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Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand, Book Three | [Rosalind James]

Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand, Book Three

There's no place like home... For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game. Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard... Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains a bit of steam. If that isn't your cuppa, maybe visit some other country... er, audiobook.
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There's no place like home...

For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game.

Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard...

Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains a bit of steam. If that isn't your cuppa, maybe visit some other country... er, audiobook.

©2012 Rosalind James (P)2014 Rosalind James

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    PenName 08-08-14
    PenName 08-08-14
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    I like to listen to audio books while mowing the lawn, driving long distances or cleaning my house. I have listened to many audio books and have even stopped a few when they became an unbearable shadow of the book. Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand has a great narrator, Claire Bocking, and her reading gives more life to the book than I anticipated. If you are new to audio books, here are a few points that make Claire such a great fit. First of all, ever character sounds believable. She has an advantage reading Jenna but she does an equally wonderful job reading Finn’s character. Secondly, Claire has great diction and keeps the novel flowing. Lastly, who wants to listen to a bad impersonation that takes away from the story? Unfortunately, there are many out there that do just that.

    As for the actual novel, Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand book 3 may be my favorite. Since I hope that James writes many more, this book sits tentatively at the top with a little wiggle room for future novels to claim #1. I really appreciated the depth the characters developed through action and dialogue. I come across a fair amount of books that often lack character development. No worries on that note when you read one of James’ novels. The age-old struggle of finding love among the balancing act of life with children makes Jenna and Finn a wonderful love story. The one criticism I would have is regarding Jenna and it’s a personality conflict on my part. I really don’t think that I could be around someone who knew as much as Jenna and not feel resentment that she was such a nice person. I guess that reflects poorly on me but I kept thinking, “I would have blown up over that” or “WOW! She is crazy understanding!” I still liked her character overall and overlooked her ‘goody two-shoes’ approach to life. :)

    Overall, the audio book for Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand book 3 is well worth the money and your time!

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 09-04-14
    Rhonda 09-04-14
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    "Favorite so far"

    Wish all the books were available on audible. I liked this by just finding it by a fluke. PLEASE get the rest and the series she has written. The narrator is excellent
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    Deor 08-02-14
    Deor 08-02-14
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    "Just for now is a great listen"

    First, I would like to say Claire Bocking does an excellent job. Her voice is very clear and very likeable. She does an excellent job of switching from reading from book to book so the characters have a unique personality and sound to them. Everyone sounds realistic, and with a romance like this that might be even more important to be able to hear the chemistry in the voices.

    I have a personal theory when it comes to romance books that depending on where you are in life (married, single, divorced, parent, non-parent, etc) or your personality different books and characters will appeal to you in specific ways and to different degrees. Its one of the things that makes rereading or relistening to a book so much fun. The female protagonist Jenna is a very maternal and nurturing sort of woman, very likeable and intelligent (which I love). Even though I would normally gravitate towards a different kind of female protagonist, I found this book to be as infectious as the previous books and hard to stop listening and I found Jenna to be a very enjoyable character to follow and to root for. I respect her and I think she is one of those characters the more I think about her is one you can learn from. Finn is likeable and believable, and not too perfect but everything you could hope for in a romantic lead. I love how Rosalind James focuses on relationships-romantic, friendships, family. I am also coming to realize how much James does not gravitate towards the recent literary trend of consumerism porn where the book is littered with expensive labels and just enjoy the financial security and opportunities in a relaxed way just as Finn does.

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lolli 07-30-14
    Lolli 07-30-14
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    "Rugby, Drama, and a Happy Ending"
    What did you love best about Just for Now?

    Claire Bocking is a wonderful voice actress. The characters are distinct and her accents are spot on. I also loved the realness of the characters. The author writes well enough to where you can empathize with them.


    Have you listened to any of Claire Bocking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Just This Once and Just Good Friends, both written by Rosalind James. Bocking does a fantastic performance in those as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated that the characters weren't perfect. Finn and Jenna sometimes said the wrong things and held insecurities that I could relate to (Jenna mostly, seeing as I don't have kids, I'm not a man, and I'm not a rugby player). The descriptions of the area and the culture make you feel like you've been there and if you went back, you'd never want to leave. I read/listen to romance novels all the time and the Escape to New Zealand books always keep me coming back for a re-read.

    This is the first book I read in the series because I randomly saw the ebook version on sale and it had a cupcake on the cover (I read it out of order). Cupcakes aside, it made me want to go back and read them all (in order this time). I was extremely excited when I heard the audio book was coming out because Bocking is superb. She has a lovely voice, singing and speaking.

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MJG ID, United States 07-29-14
    MJG ID, United States 07-29-14

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    "ANOTHER "TRY" FOR "ESCAPE TO NEW ZEALAND""

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DZA One 10-31-14
    DZA One 10-31-14

    My grandparents and great-uncle always told great stories at the meal table. To this day I love a good story!

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    "Not all mistakes are bad!"
    Would you listen to Just for Now again? Why?

    Yes. A well crafted story about courtship, love, and mistakes -- dang vending machines!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just for Now?

    There's more than one memorable hot and steamy moment.


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    Claire uses her voice and and characterization of the characters beautifully. She had a great NZ accent. She did so well, I often forgot about her and became completely enthralled with the characters. I'll be looking for more of her readings!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series. The characters usually take awhile to get to know each other before the falling in love part happens. A little closer to how life operates. None of the I've-known-you-a-week-and-can't-live-another-moment-without-you story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erica walters 08-22-14
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    "Can't wait for book 4 to come to audible!"
    If you could sum up Just for Now in three words, what would they be?

    Such a SWEET story! Loved all the Hot scenes. Not too little and not too much! Great story!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 08-12-14
    Coooper Wasilla, AK, United States 08-12-14
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    "LIKED THAT THIS WAS A BIT DIFFERENT"

    I liked that this story was a bit different from the first two, still very enjoyable and still CB does an amazing job. My hope is that Audible snags as many of the Escape to New Zealand series as RJ writes and hope my vacation is not over yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Louise 08-11-14
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    "Another Hit by Rosalind James!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Just for Now to be better than the print version?

    In my opinion both are amazing and great versions. When I don't have time to sit and read it helps that I have the listening version so I can do errands on the run and listen to this book. I was recommend this book to others even if they want to find a good book with a love story thrown in that deal with real life situations that can happen.


    Have you listened to any of Claire Bocking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to the first book in this series by her and both stories are amazing and it helps that Claire Bocking does an amazing job in capturing the emotion in each story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of my favorites in this series and I can not stop listening or reading it over and over. “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."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JK. Carmichael Jacksonville, FL 08-11-14
    JK. Carmichael Jacksonville, FL 08-11-14
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    "Wow! Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Just for Now again? Why?

    This is the first time I have ever listened to an audio book. I was fortunate to receive a free advanced copy to review and give my honest opinion. I was not compensated for this review. I have read all of Rosalind James' books and loved each and every one! I decided to try this as my first audio book and was so happy that I did. I typically don't read books more than once but would actually read and listen to this again and again! I really loved the story line and loved listening to Claire Bocking reading to me. I wasn't sure how the voices of Finn would translate as well as how the love scenes would come across. I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely will listen to other Rosalind James' books in the future.


    What other book might you compare Just for Now to and why?

    This book is the third book in her Escape to New Zealand. All of them are must reads (or listen). I love the characters in all of the books and the way each character is described. I'm ready to go on a trip to New Zealand!


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    I loved Claire's voice and the voices she used for the other characters. She definitely adds a great deal to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved when Finn realized that he was in love with Jenna (I'm a sucker for a good romance).


    Any additional comments?

    So glad that I took a chance with this book in particular to try an audio book. I look forward to hearing more of the Escape to New Zealand stories!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Just great listening - recommended!"
    Would you listen to Just for Now again? Why?

    I was surprised by this audio because I liked Jenna and Finn and their story more after listening to the audiobook than I did at first reading of the book. Why is that?
    Well Claire seems to give more pull to their characters with her reading and it just felt convincing. I felt for and with them.
    OK, audio is talking - but her actual descriptive narration is also full of expression. Can't fault this !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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