No shirt, no shoes, no...problems?
Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for.
Reka Harata hasn't forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past. Sometimes, especially in New Zealand's Maori Northland, it really does take a village. And sometimes it just takes a little faith.
Note: This audiobook begins about six years before the events of Just This Once, and yes, it gets a little steamy at times, because Reka and Hemi are just that way. It can be read as a standalone book even if this is your first escape to New Zealand.
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Back to the beginning for Hemi and Reka
Just for You takes a look back at how Hemi Ranapia and Reka Harata met and fell in love. If you’ve read any of the Escape to New Zealand books, you know them well. If this is the first book you’ve read in the series, it’s a lovely place to start.
I’ve always considered Hemi and Reka to be the adults in the Escape to New Zealand series, so it was such a treat to see how their relationship began. After meeting at a wedding and spending the night together, they both sense something special about each other. Hemi promises to call, but he’s not ready, so he never does. A year later, they have a chance meeting on a ferry, and Hemi realizes his mistake, but Reka wants nothing to do with him. The way back to each other’s hearts is a journey that culminates in two people learning to trust themselves and each other, as they fall in love.
Claire Bocking, in my opinion, is the best at what she does. I lost myself in this book – I could see the North Island, the Tasman Sea, Hemi and Reka. Claire defines the characters so well that it takes no effort at all to figure out who is speaking. She makes me laugh and cry, and I never want the books to end.
Note: I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
- M. Miller
Just for ME!!!
High up on the list! I love Claire Bocking's work! So talented!
The rescue scene in the sea
In the series? Hannah and Jenna are usually my favorites....but in this book I gotta say Reka grew on me... of the characters in here Reka is my favorite, of course....She has that whole Strong woman who will kick your ass if you dont behave, but will kiss it better afterwards if you ask nicely as well ;)
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 R.J's books, they always capture my attention. Especially her 'Escape to New Zealand' series...'Just For You' takes place before the first book in the series and we hear how two important characters in the series meet...and more importantly, we hear how Hemi has to actually work for Reka's attention. Love it!
My only issue with this story is that I wish the book was longer and a bit more detaled. Other than that, loved it!
Claire Bocking does an amazing job as always and Im in awe of her talent with changing accents. A multitalented woman! Plus, that Kiwi accent is to nail if you ain't a local. All in all, a brilliant book and worth every dime.
Another amazing Audiobook Just for Me! :D