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Friday, August 29, 2014

Just This Once by Rosalind James--A Review


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. . .

As much as he’s shared with Hannah, Drew Callahan has kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she’s back home again, has made Hannah warier 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?


Reading Rosalind James's Just This Once, is like coming home.   This is one of the books in the Escape to New Zealand series....about rugby players and how they have met their loves and lovelies.    This particular series is just hot and romantic and I feel like I learned so much about New Zealand.    I'd love to visit sometime and catch a real rugby game if I ever do get there.  I have read all but the last two in the series and hopefully there will be more.   Yes I am a fan.

I like that the settings of these books are in New Zealand.    I like and enjoy the accent and lingo of the natives there.  And I enjoy the fact that our author knows something about New Zealand from her own experiences.   I have throughout the series, enjoyed the fact, that I could even learn something about Rugby, although, don't ask me the rules.

James creates strong flawed characters who are somewhat intimidated by the thought of falling in love.   I can easily relate to the female love interest.    In this book it is Hannah, who is beautiful and giving, knowledgeable, and successful.   She has always been self sufficient.  The male is Drew, captain of the New Zealand Rugby team as well as captain of the All Blacks.   When he rescues Hannah from an N Zed riptide, he finds an interesting and beautiful girl he wants to get to know much much better!   She is the one for Drew, but he has a pretty hard time convincing her of that.

The story moves fast, the characters are endearing and the only negative for me is the couple of pretty explicit love scenes, (I still would rather have that left to my imagination).   Rosalind James's books are fun and fast reads and the romance is hot and alluring.    These are great for those who need an escape -- to New Zealand!

I gave this 5 Winks!   Woo Hoo!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased this for my personal Kindle collection.

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