5 out of 5 stars
*I was provided with an ARC of Know Your Heart in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Twenty-seven-year-old actress Savannah Payne slinks home to New Zealand after losing a role to a younger and skinnier actress. All she wants to do is spend some time at her Bounty Bay property while she tries to lose some weight and prepare for another audition to get her career back on track. But she doesn’t count on the tenant her property’s been rented to refusing to leave.
Glen Cooper has taken a leave of absence from his job at his father’s law firm and rented Savannah’s home so he can finish writing his novel. But the bombshell he was in love with ten years ago is making things difficult. When he won’t let her into the house, she sets up a camper on the property, plays loud music, and distracts him with her skimpy clothes and workout routines.
Glen and Sav are constantly butting heads, but that doesn’t stop the sparks from flying between them. Sav doesn’t remember Glen being her knight in shining armor ten years ago, and Glen is doing everything in his power to deny his attraction. When they both give up the fight to stay away, they still can’t fully be together. Sav needs to prove herself in Hollywood, and Glen realizes that if you love someone, you have to set them free.
Tracey Alvarez has once again created a contemporary romance masterpiece with Know Your Heart. Her writing style will keep you hanging on to every word and feeling the characters’ heartbreak right along with them. There is never a dull moment, and the way Sav and Glen annoy each other is amusing and enjoyable.
As usual, the switch is flipped at just the right moment when the characters go from fighting each other to giving in to the attraction. The progression of the romance is realistic, and the challenges they face are believable. Savannah has always felt she was unlovable, and her failed marriage did nothing to change her view of herself. Her character grows at just the right pace, with a little push from Glen, into the realization that she deserves love and she can be loved.
Glen faces his own challenges with an overbearing father who is not supportive of Glen’s dream of being a writer. He’s got one shot at finishing his novel, and being sidetracked by Savannah is not helping. He not only realizes he needs to go after his own dreams, but also that he needs to set Savannah free if they’ll ever have a chance at a true life together.
Once again, Tracey Alvarez takes us to New Zealand and allows us to feel like we’re right there with the characters. The rainstorms of the Far North play a part in the plot, bringing the characters together, while the tide of the ocean forces them to cooperate in order to get back to dry land.
Know Your Heart is book two in the Far North series. It is a standalone novel, but characters from the first book are included in the plot. You don’t have to read the first book to understand this one, but you’ll enjoy the continuity of the stories if you do.
This is another awesome addition to Tracey’s collection that all contemporary romance fans will love. You can find more of my reviews of Tracey’s books under the Author Spotlight menu.