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4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable
Reviewed in Canada on November 27, 2019
As of fan of Rosalind James, this novella fits in well with the series. It reminds me of being in my 20's where equality between the genders especially in relationships were more of a.struggle. Reka's pride demands that Hemi treats her with respect and to take their relationship seriously from the start. Hemi comes to that same realization because it's not enough to say you've changed but to actually do the actions behind it. Because of the rest of the series we know they live happily ever after - I'd love to see a follow up novella on how they keep their relationship going after so many years together and so many kids. The other reviewers found this plot a little hum drum but it resonated with me. I gave it 4 stars because this book unlike the rest in the series is less philosophical - there isn't much that you would mull over after you finish reading this book unlike the rest of the books in the series. Still a good read and completes the series in a sense.
Set in New Zealand, "Just for you" is the prequel to Rosalind James' popular series, Escape to New Zealand . This story is set prior to Book #1: Just This Once", which focused on All Blacks' Captain Drew Callahan. This time, the story has the reader's attention on the series main power couple - Reka and Hemi.
Like the other books in the series, "Just For You" is a cute, dreamy romance novel [or novella in this case]. However, in addition, these books provide an interesting insight into Kiwi culture. As an outsider, I find this to be a huge aspect as to why I read this series. In terms of "Just for You", the book features Maori main characters. So it's fair to say that the reader learns a little bit more about Maori culture in this installment..
In terms of the characters and plot, I felt like they were 'OK'. There didn't seem to be a lot of development in either. In addition, if you have read other books in the series you knew what the outcome of this novel was going to be. That being said, not every novel needs to be flawless - as with the other books in the series, this book is a light, fun read. I must note though, I did find Reka's character to be a tad irritating in parts of this book - her stubbornness, and tendency to play victim lead her to be a somewhat frustrating character.
Overall, "Just for you" was a nice fun book. While it wasn't grade 'A' literature, it was certainly a great read to take a break with. The Premise was fun, the characters were fun, and the reader even got a glimpse into Maori culture. I would recommend this book to lovers of chick lit, as well as anyone looking for a New Zealand centered read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2014
I thought I felt familiar with Hemi and Reka as they feature in the previous Escape to New Zesland books, but they haven't had a story in their own right until here. It's a fascinating retrospective into how they first get together - and a total surprise! This Reka is direct as always but not as self assured,although she puts on a good front. And Hemi is single, fresh into the All Black fame and frankly, just a bit too sure of his own charm. Well that has to change... We're all allowed one mistake aren't we? But how about a second? One of my favourite lines is from Reka - just because a mistake feels good, doesn't mean it isn't a mistake. Ouch! Hemi has some work to do. You don't have to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this, It doesn't depend on any pre- knowledge. Again, Rosalind James mixes in family loyalties, relationship insecurities and of course, some steamy scenes.
5.0 out of 5 starsA best-selling artist at work if you like this genre.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2019
Watched a webinar or video with Rosalind and loved her attitude so I bought some of her books - I was not disappointed. Will definitely read more of her work and hope I can find more of her speaking online.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2014
I just love New Zealand and love Rosalind's books - sit down, cup of tea and whisk yourself away into the land of the long white cloud - ideal chic lit and hunky men to boot. See if you can work out which All Black player(s) she's used for inspiration :-) Keep up the great work Rosalind - more, more, more - please x