What does true love look like once the honeymoon's over?
Eight smoking-hot rugby players. Eight partners. Seventeen kids. Beaches and barbecues and beer, salt and sand and sea. Family and good mates and no worries. December in New Zealand.
One very pregnant, very tired Hannah Montgomery Callahan is playing hostess to it all, doing her best and wondering if her best is good enough. And one legendary All Black captain is willing to do whatever it takes to show her that when he promised to be there for her forever, he meant it.
Note: This book includes three steamy scenes. And they're good ones.
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Catch up with the characters from the Just series
I am a HUGE fan of the Escape to New Zealand series, Rosalind James and Claire Bocking as a narrator. I feel this reunion book is a thank you note to her fans and Claire did a great job with all the different voices. The All Blacks- old and new- are on December holiday and we catch up with old friends while they prepare for the wedding of Josie and Hugh from Just Not Mine.
At the center of the action are Hannah and Drew (Just This Once Book #1) who are expecting their third child any day. One of the most touching chapters includes Drew urging Hannah, with the help of his extended rugby family, to accept help with the household duties especially when she returns to work. The characters comments are engaging, and somewhat poignant.
Many of the wives are expecting and we get a glimpse of how things started and have continued for many of the character. This is where it became a bit cumbersome for me. There are eight players, their partners and seventeen kids. I know the series well, but although Claire does a great job with the voices, I found myself thinking, 'Whose kid was that?' Or, 'Wait, how were Ally and Nate connected to Drew and Hannah?'
There are steamy scenes with buff men in new places and with pregnant bellies involved. Some of the discourse is about making your pregnant woman feel special. James did a nice job of describing a man's love (and lust) for his pregnant wife. Thank you for that Ms. Rosalind.
It is a trip down memory lane for Hannah and Drew and I highly recommend it for lovers of the series. If you haven't heard the first books I would not recommend you start with this one. Save it, do the others first and then crack this one open.
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.
- Rose O'Toole
Catch up with the Escape to New Zealand families!