Just My Luck: Escape to New Zealand, Book 5, continues in the same fashion as many of Rosalind James’ books with the rugby and New Zealand theme with romance interwoven. If you read any of her previous books, this may be one of the reasons you continue to read the Escape series. I know it is a big plus in my book. Book 5 does not rely on reading many, if any, of the previous Escape books. I would say that Just My Luck could act as a stand-alone if you are looking to give James a try. As far as the Audible version goes, Claire Bocking is dead on with her performances. After listening to her for several other Escape to New Zealand books, I would be willing to give any of her audio performances a go. She’s really that talented.
In Book 5, you are introduced to Nate and Ally, with a sub-story of Kristen and Liam. You get a taste of New Zealand outdoors with this pair and I found the accident prone Nate to be a bit refreshing as he had many romantic missteps in this romance. I have to say I really enjoyed Ally and Kristen's conversations on Man Code. Spot on and hilarious. This book presents a strong female lead, don't go looking for the submissive in Ally.
To give you a peak hole into James’ writing, she leads you along a path of realistic story line while adding humor and some New Zealand flavor (at least in the Escape series). I gravitate towards book that are more likely to be realistic so that willing suspension of disbelief is not stretched too far. If you like books that are not only impossible, but lack continuity and character development I suggest you move on and miss out on these books. If you are one who likes a quick wit with a zing of adventure and travel, give the Escape series a knock.
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Wow, what an amazing set this turned out to be. I absolutely love the Escape to New Zealand series, but Claire Bocking really sells them on the audio book front. She keeps you enthralled with her portrayal of rugged New Zealand rugby players. The author, Rosalind James, is a reliable bet if you are looking for a great story line with plausible and robust characters.
I loved Just This Once, Just Good Friends, and Just for Now when I read them, but I adored the audio book. The Publisher’s Summary includes a sound overview of the story, but if you want to know from a reader if they are worth the time (because at this point, money is easier to come by then time), then I give this a resounding YES! Allow yourself to be taken over by these amazing tales with Claire Bocking’s fabulous oration. You won’t regret it. In fact, you are likely to join the FB followings of Rosalind James.
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. But don’t take my word for it. Read the books or better yet, listen to them. I dare you.
This is where it started folks. Hemi and Reka get a story all for themselves and I LOVE it! I may be a cheerleader for Team Reka as of right now as she really does a number on Hemi and boy did he deserve it! Just for You: Escape to New Zealand answers a lot of questions for me as I did not know much about these two characters other than they kept making appearances in the other books. Look out, because they are about to get real in this book.
As always, Claire Bocking in crazy good in bringing the characters to life. Sit back, relax and enjoy listening to Claire bring you to New Zealand in this great audio book!
"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.”