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Just Good Friends (Escape to New Zealand Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind James
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 doesn't need any more trouble, so why 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 ...

Note: This romance, likes New Zealand, contains some steam. Sex scenes make up approximately 5% of the content, and do not include BDSM.

Editorial Reviews


"James writes with great humor and fun." --The Book Mark Blog

"The growth both [Kate] and Koti experience is breathtaking. . . I give this book five enthusiastic hearts. I may have to read this book a third time. :-)" --The Closet Romantic

From the Author

This book came straight out of the New Zealand news and public sentiment. I wondered, what would it be like to be a sportsman in New Zealand if you just couldn't help but be a Tall Poppy? If you had the flashy looks, the flashy charm, the flashy talent? Koti was my answer!

The Escape to New Zealand series, in order:
Prequel - Just for You (Reka & Hemi)
Book One - Just This Once (Hannah & Drew)
Book Two - Just Good Friends (Kate & Koti)
Book Three - Just for Now (Jenna & Finn) - Books 1-3 also available in box set
Book Four - Just for Fun ( Emma & Nic)
Book Five - Just My Luck (Ally & Nate/Kristen & Liam)
Book Six - Just Not Mine (Josie & Hugh)
Book Seven - Just Once More (Hannah & Drew again/reunion)

Coming Spring 2015!
Book Eight - Just Say Yes (Chloe & Kevin)
Book Nine - Just in Time (Faith & Will) - available for preorder in Melody Anne &  Brenda Novak's Sweet Talk boxed set

Product Details

  • File Size: 3904 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00948KF7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sexy, some suspense--great read September 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spicy, romantic getaway done right September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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89 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars some of the sex scenes are out of place here November 25, 2012
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Caveat: I have read the Escape to New Zealand 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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I feel I had a great introduction to that country and a simple...
I now want to go to New Zealand! I feel I had a great introduction to that country and a simple understanding of Rugby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Each novel in the series improves on the previous and I am a FAN!
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Published 1 month ago by deborah m castellano
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only is it a great romance, but a great book
This book is one of my favorites in Rosalind James's Escape to New Zealand Series (and I have read them all). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a day at the beach or over ...
Great book for a day at the beach or over the holidays. Have not read a bad one in the series yet.
Published 1 month ago by katie
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love these books and I am so glad I bought ...
As an expat Kiwi and grown up with the revered All Blacks (still support them in Aussie) after 45 years), I absolutely love these books and I am so glad I bought the whole series... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bev Langdon
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting!
It was a. Interesting read. Sometimes too wordy in the discriptions. Would have my friends read it also. Nice work.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed how Ms.James weaves characters from the previous book into the story. Recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Bangert
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Rosalind James, a publishing industry veteran and former marketing executive, is the author of eleven Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense novels, six of which have reached the Top 100 on Amazon. She and her husband live in Berkeley, California with a Labrador Retriever named Charlie (yes, she named a character after her dog, but she swears she didn't realize it until later) and three extremely spoiled, non-egg-laying bantam chickens. Rosalind attributes her surprising success to the fact that "lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!"

Yes, all the books work as stand-alones!

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