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Just Not Mine

(Escape to New Zealand #6)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,566 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Destiny can sneak up on you. Or it can smack you in the face.

Hugh Latimer’s coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour . . . and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he’s driving the carpool to ballet—or forgetting it’s his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published June 5th 2014 (first published February 12th 2014)
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My favorite Escape to New Zealand book! I've read them all & in order. I think that this one could be read as a standalone. There are a few characters from previous books, but very easy to follow if you read just this one. This book has the least amount of rugby in it. Hugh, the H is injured early in the story, so the entire book is told off the rugby "paddock" (field-NZ slang, lol). Hugh has some flaws and admits to them! I liked that. He complains quite a bit and does realize that also. He ...more
A very touching romance with the hero and the heroine really grow into each other. Each have full developed lives that either need changing or have been changed. The love story come in this moment of their lives and is all the richer for it.

The very humanness of the romance is captivating along with the rugby, fame, New Zealand, Kiwi's Soaps, and a look into Maori life.

Even if you haven't read the series so far you should really like it.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hugh is a rugby player with the All Blacks of New Zealand. Josie is a soap star of Maori descent. They both look great from the outside, but both are dealing with sorrows and obstacles in their private lives.

Hugh's father and step-mother died in a car accident, leaving him with two much younger half-siblings. He's had to change teams and his entire life to try to help care for them. Then his paternal aunt informs him that she's going back to England and he'll have to deal with them on his own,
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
So much fun to return to Rosalind James' romantic New Zealand and her cadre of dedicated rugby players!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been my favorite book so far.
The billboard incident is hilarious . This is also the first book I have read where the heroine is a TV Soap actress.
Nicely done
Mary Ann
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read (and loved) this book when it first came out, and I just finished listening to the audiobook. Each of the Escape to New Zealand books becomes my favorite as I read it. But this one may remain in the top spot for a while to come. The narrator, Claire Bocking, just keeps getting better, in my opinion, and I marvel at how well she defines each character. I think I laughed and cried more listening to this book, especially in the final chapters, than any other. Ever. Go Josie and Hugh.

We get
Colleen Mcbrearty
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love the whole series, but this might be my favorite so far! With the first couple books I felt like something was missing, not so with this one. Don't know if my own tastes have changed over time or Rosalind's writing is evolving, but either way I'm loving it!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, romance, audio-book
This one definitely was a slow burn and it needed to be. Both Hugh and Josie had issues to work through and Josie was sort of with someone else at the start. I loved that Hugh was smitten with Josie at the start and how once Josie let her know she had a partner how disappointed he was. As neighbors though Hugh made sure was around to help and had the kids with him, which helped hide his feelings. But once Josie's partner was out of the picture Hugh didn't let grass grow under his feet, but he ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
best of the series so far (but still nothing special) - 3*

Finally we have a couple where both are from NZ. Josie is an beautiful actress on a daily soap who moves next door to Hugh. He is an All Black but he is injured. So there is not as much rugby as in the other books. He is looking after his half siblings as his father and step-mother have died in a car accident. Josie helps him out a bit. I liked seeing them both just being normal people and not a lot of crazy drama other than that brought
This was so sweet. I really fell in love with Hugh. He may not have seen it but he was doing a great job with those kids. It's not easy to do what he did at his age. I loved the interaction between the kids and Hugh and Josie the best and they really made the story for me. But man, that ending had my bawling like a baby. It was like a calming balm to the soul.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, on-kindle, romance
My favorite so far in a series I adore! Hugh is plain brilliant. Amelia was a bit trying, but Charlie...ah Charlie! Just wanted to give him lots of cuddles!! I loved Josie too. Yep, great read!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
It was OK. Not the best out of this series for me.
Michelle Formica Holden
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the Audio book of this! WOW it was amazing Claire Bocking did an amazing job,with all charters. She brought the book to life! I felt like I was listening to a friend spill. WOUNDERFUL job!

I have found that this book in the series was one of my favorite. I found that the book was very realistic dealing with the hurdles in the book.

It was a very fresh,realistic,once you got started,I did not want to put it down. I loved how the soap opera story line was placed in the book because
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fun book about a NZ hot rugby player falling in love.

Josie is an actress on a local soap opera and her boyfriend is an actor who's in Aussie making a film. Hugh lives next door with his Aunt Cora and his much younger brother and sister who lost their parents in a drunk driving accident. After 18 month of this arrangement Aunt Cora decides that she needs to go back to the UK saddling Hugh with the full responsibility while he's injured and not playing.

This one was a little slow out of the
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love this entire series by Rosalind James (I like al books I've so far read by Ms James, in fact). Firstly - imagine a big strong All Black falling for you? Who wouldn't like that? Secondly, Ms James's time in Australia and NZ was obviously well spent because she has captured the vernacular and turn of phrase so well, even more so that she's managed to convey the way us Aussies and Kiwis speak, on paper, and in a non-annoying way!

I was very glad that this book moved away from having an
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful installment to a wonderful series

Another wonderful installment to a wonderful series

I love Rosalind James Escape to New Zealand series. This book is another wonderful installment to a equally wonderful series. I didn't know much about New Zealand or Rugby before reading these books, but I have really enjoyed learning. The characters are fresh and honest every time and the story lines are interesting and suck you in. You will hopefully love this book as much as I do, as well as
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars here. In the end however, I went with 4 because I really appreciate that, as is the standard for this series, this is a story about flawed people in a realistic, adult relationship. Their circumstances are not perfect but they deal with them as best they can. These are characters I can care about. Especially Charlie. He was a sweetheart!
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
I love this series. Sweet and steamy romance.
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Another excellent story in Rosalind James’s Escape to New Zealand series, Just Not Mine is about rugby player Hugh Latimer and his new life as guardian of his half-sister and brother.

This story was a bit different than the other books in this series in that the relationship between the hero and heroine was very slow moving, and also sort of took a backseat to the kids in the story. Which was actually okay - twelve year-old Amelia was precocious and entertaining with all her warnings about what
Hugh Latimer is stepping up for his step-brother and step-sister. After the death of his father and step-mother he has moved home and teams to give them some stability. But after he breaks his hand AND his aunt Cora decides to spend three months in the UK with her boyfriend he finds out what stepping up really entails.

Josie Pae Ata is an actress who plays the bitchy villain on a medical soap opera, her boyfriend is also an actor and is currently in Australia shooting a film. Josie has bought the
I'm really enjoying this series! Hugh Latimer switched from the Hurricanes to the Blues to be near his half brother and sister after their parents died. His Aunt Cora has been living with them and taking care of the kids, and Hugh has continued his life playing rugby for the Blue and the All Blacks. Until he breaks his hand. And then Cora announces she's taking an extended trip back to the UK (where she's from) to pursue a romance - since Hugh's home he can take care of Amelia and Charlie! Josie ...more
Lady Lioness
Definitely a different take on a famous person romance than I'm familiar with. Having the heroine's sexuality (not to be confused with her sexual preference or sexual history) be such a huge part of why she's famous is thought-provoking. It's something the hero has to come to terms with and given the prevalence of #MeToo in the media, it makes me consider the compromises women have to make. Since Just Not Mine was published in 2014, it speaks to how long this has been a problem within the ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome read. This series is so good. If you're looking for feel-good books, with not too much crazy drama and some spice...these are for you. The characters are well developed, the story moves along at a steady pace. Josie and Hugh's story was a treat to read because I came across them (and the series) when I read book 11: Just Say (Hell) No and couldn't start reading (listening) to the series on Audible (Romance package...shameless plug here). I was happy to know their way to happiness ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Third one - yes I’m reading out of order!

This is another great book in this series. Now I’ve read 11, 1 and this one. I’m all over the place. The first of the series was just “okay” and had its sweet moments but I tend to prefer this style...lots of chemistry and so much about their characters. I’ve loved the family issues and the way the main characters step up to be there for each other and their families.
Lauren Clarke
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind James does a great job of writing a family--both the children and the older generation. This book, like the others in the series, shows the characters growing up even as they grow together--losing things from their younger years that hold them back and gaining so much in the process. Hugh was a fun character and his interactions with his sister and brother were some of my favorite scenes in the book.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life happens

This is truly a story of life. Rosalind James shares her characters loved with us in such a way that you become truly invested.
I always enjoy and admire the descriptive prose of this Author. I may never get the chance to visit En Zed in life but I certainly feel like I know it.
High and Josie find life together through the twists and turns.
Cetta DePaolo
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there anything better than these En Zed romances?? I think not!! Loved, loved, loved this one - as much or more than Finn and Jenna’s story. These characters seem so real, their voices so authentic, and the romance is just enough to make you swoon a little without being too overdone. Can’t wait to read the next one.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, contemporary
I loved Hugh! Josie was pretty good too, but it was Hugh and his kids that I fell in love with. I'm finding that the books in this series that include kids are my favorite. James does a really great job creating thoughtful, caring leading men who also feel authentic and not like a woman is writing the characters.
Julie D'Aubigny
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. I usually purchase the audible edition so I can listen to all those delicious New Zealand accents. Listened to this on a long drive home from Kansas to West Virginia. Laughed out-loud, teared up and squirmed in my seat a little :) thoroughly wnjoyable
Carly Kirk
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku-2017
Another solid romance in a series that's really making me want to visit New Zealand! Definitely enjoyed this one more than the fifth in the series. I liked the main characters, Josie and Hugh, a lot - their romance was hot and they were both great likable people. Looking forward to the next one....
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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

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