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Saying I Do (Stewart Island Series Book 8) by [Alvarez, Tracey]
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Marriage and happily-ever-after are for suckers…


Joe Whelan was fooled once on the way to the altar, and the Irish doctor isn’t about to be an eejit over a woman again. Especially not one who witnessed his broken-hearted humiliation years ago. He won’t be swayed by the sparks that fly whenever his eyes meet MacKenna’s or distracted by her sweet kisses. The only thing Joe cares about is preventing his sister from making the biggest marital mistake of her life.

MacKenna Jones loves a good wedding—so long as she’s sewing the bride’s gown, not walking down the aisle herself. Falling for Joe Whelan’s sexy bedside manner wasn’t on the cards, neither was a seven-day road trip with him to Las Vegas, the Marriage Capital of the World. When the stakes are so high, will these two gun-shy cynics ever say I Do?


SAYING I DO is the eighth story 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 Saying I Do 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 Zealand…men 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Icon Publishing (12 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071DMHMHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Saying I Do is an enemies to lovers romance between a sexy Irish doctor and a hard hearted wedding dress designer with a painful intertwined past. This well written book had a freshness to it, despite being book eight in the series, with the book being set partly away from Stewart Island but with just enough on the Island to see familiar faces putting in an appearance for fans of the series. While the book has an angsty undertone, surprisingly overall had a relatively light hearted theme that leaves a warmth with you after finishing this wonderful read.

Mackenna and Joe, who alternate points of view to tell the story, have a sizzling attraction and incredible chemistry, despite their issues from their first interactions several years ago, which takes on a new perspective as their history is steadily revealed through flashback chapters throughout the book. The intense attraction grows ever stronger to the point of no longer being able to be ignored and I loved the perseverance of Joe’s character. Both Mackenna and Joe, who have experienced painful pasts surrounding love for very different reasons, issues that greatly impact on them presently, go through a range of emotions that are captured nicely, ranging including lust, pain, happiness, and love. I’ll be honest it takes a little to fully embrace Mackenna and Joe and fully understand them as characters but once you do you will get swept up in their story and hope these two can finally find the love they deserve.

Be assured, this can be read as a standalone despite being book 8 in the series; each book focuses on a new couple with a HEA.

If you enjoy a charming Irish doctor or a fun and flirty contemporary romance in general, definitely give this book a read!

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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Another gorgeous addition to the Oban community that I now feel a part of! Firstly I need to say 'Thank You' Ms Alvarez! I've had a major slump in romance reading of late and you've just restored my faith in the Romance genre!

Although it wasn't a 'perfect' love story, it had everything that I see as a reader is essential for me. Firstly, two main characters that have depth, flaws, chemistry and most of all... are likeable! I always feel in this series that each character is someone I'd like to get to know. That they are interesting and enjoyable to spend time with and Saying I Do was no different.

Next, I need to feel that there is a story worth telling - more than just the simplicity of a love story. That there is worthwhile drama, angst, relationships and conflicts that enhance the story itself not distract from it. Joe and Mac go through a number of trials in their relationship from 'hate' to friendship to love and all the ups and downs that accompany it. But on top of that, there is background stories to each character that help us understand why it unravels the way it does.

Lastly I need my romances to feel as though they are possible. I honestly don't mind a little bit of embellishment on a story, but it's got to be plausible in my mind for me to invest in it. (Unless it's paranormal or fantasy of course) I love the way that this series combines the whole community into the story. I think this helps me as a reader to build a relationship not only with Joe and Mac but with the entire community. I feel as though I'm more invested in the story because it almost feels as though I'm reading about my own friends. (I'd love to get to know Mrs Taylor!!
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I have been waiting for the Joe & Mac story for what feels like forever (alright it wasn't really). I begged for my ARC copy to read & review! 😂
I wasn't disappointed, as an avid reader of the Due South series I had noticed them in the periphery of some of the stories and couldn't wait t see what was in store for them.
Mac owns a bridal store in Invercargill so she has popped up here and there in previous stories and Joe is the resident Irish Dr for Stewart Island. There is some history between the two which has caused some animosity, friction & avoidance of each other. Tracey teases out their story with just the right amount of steam and some bumps in the road. Mac is prickly and antagonistic & Joe is charming and intense. Both of them are commitment phobes.
This book takes place in a few more locations than the previous books in the series which is a nice twist.
This is a great fun read and I found it hard to put down for when real life interrupted. If I hadn't received my requested ARC copy I still would have gone out & bought this book. So do yourself a favour & buy this and escape for a couple of hours to a beautiful island, parts of NZ & Vegas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe and Mac's trip from not talking to "Saying I do"--what a ride!! 16 May 2017
By dinnafash - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved all of Tracey Alvarez' Due South books because they always included almost everyone in the town of Oban along with whichever couple fell/was pushed/got knocked on the head by love. But I have to admit that Saying I Do is my favorite (so far!) even though it is much less “community based” than all the previous ones. This book is more thoughtful, or maybe I should say thought-provoking, than most of the others. I hesitate to say “angst-ridden,” but the main theme running throughout the story is very much the emotions regarding relationships and love—how they are perceived, really felt, hoped for, avoided, acknowledged, and finally accepted. But getting there is in no way guaranteed! These two are not “storybook” romance characters—they seem to be real people with real hang-ups and issues that go through a lot before they can end up together. And what a great trip Tracey takes you on to get there!

Joe and Mac's story appears to be an “enemies to lovers” tale at the beginning. But you soon realize it is more of a “Joe's most humilating experience in his life” and Mac's being a witness—or rather catalyst, of that humiliating experience. His move to Oban on Stewart Island to become the town's doctor was pretty much a reaction to that situation, to get away from Invercargill on the mainland, to put it out of his mind. So it seems reasonable that he would avoid Mac, who's cousin and good friend, Holly, turns out to be one of the town's residents. Unfortunately, four and a half years later, Holly is getting married, requiring more frequent visits from her cousin who happens to be a wedding planner and up-and-coming bridal gown designer.

With a little push from the town's busybody/matchmaker, Joe and Mac at least start talking, and finally address the issue that has kept them from getting to know each other all that time. And then the dance begins, from not liking each other very much (or at least THINKING they don't like each other very much) to becoming very involved and unable to stay apart. The sex is great, yet they both have a long way to go, due to unresolved issues about love and relationships before they can acknowledge that they are a couple to themselves, much less to family and friends. Timing is everything they just can't seem to get in sync when it comes to accepting love. Joe's problem with love is the more recent “humiliating experience,” whereas Mac's has been brewing in her head and heart since she was a little girl.

Mix in the drama of Joe trying to stop his baby sister's wedding, causing her to “elope” to Vegas (not truly an elopement when their families are invited, is it?), insisting that Mac bring her dress, with or without Joe. And that is when the story shifts to Las Vegas, via a road trip from Los Angeles, and the story takes a few more twists and turns, some unexpectedly more twisty than others, on the way to Joe and Mac's HEA. Which does end up involving pretty much everyone in Oban's participation in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i missed the characters after I finished the book! 14 May 2017
By Rose O'Toole - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book. SAYING I DO is the eighth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Stewart Island books and I think it is one of her best. I actually missed the characters after I finished the book!

Joe and McKenna are wonderful characters and Alvarez does a wonderful job weaving their tale. They go from tolerating each other to adoring each other as Joe goes through planning his sister's wedding. The chemistry between them really works and the sexy scenes are well written and very steamy. The minor characters, both old and new, are well developed and interesting.

I think one of Alvarez's strength is her sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud and getting curios looks from those around me. One even asked what I was reading!

Also, Stewart Island is in the southern most tip of New Zealand and the descriptions of the area make me want to go see it and visit all of the people in the first seven books.

Well done Ms Alvarez! Well done!

She is a wedding dress designer and he is Stewart Islands doctor.

set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Rach Lawrence Books 17 May 2017
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
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Review originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books.

MacKenna Jones has been designing wedding gowns since she was a little girl, but for other people. Mac isn’t the marrying type. She got close once, but she now knows that forever is not for her. Yet there’s something about Oban’s sexy doctor, Joe Whelan, that keeps her coming back for more. Too bad Joe hates her for ruining his chance at happily ever after.

Left by his fiancée a week before his wedding, Doctor Joe Whelan has no interest in holy matrimony. He should hate MacKenna for causing the breakup, but he can’t seem to stay away from her now that their orbits have crossed. Since Mac so successfully broke up his wedding several years ago, it should be no problem for her to break up Joe’s sister’s wedding, because no tattooed bus driver could be good enough for his little sister. Never mind that his diabolical plan forces him and Mac together. Shouldn’t be a problem since they’re both allergic to marriage.

Saying I Do is book 8 in the Stewart Island series, and like all other novels in this series, it can comfortably be read as a standalone book. Of course, if you’re already a fan of the series, some of everyone’s favorite characters make reappearances. Good old Mrs. Taylor, Oban’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is back for another book, and this time she’s pointed her walking stick at Dr. Joe. No one has yet escaped Mrs. Taylor’s matchmaking!

One thing I love about every book written by Ms. Alvarez is that the story always goes beyond the romance. This one is no different. Both Mac and Joe are nuptially-challenged, and they each have good reason to stay away from the institution, in addition to good reason to stay away from each other. The plot is driven forward as much by their family situations and need for growth as it is by their lust. And in typical Tracey Alvarez style, the heat is turned up between the two, and the romance blooms in vivid color across the pages of the book. Attraction turns to love in a natural pace, making the reader fall in love with the characters right along with them.

Another thing I always enjoy in this author’s books is the taste of New Zealand I get by reading them. Descriptions of the weather and scenery are naturally integrated, painting a picture for me of a place I likely won’t ever be able to travel to. This book also had the benefit of including Joe’s Irish slang for added culture, as well as a trip to Las Vegas and the dry desert heat.

Saying I Do was as witty and enjoyable as every other book I’ve read by this author. Although I tend to tire of a series after a few books, Ms. Alvarez somehow keeps me coming back for more … eagerly!
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 - 5 STARS! 14 May 2017
By Trosado - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm having a hard time coming up with words to express my love and enjoyment of Tracey Alvarez's newest book, Saying I do. To date, it was my favorite book by this author. I'm going to make it easy on myself and lay it out with bullet points.

What I loved about Saying I do:

*Enemies-to-love romance trope (a favorite of mine)
*Hero with a sigh-inducing Irish brogue (Yes, I actually sighed!)
*A tender and caring, as well as highly masculine hero
*A strong, yet vulnerable heroine
*Witty and playful banter
*Believable and realistic back stories
*An extended Irish family to write home about
*Highly developed characters, plot and details
*Some conflict and angst, but not over-the-top
*Wonderful secondary characters (most pointedly, MacKenna's best friend, Reid!)
*A beautiful epilogue and HEA (as I've come to expect from this author)

I'd like to elaborate on one point. I understand that most books contain some angst and conflict to overcome as a means to keep the story interesting. Saying I Do was not without that element, but what I effusively enjoyed was how maturely it was all handled by the main characters. If you read contemporary romance regularly, the conflict and angst can become predictable and/or exhausting. It was a delight to read about adults that actually acted like adults and sought resolution in a refreshingly mature way. It simply bears repeating that this was my favorite book by Tracey Alvarez!

I voluntarily read an advanced copy of Saying I Do. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.
4.0 out of 5 stars A swoony enemies-to-lovers story--can't go wrong! 20 May 2017
By Beckymmoe - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great addition to the Stewart Island series--and an enemies-to-lovers, to boot! Can't go wrong :)

I really liked MacKenna and Joe's story--enemies-to-lovers can be so much fun, especially when we get to see the whole push-pull of not really liking the person you're totally attracted to dynamic from both characters' POV. Hearing their internal dialogue as they try to resist, and seeing them give into it anyway is always such delicious fun--and Mac and Joe were definitely a great example of the troupe!

I have to admit, Ms. Alvarez had me a teensy bit worried at about the 80-something% mark--though I was excited about the turn the story was taking, what the two of them were doing didn't feel quite right...and then it all went very, very wrong--but I should have known better. Everything worked out exactly as it should have in the end, and everybody stayed in character on their way to their HEA. Win-win!

And...can I just say? That cover? As swoon-worthy as the story!

Probably more so than most of the others in the series, Saying I Do would work well as a standalone--though Mac's Holly's ( Playing For Fun ) cousin and several of the Due South/Stewart Island crew make brief appearances, Joe and Mac and some new characters that they bring along with them (Joe has brothers! And Mac's got single co-workers...hint, hint) are really more of the focus here, so you're not really at a loss if you haven't read the other series books already. But seriously, do yourself a favor, and try them all :)

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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