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Rosalind James is a publishing industry veteran and former marketing executive who, to her own astonishment, sold over 100,000 books in her first year of publishing. She is the author of two Amazon bestsellers: "Just This Once" (#85) and "Just for Now" (#32), and attributes her success to the fact that "lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!" Yes, all the books work as stand-alones! "The Kincaids" series, in order: #1: Welcome to Paradise (Mira & Gabe) #2: Nothing Personal (Desiree & Alec) #3: Asking for Trouble (Alyssa & Joe): February 1, 2014 The bestselling "Escape to New Zealand" series, in order: #1: Just This Once (Hannah & Drew) #2: Just Good Friends (Kate & Koti) #3: Just for Now (Jenna & Finn) #4: Just for Fun (Emma & Nic) #5: Just My Luck (Ally & Nate, Kristen & Liam) Visit www.rosalindjames.com to listen to the songs from the books, follow the characters on their travels, watch funny and fascinating New Zealand videos, and learn about what's new! Follow me on facebook: at rosalindjamesbooks On Twitter: www.twitter.com/RosalindJames5 Check out my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/rosalindjames/rosalind-james/


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Rosalind James, a publishing industry veteran and former marketing executive, is the author of eleven Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense novels, six of which have reached the Top 100 on Amazon. She and her husband live in Berkeley, California with a Labrador Retriever named Charlie (yes, she named a character after her dog, but she swears she didn't realize it until later) and three extremely spoiled, non-egg-laying bantam chickens. Rosalind attributes her surprising success to the fact that "lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!"

Yes, all the books work as stand-alones!

Visit www.rosalindjames.com to listen to the songs from the books, follow the characters on their travels, watch funny and fascinating New Zealand videos, and learn about what's new!

Follow me on facebook: at rosalindjamesbooks
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/RosalindJames5
Check out my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/rosalindjames/rosalind-james/

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11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A wonderful love story with a touch of melancholy -- just right 7 février 2014
Par Dux - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A brief response, but I really liked this story. I liked how fully the characters, Alyssa and Joe, were developed. They felt complete. "Asking for Trouble" had a strong undercurrent of melancholy, and for me that made the story even fuller, made the sweet sweeter, more special, like the 1/2 tsp of salt used when making cookies.

I love this series, "The Kincaids." I've loved reading it for sundry reasons, but one of my favorite parts is that in all three the author doesn't use that ridiculous and trite Tension in the relationship ~75% into the book, where the characters have a misunderstanding and are too puerile to discuss it as real adults would. I love how relatable that and that alone makes the characters, let alone all the other wonderful pieces of these books!

Alyssa, thirty, comes from an intact, functional, healthy family: her parents are still happily married, and her older twin brothers (Gabe from "Welcome to Paradise" and Alec from "Nothing Personal") are happy and very successful in both their personal and professional lives. Alyssa, while independent, hasn't attained the same level of success, either personally or professionally, as her brothers. She's struggling to find her footing at work, partly because she hasn't found her passion, and also partly because of bad luck (no one asks for a misogynistic, harassing boss). Alyssa seems closer to Alec than Gabe, and while he clearly adores his younger sister, he also treats her as a child, belittling her and refusing to understand that his interference and comments hurt and do damage. (It is to the author's credit that even though Alec annoys, we the reader never lose our affection for him -- we are able to see this as thickheaded older sibling syndrome).

Joe, Alec's best friend / partner in business / former college roommate, has had the opposite experience, and it's sad. It's actually tragic, and, unfortunately for all of us, his history is also not uncommon. Joe is evidently gifted with his engineering and lucky that as a freshman he was paired with Alec, as together they've made programming magic. Professionally, Joe is on top of the world.

Joe and Alyssa met when Joe accompanied Alec home to Chico (from Palo Alto) his freshman year; Alyssa was also a freshman, but in high school. Because of Joe's close relationship to Alec's family (esp his parents), he's always felt as if Alyssa were off-limits. It takes a good portion of the book but they navigate their way through their fifteen year friendship to find an adult, romantic relationship, and it's work for both of them.

While in the previous two books of this series it was the female characters who had the angtsy back stories, in this it is both Alyssa and Joe who bring complicated dishes to the table. Because the author did such a fine job (though totally without bathos) showing us (vice telling us) Alyssa's and Joe's individual interiors, every little piece makes sense. At least, I don't recall every thinking "oh you have got to be kidding me!" and throwing my hands up in disgust. (There was one "are you kidding me?" involving Alyssa's San Francisco boss which did elicit an eye roll, but that is such a minor nit and not as important because it doesn't affect the legitimacy of Alyssa and Joe's relationship.)

Ultimately, a lovely, adult story about two people who love each other and want to love each other: they actively work and work hard on their relationship and on their own personal issues.

I am not unbiased: I've thoroughly enjoyed every book I've read by this author (both her "Escape to New Zealand" and "The Kincaids" series), and I think the more she writes the more she comes into her own as a storyteller. If I see she's coming out with a book I don't even think once, let alone twice about purchasing it on the spot. Hers are romances for readers like me (+ you): worldly, smart, strong.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A warm and satisfying read - a good end to the series (or I'm assuming it's the end because they're out of siblings) 1 février 2014
Par Plumie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Talk about a slow burn. A LONG slow burn. Because it takes 15 years from the time Joe first meets Alyssa to bring them to the beginning of their HEA. If you love a friends to lovers book that's deep, builds a good solid foundation between the H and h and has a lot of heart - you will love this book. I love just about all of Rosalind James' books, so when it showed up on my kindle on a Friday evening - I literally dropped everything I was doing and just read. And 3 hours later, I'm happily satisfied. And isn't that the point of reading a romance novel? To get the warm fuzzies?

This isn't a tale full of suspense or with a lot of external conflict - we all know what's going to happen, it's just a matter of how Joe and Alyssa get there. Joe was...enigmatic and kind of aloof in Alec's book (Nothing Personal (The Kincaids))but it was clear from his interaction with Alyssa that he had a thing for her. We barely got a glimpse of Alyssa in the last book, but she came across as a strong willed woman who was anything but a pushover. I expected Joe to be attracted and in serious like with Alyssa going into this novel, but what I didn't expect (and this isn't really a spoiler since it's pretty apparent from...oh...page 2) that Alyssa's been in love with Joe as long as he's been in love with her. For fifteen years.

The book makes their mutual attraction evident from the beginning - and there's no slow slide into love as there was in Welcome to Paradise (The Kincaids) and Nothing Personal (The Kincaids) because they're already in love. Except the other doesn't know it. Joe's love for Alyssa is so deep - but because of his background, and because her family is the closest thing he has to one, he feels like he's unable to act on it. He doesn't feel like he's good enough for her and doesn't think she feels the same way about him. Alyssa feels like the loser in her family - she's 30, she hasn't settled into a career she loves yet, and because her brothers are so accomplished, she feels like a disappointment. She's been in love with Joe forever, but because he's always stayed away from her, she never thought she had a shot at him. Once circumstances conspire such that she moves from Southern California to the Bay Area where Joe is - that's when their HEA begins.

Joe is much deeper and more damaged than I thought he'd be. But that's not a bad thing. This is not a novel with a lot of angst (I don't like angst) - but his back story isn't pretty and the man literally clawed himself out of the gutter with nothing but his will and determination. Also...Joe has some undercover alpha tendencies I was pleasantly surprised by (there's some "mine mine mine" going on). The sex scenes are hotter in this book than the others in the series and the sexual tension between the two can only be described as delicious. They don't actually get together until after the 50% mark, but when they do...sigh. You don't have to read the others in the series to appreciate this one - it works very well as a standalone, but since the other two are so good, why wouldn't you? There's no cheating, no OW drama, no cliffhangers, no suspense or mystery to be solved. It's a beautiful story of how two people who've been in love with each other for years finally come together. It's about Joe finally working through his emotional baggage to come to the conclusion that he deserves Alyssa. And it's about Alyssa growing up and really finding herself - standing up to her brother when necessary and finally having the guts to put the moves on Joe. It's a love story. And it's a good one.

This is a warm and fuzzy and satisfying read...but this IS a book that touches on uncomfortable issues (for those with triggers: foster care, child abuse, drug use) though in no way did any of that detract from the feel of the story in any way. I won't deny that there were some tears shed while reading, but as I said - this is not an angsty book, just a REALLY good one that grabs your emotions.

We get a nice glimpse of Alec and Rae and it was fun to see Alec as the besotted husband considering his past man whoring ways. We see a little bit of Gabe and Mira as well as their parents. I swear, this is the best family. I'm only sad that this wasn't a little longer.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Loved Joe but Alyssa was immature and didn't seem worthy of him 28 mars 2014
Par Reading as much as I can - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Plot in 3 sentences: Alyssa has had a string of 'bad' luck; lost her job, boyfriend and is feeling like things just don't go her way. Joe is the business partner of Alyssa's older and super successful brother, and Joe has had a 'thing' for Alyssa since he met her 15 years ago - and she was 15. Alyssa's luck turns around with a great job, great sex, she gets her HEA with Joe (with no cliffhanger).

I read this series in a row within a few days of each other. I really enjoyed the story about Alec, but this one fell a little flat for me.
Alyssa is 30 years old, but comes off as a 20 year old. She can be whiny, self-indulgent and immature. Not a favorite combination for a strong heroine.

Joe is quiet (not sullen), and reticent to share any details about his 'unsavory' past. Which is totally fine. An 'almost' brooding sexy successful man who has turned his life 180 degrees around is incredibly impressive and makes a great male hero. He is protective, loyal, smart and loving. What's not to love?

This book is another 'romance light' where it's predictable, easy and no fuss, no mess kinda of romance. There is a villain, but even then, she wasn't that bad. She was almost comical in her failed attempt to bring Alyssa down. Nothing new there.
But overall, this book was easy to read, the storyline never got boring, and as I mentioned before, Joe is awesome.

What was great about this book?
- Joe. Even though he is supposed to be a thoughtful and quiet guy, he does open up to Alyssa's father and eventually to Alyssa. It is heartwarming to see how he worked so hard to turn his life around. He isn't apologetic, but a little embarrassed. Feeling not worthy of other people's admiration and affection and devotion.
- Alyssa's parents. The father is a pastor and the mother is just awesome. The father's heart to heart with Joe is so sweet to read. Makes you want a dad like him.
- yeah, it was steamy hot at times.
- reading about the other characters (Alec and Gabe) and their wives from the other two books. This can be read as a standalone, but it was fun to 'catch up ' on the others as well.
- the fashbacks to when they were younger (15 years ago), really cute. Alyssa was outgoing, and confident. Joe was floored by her presence. Very sweet to get a glimpse of it. Appreciated the flashbacks of his unhappy childhood - it was a huge insight on the adult that he became.
- HEA.
- No cliffhanger

What wasn't so great?
- Alyssa's character. For a 30 year old, she was a bit flaky. The reason for losing her last job was not 100% her fault. She did handle it badly, but it was not unreasonable. The way she handles her attraction to Joe is juvenile. Instead of being honest or trying to reach out - she flirts and uses her body to drive the heat/chemistry up and push him/goad him into reacting.
- (sorry, Alyssa again) - during one of their 'fights', Alyssa is very upset with Joe and what does she do? She runs out to a dance/bar/club and starts to flirt and dance with other men. Ew. Just ew. And immature. That is how she is going to deal with a problem? Joe doesn't deserve that kind of support in his life. When the going gets tough - the tough try to make you jealous? Not good.

The book started off strong for me, but the more we got to know Alyssa, the less I liked her.
It was not bad, it just prevented me for falling in love with them as a couple. Kept thinking that Joe could do better....
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Have Extra Kleenex Handy. And a fan, cause it gets HOT. (You have been warned!) 6 février 2014
Par Kathy H. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book has all the emotions. It is sweet, funny, sexy - very sexy, a little sad, raw to the bone hurtful, then uplifting and hopeful.

I have read all of Rosalind James books and so far this was the most emotional for me. Rae's story in "Nothing Personal" was hard to read. But Joe's story tore my heart up. I wanted to give him a BIG hug. I wanted to cook for him. I wanted to tuck him in. I wanted to take him home with me. I wanted to make him safe. Then I fell in love with him. I admired the man he was. A good man with a good heart. Doing the right thing no matter how hard it was.

One of the hard things was waiting for Alyssa Kincaid to grow up. I think he fell in love with her when he first saw her when she was fifteen. He watched her grow up, seeing her once a year, hearing about her from Alec, waiting and watching. Until finally, they come together. Oh my, that was a good scene. I loved when he told her "If we do this, you are mine". He hadn't even kissed her! I was holding my breath. What would she say? Of course her answer was perfect.

All the steamy scenes in this book are excellent. I love the way this author writes love scenes - so real. Not "50 Shades" real but really testing the limits. I love how honest Joe and Alyssa are about what they each want.

Another thing she does is let us catch up with the characters from the first two books. I love seeing what is going on with Gabe and Mira and Alec and Rae. This is a great family. I would love to see more of them. Surely they have a cousin for Joe's sister, hint. Dave Kincaid is going to live in my memory for a while.

Read this book! It will stand alone, but why when the first two are such good stories. You won't be sorry unless you run out of Kleenex.

Like all Rosalind James books, this book is well researched and edited.

The Epilogue in this book is one of my favorites. It just came too soon. I didn't want this book nor this series to end.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This book will break your heart and then put it back together again. 1 février 2014
Par R. Pryor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Rosalind James’s third outing in The Kincaids series has all the trappings of any good romance novel: Believable characters, long-suppressed desire, struggle with the fortunes of life, gradual surrender to an attraction that can’t, won’t, be argued, or debated, or rationalized away. And of course a fair amount of hot sex (Some scenes in the latter half of the book are definitely not for prudes). The thing that really sets the book apart, though, is that the lead male character, Joe Hartman, is… oh, how do I describe this? He’s a rock-solid, bone-deep good man who’s seen some bad, bad times in his life, and you wind up caring about him so much that when you hit the book’s extended emotional climax, you have to stop reading for a while and get ahold of yourself. You understand entirely what the heroine, Alyssa Kincaid sees in him and why she’d do just about anything for him. Parts of this book are tough in the sense that life is tough: The search for happiness and love in this frequently ugly, messed-up world is not for the faint-hearted or risk-averse. But the book is essentially cathartic: James squeezes your heart like a sponge, but ultimately it’s a good squeeze. Just don’t read this book anywhere you’ll be embarrassed to get a little (or a lot) moist-eyed.
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