Just for Fun (Escape to New Zealand #4) by Rosalind James
Just for Fun (Escape to New Zealand Book 4)
What if the person who broke your heart turned out to be the only one who could mend it?
Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic's concerned.
They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all. Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.
Just For Fun was a great read. I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous book, Just For Now. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the dialogue, I loved the book. It was just a lot of fun!
Nic and Emma shared one amazing week together 7 years ago, and they haven't seen or spoken to each other since. Nic promised to call, but never did. His rugby career was just getting started and he was young and wanted to party. Emma, on the other hand, did try to contact him a few time once she found out she was pregnant. This is one of those books where he doesn't know about the kid until now, but the author handled that really well. It felt believable and was just a good way of writing this story. Almost by accident Nic finds out about his son and from that moment he wanted to be in his life. He pretty much would do anything to get to know his son now that he knows he exists.
Nic is engaged when he finds out about his son. His fiancee is not very happy about this development. Nic talks to her about starting maintenance payments (child support) and visiting with his son and whatnot, but the fiancee is really not supportive. She doesn't want him to give Emma money, even though Emma is barely getting by. The fiance doesn't want to get to know the kid or really have anything to do with that situation. I don't understand how she could be so distant from it, how she could be so selfish. She ultimately makes Nic choose, her or the kid, and Nic chooses correctly.
When Nic first sees Emma he is reminded of their time together in Fiji. Even though there is still an attraction there, he is faithful to his fiancee. He never even thinks of straying and the whole situation was handled really well. It could have easily taken a wrong turn, or turned into this dramatic mess, but it didn't. Everyone was an adult about what they wanted and handled themselves so nicely it was refreshing to read.
Emma is still attracted to Nic, but she doesn't trust him after he never called or came through for her son before now. She wants to hold off on telling her son that Nic is his dad until he proves that he is not going to just leave again. When his fiancee breaks up with him they slowly start to come together again. Emma is more cautious than she was when she first met him, but then again she has a son to worry about. Nic and Emma were so great together, and everything was handled so well I just loved the story. I loved that in the end there was some drama, but not the normal guy does something stupid or walks away, girl is hurt and crying, then guy realizes his mistake and gets girl back. Once they reconnected in that way they were in it together. Things happened they had to deal with, but they did it together. It was a great read. Loved the story, loved the Kiwi lingo, loved the book. Can't wait to read the next one.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2