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  • Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for. Reka Harata hasn't forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to the beginning for Hemi and Reka

  • By M. Miller on 04-28-15

happy to see the Reka and HemI story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-15

I loved the story of how Reka and Hemi met, since they were an iimportant part of other stories in the series. Once again Claire did an amazing job voicing all of the characters. Always impressed at how she effortlessly changes inflection for each of the characters. Like all of the other books, I love how New Zealand plays a back drop for the story. The descriptions of the characters were so vivid that it was easy to picture what they are like, and I would want to hang out with them, in New Zealand of course!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review or required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

  • Just Not Mine

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 6
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the best option is right in front of you

  • By Laura's Reviews on 04-12-15

even better than the written version

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-15

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I was not compensated or required to write a positive review the opinion expressed here is my own.

I read this book awhile back, and did not think it was possible to improve on it. Claire Bocking really nailed the nuance of the speech of each of the characters. I have read all of the books in the New Zealand series, and listened to others on Audible, and this is my favorite so far. Rosalind wrote such believable characters in both Hugh and Josie, along with all of the supporting characters. She really accels at developing the characters in a book, and telling their back story without a long narrative that drags down the pace of the story.

Josie and Hugh both saw the good in each other before they saw it in themselves, and that added to their growing attraction. The kids were so well written, they were a big part of the story. I especially like the part when Amelia was locked in her room, and Hugh was so far out of his comfort zone, and turned to Josie for help, but still let Amelia know that he cared, and would help. I think everyone would love to have parents like Josie has, they were so supportive and loving and both gave her such great advice and encouragement.

When so many books in this genre fall back on sex to develop the story, and the attraction of the characters, I appreciate that Rosalind writes great sex scenes into her books, but it is just one aspect of the attraction between the characters. Because I was in public, I turned the volume way down on this part.

And, just like all of the New Zealand series of books, I really love that the beauty of the country, and the athletic nature of rugby are such a intrical part of the story.

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  • Just My Luck

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 5
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Nate Torrance has a job to do, and the biggest rugby boots in the world to fill. He can't afford to lose his focus, especially not to a brown-eyed Canadian who pushes all his buttons and looks much too good in a climbing harness. Allison Villiers may not know what she wants to do with her life, but she's clear about one thing. She's not impressed by the new captain of the All Blacks, however big a deal he is to the rest of New Zealand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man Code Explained

  • By PenName on 01-18-15

Characters you want to hang out with

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-15

"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.”
This book ties in nicely with the other books in the series, but can be read/listened to as a stand alone. The characters are well developed throughout the story, and I really wanted them to find happiness with each other. Great intertwined stories of Ally and Nate, and Kristen and Liam, plus a few favorites from the other books in the series. The narrator does a great job of capturing the voices of each character. I had a hard time taking breaks, because the story flowed so well. I did have to stop a few times in public though when it got to a few of the steamy scenes. Looking forward to the other books in the series.

  • Just for Fun

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 4
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic's concerned. They 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional and Lovely

  • By Mom on the Run on 10-13-14

Not my favorite in the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-14

Where does Just for Fun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first audiobook I have listened to. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here are my own.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way Emma matured and admitted her past mistakes, and she was a great mother who put her son first. The author painted a vivid picture of life in New Zealand.

What does Claire Bocking bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I had previously read the book, and there were parts of listening to Claire Bocking narrate it that brought it more to life. She effortlessly transitioned to different dialects for the characters in the book. It was nice to just listen and imagine the setting and relationships.

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

Over a few days, it was easy to take breaks.

Any additional comments?

One thing, I love all the books in the series, but I am not a sports fan, so when reading, I skipped over the drawn out rugby commentary, that was harder to do with the audiobook. I also did skip over some of the sex scenes when reading.

Nic was my least favorite of all the male characters in the books. He just seemed he was not as mature as Emma, he was so focused on rugby, and did not have a lot of other interests. The disaster of a camping trip just showed how he was not ready to put his son first, he eventually caught on to being a parent, but I would have liked him a bit more if he had dropped everything to go home to be with Emma and Zach instead of asking her to drop everything and fly to him, even to the point she lost her job, that she had said before how important the stability was, even though she did not like the job.

I just didn't like the way he proposed either, it just seemed so much more about him than Emma and the tough time she had gone through being a single Mom.