I am a huge fan of the Robin Hobb stories ... especially the Farseer, Live Ship and Golden Fool trilogies. This one only got three stars from me because of the narrator. Just a very annoying listen. Will keep to the written word for these three books. A shame.
Oh, my. I already said that the last book (JUST FOR NOW) was my favorite book. I don’t know now. =) Well, this one is right up there, too. As I said before, I’m saving for my own trip to New Zealand. And I’m paying online to watch rugby. (WHAT!?!?) Yep, never have followed a sport, but I am so smitten with rugby now, I can’t begin to tell you. Go, mighty All Blacks!
Okay … plot in a nutshell. Kiwi girl (by the name of Emma) gets left at the altar and takes the honeymoon trip by herself. On the plane, she meets a Kiwi boy (rugby player by the name of Nic), and they spend her erstwhile honeymoon together in a bure on a Fiji beach. (Yeah, that’s as hot as it sounds.) Boy professes undying love (uh huh) and takes off to play rugby in Bath, England for a couple of years.
Fast forward 7 years … Nic is engaged to cool (cold?), capable lawyer Claudia and is a superstar All Black rugby player. He helps out a bunch of 6 year olds at the rugby pitch and notices one (Zack) that is really good and, hmmm … kinda looks familiar. Then he spots Emma on the sidelines. Hmmm, again. Nic, being the bright guy that he is, puts 2 + 2 together.
Wow … I guess you can see where this is going. I loved (LOVED) the story of Nic and Emma getting their second chance and finding their way back to one another. And Zack! Claire Bocking (our marvelous narrator) does such a good job of bring Zack to life. Poor Zack! If Zack doesn’t make you laugh and cry, I don’t know about you. =)
Claire deserves some kind of award for her performance here and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a really, really great story.
Highly recommended and well worth a credit … imho.
[I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review nor was I was required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.]
I have read all of Rosalind James' "Escape to New Zealand" series on Kindle and absolutely adore hearing them read by the talented Claire Bocking. As I've said in my other reviews, these stories have introduced me to a country I now want to visit (hubby said YES!) and to a sport I knew nothing about but now follow as a true fan (even though I've never followed any sport before ...ever.)
I think this is my favorite out of all the books (so far.) Jenna has been badly burned in her marriage, when all she wanted in life was a secure home and family and a bunch of kids. She sure didn't have it growing up or with her soon-to-be ex-husband.
She had taken some time off as a teacher to travel a bit and take some odd jobs until she sorts her life out and figures out her next step. Thus, she applies as a housekeeper and nanny for Finn Douglas and his two kids. (Rugby players DO travel a lot and it's just a short-term thing.) The employment interview scene is too funny for words and I'll not spoil it for you. Let's just say it doesn't go well. But everything turns out okay in the end and Jenna begins her employment ... with a massively built, hunky, desirable rugby player. They do try to not be attracted to each other ... for the kids' sake. But then what kind of a romance novel would we have? I won't give any more away. It is a great story told with a lot of care. Bring tissues.
I do believe you will laugh and cry and swoon. As Rosalind says .. just like New Zealand, there is a bit of steam here, so if that's not your cuppa ... try another country ... er, book.
And I DO recommend getting the book or Kindle edition too ... for a marvelous glossary of Kiwi terms (words and phrases which are in the books and are fascinating!) and for a whole bunch of Jenna's (Rosalind's) recipes. I've tried a number of them and they are fabulous.
[“I received a free copy of this audiobook 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."] MJG
Second in the "Escape to New Zealand" series, learn more about rugby and the Maori culture while you take a virtual tour of parts of New Zealand! I feel like I've nearly really had a vacation after reading/listening to one of these books. With a great romance story added in, to boot!! Seriously ... hubby and I have started a "New Zealand Vacation Fund" and I can hardly wait to go.
Kate Lamonica has BIG trouble when a boyfriend becomes a stalker. Trying to kill her type of stalker. So she leaves the USA for New Zealand and her friend that lives there, hoping to hide from said-stalker. Enter rugby player Koti James. Kate is definitely NOT impressed with gorgeous ladies' man Koti, and the feeling is mutual. Or is it? It all turns into a bet that Koti can't have a girl FRIEND and keep it platonic. Well, let's just say that it wouldn't be much of a romance if someone didn't lose that bet. :) There are some great, nicely written love scenes --- and they do get a tiny bit of kink on, so do be warned. (I did not find it offensive FYI).
I love the new-to-audiobooks actress Claire Bocking. She does a mean Kiwi accent (male and female) and adds a lot to her reading of a great romance story.
Highly recommended and worth a credit!
hunky, drool-worthy rugby players! I've never followed any sports, ever, but after reading this series, I have discovered a new love of my life ... RUGBY! And a trip to New Zealand has moved to the #1 spot on my bucket list. I am amazed that a romance novel series could wrought all of these changes in my life ... but they did. Hear me out ---
Messed up, walled-off lady really needs a break from her life and takes a three week vacation to New Zealand. There, she stumbles into a (she thinks) short-term fling with a really great guy that happens to be a rugby player ... whatever that is. :) (She does have a vague notion of rugby, like most American women.) There's times you're going to "hate" Hannah and get very frustrated with her ... but I "got" her. She just needed someone to break down her walls and convince her that not everyone in her life would bail on her. Hannah and Drew's journey to the HEA is enchanting and spicy-hot (very well done love scenes!) and fulfilling.
The author (an American who spent time in En Zed) also gives us a travel-show-worthy view of New Zealand and the Kiwi culture. I was enthralled with the language, the glimpses of the natural wonders of New Zealand and the Kiwi-ism (with Glossary included in the book or ebook.) I loved how she showed how different our professional athletes are from Kiwi sportsmen and how friendly the people are. I can't wait to visit.
And last ... the reader did a GREAT job with all the Kiwi accents and really did justice to a great story. I gather she is rather new to audiobooks, but I hope we hear a great deal more from her. I've also heard that the rest of this series will be available soon.
Highly recommended and well worth a credit!
I read these when they were first available on Kindle and absolutely loved them, and was delighted beyond words to see them on Audible. Sweet love story with just enough angst to keep it interesting. Definitely NOT a cookiecutter story. I won't go into the story as many have already done that here. If they had been just a little "hotter" it would have been a better read for me ... jm2cw / personal preference. The end of the book was fabulous!
So ... I already loved the Gabriel character, but adding the voice of John Morgan made him positively swoon-worthy! I was not familiar with Mr. Morgan, but I will definitely look for more of his work. Wonderful!
Highly recommended and worth a credit.
I read this in hardback when it first came out and fell in love with the story. I was a little concerned about the audio version, because a poor narrator could have ruined it for me, but I love Nick Podehl's Kvothe. I won't go into story synopsis, as so many others have ... just my comment that it is a lovingly crafted tale that took my breath away.
I see some of the less then stellar reviews ... only have to say "sorry you didn't *get* it" ;)
I love all of Lisa Kleypas's historicals. I read Sugar Daddy, liked it, and thought I would try this one. The story was a 3.5 for me. Probably won't be in my keeper list. Didn't care for the narration at all. It ruined all the male parts for me.
This was an impulse buy for me and I didn't read the reviews, so it's my own fault.
I LOVE Scottish romances, but this particular story has been done to death, It had some moderately interesting parts, so I will give it 3 stars. But ... the narrator was prettty bad. A wooden and unemotional reading. Could have been the phone book -- totally unengaging. Ended up not finishing the audiobook, but bought a Kindle copy so I could just read it. Two stars for the narrator.
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