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I felt very familiar with Hemi and Reka as they appear in all the Escape to NZ books, but they haven't had a story in their own right - until now.
It's a fascinating retrospective into how they first got together - and a total surprise! But so right !
This Reka is direct as always but not as self assured, although she puts on a good front and Hemi is not the devoted family man. Here, he is single, newly adjusting to the All Black fame and pressure and frankly, a bit too sure of his own charm. Well that has to change ....
Just because a mistake feels good doesn't mean it isn't a mistake, says Reka. Ouch!
Hemi has some work to do. And it makes great listening.
As ever, Claire's narration performance is spot on, she can realistically speak the male parts, vary accents and intonation; everyone has their own distinct voice. I was swept up into the story.
It's all great listening and I loved it.
I should say that if you haven't read this or any of the books, it won't matter - it stands alone. In fact I would like to come across Hemi and Reka in the other books, knowing what I know now, a different perspective !
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own"
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Just for You takes a look back at how Hemi Ranapia and Reka Harata met and fell in love. If you’ve read any of the Escape to New Zealand books, you know them well. If this is the first book you’ve read in the series, it’s a lovely place to start.
I’ve always considered Hemi and Reka to be the adults in the Escape to New Zealand series, so it was such a treat to see how their relationship began. After meeting at a wedding and spending the night together, they both sense something special about each other. Hemi promises to call, but he’s not ready, so he never does. A year later, they have a chance meeting on a ferry, and Hemi realizes his mistake, but Reka wants nothing to do with him. The way back to each other’s hearts is a journey that culminates in two people learning to trust themselves and each other, as they fall in love.
Claire Bocking, in my opinion, is the best at what she does. I lost myself in this book – I could see the North Island, the Tasman Sea, Hemi and Reka. Claire defines the characters so well that it takes no effort at all to figure out who is speaking. She makes me laugh and cry, and I never want the books to end.
Note: I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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Where does Just for You (Escape to New Zealand) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
High up on the list! I love Claire Bocking's work! So talented!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)?
The rescue scene in the sea
Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?
In the series? Hannah and Jenna are usually my favorites....but in this book I gotta say Reka grew on me... of the characters in here Reka is my favorite, of course....She has that whole Strong woman who will kick your ass if you dont behave, but will kiss it better afterwards if you ask nicely as well ;)
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
I love R.J's books, they always capture my attention. Especially her 'Escape to New Zealand' series...'Just For You' takes place before the first book in the series and we hear how two important characters in the series meet...and more importantly, we hear how Hemi has to actually work for Reka's attention. Love it!
My only issue with this story is that I wish the book was longer and a bit more detaled. Other than that, loved it!
Claire Bocking does an amazing job as always and Im in awe of her talent with changing accents. A multitalented woman! Plus, that Kiwi accent is to nail if you ain't a local. All in all, a brilliant book and worth every dime.
Another amazing Audiobook Just for Me! :D
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