{Review+G!veaway} Just This Once by Rosalind James

October 20, 2012 Reviews 5

Welcome to my stop on the Just This Once, an adult contemporary romance, blog tour.  Check out my review of the book and a really cool giveaway 🙂 


Thank you so much for the birthday wishes everyone! I went out to dinner with some friends and we had a great time. It was very nice. 


284 Pages
Published: August 30, 2012 
Age Group: Adult 
Source: Author
Buy this Book: Amazon

Summary: 

Everyone 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. . .

Drew Callahan is happy to help Hannah find all the fun she’s been missing. But as much as he’s shared with her, he’s 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?


Just This Once is such a realistic love story. Of course, when I say realistic I don’t mean that if you take a Vacation to New Zealand you are sure to walk away with a perfect and famous rugby player, but Drew and Hannah were such real characters and the things they go through in the book are things that struck such a chord within me. I loved the natural progression of the story and it just made me happy. I felt happy watching Drew and Hannah fall for each other, and figure out a way if they could make it work.

I love Hannah, and I see so much of myself in her, but oh my gosh is she stubborn. She won’t let anyone help her. I understand that she thinks she needs to be strong, I feel like I am like that too, and I also understand that opening yourself up to someone is a risk. But she took it so far. She wouldn’t let anyone in. She had to grow up way too early and that was a big part of why she is the way she is but still she had Drew- possibly one of the most caring and giving guys EVER! And no matter what he was always trying to prove himself to her. She is lucky that he is just as stubborn as her because the average guy would have given up.

But Drew is pretty perfect. He likes to say that he is a simple guy. That he likes fishing and rugby and relaxing at home. But I wouldn’t describe him as simple. I would describe him as the perfect guy. He loves to just relax and hang out, but he is such a good listener and you can tell that he really cares about everyone in his life. I wish more guys like him were out there. (preferably in florida lol) I do wish a little bit more happened with his “womanizing past”. There were references to his past but as soon as he saw Hannah he never so much as looked at another woman so it was hard for me to imagine him just sleeping around. I would have liked to see his past worked into the story a little more.

Just This Once makes me want to book a trip to New Zealand right now! The description of the country and the togetherness of the community make it sound incredible. It sounds beautiful, and Rosalind James just put New Zealand on my travel list. Beautiful writing and a beautiful romance made me fall in love with Just This Once. It is a book that I would recommend whole heartedly to fans of contemporary romances. 

4.5/5 gavels

Author Bio:
Rosalind James is the author of three romance/women’s fiction novels in the “Escape to New Zealand” series, and is hard at work now on the fourth book. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, she 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.
Rosalind self-published the first three books in the “Escape to New Zealand” on August 31, 2012, and offered the first book, “Just This Once,” as a free download through Amazon’s Kindle Select program on September 7. The book was downloaded over 14,500 times in three days, reaching #2 in Women’s Contemporary Fiction, #7 in all Romance, and #23 among all free Kindle books. Within four days of the promotion, James had sold over 800 books, and “Just This Once” had reached #82 in Women’s Contemporary Fiction in the Amazon store. James credits the book’s overnight success to the fact that “everyone would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”


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5 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Just This Once by Rosalind James”

  1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    What a great giveaway and a good romance sounds just right for this rainy cold weather, .thanks for sharing with me today, Michelle! I don’t know much about New Zealand so That appeals to me 🙂

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