in an isolated farmstead will stimulate his creativity. Little does he know, the object of his teenage dreams is about to land on his doorstep. Savannah Payne (Davis), recently passed up for a role by a younger actress, goes home to her country hideaway to regroup and focus on getting her next big role. Her biggest challenge isn’t' the new script, it's her stubborn tenant who won't vacate her house and break his lease. She's always gotten her way and this time will be no different. Hilarity ensues as Savannah campaigns to get Glen to surrender and leave her house. Two equally strong will people with opposing goals learn to respect and love each other. This was a fun read. Lauren, Nate, and Drew, from Hide Your Heart, also make appearances. Once again, Tracey Alvarez has created realistic, relatable, characters you can't help of adore. I am privileged to be a part of Tracey’s ACR Team, where I receive ARCs in exchange for honest reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Tracey Alvarez has a wicked way with words and so does Glen Cooper, the lawyer writing a novel in this story. Savannah Payne, an actress with a heart of gold, is trying to prepare for her next part and make a bid for a big comeback. Glen and Savannah’s story has its ups and downs with family issues both need to resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that family was so important in this book and that both Glen and Savannah were willing to give of themselves to help others. It is definitely a feel good story and one that makes me want to know what Ms Alvarez will write next! Thank you to the author for a copy of the book to read and review.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
RATING: 4.5 STARS Know Your Heart is book two in the Far North series by Tracey Alvarez. We first visited Bounty Bay in book one when we met Nate, Lauren and Lauren’s adorable little boy Drew. Now we are back with Nate’s cousin, Savannah who Nate sold his house to and Nate’s best friend from their college days, Glen. Both Savannah and Glen need to hide for awhile and both have something to prove. But when they both are trying to find refuge in the same place, they might both get more than they bargained for. Savannah Payne is an actress. She has just been fired from a major movie so she needs to hide out for awhile and rehearse for an audition for a sitcom that could possibly save her career. What better place to escape the paparazzi and get the solitude she craves than her new house in Bounty Bay. She knew her cousin Nate had rented it to someone for six weeks but it was her house and she would just go there and kick him out. This is what she needs, the peace and quiet to get herself ready for the audition. Glen Cooper has always wanted to be a writer and has had the beginnings of a book written for awhile. He was told that if he could finish it in six weeks, the publisher would represent him. Glen tried to fit into the mold his father made for him. He went to law school, passed the bar and works at his father’s law firm. But this is not the life he wants for himself. So he took a leave from work and rented the house in Bounty Bay for six weeks to finish the book. You can imagine his surprise when the owner, the recipient of his university days crush, Savannah, shows up demanding he leave. But he is a lawyer and he has an iron clad rental agreement. He’s not going anywhere. “She was Glenophobic in the sense she had an irrational, persistent dislike of the man.” Savannah hilariously finds a way to stay on her property without violating the rental agreement. She parks a camper in the yard outside the house and moves in. She does everything in her power to drive Glen away. She may have underestimated his iron will in this matter. The longer they are together and get to know one another though, the ice begins to melt and attractions form. “Kissing Savannah was neither a show of strength nor a sign of surrender, but the igniting of a wildfire he had no idea how to control.” This was really a fantastic story of these two gaining the strength they need from each other to finally realize their dreams. But perhaps their dreams have changed. Perhaps during this six weeks they will realize what is really important. “I admit, I don’t care much for Savannah Payne, but Savannah Davis? I like her. And I badly want to know her better.” “In the carnal sense?” He touched his forehead to hers, warm skin pressed to her chilled flesh. “In every sense.” This book, as all of Tracey’s books do, captured my heart right away. You can’t help but fall for Savannah and Glen. And I loved seeing how happy Nate, Lauren and Drew are from the first book. Ms. Alvarez also does such a fantastic job of describing the rugged beauty of Bounty Bay. Savannah thought she knew what she wanted/needed. But once she was back in Glen’s life, he was determined not to let her go again. Will his love, patience and understanding be enough to convince her to stay? Or will these few weeks be all they have?
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
I have read a couple of books by Tracey Alvarez and I really enjoyed her writing. Know Your Heart is no exception. This is sort of a second chance romance story as they knew each other from long time ago and Glen had never forgotten Savannah. But somehow Savannah seemed to have forgotten him. What I love about this story is that it's not only about the romance and happily ever after, it is also the little lessons about finding yourself and learning what you want in life.  I really enjoyed the chemistry between Glen and Savannah. Know Your Heart is a light-hearted, heart warming read with lots of humor as well. Looking forward to more books from Tracey Alvarez. ** 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.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Another winner! Know Your Heart is both a enemies-to-lovers story and a lovers with a past story--although for a good chunk of the book, one of the characters doesn't quite remember the brief past they had together. Still, it happened, and eventually it comes back to her, so it totally counts. ;) Savannah, the heroine of Know Your Heart, is Nate's ( Hide Your Heart ) cousin. She's bought the property that Nate spent his book renovating to use as a retreat between projects, and at the book's beginning is supposed to be far away from New Zealand, on her latest movie set. But when she's bumped from the project for an actress twenty-five pounds lighter and five years younger, she decides that her new home is exactly the right place to be. On teensy, tiny problem: Nate's rented her home out to an old friend of his who's trying to finish writing his book. And he's not willing to leave--not even for the Savannah Payne. Especially not for the Savannah Payne, when he realizes that she has absolutely no memory of the first time they met--no memory that she's acknowledging, anyway. So, yeah. Glen's got a rental contract and he's sticking to it. Savannah Payne can just find somewhere else to stay until it's over. Except that her "somewhere else" turns out to be in an eyesore of a mobile home, parked the requisite ten feet away from the house, right in plain view of her office window giving Glen an unobstructed view all day long. So begins the "enemies" portion of the book, where Sav does all she can to try to drive him away in her "campaign of passive-aggressive tackiness" (LOL!), as Glen describes it at one point.  Lawn gnomes, pink flamingos, and really loud country music at god-awful early hours of the morning are involved.Through it all, though, they both find themselves fighting an attraction they're finding harder and harder to deny. "You know, I liked you a hell of a lot more twenty minutes ago than I do now." "Really?" "Yeah." She met his gaze. "Because then you weren't treating me like a porcelain doll who might shatter if you looked at it the wrong way. You've gone head-to-head with me, assuming I'm tough enough to take anything you dish out. So go back to the guy who kissed me without worrying I'd flinch or run away." Something flared hot and hungry in his gaze. "You like that guy, huh?" "A little. But don't get smug about it. You're insufferable enough as it is." Sav and Glen go from enemies to friends to lovers, but through it all they both know that there's an expiration date on their relationship. Savvy's just marking time until her next LA project, and Glen's got to get back to his "real life" where he works in his dad's law firm. In other words, there's no future there. Or is there...? I loved Savannah and Glen, both when they were getting along and when they weren't. Their chemistry was undeniable, and especially during Savvy's "campaign of terror" there were a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Nate, Lauren, Drew, and Java, the stars of book one, wander in and out of their story as well; though this one could work as a standalone, there's enough references to book one events to seriously whet your appetite. (Plus, if you have read Hide Your Heart you know just how awwwwww-inducing it is to hear Drew calling Nate "Daddy". Seriously. So. Sweet.) Now I'm left anxiously awaiting book three... ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.