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Just Good Friends: Escape to New Zealand Book Two (Anglais) Broché – 31 décembre 2012

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Some bets were made to be lost. Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James's type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said. Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind, and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good--and knows it? But there's more than one game Koti's good at playing...

Biographie de l'auteur

Rosalind James is the author of four books in the "Escape to New Zealand" series, all of which have been Kindle bestsellers. Rosalind is a former marketing executive who has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries.

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54 internautes sur 56 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x8eee37b0) étoiles sur 5 Funny, sexy, some suspense--great read 1 septembre 2012
Par boardwalker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I bought this and the third book after reading "Just This Once." This book is a little lighter--funnier, sexier (warning--there's some pretty spicy sex in here!), and with a romantic suspense element that gave it some extra tension. Likeable, believable "tough girl/bad boy" combo. I liked that Koti, though he did take some walks on the wild side, was a good guy. And that Kate was feisty, spirited, etc., without crossing over into bitchiness--at least, when she did, you could see why. And that she didn't behave like an idiot, unlike a lot of the "spirited" heroines in romantic suspense novels. Oh, and the Maori aspect was very fun!

Bonus--Drew and Hannah from "Just This Once" show up again, and their romance added to the book's "heart" and tender side. I do love Drew! (You wouldn't have to read the books in order, but I thought it was more enjoyable that way.)

A very fun read.
36 internautes sur 38 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x8eee3804) étoiles sur 5 Spicy, romantic getaway done right 3 septembre 2012
Par R. Pryor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
With this second novel in her "Escape to New Zealand" series, Rosalind James has earned herself a permanent spot in my romance novel-buying budget. The principals this time out are Kate Lamonica, a compact-but-feisty American who's fled to New Zealand to escape an obsessive stalker, and Koti James, a near-preternaturally good-looking (need you ask?) pro rugby player of Maori heritage, who's also a bit of a showboat and has a history with the ladies.

As in her debut novel, "Just This Once", James displays a sure hand for both the initial bantering and verbal fencing between these two bright, passionate people and their growing attraction, as they find they're both in danger of `losing' (or is it winning?) the bet they made about not getting involved. There's a lot more going on in this hard-to-put-down story -- as in James's first book, you learn a lot of fascinating stuff about New Zealand and its indigenous Maori culture (Well, it was fascinating to this Yank) -- but the main focus is on the romance. To me, one of the signs of a good novel of this type is when you know where the story's ultimately going, and yet you still find yourself worrying and hoping the characters will get there. James has that skill down pat: When Problems Arise, we want to just about physically drag these two together before they let each other get away. The ending of the book was right on target, emotionally -- sue me, I love this kind of stuff -- so, as I say, all in all, a terrific read, highly recommended.
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HASH(0x8eee3c3c) étoiles sur 5 3.5 stars,well-written informative Maori/NZ sexy romance 20 juillet 2013
Par Dux - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Caveat: I have read the Escape to New Zealand rugby romance series and this may be my least favorite, but only because I didn't "feel it" for the two protagonists, Kate and Koti. I was spoiled by falling in deep like with the characters in Just This Once and Just For Now (which bookend Just Good Friends).

However, Rosalind James continues to be an author whose books I want to read (even if I'm not taken with the main characters) because of how she treats the reader: as if we're smart and interested in the world around us with a lot of plausible romance and a dash of fun sex. As a bright, highly educated, professional woman, **these** are precisely the kinds of books I want to read. I hate being pandered to, or books graphically filled with ridiculous, meaningless sex, or reading books by authors who clearly aren't as bright as I. (sounds horrible but if you're reading a book by Rosalind James you're probably just like me and therefore you'll know how lucky we are she's writing!)

Kate is a petite American woman who was being stalked in California, to save her life flees to NZ on the advice of her former colleague, Hannah (whom we met in the first book of this series, Just This Once), and Hannah's husband, Drew, who help her settle in Auckland. Drew is a professional rugby player, so a big part of his assistance is getting Kate's resume into his rugby team's business office (she's an accountant) where she secures a job.

There she meets Koti, a Maori and supposedly gorgeous player -- in both senses of the word (rugby and womanizer). They bicker, figure they can't be friends but make a bet otherwise, that they will become friends, nothing sexual (even though they like the looks of the other).

Kate is prickly, no doubt partly from her scary experiences with her would-be murderer / stalker, but also because she just seems to be that kind of personality. Koti is immature and entitled; he's the only son in a family with three older sisters and a single mother. He is reputedly too handsome for words, so has women dropping at his feet and numerous (and lucrative) endorsement deals capitalizing on his scrumptious appearance. Meaning: he has been repeatedly rewarded for his looks so he takes them (his looks) and people's reaction for granted.

And for me, that's the rub. I just didn't care much for either of them. I didn't *dis*like them, but I wasn't taken with either of them. Probably in real life I'd get a kick out of Kate and her feistiness and we'd be friends, and wouldn't give Koti a second thought (although if he's so handsome I might give him a second *look*).

I loved the amount of dialogue, extended, real-seeming and real-sounding dialogue these two had. Loved it. I love reading how the characters come to like and fall in love with one another, and in this book I could really see it. We never have to fill in any blanks -- it's clear they are physically attracted to one another (again, credit the author), but due to the thoughtful conversations they have throughout, we witness and totally understand Kate and Koti falling in love.

Rosalind James writes dialogue so fantastically: in each of her books I've now read I can hear each character and they really have their own voice and are consistent not just throughout the book, but throughout the series (as they tend to pop up in the other books, too). My biggest nit(s) about Just This Once is (are) that we didn't get enough of Hannah and Drew's conversations, especially as they conducted a long-distance relationship for a while, and we also didn't get enough of Drew's perspective (except toward the end which was super). I don't have that issue with Just Good Friends -- we get to be a fly on the wall both to their conversations and also to Koti and his thoughts and thought processes. That's why his immaturity and entitlement make sense and we're able to root for him to figure it out even though he's acted somewhat stupidly.

Another boon to Just Good Friends is how much we get to learn about Maori culture and the (young) history of NZ -- it never felt like a history lesson from the author, or being hit over the head with the "healthy stuff" (as opposed to the "good stuff"). Rather, it was presented in their dialogue, with Koti being understandably proud of his heritage and both sharing with and informing foreigner Kate of mores. What a treat to have learned so much about New Zealand and the Maori culture in such a fun, entertaining way.

Needless to say, Kate and Koti both lose (or win?) the bet, becoming good friends and then becoming lovers. There is more sex and it's more graphic in this book than in Just This Once, maybe than in the other books, too (? have to think about it). In general I enjoy reading well-written sex scenes but a few seemed a little out of character for Kate who is actively recovering from being stalked, but who knows? As Kate herself says after one encounter she surprised herself by liking it, so maybe Koti brings it out in her.

My favorite parts of the book, though, are getting to revisit Hannah and Drew from Just This Once. The extended scene where Hannah is due to give birth is my favorite section of the book, which is telling (to me). And truthfully, if just for that the book is worth it. It's also worth it for learning about NZ's history and the Maori culture. As I wrote, I just wasn't that invested in Kate and Koti either individually or as a couple, but I happily kept reading for both the reasons mentioned above and also because I love a dialogue-heavy book.
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HASH(0x8eee3c24) étoiles sur 5 some of the sex scenes are out of place here 26 novembre 2012
Par margaret - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I just read this book and I am not sure if i dislike the book or hated it. I can't believe saying this, but this book would have been so much better without the sex scenes. I blame what I call "50 shades of gray effect" it seems like every writer need to put a light s&m scene in their books just to be edgy, and it really had no place in a book where a women was trying to out run a stalker. She won't him (the stalker)control her life, but she will let the hero control her at least in bed does not sit well with me. I don't why authors do this, but this is not first time I have run across this situation. It is like the author is trying to do the new "in thing" to create buzz, but it does not fit in with the story line.

I am not saying that the scenes are as explicit as 50 shades of gray, but I can't be sure since i have not read 50 shades. Three slaps of the butt in one scenes and hand over the mouth in another may be explicit to some (it is to me), but also the tone is all wrong for this book. The book starts as one type of book (story of friendship turning into love), then turns kinky and then switchs back. This causes a huge diconnect in both plot and tone of the book. I literally said "what the heck" when I started reading the those scenes.

If the heroine had not been strong in rest of book, then it would have been no star book. And to be fair that was one scene where the heroine had taking control in the bedroom but it was short lived and all actions taking were done with her consent.

I personally don't care s&m in any form and wish there was a disclaimer on the book. I thought i was reading a sweet story about a man who helps a woman learn to trust again, but it was a story of man and woman have a kinky hook-up, with a side story of a stalker. There was no romance in this book.
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HASH(0x8eee900c) étoiles sur 5 why would someone allegedly writing about a woman escaping from abuse think that it is sexy to slap her during sex? 13 septembre 2013
Par Counselor Chris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I wanted to like this book. I fell in love with En Zed a couple of years ago, and if I could figure out how to do it, I'd move there for my retirement! The first book Just For Now was fun, sexy, and sweet. This book depicts the heroine as someone who fears another relationship after being stalked and threatened, moving to En Zed and getting a job so that she can afford to stay. Her decisions to move without telling anyone so that she can't be tracked, her fear responses when the hero suddenly appears is true to life. Then it becomes a poor imitation of a dominance/submission novel, in which the hero is always telling her that she's a dirty girl, and pushing her beyond her comfort zone. When he smacked her, and she didn't kick his skanky arse out, I began to lose interest in what happened to her. When she is titillated by his talk of mild bondage, I lost respect for the author. So sorry I started this book! Glad it was a free download.
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