Just This Once by Rosalind James

Published August 30th 2012

ASIN B0094KJ70G

just This OnceEveryone needs to be rescued sometimes.

Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn’t looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn’t do casual. But maybe just this once. . .

As much as he’s shared with Hannah, Drew Callahan has kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she’s back home again, has made Hannah warier than ever. Drew knows that she’s right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?

Rosalind James is an American who visited NZ during the Rugby World Cup.  She enjoyed the rugby, and the country so much, that she encapsulated it in a story, the first of many in the Just series of books.

I loved Hannah, a hard working woman totally focused on her family.  She would give up everything for her siblings whom she raised when their parents were killed.  We meet Hannah who has escaped to NZ for a holiday.  She is caught in a rip at a NZ beach, and is rescued by the absolutely gorgeous Drew Callahan, a rugby playing chap who is also on holiday.

Slowly we learn that Drew is slightly more than a small town rugby player, but Hannah doesn’t realise this.  As she returns to the US, Hannah realises she is in love but scared of leaving her family behind.

Rosalind managed to capture the beauty of NZ in her writing, along with the wonderful Kiwi lingo.  The “gidday mate” and other words that seem normal in Kiwi language seemed foreign in this US offering, but it would have been what the rugby players and New Zealanders would have used.

A fantastic and romantic read

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