Just for Fun

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mom on the Run on 10-13-14

Emotional and Lovely

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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.

Getting all that legal stuff out of the way, I will say that I gladly would've bought this audiobook. I love this series and have read all of the books, and this is the most heart wrenching in the series. There is something about lost love, all those years that went by when the couple wasn't together, and the "lost baby" story (I only like it if there's a really good reason) that just breaks my heart. I've only recently started listening to audiobooks, and this narrator is the best I've heard. She puts you so far into the story, it's hard to stop listening. My reaction to an already highly emotional book was, as I said in the beginning, heart wrenching and visceral. This only makes the eventual reunion even more satisfying as a listener.

I highly recommend this book both in print and audio and I can't wait to take another trip to New Zealand to catch up with the rest of the All Blacks. The author has the gift to make you care what happens to these new friends (what, they're not real? say it isn't so!) and never stop wanting more.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By CandCrew on 11-03-14

The fun in New Zealand continues

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

Having listened to probably 50+ audiobooks, I'd say top 10. I'd give the story a 4.5 if I could + the 5 on the narration. The story is good but just not a huge favorite of mine BUT I know I will listen to it again and again.

What did you like best about this story?

It centers around a potentially heavy topic--a fling that results in an unplanned pregnancy and for various reasons the mother is left to raise the child on her own. Even though Nic could have been an arrogant jerk about the whole situation, he "mans up" and steps in. At the same time, he is sensitive and not overly manly. I love how Emma and Nic's relationship grows, including those pesky bumps along the way. I also like how this is a very real story that people can relate to but it's not heavy or depressing.

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

Her accent, portrayal of different characters and the amount of emotion so reads with is spot on. Unlike a lot of other narrators, she doesn't over-emote or have weird or awkward pauses in her reading. She's very fluid in her transitions. The written story is great in itself. Ms. Bocking takes it to the next level with her narration. Even if I hadn't read the book prior to listening to the audiobook, I'd still highly recommend "Just for Fun" because it's the "whole package" as far as audiobooks go. The narration is phenomenal and the story is solid and moving.

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

Nic's response when Zack goes missing . . . how emotionally wrecked he was about did me in.

Any additional comments?

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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 04-13-15

Totally Unexpected

Unexpected drama right from the start: Nic discovers he has a six-year-old son he never knew existed.

Unexpected dynamics: Emma is the one that is reluctant to open herself up to Nic. I usually expect the woman to be the one that is anxious to have the man recognize his feelings for her.

Unexpected plot: this book does not turn on boy/girl drama. It turns on boy/girl/their child drama.

All these things make this a new listening experience for me. I did not guess what was coming next, I did not get impatient with one or more characters harping on the same issues over and over, and I was encouraged to hear the characters growing with each interaction and life experience.

I love Rosalind James, I love this series, I love Claire Bocking’s narration…and I loved getting to know another hunky rugby player.

Plus, now sitting in the WAG section of the stadium is all that more fun, because if you have read the books in order like me you know all the wives, girlfriends and kids! It is fun to catch up on Reka, Ariana, Jamie, Hannah, Kate, Jenna, Harry and Sophie. And it was comforting to have the characters we already know help Emma and Nic navigate the challenges before them.

I definitely recommend Just For Fun, Escape to New Zealand Book 4.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Michele Z on 11-01-14

I love this series!

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.
I love this series, and I adore the narrator. She spent a majority of the time narrating a 6 year old, and I thought it would grate on my nerves. It did not!! With her narration I am able to distinguish between the female and male characters; as well as between female characters.
This is another story about the All Blacks rugby squad. Some past characters show up, but the story line is fresh and unique to me. I think that Rosalind James' style of writing is sexy but not smutty, and her characters are very real to me.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Betsy L on 10-29-14

Sexy, Moving, Heartfelt Story

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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.

Ok, legal stuff is done. Now, on to my review!

This was the first Rosalind James story I have listened to and I was caught up in it within the first minute. The narration is absolutely first rate- Claire Bocking brings a depth of warmth and feeling to each character she portrays (and she has a different voice for each) and she is able to effortlessly switch back and forth between a New Zealand and American accent with ease. As a listener, this never felt distracting; rather, it added to the characters and story.

And, speaking of the story, I loved it! I had not read the book first, so I cannot compare. I can tell you that there was some sadness (of lost time) and lots of reawakening love.

I fell in love with the characters and how they handled conflicts and treasured moments. I did not want the story to end!

I know you will love this story as much as I did!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By kcandkids on 10-22-14

It really is just fun!

What did you love best about Just for Fun?

I loved this book when I read it on my Kindle and I loved it on an audio book! This is only the second audio book that I have ever listened to and really enjoyed it! I was asked to review this book and give my honest opinion on it. I was offered a free copy to read, but purchased this copy on my own. I really enjoy listening to Claire Bocking's voice and her story telling. I haven't found a book that Rosalind James has written that I didn't like; this is no exception.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way the story unfolds and how the character's relationship builds. I also love that it takes place in New Zealand and would love to travel there sometime! I like that you get the perspective of both of the main characters.

Have you listened to any of Claire Bocking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As I said, I have only listened to two audiobooks and they were both by Claire Bocking. I love her story telling and her voice of all of the characters.

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

I love the way the romance builds and takes off!

Any additional comments?

You should definitely get this book and will want to read and listen to all of her other books!

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