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The Escape to New Zealand books have been my favorite series of all time, for any author. They are well written with compelling, well-developed characters exploring real emotions and growing into better people for the struggle. Now Rosalind is screwing with a great franchise by jumping on the BDSM bandwagon.
I was disappointed when, in Just Once More, Koti tied up Kate. It was totally not necessary to the story and was not consistent with my perception of the type of man Koti is. Okay, so I don't expect my friends to get off on dominating or being dominated -- but I think of Koti as a man who has learned to be happy inside his own skin without having to get over on a woman for thrills.
But this book, Just in Time, is disturbing. It is a real departure from the character of characters in the previous books and has me thinking that Rosalind is a sell out to the 50 Shades fad. Her books were plenty steamy, sexy and seductive without discipline and dominance. They celebrated tenderness and romance. Now, James is suggesting to her readers that we should find a man wanting to bind a woman more sexy than a man wanting to hold a woman.
Shame on Rosalind. A really bad trend that , if it continues, will make this the last of her books that I listen to.
Claire Bocking remains the VERY BEST narrator of all time!
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Narration: was very good. Claire Bocking does very good male voices and adds the intensity and the tone the story needs. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by her.
Story: I’ve listened to this series in order and loved all the previous 7 books. But I couldn’t connect with this one. The storyline felt so different and not in a good way. It tried to bring the fifty shades vide but it didn’t really go with the characters. It was also difficult to follow the story between what was really happening and what Faith was writing for her story. I felt that was confusing. Also, having a famous rugby player go to Vegas and take steamy pictures without consulting with his agent seems too dumb to believe. I’ve loved all other books in this series and will continue with the next book but this one was a bit of a disappointment.
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Such fun listening to this book!
Here's a funny thing too - I loved reading it but I loved listening MORE!
Will's teasing is irresistible, as is his irrepressible charm, occasional awkwardness and when he stuffs up, it's even better. Plus, he does a good occasional line in dark and dangerous.
Sure, Faith has taken advantage of him, but who could blame her? Well, maybe a teeny bit. But she' s pretty great, so we forgive her.
The background double story thread can be occasionally distracting but it adds light and shade. You should be aware that steamy reading makes even steamier listening.
The narration is masterful - full of variation, expression, great accenting. How does Claire Bocking put laughter into voices? How does she make Will sound so sexy?
Vegas meets New Zealand and it makes great listening.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way or obliged to be honest.
Luckily I loved it!