This was another wonderful book in this series. Her characters are relatively realistic, which I really like. I particularly love that the guy is a decent, albeit flawed (aren't we all?) human being. Sure they are reasonably strong minded characters with definite opinions, but they don't try and bully and dominate their women like many other "alpha males" do in other books. Her dialogue is excellent, the story has perfect amount of heat and I absolutely love her descriptions of New Zealand and its people. I am also from "down under" (albeit across the ditch in Australia), but much of the lexicon used in the book is common with Australia. I thought it was pitch perfect. I also love the descriptions of the wonderful locations in NZ. Having briefly visited some of these myself, I thought they were spot on (that's Aussie for "correct" :-) ) . Highly recommend for a sweet, romantic read with a HEA, but with just a bit of heat.
Absolutely my favorite series and they are all sensational. This one no exception. Always great stories and mix of old lead characters from previous stories. Always strong family ties and the importance of family. I love Rosalind James stories and she will continue to be my favorite author. My only negative is that I read them too quickly!
Just Say Yes is a great addition to the Escape to New Zealand series with this heartfelt and sexy romance between a retired ballet dancer/ single mother and a sweetheart rugby player with strong family responsibilities. The book is long read but don’t let that put you off as it is so worth it, especially if you are a sports romance lover or love a single parent romance (trust me Zavy will steal your heart!). One thing I will also add is if anyone is apprehensive jumping into a series on book 10, I can assure you that you do not need to have read any other books to follow as each book truly is a standalone read, although obviously it’s nice to see characters from the previous books in the series pop up if you have read their stories (I personally haven’t read all books in this series yet, just 1, 3 & 9).
Chloe and Kevin have an instant attraction despite the difficult and unfortunate circumstances that bring them together. Their relationship is a steadily built up but fit in with their characters perfectly. Chloe, especially, is clearly shown with warring back and forth trying to deal with her emotions after certain things have happened in the past, things that still affect her a lot in the present. Chloe’s son, Zavy, definitely steals the scene whenever in it as he was such a great child character. Kevin’s family were a great addition to the story and I really hope we get to see more of them, especially Noelle and Holly.
Just Say Yes is well written with plenty of tension mixed in with the budding romance. The book is told more from Chloe’s point of view but a good chuck from Kevin’s, allowing the reader to get a good understanding of both characters. I loved the vivid contrast of ballet and rugby but also how alike it is. There was also stunning description that really allows you to visualise the movements of Chloe and to feel her passion and emotion shine through. I’ll be honest and say at an odd time, while the pacing of the book was steady, it felt a tiny bit slow but when put into context on a whole you can see why it was needed to build up the relationships, both between Kevin and Chloe and Kevin and Zavy. Another positive was that the things throughout the book are not entirely predictable, even if generally know something is going to happen, and the issues that are raised are very realistic in terms of you truly believing they could happen (won’t say more to avoid spoilers).
Overall, I would recommend this to romance fans who love a good single parent, sport, or dance theme.