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...
About the Author
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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Just Good Friends: Escape to New Zealand Book Two based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Welcome back to the island country of New Zealand; home of the world renowned, mighty All Blacks. In book two of the Escape to New Zealand Series. Readers are introduced to the two main characters: Kate Lamonica and Koti James. Kate has just fled the USA to live in En Zed in an attempt to escape an ex-boyfriend/stalker who is bent on taking Kate's life. Meanwhile, a world away, Koti is a local Maori rugby player; as well as being one of New Zealand's resident Casanovas. Inevitably, there is clash when these two personalities meet and a bet is drawn. The bottom line is that Kate and Koti must participate in weekly friend 'dates.' If Koti makes a move on her he loses and if they can remain just friends for 2 months Kate loses. The question is: Can Koti actually have a woman as just a friend? And even if he could, is that really what Kate wants? In my opinion, this was another fun and swoon worthy installment by Rosalind James. I ate up this audio book - despite a couple of steamy scenes. What endeared me to this book ... and the series for that matter ... is that under the guise of romance; 'Just Good Friends' was packed full of cultural tidbits regarding Kiwi life. This book delved deeper into Maori life and culture; focusing on a native, Maori main-character. Points to the author for presenting readers with an interesting and ultimately likable (despite his shortcomings) culturally diverse character. Furthermore, as a Canadian who is in love with New Zealand (adopt me?); I have fallen for this series ... although, I could take or leave the steamy scenes. Regarding the audio version, I believe Claire Bocking did a spectacular job narrating; she also pulled off a very good Kiwi accent. I would absolutely listen to more books that were narrated by Bocking. Morever, I would highly recommend giving this book a read or a listen if you are just looking for a fun and beachy read. Although, consider yourself warned, these books give you the urge to go to New Zealand to experience the culture for yourself.
This book is one of my favorites in Rosalind James's Escape to New Zealand Series (and I have read them all). Not only is it a great romance, but a great book, and you truly feel like as a reader you "escape to New Zealand." James's passion for the country, people, and culture really shines through. The chemistry between the two main character in Just Good Friends is tangible and realistic. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good romance, anyone who likes a story with a strong female protagonist, and anyone who would like to explore New Zealand in their reading.
If I could give a book three and a half stars, I would, so I rounded up to four. The minute I tried the first book in this series, I went out and gobbled up all the rest. Now I can't wait for more. Though I enjoy all the books in this series, Just Good Friends falls into my second-best list. Really enjoyable - especially the New Zealand setting and the rugby theme - and I liked the characters a lot more than I expected to judging from Koti's brief appearances in Just This Once. The slightly kinky sex scenes weren't to my taste, but great dialogue and humor throughout keep it in the 4/5 category for me.