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Publisher's Summary

Destiny can sneak up on you. Or it can smack you in the face.
Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour... and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he's driving the carpool to ballet - or forgetting it's his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it's the last straw.
Josie Pae Ata is a fortunate woman. A new house, good friends, a gorgeous boyfriend - oh, and stardom, too. Getting involved with her new neighbors would bring risks she doesn't need. But life has a way of changing the rules. And when you get more than you can handle, sometimes all you can do is hang on for the ride.
Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains a bit of steam. If that isn't your cuppa, you may want to visit a different country... er, book.
Β©2014 Rosalind James (P)2015 Rosalind James
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By Laura's Reviews on 04-12-15

Sometimes the best option is right in front of you

Would you listen to Just Not Mine again? Why?

I would listen to this book again. The characters were insightful and compelling, and I found myself relistening to sections to pick up the nuances of their dialogue. Claire does a nice job keeping the character "voices" separated -- the trying 12-year-old-going-on-30 voice was dead on πŸ˜„

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that Josie was such a strong character. It wasn't because she was successful and capable in her own right, but she wasn't a whiner. Yes, she had personal disappointments and worries, but those were shared with inner dialogue to the reader and she didn't complain openly to other characters in the story. I felt more connected to her character than any of the females in previous books.

Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

This is a tough question because Claire did justice to all of them. It must be hard to read for the male characters, but she does an amazing job. If pressed, I think her interpretation of the children, though, may be my favorite 😊.

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

Josie and her mom had one of the strongest parts of the story. You don't even meet her mom until quite late, but their interaction was very moving. I'll admit I cried in this section... Moms tend to put things in perspective.

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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By Christina on 04-05-15

Another amazing escape to the lovely New Zealand

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have! I love Rosalind James' books but Claire B.'s performance is what keeps me returning for another audio book. Why not share it with friends? 😊

What did you like best about this story?

The Kiwi accent that the narrator flawlessly speaks in is def. up there, but I especially love the interaction between Hugh and his siblings. You can feel the awkwardness, the love and confusion between the three while they're trying to find a foothold with each other.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Will, Hugh and Koti are shooting the scene for J.'s show and afterwards when J is showing Hugh her evil character's dirty secrets (in the lingerie drawer)....naughty girl! 😜

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting. 😊

Any additional comments?

I love R.J's Escape to New Zealand series so keep the books coming! But for God's sake....keep Claire on for the audio books! She's brilliant!

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By MF on 04-12-15

Great story, faultless listening, a winner!

Just Not Mine wasn't my immediate favourite when I first read it - don't know why - but on second reading I found more in it and was totally sold on Hugh and Josie.
And this audio is just the best!
You don't need to have read the book, just immerse yourself in listening and get to know and love the characters as they speak to you.
Love the variety of expression, depth and shade of Claire's narration. No wonder she's been nominated for an Audie award because she is fantastic.
Rosalind James has the knack of weaving family relationships, teenage angst and child insecurities in with the main romance story.
Have a wry smile at Hugh's unwitting selfishness when he is first plunged into single parent world (forgiven because he is a quick learner) . Laugh at Charlie's child perspective on "sexy advertising". Feel Josie's pain and sense of loss.
And of course enjoy the relationship!
Great story, faultless listening, a winner!

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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