Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes.
Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…
Drew Callahan is happy to help Hannah find all the fun she's been missing. But as much as he's shared with her, he's kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she's back home again, has made Hannah more wary than ever. Drew knows that she's right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?
Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains a bit of steam. If that isn't your cuppa, you may want to visit another country…er, book.
©2012 Rosalind James (P)2014 Rosalind James
Pacific Northwest Gardener
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 just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
I was soooo in the mood for a light-hearted, sweet-hearted, book like this. "Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1, by Rosalind James was just the ticket, for the mood I was in... I loved the characters, and loved the story. The narrator, Clair Bocking did such a good job, although, I would recommend slowing down a bit...her accents were right-on!
A bit like a travel brochure, perhaps; although, I found myself really in need of a happy, basically not stress book...Have fun! Credit worthy...YES!
Sweet book. Sweet does not mean sex/language free.
The heroine did drive me a bit crazy with her whole "I can't depend on anyone but myself" credo. If I had been the hero, my patience would have worn thin much earlier.
I listened to the Audible version. My first time with the narrator Claire Bocking. She did a stunning job. Lots of accents/characters and she was consistent and did not have to resort to really annoying characterizations, whining voices, or ridiculous overacting.
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
I'm always on the lookout for a new romance series that has some humor, keeps things moving along, has likable characters and minimizes the time spent in angst. This story does all of the those things and is in a new venue to me, so I also enjoyed learning about the New Zealander (Kiwi) culture. I would have liked to have seen Hannah get her act together a bit earlier, but it was also nice to have a more realistic timeline to the inevitable commitment to the relationship. Drew was a saint, but if you can't have a gorgeous, sexy, kind and patient man in a HEA where can you have one? The steam level was about that of 2010's Nora Roberts-- just enough to keep your interest, but not enough to make the more sensitive readers blush too badly. The narrator did a great job with the accents and distinguishing voices. She's one of the best I've heard so far, and I've listened to hundreds of books. I hope Audible gets the later books soon. As of this writing, she was up to book 5, with 6 being released in June. Well worth the credit!
I don't usually listen to books twice, but I would listen to this with a friend again.
I like having alpha male characters that are faithful and patient.
I enjoyed her talent with accents. I also appreciate that her female characters sound like women and her male characters sound like MEN!
I laughed a lot throughout the whole book, and I did get teary eyed a few times, but especially towards the end.
I wasn't expecting much from this book, and I actually owned it for awhile before I started listening to it. Once I started it, I couldn't wait to get back on the road (where I do most of most listening) to continue listening.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
This was such a nice surprise - this was an engaging, sexy listen. I loved the story and found Hannah and Drew's budding relationship come to life under the backdrop of New Zealand. The author spent lots of time taking the reader "there" and I so appreciate that. I want to escape when listening to this genre and this story did it for me. Plus the narration was 5 stars awesome!
Drew was pretty sexy! Hannah's trust issues got old and she sounded like a broken record but as with any worthy "feel good" book, in the end they worked it all out.
So good. 5 stars! The New Zealand male accents are hot!
Just thoroughly enjoyed this one as well as book 2. Both are so entertaining.
If you like travel, romance, adventure, sexy sex scenes and pretty awesome NZ accents- here ya go. You've been served!
I like both versions of this story. It just depends on my mood on whether I want to read or listen.
I love the New Zealand setting and development of the relationship between the Drew and Hannah.
I love the voices and accents. The emotional scenes at the end are much better performed by Claire than they are in my head when I read them.
Yes, I first listened to it on an 8 hr flight to Hawaii. The second time I listened, I had to find things to do to give me excuses to keep listening. I got a lot of ironing done!
I had never listened to an audiobook before and wasn't much interested because I don't have a long commute, etc. It was strange to listen to a book I knew and loved already for about a minute, and then I was really into it. I enjoyed it and have since bought many other books. I'm a binge listener.
Oh yes! What a great story?! I loved this book. Hated for it to end.
All of it!
She was great!
It made me happy!
I had never heard of this author or narrator before this series, both were amazing. CB's accent was spot-on. I really enjoyed the H & H, background characters and looking forward to their upcoming stories. My tastes run to a bit more on the steamy romance side but the accent of the men kinda made up for this a bit. Hope Audible continues to pick up the rest of the books, beyond #3 as I'm truly a fan.
A story that takes you to another place with a narrator that goes along for the ride.
I have not listened to Claire Bocking's performances before but will certainly look for more after hearing this book. She did a great job with the New Zealand accent!
"Rugby player, romance, NZ, what's not to like?"
Brings the print version to life and adds a new dimension
My first audio book and I'm hooked!
Great variety of speech tone and accents and really fitted the voices to the characters, brought them alive . Funny, sad, hot, it's all there.
All my personal special moments were matched and often enhanced by the reading
Indulge yourself - you won't regret it!
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