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Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    jodiod Bay area ca 10-29-15
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    "Delightful."

    Loved every minute of these characters and their journey. Enjoyed learning more about New Zealand and hearing that wonderful accent.

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    B. Sehmer 07-31-15
    B. Sehmer 07-31-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story but awesome Narrator choice!"

    I loved the story and although I often own and read as well listen to the same story; I truly believe that a lot of my enjoyment would be lost in the print version. The narrator was just that good.

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    italiansrock22 05-27-15
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    "Great book"

    Very lighthearted and relaxing book. I like that the story was simple but fun and that there is not a lot of fighting which it seems like many authors focus on in relationships. I was addicted and couldn't get enough of this book. Although, I was sad the epilogue gave away a ton of information because I was looking forward to the next book in the series as a continuation. I definitely recommend this book!

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    Michelle Holden 05-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "what a wonderful romance story"
    If you could sum up Just This Once in three words, what would they be?

    Love is alive!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i feel in love with all them, in different ways, i would have love to see hannah let her guard down sooner (just so the love action would happen sooner lol ,hey i love love in the afternoon!!!)


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    wonderful!!!!!! one of the top narraters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    every emotion was felt,and almost seemed real, as if i was reading a friends notes.


    Any additional comments?

    this series has blown me away, i could not wait for next one and next one!!! well worth the reading time, i have also listened to some in Audio after reading.. these are books when listening to them can invision it playing out on the big screen!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yaman New Zealand 04-29-15
    Yaman New Zealand 04-29-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Not bad for a first novel!"

    This was quite lovely love story with the love the video creation about rugby, simple enough for someone who is not into sport to understand.

    I will be sure to check out more of Rosalinds works in the future.

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    Alicja 41-500 Chorzów, Poland 02-05-15
    Alicja 41-500 Chorzów, Poland 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely summer story"

    Oh how I love Ms. James for all her awesome stories. It this one she wrote about two of my favourites: sport star and beautiful summer.

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    Jessica 12-29-14
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    "Love the audio as much as I do the book!"
    Where does Just This Once rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration and accents are done quite well.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I really enjoyed!

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    Amazon Customer DALLAS, Panama 05-22-15
    Amazon Customer DALLAS, Panama 05-22-15
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    "Am I the only one who paid for this??"

    Here is my first point about this book: I paid for this. It's disturbing to me how many reviewers were given free copies of the book to post "honest" reviews. Even with the disclaimer, the single act of receiving something for free changes the way you view it.

    So here is my honest review: the book was okay. just ok. While the heroine was constantly annoying me with her lack of self worth and her lack of any acceptance of her own value, the hero in the story with spot on. He is exactly what you would wish to use as your fantasy man in this predic amtable nightstand book.

    The narrator was possibly the stand-alone reason I would listen to another book in the series.

    The book was wholly predictable but sometimes predictable is what you want to read.

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    mendolynne 05-03-15
    mendolynne 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pat plot, but oddly pleasing"

    This is the perfect palette cleanser between those heftier tomes that leave you a tad bereft.
    Roslaind James tells a lively story and Claire Bocking has a lovely voice.

    Must admit, have had a small obsession with New Zealand since I was 7. Had two Kiwi pen pals and snuck it in most elementary school reports, no matter the supposed topic. This whole Escape to New Zealand series is as fine a travel guide/lure to the country, as it is fairly good chick lit. In between occasional groans at the more predictable plot twists, I'd bathe in the vivid descriptions of the beaches, mountains, waterfalls, extreme sports and towns of "eN Zed". Yes, also loved the Kiwi slang. Rosalind James could be a member of their chamber of commerce, but we'll forgive her that, because I too think everyone should visit New Zealand, now.

    Do not understand really why I so enjoyed this and the next three books in the series so much, but I've unhesitatingly dropped credits for one book of the series to the next. There's some fine female wisdom intertwined in the lightweight drama.

    You can't help but root for the female lead character, though she is supposedly flawed in some way, she of course still has that subtle sexy, gorgeous, somewhat conservative, leery, brilliant, talented, thing going. She's that girl you don't appreciate right off—BUT—ever so quickly she's so compellingly beautiful you want to ravish her on the spot, simultaneously finding her the most interesting woman in the world. She's in the chick lit/romance arena, but definitely one of the gladiators. Spoiler alert: Did you know 99% of New Zealand's rugby league is married to an American/Canadian (they're interchangeable here)?

    But I digress. The book is fun. The plot does move in some tricky ways with cliff hangers that will have you listening far longer than you planned. As unrealistic as it is, tis always satisfying ending with justice having been done and goodness and honesty won out. Chick lit super heroines. Nothing wrong with that.

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    Lindalovesbooks 10-23-14
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    "Thank heavens its only once"
    Would you try another book from Rosalind James and/or Claire Bocking?

    No. It was mental chewing gum. Not that I have anything against mental chewing gum - sometimes its important but this was not enough to tempt me to return.


    What was most disappointing about Rosalind James’s story?

    Her blind assumption that all New Zealanders love rugby. Hint: lots of us dont although I have to say if my husband knew that I had actually listened to a book about a rugby player he would laugh till he cried.


    What aspect of Claire Bocking’s performance would you have changed?

    It would have been nice if she had actually used a New Zealand accent instead of that knock off Aussie mess. The only time she came close was with the little girl. However, only a Kiwi would find fault with that. Otherwise she actually did a good job.


    Was Just This Once worth the listening time?

    Once yes but I don't think it will become a regular listen


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    "Rugby player, romance, NZ, what's not to like?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Just This Once to be better than the print version?

    Brings the print version to life and adds a new dimension


    What other book might you compare Just This Once to, and why?

    My first audio book and I'm hooked!


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    All my personal special moments were matched and often enhanced by the reading


    Any additional comments?

    Indulge yourself - you won't regret it!

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