Ready To Burn

Ready To Burn

by Tracey Alvarez


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ISBN-13: 9781507822814
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2015
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 762,734
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(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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Ready To Burn 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, romance and comedy
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Rebeccajp76 More than 1 year ago
If you haven't discovered the Due South series you must get onto it!! You'll be hooked with any of the books. This is another fantastic book by Tracey Alvarez, the third instalment in the series. Set in the kitchen of Due South, on the beautiful island of Oban, this book follows up on the last single Harland, Shaye. Childhood friend Del, reluctantly returns home under the guise of attending his brother's wedding. He accepts an offer of the position as head chef at Due South, stepping on Shaye's toes. Animosity smoulders...sparks fly, throw in a reality TV crew to spice things up and you end up with a great read. Not too heavy on the kitchen aspect or reality TV, concentrating more on exploring the friendships, the enticing scenery and the friction between Del and Shaye....perfect recipe for an enjoyable read (see what I did there?). I've read and purchased most of the rest of the series, I was hooked after the first book. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Ready To Burn in exchange for my honest opinion...and my honest opinion is, GO OUT AND BUY IT! You won't regret starting in on this series and it doesn't matter where you start, they work as standalone books, just start somewhere!
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book! Shaye and Del were a pair to be reckoned with... Both with their baggage and a lot of emotional angst this story builds like few I have recently read.. I laughed and I cried and felt a strong tie to what they had each experienced in their past... This is an excellent book and while part of a series I think it could be read by itself without losing meaning.
ahhmericanwoman More than 1 year ago
Another great book from the Due South series! I've been getting caught up on it, a little over time, and have not read all of them that are out (the first six), although I've read them in a crazy mixed up order. Yes, they probably would have flowed better had I read them in order, but I've gotten to know this great group of friends on the island of Oban off New Zealand, and for the early books that I read later, like this one, it just read to me like a little bit of a flashback, so it worked out fine :-) I loved this one! Del is the younger brother of West from book 1. He's a fancy chef that's been living in LA for awhile. But his life there has pretty much tanked due to some bad decisions he's made and bridges he's burned. With is father in New Zealand ill, and his mother begging for his help, he comes back to the town he grew up in. No one knows what a mess he's made of his life in LA. Once Del gets back on his feet, he hopes to find another high profile top chef job in a high profile city – but not LA. Del takes over as head chef at his father's restaurant, Due South. This doesn't sit real well with Shaye, a lifelong resident of the island. She's been serving as Sous Chef and believed that when the older man retired, she would be the one to head up the restaurant. Neither Del or Shaye (who had been childhood friends) are ones to hold their tongues, and the place is afire with all the banter and buildup of sexual tension between the two. Unknown to everyone, Del is trying to make an audition tape, with the hopes of luring a top chef to come there and fix up the restaurant. It's kind of like a “Restaurant Impossible” show, but headed up by someone like Chef Ramsey. The show promises a top chef job in one of the chef's restaurants, and Del has high hopes to snag the position, and get the heck out of New Zealand again. Of course his budding love affair with Shaye kind of complicates that whole idea. This is a really hot, sexy story! There's one unforgettable scene (of many) in the kitchen when Del and Shaye are baking treats for a Halloween party, and get into a food fight. Things get really carried away and... well, you get the idea. “Ready to Burn” didn't get its name because someone left a pan sitting on the stove a little too long! Author Tracey Alvarez definitely heated things up in this one. As her own head chef at her writing desk, she's always sure to stir up something delicious, and doesn't disappoint. Yummy! I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this and her other series.
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caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Ready to Burn is book three in the Due South Series by Tracey Alvarez. This book was generously provided to me by the author in return for an honest review. “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Del Westlake was forced to leave Oban, the beautiful little island community in New Zealand, with his mother when he was just a kid. His parents split up and he went with his mother while his older brother stayed with his father. He never forgave his dad for sending him away. He and his brother somehow managed to keep in touch and retain their relationship and now his big brother is getting married, and his dad is sick. But that’s not why he is going home to the place he said he’d never return to. He messed up his life big time in Los Angeles. He never wanted to do anything more than to be a head chef at a famous restaurant. He was so close to his dream. Now he was jobless and couldn’t pay his rent. Shaye Harland almost has everything she ever wanted. She loves her life in Oban. Her sister is about to marry the man of her dreams. And Shaye is so close to becoming head chef at Due South, the restaurant she has worked at since she was a teenager, the restaurant that is owned by Del’s dad, Bill. Bill is sick and can no longer perform his duties at the restaurant and Shaye has been taking over for him. She admits she is a little overwhelmed but this is what she has dreamed of, running the restaurant on her own. So no one is more surprised as she is when Del comes home and says he’s there to help out his dad and take over as head chef of Due South…HER Due South. It seems Del has a little more planned, though, than just taking over the restaurant. He has a plan to salvage his name and restart his career. A reality TV cooking show wants to send a film crew and a famous chef to their restaurant to film them under the guise of fixing their restaurant. This would bring a lot of attention to their little community, more tourists and more attention to Due South. How can she say no? There is more than just heat from the cooking, though, steaming up the kitchen with Del and Shaye. The chemistry is undeniable but Shaye has a checklist of what a perfect man would be like and Del definitely does not meet her criteria. Still, she can’t deny that her girly bits react every time he comes near her. Del only plans to stay long enough to get his career jump started and this reality TV show is just what he needs to do the job. He does not want to stay in this town where there is no future for him except cooking at Due South. So why can’t he resist the sweet as a cupcake, Shaye? He should stay away from her, but he can’t. There are also some dark secrets Del is keeping from Shaye and from his family. Would Shaye still accept him if she knew what sort of a man he really was? I have loved this series from the start and this book was a perfect addition. Shaye and Del both needed to adjust their thinking, Shaye to what her perfect man was, and Del, to what sort of a future he really wanted. I loved spending time with all the characters I have grown to care about from the previous two books. Is Del home to stay? Or will he follow his cooking dreams back to the United States? I look forward to Kip and Del’s stepsister, Carly’s story in book four, Christmas With You.
rorifuzz More than 1 year ago
In book 3 of the Due South series, we are finally able to find out more detailed information about West’s brother, Del Westlake, and the reason he and his mother had left New Zealand to live in the US when Del was a young boy. Del is a complex character with demons no one knows about that are revealed throughout the book. Shaye is a tough, competent chef who runs the kitchen with precision, though West and his father do not think she can handle being in charge on her own. Del and Shaye clash repeatedly but then find a rhythm and start working well together. I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much I had to read the first two books in the series by this author. I will definitely pick up any new books released by Tracey Alvarez as I really enjoyed her writing style. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I am quickly becoming a fan of Tracey Alvarez. She writes deeply emotional and thought provoking reads in a lighthearted way that holds the attention and entertains. Ready to Burn is a fun story with a lesson behind it. Opening the heart to forgiveness eases the soul, lightens the load and brings more opportunities for happiness. Yes Ready to Burn was a romantic love story between Shaye and Del, but also explored Del's relationship with his father. Once he allowed himself to forgive his father, Del was able to let the bitterness go and move on. This opened his eyes to new opportunities. Great read. I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all her books!
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful visit back to Stewart Island and a chance to catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. We first meet Del as a brooding man who is clearly unhappy with the direction his life has taken, and is contemplative about his past, and his future. Throughout the book, we see many complexities to Del but at the root of it, we see a little boy who is yearning for acceptance from his father. Everything he has done in his life, from being a chef, to seeking love and acceptance but not commitment, can be tied back to his need for acceptance and love from his father. He feelings of isolation run deep and he is continually reminded of his feelings of rejection each time he sees his childhood friends as adult, in the places he longed to feel belonging in. He was a wonderfully-endearing character and despite his broodiness and often boorish behavior, you can't help but root for him to get the love and acceptance he needs in his life - from his father, and from a good woman. Shaye feels the need to take care of everyone and everything. Her caring nature is often translated into her relationships, and her feelings of desire for Del become intermingled with her need to help him through his troubles with his father and his issues with previous relationships. A broken man and a nurturing woman - what could be more perfect! And you would think so, but of course, love is never that easy. Shaye's deep held feelings for her home on Stewart Island are constantly offended by Del's immense need to protect himself from continued hurt at home by expressing disdain for the island and everything about it. His need to leave and her need to stay create a conflict you aren't sure, as the reader, they will be able to overcome. We aren't just talking about leaving a small town for the big city here - we're talking about one of them needing to be halfway around the world!  The twists and turns the author produces with that conflict (and it's SO not what you would have expected) creates a situation where you the reader can't predict whether these two will get the happily-ever-after you know they both deserve. The book is well written and I appreciated the balance of dialogue and narrative presented by the author. There are sex scenes but they do not overwhelm the story and are included in such a way that they contribute to and enhance the story. And, as an American, I love the taste of New Zealand that I get each time I read a book by this author, who even includes some fun pokes at Americans with her jabs at Del's adoption of American words and pronounciation of words over their New Zealand counterparts. Its a fun visit back to Stewart Island and I enjoyed catching up with old friends such as West and Piper and Kezia and Ben, and seeing what's been happening since we last saw them!
dinnafash More than 1 year ago
I can't help it, I just love these people! Tracey Alvarez has created a feast of characters that draws you in and makes you never want to leave Stewart Island. You are introduced to friends and relatives near and far in the first two books of this Due South series. You don't need to read those books, but they provide insight into the whys and hows of the backgrounds of Ready to Burn's two main characters, Del Westlake and Shaye Harland. The intensity of all the relationships,not only between Del and Shaye but of all the other characters involved in their lives, keeps you glued to the pages until the book ends. And then you have to get the next book because you just can't let all of these wonderful people go! You can read the book to find out about why Del, a hotshot chef from LA returns, unwillingly, to his birthplace island in NZ, bitter and determined to leave as soon as possible. He seems unlikely to become a warm and loving partner to Shaye, who also is a bit of a hedgehog and has no desire (she thinks) for a relationship. She just wants to be the head chef of Due South's restaurant, where she has been training for years under Del's father Bill. But fate and the magic of Due South, the small town of Oban, and the Stewart Island conspire to bring the two together, in explosive but deliciously wonderful ways. All it takes is intense passion for being chefs, a faked reality TV program, admission of an alcohol problem, Bill's ill health, messed up childhood experiences, and a 9400 mile separation to get them to realize they are meant to be together. There are disagreements and battles royal, but you will feel something strong for both Del and Shaye, hoping they can overcome their pasts and see that they have a future together. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, and this is it!
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a mind-blowing book! Easily my favorite of all the books I've read in this series so far. Ready to Burn has everything I adore in a book: Sublime writing, witty dialog, brilliant character development, stunning world building, strong emotions & relationships, lots of hot, steamy romance, and a fast-paced plot. There is nothing I would fault in the slightest. Del Westlake has burned his bridges in LA so when an opportunity presents itself to go home, he can't turn it down. Especially because it may well allow him restart his chef career in Chicago. Del is hiding behind his fair share of demons and it takes a very special lady to crack his nut. (Ahem!) Shaye has been one of my fav characters in this series to date so I was really looking forward to reading this book. She is warm but sassy, strong yet vulnerable; particularly to Del's charms.  They spark off each other at the start, and Shaye's nose is understandably out of joint when she finds out Del has been hired temporarily as Head Chef, a position she believes she can easily fill. However, she quickly falls for Del's Hollywood bad-boy charm and is soon in deep over her head. I loved Del and Shaye as a couple and really enjoyed how Del transformed his whole attitude on life by the end of the book, even opening up to his family about the demons that have been torturing him. He was a great leading man. I also adored the reality-TV theme, it added an interesting dimension to the story. There was some really funny, laugh out loud moments in this book, like this bit: "Her revenge was squeezing your bum and letting you put a tongue in her ear? Sounds like cruel and unnecessary punishment." All in all, a truly amazing read. I'm only sorry I read it so quickly. I wish I could wipe my brain and start over, to relish the enjoyment all over again. This is an excellent series and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, finishing a book I really like is a bittersweet moment. I am happy for all the characters from Due South because I've gotten attached to them over the course of these 3 books but I'm sad too -in a purely selfish way because now I have to sit and wait. While reading Tracey Alvarez's books, I've felt so comfortable and so at home imagining life in a place like Stewart Island.  In Ready to Burn, we get the story of 2 chefs: Shaye Harland and Del Westlake. We know Shaye from the first 2 books as Piper and Ben's little sister and Kezia's friend. However, since Del left for the States with his mother years ago, we only knew of him. This is the first time he returns to Oban and of course, him and Shaye butt heads. I loved seeing how their initial reactions to each other changed and evolved into a hot attraction. I think Tracey Alvarez did a great job putting 2 people in a tense and uncomfortable situation (one that neither one of them wanted to be in) and then turning it around into a great love story.  I give it 5 stars because at this point I wouldn't expect any less from Ms. Alvarez! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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asianlily More than 1 year ago
ARC REVIEW....Thank you Tracey!!! This is the third book in the Due South Series.  Tracey Alvarez really delves into the character’s emotions and it certainly comes through.  You really get to know the characters individually and know what makes them tick.   I really enjoyed Shaye and Del’s story.  These two are carrying past demons and bringing it into each other’s lives.  Shaye, her father’s shocking death and Del his father so called rejection.  Shaye is the peacemaker, making sure everyone gets along.  Del is just the opposite. At first he selfishly, does everything for himself.  His reason for coming back to Steward Island is further his waning career.  He had a great career working at a top restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.  But he had to move back to Stewart Island for reasons that become clear to the reader.    But along the way, these two found their way to each other.  They both have a love of cooking.  Del is a renowned chef who took a huge downfall due to his past.  Shaye is on the fast track of her craft.  But unlike Del, she just wants to stay on Stewart Island, her childhood home.  Del wants to move back to the U.S.A.  But Del slowly warms up to the idea that Stewart Island and its quirkiness is not so bad at all.   These two had a huge hurdle to overcome to find their way to each other.  And boy what fun they had!!!  STEAMY and YUMMY!!!!  During this time, Piper and West’s wedding planning is taking place……Del finally relies on his family to help him with his demons, which was soooooo heartwarming…..this is a family who truly love and care for each other…..   I LOVE all the characters on Stewart Island.  I LOVE that the author includes them in the stories!  I do care about these characters and want to always know what they are up to!!  Kudos to Tracey Alvarez!!!  Please keep them coming!!!!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
In this third book of the Due South series, we have the story of Del Westlake and Shaye Harland.  Del is a chef  in the U.S. and his mother asks him to return to New Zealand to help is ailing father, Bill, at his restaurant called Due South.  Shaye is Bill's sous chef and assumed that one day she'd take over as head chef.  You can imagine her shock and anger when she sees Bill's son Del arrive on the island and she's told Del will take over, temporarily, as head chef.  She was angry when Del moved to the U.S. with his mother when she was 10 years old.  She doesn't want to like Del but the sparks fly when they look at each other.  Del doesn't want any ties because life for him is complicated enough right now but he just can't resist her.  Shaye has a check list of traits her perfect man will have.  Does Del measure up?  What happens when they have to work together every day? I've only given you a glimpse of what's going on in this story.  Del, faults and all, ends up being an amazing man.  Shaye is tough and stubborn yet still vulnerable.  I love that all the women in this series are strong, independent, and smart.  Their sense of family is evident on this island they call home.   Super excited for book four starring Carly and Kip! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Be a bridesmaid, they said. It'll be fun, they said. --Shaye Harland Oh, Shaye, I feel your pain. Spanx is no fun at the best of times, and when you're the last of your siblings to still be single? Doubly painful... Shaye Harland's older sister's getting married (Piper from In Too Deep --which you don't have to have read to appreciate Shaye's dilemma here, but if you haven't yet, why the heck not?? ;)), and Shaye's going to be a bridesmaid. This is all lovely--Piper's fiance's a great guy, and he's been a friend of the family for years. Shaye works for him, actually--she's sous chef at Due South, the Westlake family pub. Bill Westlake, the family patriarch, is also its chef, and Shaye's been told by him on more than one occasion that one day the kitchen of Due South will be hers to run. Bill's sick, though, and Shaye's been struggling with the extra workload. She's determined to make it work, however. She can do this--she's focused, determined, and unshakable in the kitchen, even if her personal life is a bit shaky at best. Except... Del Westlake is back. Del Westlake, the second son who left the island thirteen years ago to live in California with his mom. Del's wanted nothing to do with the father who he believes threw a confused and heartbroken fourteen-year-old away without a second thought, and his relationship with his older brother Ryan (AKA Piper's fiance West) isn't much better. Del's been living the high life as a sous chef at one of the hottest restaurants in LA, and has had zero interest in Due South. So why is he suddenly back in town, weeks before the wedding? Shaye hopes against hope it's just to see if he'll be a viable kidney donor for his dad. Yeah, not so much. Del has no intention of being tested. Unknown to everyone, his personal and professional life has hit rock bottom--at least he hopes it's rock bottom. Surely it can't get any worse, right? His one chance for breaking back into the profession he loves is getting onto a restaurant-based reality show, and filling in for his dad at Due South will give him the perfect opportunity. So what if he has to step on a few toes in the process? It's not like he owes these people anything, right? But Shaye Harland has such delectable toes. Not to mention a few other choice body parts--and suddenly he can't stop thinking about what it would be like to crush her pouty lips to his while he... Nope. Not going to go there. Because he's not the guy for her, not at all. She's looking for a Mr. Perfect, and Del's got nothing but flaws. But hey, life is short and he's not going to be on Stewart Island for long. Maybe they could scratch a mutual itch while he's here, and make a few good memories for him to take back to LA? What could go wrong with that plan? “Let me tell you something else, cupcake. I’m not perfect. I’m just a guy and a pretty ordinary one at that. I belch after a beer, hog the TV remote, and scratch my balls because I damn well can. I won’t pretend to like Pride and Prejudice, I don’t remember birthdays and anniversaries, and the day I get on my knees and grovel for a woman’s affection will be the day I ask Dr. Joe to ring the psych department for a straitjacket.” He stabbed a finger at her. “But I want you, and you want me— and it pisses you off because you can’t bear getting messy with a man who’ll never measure up to your unrealistic expectations.” (I'm still trying to get over the slight to my beloved P&P, Dang, it's hard. But for Del, I'll make the extra effort.) Ready to Burn definitely did not disappoint--don't tell Piper and West or Ben and Kezia, but Shaye and Del might just be my favorite couple in this series! Shaye's creative cursing--to avoid having to put money in her own curse jar at work--was both amusing and hunger-inducing. (Surely I can use "Effing cinnamon sticks!" and "Jittering-freaking-jalapenos!" and "Holy-freaking-guacamole with a side order of cinnamon sicks" at some point this week?) I love the way she thinks ("If he'd been a department store sample strip, she would've rubbed him over her body to transfer the delicious smell onto her skin") and that she's worked so hard to keep her family going despite tragedy and still manages to carve out a successful professional life for herself on the island. Del is deliciously yummy (refer back to Shaye's errant thought above) but has some very real flaws--flaws he eventually mans up to and works overtime to try and repair. Okay, he's not a fan of my favorite period drama, but he does have a standing breakfast date every morning with the annoying bird that wakes him up way too early. How can you not love this guy? I had to pace myself while reading their story because I wanted to make it last--not an easy feat, because I was so anxious to get to their HEA :) Tracey Alvarez makes them work for it, and work hard they do--in funny, touching, heartbreaking, and very real situations and scenes. Sigh... Such. A. Good. Book. Next up: a Due South Christmas novella ( Christmas With You ) featuring Del and West's half sister Carly. Sign me up; I can't wait until my next trip to the island! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
SheriSW More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Due South series and it was soooo damn good. Like a giant piece of chocolate cake after a long crappy day. Delicious. I have loved all the books in this series, but Del and Shaye completely won me over, managing to sneak into top spot. Which is no easy feat! I love a wounded hero, and Del Westlake has plenty of demons to overcome. Watching Shaye slowly chip away his defenses and win him over made for some wonderfully hot and heartwarming scenes.  Like the previous books in this series, we get plenty of glimpses into the previous couple’s lives and what they’re up to, without detracting from the main couple, as well as catching up with the other colorful cast of characters Tracey Alvarez has created in this fabulous series. Ready To Burn is sexy and sweet, will make you laugh out loud, and break your heart all at once. And with a satisfyingly, sigh-worthy HEA, this book ticked all the boxes for me.  Can’t wait for the next in this series!!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Tracey Alvarez has created a community with characters that are one hundred percent likable and set them in a small coastal town in New Zealand thatI would love to visit. This third book in the Due South series is the story of Del Westlake, chef from Los Angeles, and Shaye Harland, sous chef in the kitchen that Del’s father owns. The characters in previous books do make a few appearances but the book is mostly about Del and Shaye, their dreams and the fulfilling of them, their families and what makes them tick, and of course the development of their relationship with a few hurdles to overcome. I look forward to reading what will happen in book four and have a feeling it might be about Carly and Kip.