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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 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

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

Mr Most Improved aka The new Skipper finds romance

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Rugby player Nate goes to the climbing gym with his friend Liam, and manages to make a fool of himself in front of sexy Ally; and continues to do so several times. Nate seemed like a decent guy, but I didn’t really connect with his character. At one point, Ally was so taken by slick Devin and his story about Nate that right away I thought of Wickham’s story to Elizabeth about Darcy. It was interesting to see James’ version of that storyline play out.
Again, I did not enjoy James’ handling of the press and social media in this story.
I actually enjoyed the romance between Kristin and Liam much more than the romance between Ally and Nate.
Bocking does a good job of narration.

  • Just Say (Hell) No

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 11
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 212

Marko Sendoa isn't a beach man. He's not an Auckland man. He's a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It's not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he's done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he'll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung. He doesn't need a kitten. He doesn't need a pregnant cousin. He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of James’ best

  • By Virginia on 04-27-18

Why haven’t I read RJ before?

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Ok, Big Yes on this story!
There’s nothing fast about it and, as an American, I started out trying to understand some NZ locations and dialogue. Then I found myself invested in the characters and going along for the ride with the slow burn.
And enjoying James’ word descriptions and writing.
And being thrown into contemplation by social, personal and spiritual insights that stop you in your tracks.
And laughing along the way.

Set in New Zealand, Marko is a badass top Rugby player who is basically a caretaker of family, friends, teammates. He is immediately attracted to Nyree, but can’t get anywhere with her the first few times they meet. And finds he’ll do almost anything to get her and keep her. Be prepared to be singed when the heat explodes.
To add a whole additional emotional up and down is Marko’s pregnant 16 yr old cousin who comes to live with him. Add in Marko’s family. Just amazing.
Emma Wilder does a very good job with narration. She voices a variety of characters, both male and female, and a variety of emotions.

  • 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 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

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

Lovely time out in NZ

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Nic finds out his week in Fiji several years ago with Emma resulted in a 6 yr old child. He works to establish paternity and getting to know his son. I felt there was a bit of a disconnect with the author writing Emma’s blindness in dealing with the media, and with the fallout on Zach. Not in this day of entertainment and social media awareness. She’s my least favorite female lead that I’ve read in the Escape series so far. Nic was good.
Bocking does a decent job of narration.

  • Just for Now

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book Three
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Right as...

  • By PenName on 08-08-14

More than a nanny

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Finn’s a New Zealand rugby star trying to raise two children on his own. Jenna’s a teacher in the process of divorce. She accepts the position of nanny for the interim, until she can get a teaching position at the next school year.
Yes, things do heat up. Enjoyable through the HEA.
Bocking does a good job of narration.

  • Just Good Friends

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James' type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said. Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good - and knows it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER FANTASTIC KIWI / RUGBY LOVE STORY

  • By MJG on 04-17-14

when it’s meant to be...

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Koti has been successful as a rugby player and ladies man with very little effort. Kate had to go all the way to NZ to get away from a stalker ex boyfriend and isn’t interested in another man.
These two rub each other the wrong way, try a friendship and back into a relationship.
Bocking does a decent job of narration.

  • Just This Once

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134

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.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ...

  • By MJG on 03-02-14

More than a holiday romance

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Hannah travels to New Zealand for a 3 week vacation, to get away from her multiple obligations.
Drew Callahan is a professional rugby player who rescues a pretty mermaid while kayaking.
Their time together is so memorable, Drew finds ways to visit Hannah when she returns to SanFran. When their connection stays strong, Drew convinces her to move to NZ.
It takes time for Hannah to overcome her protective self sufficiency and trust in Drew and each other. A good HEA ensues:)
Bocking does a good job of narration.

  • 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 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

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

Little Taste of NZ Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This is a mostly sweet little romance that is set in New Zealand between a professional rugby player and a kindergarten teacher. They meet at a wedding and have a very intense fling. He leaves to get back to training camp, promising to call. He doesn’t. A year later, he sees her again on a ferry, while going to a holiday resort. He remembers their time and wants to talk with her; maybe reconnect. She’s still hurt and says no go. He’s got a lot of ‘splainin to do, and effort to make to get back in her good graces. It added interest for me, that they were both Maori.
Yes, there is a HEA.
Bocking does a decent job of narration.

  • Dream Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch Series Book 1
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Author Sarah Carter meets Sage Tanner while he's posing for the cover of her soon-to-be-released romance novel. During a coffee break arranged by her publisher, an embarrassing incident makes Sarah furious and she walks out. Of course, fate has a wonderful way of intervening in matters of the heart. Deciding her book needs a dose of reality, Sarah signs up for "dude" lessons at Lazy M Dude Ranch. Imagine her chagrin when she discovers the owner of the ranch is none other than Mr. Tanner himself!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Romance Writer And The Model Cowboy?

  • By Nocturnus on 01-20-16

Lovely Romantic Time Out

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I really liked the characters of Sage Tanner and his daughter Julie. I had mixed feelings for Sarah Carter who writes as Mims Murphy because she was so busy bashing herself; and
I don’t like when authors write characters and scenes that practically scream “Kick Me”. Clay redeemed herself with Sage’s “Gage” appearance. Good HEA
Ayala does a decent job of narration; her voice fits the storyline and characters.

  • Baby Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 3
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Tooty Townsend bore a child at the age of 16. Now, four years later, she has her hands full raising Harris and trying to make a living. Reclusive author Maxwell Henry, aka Miles Brightman, is looking to hire a personal assistant while in Colorado finishing up his latest suspense thriller. Sarah Tanner, stepmother to Tooty's best friend, Julie, recommended her to the author. Unfortunately, Harris climbed onto the guy's lap at Julie and Jacob's wedding reception and asked him to take him for a ride in his wheelchair. Then he asked him to marry his mommy and become his daddy! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet

  • By Lisa on 10-15-18

sweet little April-September romance

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

She’s still very young-20, with a 4 yr old son. He’s a 38 yr old author who is attracted to and very much cares about his new personal assistant.
The problem isn’t only their age difference- he’s in a wheelchair and doesn’t feel he can offer anyone a life.
I really LOVE Tooty’s dialogue with Monica (and Mrs Brightman) about being jealous and spiteful.
The story almost seems too naive, then Clay surprises you. But you can enjoy the HEA at the end with the characters:)
I liked this so much, I purchased additional Clay books.
Araya does a good job of narration.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Barbarian’s Taming

  • Ice Planet Barbarians Series, Book 8
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I've struggled to find my place. It might be because I'm a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people's heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit - my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she's back and mated. Everyone's happy...except me. I need...affection. Attention. Okay, I'm lonely. Really lonely. Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I'm going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister. It's wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Ice Planet story!

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 10-16-18

even outcasts can find love

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Poor Maddie really feels like the outcast - the only unmated female, and she has made the tribe uncomfortable with her yelling and throwing things when her sister Lila was kidnapped.
Poor Hassen really is an outcast - he’s exiled for having kidnapped Lila; and boy, is he glad he isn’t stuck with the crying human
These two outcasts find they both feel the same way. Hassen agrees to teach Maddie to hunt so she can feel useful; and agrees to scratch that female itch. Only, he’s ready for the commitment of being a pleasure-mate. Maddie is not.
I just wish so much of her wasn’t so hung up on a negative, fat, body image throughout the story.
Wow! The cave!? Hooray, the toilets!
Jackson and Lloyd do a very good job of narration.
Recommend the book and series::)))