Just My Luck : Escape to New Zealand

  • by Rosalind James
  • Narrated by Claire Bocking
  • Series: Escape to New Zealand
  • 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A little distraction can be a wonderful thing.
Nate Torrance has a job to do, and the biggest rugby boots in the world to fill. He can't afford to lose his focus, especially not to a brown-eyed Canadian who pushes all his buttons and looks much too good in a climbing harness.
Allison Villiers may not know what she wants to do with her life, but she's clear about one thing. She's not impressed by the new captain of the All Blacks, however big a deal he is to the rest of New Zealand. If only her unfortunate taste for adventure didn't keep leading her astray...
Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains some steam. If that isn't your cuppa, you may want to visit some other country... er, audiobook.


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Man Code Explained

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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- PenName

Another Gem from Rosalind James

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Because this is a review of the Audible version, I will start there. I really love listening to Claire Bocking. Her narration is wonderful- she puts sincere feeling into all the characters. I love how effortlessly she moves back and forth between an "American" accent and a New Zealand accent. Doing this truly brings the characters to life. Her story-telling skills take you right into the heart of the characters and their emotions. When a character cries, she cries (and so do I!). Her breathless narration of the love making is hot!!! I am a fan!

The story is another Rosalind James gem. In fact, it is basically two love stories in one- meaning the Audible version is 13 hours of listening pleasure! Both sets of characters (Allie/Nate and Kristen/Liam) are good people and Rosalind brings depth to all of them. She does such a great job with character background and development.

I also love the almost travel book descriptions of New Zealand. Rosalind has a true love for the country and it is evident in her beautiful accounts of the scenery.

This is Book 5. Please do not start the series here. Go back and start with Book 1 or the prequel so you will be well acquainted with the storyline and why Nate is the complex character he is.

I received a free copy of this audiobook 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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- Betsy L

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2015
  • Publisher: Rosalind Iiams