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Publisher's Summary

Some fires warm you up. And some burn you down.
Kevin McNicholl may be a brutal force on the rugby field, but off the field, the star New Zealand All Black is a famously nice guy. His new tenant, though, arouses more than his protective side. She sets him on fire. Pity he's evicting her.
Every woman deserves her dreams. Chloe Donaldson can't afford dreams, though, so she's given them up. Marriage, her ballet career, and now, her beautiful tower apartment with its view of the sea. Her new landlord is kicking her out, along with her three-year-old son, Zavy.
She should hate him. But when a man looks at you like that, it's so easy to lose your focus.
©2017 Rosalind James (P)2017 Rosalind James
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5 out of 5 stars
By EstherF on 04-07-17

Just Say YES to "Just Say Yes"

Where does Just Say Yes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say I would rank it pretty high in my book listening library. Emma did a great job and it is a wonderfully engaging story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroine, Chloe Donaldson: Jilted at the alter while 9 months pregnant with her partner's child, she is a strong-willed independent young single mother, and a great friend of Josie (previously introduced in "ETNZ -Just Not Mine". She is a former professional dancer-prima ballerina, and now a ballet school owner. She is strong, and fiercely independent – a smart, admirable woman.

Which scene was your favorite?

A special part of the story for me is Kevin returns from a road trip and finds Chloe dancing by herself with such an intensity that they share a passionate reunion. The emotional depth of these characters moved me immensely.

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

Yes, absolutely! I listen in the car on my way to/from work and it is tough to break it up that way because you get engrossed in the story.

Any additional comments?

If you are reading this, you have discovered one of my favorite authors of romance. Ms. James is a master story-teller and weaves wonderful imagery and the flavor of the local environment into her tales. She had me hooked from the very first Escape to New Zealand story I read. I am so impressed with the details she writes into the background, scenery, the characters, everything really.

Setting / foreground/background

The descriptions of the geography and the New Zealand, in general are meticulous and compelling. All the imagery of such a beautiful country, and the mannerisms and local cultural references of the locals were fascinating. The author includes a helpful Kiwi glossary of New Zealand local lingo and unique cultural references to help the reader connect to the story and the characters more deeply.

The character development.

I fell in love with the characters and the setting of the book immediately. The characters were absolutely genuinely heartwarming and lovely to read about, very realistically drawn and compelling the reader to cheer them on.

The hero, Kevin, is everything us women love in a good hero: athletic and physically gorgeous, he's sweet and smart, sexy, vulnerable, and emotionally sensitive . He has a very deep connection with his family and supports them financially – even housing many of them while they're in college. He's well-respected by his teammates and family.

The heroine, Chloe Donaldson: Jilted at the alter while 9 months pregnant with her partner's child, she is a strong-willed independent young single mother, and a great friend of Josie (previously introduced in "ETNZ -Just Not Mine". She is a former professional dancer-prima ballerina, and now a ballet school owner. She is strong, and fiercely independent – a smart, admirable woman.

The secondary characters were so funny and well-drawn, I felt like I almost knew them, and could picture myself having conversations with them. Chloe's mom is an interfering control-freak, but loves her daughter and grandson fiercely and just wants the best for them. Chloe's dad is supportive and strong, yet somewhat reserved.


Plot development
When we first meet Chloe, she is a ballet school owner and teacher, and a former prima ballerina. Kevin and she had met earlier at her best friend Josie's wedding a few months earlier (Josie and Hugh's story is Just Not Mine). We have met Kevin in previous ETNZ books, and we just knew he was another All Black, a great guy, and funny. In other words, another great hero-worthy character for a Rosalind James story.

What this book meant to me-how I felt about it

This book is long-awaited and Ms.James has really hit this one out of the park! Chloe and Kevin deserved their own HEA and now Ms. James has given us their wonderful story. I loved when Chloe stood up to her mother and took back control over the situation with her son. She really stood her ground and refused to be bulldozed or manipulated by her well-intentioned but meddling mother. I think she finally gained some much –deserved respect after that.

It was very touching when Kevin was leaving on a long road trip and Zavy gives him his stuffed toy Walter to keep him company. It was such a sweet scene. I loved how Kevin goes into protector mode when he went to confront Chloe's ex and tells him how things are going to be.

Oh, and by the way, this book is VERY steamy and sexy. Not for the faint-of-heart or those embarrassed easily. It doesn't go overboard with graphic sex scenes either. A good balance of buildup and tension -and the more sensual feelings developed - evolving to love.

What does Emma Wilder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is my first experience with this narrator. I thought Ms. Wilder did a fantastic job navigating back and forth between different personalities and emotions, both male and female. Chloe's son, Zavy is 3 years old and I loved how Emma portrayed him. At first it took some getting used to for me, but 3 year olds do not talk like adults, and it has been a long time since my kids were little. The performance was excellent! I just loved the secondary characters as well. Her portrayals of the various dialects and personalities were just wonderful! She was also able to distinguish the characters from each other very well and had a great range of emotions and expressions of personality. Very well done.

Conclusion: The story concludes with some pretty tear-jerking moments and I'm so happy these two worked things out in the end. The struggles they dealt with were very realistic and I hope you will discover and love these characters, and the scenery as much as I did. Now go find a new escape - Escape to New Zealand and meet many wonderful characters with fascinating stories.


I purchased the ebook for Kindle, but I received a free copy of this audio 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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 04-10-17

Just Say Yes to Reading This Book

Ballerina meets rugged rugby player. What more do you need for a good book? Rosalind James’s Escape to New Zealand series may be my all time favorite. Her female characters are strong and independent without being hard. Her male characters are kind and loving and masculine as….well you know where I’m going.

Chloe Donaldson has seen some hard times. Left at the altar and pregnant, she is facing a difficult life. Three years later, she finally feels contented. She and her son, Zavy, are making a good life.

Kevin McNicholl, thriving rugby player for the NZ All Blacks, is a conscientious family man and is trying to provide a good home for his sisters, and his brother and his family. He purchased the ideal house for just that. But he has one problem; he has to evict the current tenants of his upstairs apartment—Chloe Donaldson, and her young son.

That isn’t as easy as it sounds because there seems to be some kind of heat between them! Good stuff and the road to the finish is delightful. This is a wonderful love story. Rosalind never disappoints in these NZ books.

Side note, I love the narrator, Emma Wilder. She does an awesome job.

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Fleetwoodboy on 05-09-17

A problem well tackled

Quite a classy story with good pacy dialogue and a decent plot. The tale moved along well without padding except for 3/4 chapters of steamy bedroom activities. A fine conclusion to the story leaves with a HEA .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-14-17

wonderful

The story as absorbing as always and the narration excellent. Can't wait for the next one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By paula king on 10-27-17

excellent reading

I enjoy these books, espec when narrated so clearly by Emma Wilder (I only rolled my eyes at two Maori words)

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