It's like All Black fan-fic! Of course I'm in!
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 ...
- There was a lot to love in this book. The cute kids (especially Harry with his wombat bottom line), Jenna embracing her domestic-goddess-ness, the twist in the cheating husband plot device, and the way Jenna is rebuilding a life of her own.
- Having said that, I have been in the mood for homegrown romance stories lately, so the fact that this was based right here in NZ, and had the world's greatest ever rugby team as a focal point.
Of course I had to get this book in my hot little hands ASAP.
- The writing was good, and considering that Ms James isn't a kiwi, I think her use of kiwi terminology, geography (I read that she lived in NZ for a while) and rugby knowledge was enjoyable.
- There were parts that moved quite slow for me, but the story would pick up in a few pages so it wasn't like I had to resort to skimming. It was a really minor point.
- The wheels really fell off at around 80%. With a fairly obvious romance plot device, the heroine went from being a nice, nurturing lady into a deceitful, laughably naive idiot. Asking the hero's sister to lie to her own brother was a dick move. Expecting him not to notice a certain something because she turned the lights off? Dumb. Dumbdumbdumbdumbdumb. I couldn't get on board with her after that. Also, I think with the aforementioned plot device, you never get to see if a romance could have held up on it's own. Considering how much care was taken in building a steady foundation, I think the ending was crazy rushed.
An enjoyable read that gave me butterflies and made me laugh early on, but went a bit pear shaped in the end. I'd still really like to read more from this series, while I'm riding high on my kiwi romance wave.