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Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2 Audiobook

Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2: Just for Fun, Just My Luck, Just Not Mine

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Three best-selling steamy and sweet New Zealand rugby romances.

Just for Fun

What happens in Fiji stays in Fiji. Except when it doesn't.

Emma Martens and Nic Wilkinson have no history together except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore except the most important thing of all. Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.

Just My Luck

When roommates Kristen Montgomery and Ally Villiers head to New Zealand for a year's working holiday, Kristen hopes she can reboot her life after a disastrous marriage. Ally's just along for the adventure. They both get more than they bargained for after an outing to a climbing gym introduces them to the new captain of the All Blacks and his teammate. One man's perfect. The other isn't. Sometimes the course of true love runs smooth. Other times it's a very bumpy ride indeed.

Just Not Mine

Destiny can sneak up on you. Or it can smack you in the face.

Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the All Blacks' European rugby tour, and a half brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he's driving the carpool to ballet - or forgetting it's his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it's the last straw. Or maybe not, because his new neighbor is a Maori soap star with issues of her own.

©2015 Rosalind James (P)2016 Rosalind James

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    Amanda Morgan Washington, DC 06-29-16
    Amanda Morgan Washington, DC 06-29-16

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    "Rosalind James + Claire Bocking = Fantastic!"
    If you could sum up Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Rugby, New Zealand, Steam!


    What other book might you compare Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2 to and why?

    Is it too easy to say Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 1?...


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    I've already read these books by Rosalind James before and it was amazing to hear them brought to life! The accents were awesome, and hearing words pronounced correctly will change the way I read books that take place in New Zealand from now on!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Steamy New Zealand Rugby Romance


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Rosalind James and her Escape to New Zealand series. I have read all of the book in the series. This was my first time listening to any of them on Audible. How amazing that it was three books in a set, not just one! Claire Bocking brings to life books 4-6 in this series. The country of New Zealand comes to life, along with the voices of each character. Each book had its own unique sound and could stand alone on its own, but together as a set they are even better. There are children that are central characters in two of these books and Claire is able to narrate their voices without sounding like a condescending adult. I did wonder how the steam factor of some of the scenes would translate to narration, but I wasn't disappointed. I think you need to listen for yourself and come to your own judgement.

    I am so impressed with the narration of these books. I am going to have to go and listen to more in the series, even though I have already read the books in print!

    Fine print: 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JigsawGirl 05-02-16
    JigsawGirl 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly Impressed with the Narration"

    My favorite of the 3 books is Just For Fun, but the other books are also very good. You start reading or listening to the books and you are immediately drawn into the story. Fully entrenched, whisked away to another place, another life.

    The Escape to NZ books are unique in that the romantic characters really seem to like each other. There is not a great deal of angst between the characters. They have conversations, which are often humorous. Their dialogue is engaging. They have a strong chemistry, and the sex scenes are not only sexy, but romantic.

    Claire Bocking does an amazing job with the narration. Listening to her, you manage to forget that only one person is telling the tale. She manages to give each character their own voice, personality, identity. It is definitely not boring. I have listened to other audio books and find my mind wandering. This didn't happen when reading the same book, so it is more than just a well written book that makes the narration work.

    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.

    I can say in all honesty that I truly enjoyed both the print and audio books. Between the great stories and the wonderful narration, you cannot go wrong with this set of books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SanfordHoney 08-21-16

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    "OMG"

    Thinking about moving to NZ. Claire Bocking is so great. Feel I know all of RJ's characters personally thanks to Claire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beckie811 08-08-16
    beckie811 08-08-16
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    "Kept falling in love"

    If you loved the first three books in this series, you will love the second set just as much. I was worried I might get bored of more of the same New Zealand, rugby players, but I was absolutely mistaken. Rosalind James is wonderful at creating distinctive characters, and beautifully complex and unique love stories. Although all the heroins are strong, independent women and the men are all gorgeous, rugby players, each story is so different in its own right. The writing is clever and smart, and the stories are all equal parts heartwarming and sexy. Claire Bocking did an outstanding job with all narrations. Usually I prefer men to narrate the male portions of a book, but in this case, I wouldn't change a thing. All of her voices women, men, and children (even brooding teen) were a joy to listen to.

    Now for the reviews of the individual books.

    Book 4: Just For Fun (Nic & Emma's story) - I loved this single-mom reunion with baby- daddy. Being a mom, Emma's story was easy to relate to. And I really loved that Nic wanted to the right thing from the get go. You just couldn't help, but want the HEA family story.

    Book 5: Just My Luck (Nate & Ally and Kristen & Liam's stories) - This one was probably my least favorite of the series. It took me quite a while to warm up to Nate's character, and the story didn't draw me in the way the others have. Maybe it was all just a bit too realistic.However, I did love Kristen & Liam's sub-story...beautiful, bombshell falling for the heart of gold.

    Book 6: Just Not Mine (Hugh & Josie's story) - Rosalind James got right back on track with this one. I loved it start to finish. Hugh's misfortune of losing his father and having to raise his minor siblings becomes a blessing in disguise for all involved.

    You don't need to listen to the first 3 books to enjoy this boxed set, but I would highly recommend it. I find it more enjoyable knowing the back story of many of the peripheral characters. And like the first boxed set, this one is definitely worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TabithaC 06-28-16
    TabithaC 06-28-16
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    "Great books + great narrator = win!"
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    This is a great set of books and well worth the money! Rosalind's stories are some of my favorites, and are great. Her characters are always so well written - no matter the age of the character, from small child to a much older adult. And in these books, Just My Luck is a bonus, with following 2 different couples instead of one! Overall, the books and characters are very engaging - they draw you in and it's hard to not like them. I could easily see almost all of them as people that I wouldn't mind hanging out with.

    Claire's narration was great, as always. Her ability to do the different voices is perfect, and there is zero confusion as to which character is talking.


    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 opinions expressed here are my own.

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    Wytchgurl 06-27-16
    Wytchgurl 06-27-16
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    "My ears will never be the same again!"
    Would you listen to Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2 again? Why?

    Yes I would because two of my favorites of the series are part of the set


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2?

    One of the most memorable moments for me was when Nic asked Emma and Zack to follow him to England after Zack ran away.


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

    No this is my first time to listen to her.


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

    Yes, when Josie showed up to Hughs' doorstep all haggard and bedraggled and ready to just let her feelings be known.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Rosalind James’ Escape from New Zealand books beginning with Just This Once and have continued to greatly enjoy the other stories in the series. Two of my favorites in particular - Just For Fun and Just Not Mine are part of this set so I was very excited to see how the story would translate in an audiobook. This is my first audiobook from Claire Bocking and I can say that I was happily surprised and am really, really impressed by the way she read. Her narration was a really great compliment to already wonderful stories. I also had not expected the differentiation of voices and the switching of accents. It gave the stories just that additional depth for me to be able to be able to quickly distinguish between characters especially when she did the voices for Zack, Amelia and Charlie. Claire also drew out so many emotions just by changing the pitch and pace of her voice. It felt extremely real and raw to listen to that sometimes I would need to pause in listening just to recover. Overall, this was a homerun for me and my ears will never be the same again!

    Fine print: 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.

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    vthokieche 06-15-16
    vthokieche 06-15-16
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    "Wonderful package ;)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    This set of books is incredible. James is a fabulous author who has the power to take you away with her words. Her character development immediately sucks you into the stories and makes you feel a part of their lives. The narration just makes it come even more alive.
    I think that I would love a story about how to make a Nutella sandwich from these two, but these stories are truly incredible. You first get to fall in love with Nic and Emma. Just My Luck gives you a 2-for-1 special, and then there is Hugh... swoon!
    Take a chance on this one and you won't regret it! Now... where did I place my tickets for that trip to NZ?

    Fine print: 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.

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    Michigan Deb 06-08-16
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    "I loved a favorite even more"
    What did you love best about Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2?

    I didn't want it to end! Just Not Mine became even more of a wonderful book in this audio recording. Amelia and Charlie - the children - especially were so well done that the story was even better as audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2?

    The scary scenes with Zach near the end of Just for Fun. The drama was always well done.


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    I liked how she gave each character such a distinctively personal voice from young and childlike to sultry to humorous to bitchy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this was a LONG listen. Great for a long car trip or while doing some artwork.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are part of a series, but you can read them separately or out of order. They all take place in New Zealand and involve hot guys who play for the national rugby team and strong or scrappy women they meet. The dialogue is quick and fun and the people and places feel real. Plus, they're well edited, so the stories just flow. Highly recommended!

    I bought the electronic versions of these books myself, but 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.

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    knitplaywithfire Frederick, MD USA 06-05-16
    knitplaywithfire Frederick, MD USA 06-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A Wonderful Collection of Related Stories!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Escape to New Zealand Boxed Set, Vol. 2 the most enjoyable?

    I have read all of these books as actual books but was given the chance to hear them read to me with this collection. The narrator, although a female, does a fantastic job with not only all of the male character voices in this story but the accents as well. Her clear, concise speaking voice is very pleasing. Her voice enhances the well written stories of Rosalind James.

    The stories are all part of the wonderful rugby romance novels written by Rosalind James. The stories all involve wonderful talented rugby players from En Zed and their equally strong partners. Well the ladies who become their partners since they like to lead their handsome rugby players on a merry chase.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although it would be lovely to listen to this collection of books in one sitting, it is 32 hours long since it is actually 3 books. It is one where you want to keep listening to the next chapter and the one after that and the one following that. It has been a great companion while I have been knitting and cleaning out closets and sewing.


    Any additional comments?

    I was gifted this book by the author of the books in exchange in exchange for a fair honest review.

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    Kathleen B 05-23-16
    Kathleen B 05-23-16
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    "I Loved these books as well as the narrator!"

    I'm a huge fan of Rosalind James already but have never listened to a romance audio book or one of her audio books for that matter. They both exceeded my expectations. I loved that there were 3 books in the series and the characters are always so real and relatable that you're drawn in to them right from the beginning and hooked all the way to the end. The love scenes are HOT! And I like how the characters cross over in the stories although you don't have to read them all to understand as they are stand alone books. As for the narrator she was amazing. It took me a bit to get used to the New Zealand accent but once I did I found I absolutely loved it! I thought she did an amazing job and look forward to hearing her again.
    Although 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.”
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  • Giggle6666
    6/26/16
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    "Summer fun listening"

    Claire has an amazing skill for breathing life into some of my favourite Rosalind James characters. These stories are great for the beach or in my case enjoying the sunshine in the garden. I don't think this series could have better title than escape to New Zealand. Of the three stories Nate and ally's is my favourite sometimes life just can't be scheduled :)

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