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Just My Luck: Escape to New Zealand, Book 5, continues in the same fashion as many of Rosalind James’ books with the rugby and New Zealand theme with romance interwoven. If you read any of her previous books, this may be one of the reasons you continue to read the Escape series. I know it is a big plus in my book. Book 5 does not rely on reading many, if any, of the previous Escape books. I would say that Just My Luck could act as a stand-alone if you are looking to give James a try. As far as the Audible version goes, Claire Bocking is dead on with her performances. After listening to her for several other Escape to New Zealand books, I would be willing to give any of her audio performances a go. She’s really that talented.
In Book 5, you are introduced to Nate and Ally, with a sub-story of Kristen and Liam. You get a taste of New Zealand outdoors with this pair and I found the accident prone Nate to be a bit refreshing as he had many romantic missteps in this romance. I have to say I really enjoyed Ally and Kristen's conversations on Man Code. Spot on and hilarious. This book presents a strong female lead, don't go looking for the submissive in Ally.
To give you a peak hole into James’ writing, she leads you along a path of realistic story line while adding humor and some New Zealand flavor (at least in the Escape series). I gravitate towards book that are more likely to be realistic so that willing suspension of disbelief is not stretched too far. If you like books that are not only impossible, but lack continuity and character development I suggest you move on and miss out on these books. If you are one who likes a quick wit with a zing of adventure and travel, give the Escape series a knock.
I depend on reviews to purchase books, like many of you. While I receive an ARC on occasion from several authors, my reviews are not automatic positive reviews. 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, for whatever that is worth.
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What did you love best about Just My Luck?
I love all of Rosalind's books and have read them at least twice. But I find listening to them even better and this one gets a big WOW from me. There is strong Allie and poor clueless Nate, clueless with love but well informed with footy. And then there is Liam, what woman wouldn't love to have a Liam in her life. Claire does a wonderful job narrating, with her different voices and accents. Since it's winter here I guarantee that Chapter 23 will lower the heating bills! We all need some romance in our lives even if it's from a book. "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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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Claire Bocking brings this story of two contrasting couples to sparkling life, her narration and capture of the personalities is spot on. Again set in New Zealand and with Rosalind James painting her usual vivid picture, this story has the All Black rugby back drop but the story is more about relationships - developing, challenging, faltering, give and take and there's fun, pain and laughter along the way ( and some steam)
Who was your favorite character and why?
Allie for her spark, sense of fun,generosity, self doubt and determination .
Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favourite?
Liam - somehow he has a smile in his voice!
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
At 12 hours ? It took 3 days and sucked me in.
Any additional comments?
You don't have to have read the series or the book to make sense of or enjoy this audio. I had read the book but I liked the audio even more.