Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Just for Now (Escape to New Zealand, #3)” as Want to Read:
Just for Now (Escape to New Zealand, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Excerpt

Just for Now

(Escape to New Zealand #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  4,238 ratings  ·  259 reviews
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 playi ...more
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published August 29th 2012
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Just for Now, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Just for Now

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.10  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,238 ratings  ·  259 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, free
Rugby romance YES YES YES you betcha I grabbed it

Does rugby excite me much, yes it does. The game is invigorating and the men are smoking hot- bonus ! Finn the main character an an All Black, is perfect example. he's tall, hot, smart, lovable, and a family man. Did I mention he's an All Black ? < fans self > Well his family is a bit broken and he needs a nanny for a short while. The nanny he find is a 29 year old teacher who is looking for a simple break from real life to get herself back
(ツ) Hache
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Yeh, nah -that should sum it up

Overall rating: 4 stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
My August Prime Read. Loved it! 4.5*. I loved Emma- strong, with a sweet personality (rare to have both!). Finn, another Rugby player-one of the older players on the "All Blacks" New Zealand national team. He's a widower with a son Harry and a daughter Sophia. Emma is the nanny and Finn appreciates Emma's great qualities--that have been ignored up until now (need I say more?)
The kids don't get in the way of the story-as far as being too unrealistic or too devilish- in fact, they are my favorite
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas, read-2015
I loved it. I loved the kids with Jenna. I loved how things between Jenna and Finn developed slowly. And I really liked the little surprise at the end of the book. Will try the salmon soon.
Meh. Ultra Mary Sue MC and the romance was boring.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, romance
Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Fourth reread and first listen. Finn is my favorite All Black save for Drew! These audiobooks are the best, they even had Maori songs.


A sweet romantic tale by Ms. James. This one doesn't have as much Maori culture as the previous novels but I still enjoyed it.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Just a quick review.

Very solid romance between a divorcee trying to reinvent herself and a widower with two very credible children as characters.

There are no overwhelming tropes to make you pull your hair out, but it's a developing romance between two people who respect each other. I know, sounds boring. It's not.

One essential character in the book that really stands out is New Zealand. The writer does such an excellent job with the setting and the colloquial jargon, it's charming. In fact, I wa
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book started out so promising, but it went on for way, way too long considering all of the scenes were essentially the same. Also, none of the characters' ages worked for me. The children were written much older than the 7 and 4 they are declared, and Jenna read much younger than 30 - extreme naivete in modern heroines is one of my least favorite tropes, especially when that woman has been married and didn't grow up in a crazy religious household. There was also a lot of time spent on flash ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
For me this book can be summarised in two quotes

You're sexy as hell, you love kids, you can cook… what more is there?


I'm still mad. I can't help it. Because I wasted all those years. I wanted kids. That's what I've wanted most in my life. The one thing. It doesn't seem like too much to want, doesn't it? And now I'm thirty.

I can't even bother with the rest 😐
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not really sure how I felt about this book. Being that it's located in Auckland, I gave it a bit of leeway due to the differences in language... until I realized that the h was supposed to be American. Sure, she lived there for the past 7 years, but, it just seemed awkward at times. The author should have either made the h from the area, or had her use more of the American slang.

I learned a lot about rugby, maybe a little too much, which brings me to what I didn't like about the book the mos
Kiri Fiona
4 Stars…

It's like All Black fan-fic! Of course I'm in!

What I loved:

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
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
I have really enjoyed the Rosalind James series Escape to New Zealand. There are 5 books in all, and each one tells a unique story of a relationship blossoming from first introduction on. The first book is Hannah and Drew’s story. It is arguably the slowest of the 5, providing the New Zealand setting and the Rugby football instruction. While the slowest of the 5, it is in no ways a negative on the book itself. In book one, Hard working Hanna meets hard working Drew, and together they learn that ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 Stars.

A transplanted American starting her life over, a professional rugby player who wants to be loved for himself and two precious children are the main characters in Rosalind James contemporary romance, Just for Now. The third book in the Escape to New Zealand series, I found myself able to enjoy this book on it's own. With likable characters, good dialogue and
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another winner!! This New Zealand based series is very, very good. This is the 3rd book in the series for me. This one concerns Finn, a major rugby player, and Jenna McKnight. She's had a difficult childhood and then a marriage gone awry, through no fault of hers. She and Finn are both very believable characters as are the others in the novel. Once again there are occasional references to the other rugby players I met in books 1 & 2. I'm looking forward to the next one that I've already purc ...more
Tracy Kellies
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the Maori and how this series is teaching me more about their culture. Let's not forget about the drool-worthy Maori men. The storyline did leave me confused a bit because it seemed like the author was leaving out information, but that could also be due to the fact that I haven't read the first or second book yet...
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Loved this one. Good story and you real,y got to know each of the characters, one by one. This book reminds you that you can find love again after heartbreak. My idea of who Finn is...Google: Richie McCaw. He is the captain of the All Blacks Team (in real life). Exactly what I pictured Finn would look like!
Jennifer Dale
I really wanted to drop the book to 2 stars but overall it was a 3 star book.
Why 2 star? The book style was written like i was watching a sitcom from "The Leave it To Beaver." Yes mam, No mam, riding on a pretty basic line. Just a tad of low key drama.
It was almost like everyone was to perfect and to accommodating and down right to understanding.
Towards the end, the "expected" drama did occur but actions seemed to be a little over the top considering how everyone was the rest of the story.

Good r
I really liked this one and a big part of it was due to Jenna. I loved how level headed she was, how she managed to put Finn in his place when he needed it at the start and how great she was with the kids. Much of what happened was predictable, yet I didn't care. I was happy to be along for the ride to see how Jenna, Finn and the kids would react. I loved how this one ended, was happy to see that everyone got what they wanted.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Mature nanny romance - 3*

In this entry to the series our woman is still American but she is also a permanent resident of NZ having lived there for 7 or 8 years. She is also getting a divorce and needs a short term job. She ends up being the nanny for 2 small kids whose father is, of course, an All Black and a widower. With the exception of her age and the NZ locale this is pretty standard nanny tale.
KB Wayne
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just adored this book, my favorite in the Escape to New Zealand series because of the wonderful lead characters, Jenna and Finn.

The characters, Jenna, a nanny, Finn, her rugby-playing employer, and Sophie and Harry, Finn's two children and Jenna's charges, all read as real, with real affection, real flaws, real issues, real joy, real sadness, and real love.

Jenna is an American who'd moved to NZ many years before with her then-boyfriend / later husband / soon-to-be ex-husband (he cheated on her
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I love New Zealand!
Elizabeth "Liza"
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rate is 3.5 stars. Find the original review at Reading with ABC

Just for Now is a fun, steamy read.

What I liked most about the book where its characters. Jenna is separated from her husband (apparently in New Zealand the couple has to separate and wait two years before getting a divorce) because of something that happened with her ex (don’t want to spoil it for you). She has undergone both a spiritual and a physical change due to this. Jenna is very loving, a great teacher, has the patience of a
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, kindle
I got the first two books in this series for free, Just This Once and Just Good Friends which I really enjoyed so I bought this one to see if the rest of the series is as good. I prefer the first two books to this one that has a nanny adopts the family as her own plot line.
Jenna McKnight is still getting divorced when she takes the nanny job for Rugby star Finn Douglas's two cute children. We find outselves in a beautiful Auckland villa with a sexy buff rugby widower so I can't blame Jenna for h
Erin Lewis
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.0 Star Review of Just For Now (Escape to New Zealand #3) by Rosalind James

Single dad and senior rugby player for the All Blacks, Finn Douglas needs a temporary nanny in a hurry and after seeing the advertisement, Jenna McKnight applies. This is rugby romance New Zealand style.

Initially the sparks fly, with both concluding that they cannot work together. But what they don’t count on is the hand of fate, in particular Sophie and Harry.

I really enjoyed these two as individuals and eventually as a
jenna is walking her friend's dog when she runs into some children and their nanny a couple of times. when she applies for a summer job as a nanny, she sees the children again. she also sees their father, who thinks that she is after him because she knows that he is a famous rugby player. jenna, however, doesn't know finn from a face in the crowd. once that misunderstanding is fixed, jenna settles in as the live-in nanny. she just needs a job until school starts up again and she can get
Adriane Marshall
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought I was in love with Rosalind James before, but this book pretty much cemented that love. I completely adore the believability of the characters that James creates. I also love the relationships between said characters. You truly feel like you are part of the family and pulled into the family and not just a reader reading about this group of people thrown together.

James also weaves in a a great sense of humor. I first read Just for Now a few months ago and purchased all the others in the
Amy Elizabeth
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
While the overall story was enjoyable, I'm not sure if I really "connected" to the couple. Something seemed missing from their romance. The ending got a little melodramatic and almost felt redundant, like I'd read a hundred versions of the same story before. Loved all the Kiwi stuff, though, and the kids were adorable.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Romance Readers R...: This topic has been closed to new comments. AC: Rosalind James of Just for Now (Nov 14-15) 40 80 Nov 19, 2012 06:34AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Maiden's Veil
  • Shift (Hearts and Arrows, #2)
  • Playing It Close (London Legends, #2)
  • Edge of the Past (Edge, #2)
  • Bigger Than Beckham (Philadelphia Patriots, #3)
  • Abraham's Men (Birch Harbor, #2)
  • All of You (All of Me, #2)
  • Single, Available, and Completely Attached
  • Running Barefoot
  • Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles #1)
  • Winter's Scars: The Forsaken (Winter's Saga, #5)
  • Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Saga, # 1)
  • The Gingerbread House
  • Rushing Amy (Love and Football, #2)
  • Sky Blue  (Ruby Blue, #3)
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • High Stakes (Nashville Nights Next Generation #1)
  • Blessed Fate (Blessed Tragedy, #2)
See similar books…
Rosalind James writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense published both by Montlake Romance and independently. Her stories are set in New Zealand, Idaho, California, New York . . . really, anyplace that seems cool. (Research trips, especially those involving lots of rugby, are a bonus.) Her books are available in ebook, paperback, and audio formats. Rosalind is a former marketing executive ...more

Other books in the series

Escape to New Zealand (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Just This Once (Escape to New Zealand, #1)
  • Just Good Friends (Escape to New Zealand, #2)
  • Just for Fun (Escape to New Zealand, #4)
  • Just My Luck (Escape to New Zealand, #5)
  • Just Not Mine (Escape to New Zealand, #6)
  • Just Once More (Escape to New Zealand, #7)
  • Just in Time (Escape to New Zealand, #8)
  • Just Stop Me (Escape to New Zealand #9)
  • Just Say Yes (Escape to New Zealand, #10)
  • Just Say (Hell) No (Escape to New Zealand #11)
“In vino veritas.” 1 likes
“QUINOA SALAD 6-8 servings (recipe can be doubled. Makes a great workday lunch over arugula and/or spinach—protein, vegetables, vitamins, fiber, AND low-calorie!) 1 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed very well and drained (the soapy substance tastes bitter if you don’t rinse it off) Vegetable or chicken broth, if desired 1/2 c. chopped green onions, white and pale green parts only (about 2 bunches) ¾ c. chopped fresh parsley 3-4 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint, to taste (optional) 1 clove minced garlic 1 c. grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in halves or quarters ½ cucumber, chopped ½ cup diced red or yellow pepper 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (optional) ½ tsp. salt, or to taste (less if you are cooking quinoa in a salted broth) ¼ tsp. pepper, or to taste 3-4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 3-4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons) Cook the quinoa as directed on package—normally about 15 minutes. If it is well rinsed, use about 1-3/4 cups water, or vegetable or chicken broth, for 1 cup of quinoa. It is done when the quinoa sprouts little curly “tails.” If all liquid is not absorbed, strain it to remove the liquid. Chill the cooked quinoa if possible; add vegetables and herbs (and beans, if using). Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper in a bowl with a fork until well blended. Add to salad and mix thoroughly. Taste & correct salt & pepper. Chill salad if possible; the flavors will blend as it sits. Other vegetable/herb choices: carrots, zucchini, cilantro (instead of mint).” 0 likes
More quotes…