Just for Now (Escape to New Zealand #3) by Rosalind James
Just For Now (Escape to New Zealand Book 3)
There's no place like home . . .
For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game.
Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard . . .
Just For Now is the third book on the Escape to New Zealand series. I remember enjoying the first two more than I thought I would so I picked this one up to read. It was alright, I did enjoy the story, but it wasn't as good as I remember the others being.
Jenna moved to New Zealand following her husband. She has lived her a while, but the marriage just didn't work out. She found her husband in bed with someone else so that ended that. She's been floating for a bit and is not really sure what she wants to do with her life now. She is thinking of going back to teaching in the new school year so she is looking for something temporary until then, but something that interests her.
Finn is a rugby player on the famous All Blacks. His wife died a few years ago and so he is left raising his two kids. Because of his rugby commitments and schedule he needs a nanny to care for his kids while he is away. His current nanny has some family issues she needs to deal with so he is looking for a temporary replacement.
When Jenna sees Finn's ad for a nanny she thinks it sounds perfect. She didn't know he was a famous rugby player as she never followed the sport. Finn has been having a hard time finding someone who actually will look after the kids and is not after him for this job so when the two meet it is a rocky start. Jenna had actually met the kids before when out and about with their other nanny, so they end up convincing him to give her a chance. This was definitely not an insta-love story. They start to care for each other gradually and overall I really liked them together. Jenna is very conscious that she is the nanny and doesn't really want to start anything while she is still employed by Finn. I mean how cliche is that, the nanny and the employer. It was fun and I really liked both of them, and the kids. Yes, there is some drama at the end as books apparently seem to need that, and it wasn't really as believable as I would have liked. Or maybe it was just another example of how weak Jenna is, how she just runs from confrontations and never tries to stick things out or believe in herself. Maybe if she would have grown some, become more confident in herself, then you wouldn't have the ending drama that you did. I think I would have liked that more.
The one main issue I had with the book was some of the writing style, especially the conversations. I loved that it is written with the New Zealand speak, the words and phrases that are popular there. I love things like that as they are just different and I love things like that. The issue I had was that at times the conversations were too much like a lecture and not like a conversation. For example there were many times when Jenna was talking to Finn about children and how she is so good with them and how some people don't know how to relate to them and such. Instead of flowing like a normal conversation, like something someone would actually say, it was like a psa, just get out all the info in a fake dialogue setting. Not the best, and didn't happen all the time, but enough that I noticed and it took away from the story for me. It wasn't terrible, I did enjoy the story, but it is not something I will put on my re-read list. We shall see how the next book is.
Rating: ★ ★ ★