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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"INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
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!
"Sweet Romance in the vein of Nora Roberts"
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 Sooooo Needed This!"
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!
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.
Claire Bocking's accent was fantastic. The authors knowledge of rugby and Maori culture is apparent. I'm really glad I learned about a sport and culture as well as enjoyed a fantastic love story.
Drew. I mean, c'mon... why wouldn't you like Drew? Super nice, super hot Kiwi rugby player that wants to spoil his lady rotten? Umm, where can I get one of those?
Her Kiwi accent and pronunciation of Maori words. Her whole performance was fantastic.
This is a great intro for the other books in the series. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand and now this is makes me REALLY want to go to NZ.
"Feels like vacation!"
Engaging, escapist, sexy
The narrator was perfect! I felt like the story was really enhanced by Claire and the descriptions of New Zealand seemed as though I was there. Well done!
I was impressed how she seamlessly moved back and forth between the characters, male and female, and with different accents, inflections and dialects! Excellent job.
Yes -- I almost did it in one sitting. Perfect for a solo rode trip or commute. I wanted to know what was happening next
Can't wait for the rest of the series on audio and I hope Claire reads them all.
"See ya familia! I'm off to New Zealand!"
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!
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.
Loved every minute of these characters and their journey. Enjoyed learning more about New Zealand and hearing that wonderful accent.
"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.
"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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