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Sometimes you have to run away to find yourself. Lots of young women dream of being a princess. Nina Jones isn't one of them. After escaping from her palace/prison in the back of a gardener's van, she ends up in a beach cottage on New Zealand's South Island. She's meant to be looking after a cantankerous widower. Too bad she doesn't know how to boil an egg. Iain McCormick ma Sometimes you have to run away to find yourself. Lots of young women dream of being a princess. Nina Jones isn't one of them. After escaping from her palace/prison in the back of a gardener's van, she ends up in a beach cottage on New Zealand's South Island. She's meant to be looking after a cantankerous widower. Too bad she doesn't know how to boil an egg. Iain McCormick may be an All Black, a member of New Zealand's elite rugby team, and a bona fide celebrity. During the offseason, though, he's meant to be a regular Kiwi bloke. A good son, a good neighbor, and a good citizen. But civility comes harder when you've been dumped at the altar. He doesn't need anybody he has to look out for. He definitely doesn't need to fall in love. Yeah, right.


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Sometimes you have to run away to find yourself. Lots of young women dream of being a princess. Nina Jones isn't one of them. After escaping from her palace/prison in the back of a gardener's van, she ends up in a beach cottage on New Zealand's South Island. She's meant to be looking after a cantankerous widower. Too bad she doesn't know how to boil an egg. Iain McCormick ma Sometimes you have to run away to find yourself. Lots of young women dream of being a princess. Nina Jones isn't one of them. After escaping from her palace/prison in the back of a gardener's van, she ends up in a beach cottage on New Zealand's South Island. She's meant to be looking after a cantankerous widower. Too bad she doesn't know how to boil an egg. Iain McCormick may be an All Black, a member of New Zealand's elite rugby team, and a bona fide celebrity. During the offseason, though, he's meant to be a regular Kiwi bloke. A good son, a good neighbor, and a good citizen. But civility comes harder when you've been dumped at the altar. He doesn't need anybody he has to look out for. He definitely doesn't need to fall in love. Yeah, right.

30 review for Just Stop Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacky

    Another winner from Rosalind James. This was mainly Iain and Nina's story, but it also managed to include different generations. There was a secondary storyline with Iain's parents, Carmella and Graeme, not to mention his grandfather Arthur. This book was about finding yourself, opening up to love, learning to make decisions and trust the ones you make. It is also about communication and learning how to express your love while allowing someone their individuality. You get all of these lessons that Another winner from Rosalind James. This was mainly Iain and Nina's story, but it also managed to include different generations. There was a secondary storyline with Iain's parents, Carmella and Graeme, not to mention his grandfather Arthur. This book was about finding yourself, opening up to love, learning to make decisions and trust the ones you make. It is also about communication and learning how to express your love while allowing someone their individuality. You get all of these lessons that are so thoroughly wound into the story, it doesn't hit you until you are done with the book. I loved the fact that there was no instalove between Iain and Nina. Nina had a quick wit and was slightly sarcastic. Her relationship with Iain's grandfather, Arthur was really sweet. There was tension and suspense that began in the first pages, and carried through until the end. Never fear, the romance and steamy bits are all there. You get that NZ feeling that Rosalind James weaves in all of her Rugby Romance books. I would definitely recommend this very engaging read. I do have my favorites from this writer, but, I can truthfully say that I love all of her books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I cried like crazy all through this book. Just like Just In Time, there's a second love story in the book, which made it awesome. We've got all these nice American girls with the occasional Kiwi (Josie) and the young All Blacks - this time, with Iain's parents, was really nice. The story of them rekindling their marriage was beautiful and sweet, sort of like The Notebook. It's longer than the normal Rosalind book, so be ready to read for several hours! I cried like crazy all through this book. Just like Just In Time, there's a second love story in the book, which made it awesome. We've got all these nice American girls with the occasional Kiwi (Josie) and the young All Blacks - this time, with Iain's parents, was really nice. The story of them rekindling their marriage was beautiful and sweet, sort of like The Notebook. It's longer than the normal Rosalind book, so be ready to read for several hours!

  3. 5 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    I had a lot of trouble getting into this book because I really hate the fake royalty theme. I was restless at first. However, I went back after reading James' Just Say Yes which is a 5 star read for me and really loved this one. I will say it is a tear jerker in the secondary romance of the heroes parents and the grief of his grandfather. I loved this part of the book. The hero is messed up from his wedding that didn't happen and the heroine is messed up from being controlled by all the people in I had a lot of trouble getting into this book because I really hate the fake royalty theme. I was restless at first. However, I went back after reading James' Just Say Yes which is a 5 star read for me and really loved this one. I will say it is a tear jerker in the secondary romance of the heroes parents and the grief of his grandfather. I loved this part of the book. The hero is messed up from his wedding that didn't happen and the heroine is messed up from being controlled by all the people in her life. It is a lovely book of healing and sexy too. The hero and heroine both really grow and it is wonderful to see. The heroine could have revealed her secret a bit earlier and there is another something that doesn't get followed up on that happens to her but overall this is a very good romance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    At first glance, I wouldn't have picked this up on the cover alone, it doesn't inspire me. However, don't let put you off. This book built and built into something I got totally invested in. Just Stop Me ticked a whole lot of boxes on the blurb, New Zealand (unusual book location), a sports element and a runaway bride. The pace for the first half was a little fast, slow, fast, slow but I found myself engaged and wanting to know where it was going. The characters were intriguing and I came to lov At first glance, I wouldn't have picked this up on the cover alone, it doesn't inspire me. However, don't let put you off. This book built and built into something I got totally invested in. Just Stop Me ticked a whole lot of boxes on the blurb, New Zealand (unusual book location), a sports element and a runaway bride. The pace for the first half was a little fast, slow, fast, slow but I found myself engaged and wanting to know where it was going. The characters were intriguing and I came to love the beast that was Ian. Nina was vulnerable with spark that begun to emerge. The heat was spot-on. The narration was wholly enjoyable. I liked the narrator's American accent and this book called for Australian and New Zealand accents too, all of which I've had experience of hearing previously. I enjoyed the accents but I can't attest to whether natives would agree. All in all a good listen from a new to me author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    So I skipped over this years ago when this came out cause I thought it was a prince/princess romance and hard nope out of there. I cannot get into those types of romances. I mean I know Meghan is now a Duchess (and Princess) but I still think it's too much when I read romances. I know, I know, I am such a kill-joy. Honestly though the romance between Nina and Iain was great. I liked how it started off (super suspicious) with her working her way through Iain's grandfather's heart and then his. An So I skipped over this years ago when this came out cause I thought it was a prince/princess romance and hard nope out of there. I cannot get into those types of romances. I mean I know Meghan is now a Duchess (and Princess) but I still think it's too much when I read romances. I know, I know, I am such a kill-joy. Honestly though the romance between Nina and Iain was great. I liked how it started off (super suspicious) with her working her way through Iain's grandfather's heart and then his. And then they both realize they are falling for each other. A great romance, but I think that James started incorporating romantic suspense elements in this one that didn't always work. "Just Stop Me" has fashion model Nina Jones on the run. Nina is engaged a prince, but realizes days before her wedding, he and the royal life is not what she's looking for. When she tries to object to getting married to her fiance, he refuses to allow her time to wait to think on the marriage. Nina escapes though and ends up in New Zealand. Arriving there, she gets taken in by Iain McMormick's mother who thinks she would be a good caretaker for her father/his grandfather. Iain though is suspicious of Nina and is still reeling from an upset he had months earlier (no spoilers). I really loved Nina's backstory. It takes a while to get there though, but you realize she's been in the public spotlight for years and she's had little say of her personal or professional life. Running off to New Zealand leaves her feeling free and brave. Iain made me feel so sorry for him (no spoilers). It also doesn't help that he realizes something is going on with his parents. Three cheers for James for showing an older couple finding their way back to each other! Yes, older people need and love too. The rugby aspect in this one is pushed back though a lot until we get to maybe the 50 percent mark. I can't even recall right now. But for the first half is just Nina and Iain together at his parents/grandparents place. The writing is typical James, we get some red hot love scenes that had me sighing with pleasure while flying. The guy next to me was trying to be nosy, but I lifted my Kindle away from his nosy self. This was also a great update on previous characters. One of the reasons why this series is that James revisits older characters, it's great to see how those people's Happily Ever Afters are working out. Though I notice she stays away from Alison and Toro though (I don't think any readers liked them much). The ending hits more on the romantic suspense elements which I didn't really think worked much. In fact that is what didn't work for me. I loved Nina asserting her independence, but the evil prince thing was too much Disney prince nonsense for me to really care about while reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Rosalind James’ books are always a must-read for me. In this latest entry in her series about rugby players on New Zealand’s famed All Blacks team, we meet Iain, a large, quiet man just out for a week’s visit with his family on South Island. But his mother, a woman prone to collecting needy strays, brings with her a waiflike woman named Nina who seems to be hiding running away from something. What she is running from is a marriage with a prince of a small European country. Think Monaco. In fact Rosalind James’ books are always a must-read for me. In this latest entry in her series about rugby players on New Zealand’s famed All Blacks team, we meet Iain, a large, quiet man just out for a week’s visit with his family on South Island. But his mother, a woman prone to collecting needy strays, brings with her a waiflike woman named Nina who seems to be hiding running away from something. What she is running from is a marriage with a prince of a small European country. Think Monaco. In fact the rumors about Princess Charlene trying to flee her marriage to Prince Albert of Monaco might have been an inspiration for this plot, although the arrogant prince of James’ novel doesn’t seem to share much with Prince Albert. Disguised in boy’s clothes with her hair dyed yellowish and cut poorly, Nina doesn’t resemble her actual identity as a supermodel who models lingerie for a Victoria’s Secret sort of catalog. And that’s just fine with her. She is seeking time away to come to grips with who she really is and what she wants to do with her life. Helping out Iain’s elderly grandfather, a grumpy, but sage widower seems like a good way to hide out and get her bearings. Of course, she and Iain gradually become friends and a romance between them ensues. What I always like about James’ novels is that she shows us instead of tells us how the H and h start to fall in love. They have real conversations during which I can imagine an actual couple overcoming their original mutual dislike and starting to be attracted to each other’s personalities. Too many writers simply tell the reader that a couple talked and found out what they had in common and then fell in love. Or they just feel powerful sexual chemistry and that’s about all their relationship is based on. In James’ novels, the couples actually get to know each other so that a romance can grow between them. There are actually three stages of romance in the novel: Iain and Nina represent the beginning of romance. Iain’s parents are having a tough time of it and they represent the problems of continuing romance over several decades. And Iain’s grandfather is having to come to terms with the end of his lifetime love for his wife who has recently passed away. The overlapping of these three stories is a sweet commentary on the different stages of true love. Setting is very important in the New Zealand novels. I always end up wishing that I could travel there and see some of the places she describes. And I always finish a novel becoming more interested in rugby than i ever imagined. Iain is lovely man. He is so big and strong and determined to protect Nina. She wants to be strong and feels that she has never really had the strength to be the woman she was meant to be as she’s followed her mother’s agenda ever since she started modeling at age four. I would have liked her to be strong enough to rescue herself; Iain ends up having to rescue her several times in the book and although she demonstrates strength finally as she makes choices about her life, she still needs Iain to rescue her one more time. The whole reverse Roman Holiday sort of plot set-up is rather unbelievable and there’s a bit of a dark suspense plot that was less interesting to me than the developing relationship between Iain and Nina, but that’s just a small quibble. I still devoured the book in one sitting and I’m looking forward to re-reading it at some point. I highly recommend this book and if you haven’t read any of the other books in her Escape to New Zealand series, you’re in for a real treat. You don’t need to have read them to enjoy this book, but they’re well worth your time. I didn’t read them in order and I’ve enjoyed rereading some of them since I first read them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    Nina is a runaway princess bride. She was engaged to marry the prince of little known European country but ends up getting cold feet at the last minute due to things that she honestly should have considered well before her wedding day. She makes her way to New Zealand and becomes the caretaker of a cantankerous older gentleman who just happens to be the grandfather of our hero, a rugby player named Iain. Iain thinks her a bit flighty at first, no pun intended, but comes to understand she is runni Nina is a runaway princess bride. She was engaged to marry the prince of little known European country but ends up getting cold feet at the last minute due to things that she honestly should have considered well before her wedding day. She makes her way to New Zealand and becomes the caretaker of a cantankerous older gentleman who just happens to be the grandfather of our hero, a rugby player named Iain. Iain thinks her a bit flighty at first, no pun intended, but comes to understand she is running away from something. In the course of letting her hide out with Grandpop, he begins to fall for her, ugly hairdo and all. This is a DNF for me at 68%. Nina was a child model who let her mother make all her decisions for her, even her engagement to the prince, well into her adulthood. When she finally decides to take her life into her own hands, she waits until literally the last minute before her wedding to the royal and hides out in a small town in New Zealand under an assumed name. This could have gone either way but the author portrays Nina as a woman who suddenly becomes obsessed (and I don't use that term lightly) with "being in control" of virtually everything that happens to her or around her. The poor hero Iain is just the schmuck who gets taken along for the ride. It's one thing to want to make important decisions for yourself, but another to refuse to let anyone help you, even when it's patently obvious you need it. I will also add that at the 68% mark, it was already an overlong book and I was becoming bored with it. Long is great if something is happening, not so much when it's filled with pages and pages of inner reflection. I think I'm done with the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    THIS CAN BE A STANDALONE. Yes, that must be said. Don't let "Book 9" throw you. Of course, I think that I've read ALL of the Escape to New Zealand books. This is one of the longer books in the series. There's more about Iain 's life off than on the rugby paddock in this book. The story actually starts with the h, Nina running away from her European prince fiance' shortly before their wedding day. There are references to "the runaway bride". I also thought of "the princess bride". The prince is, I THIS CAN BE A STANDALONE. Yes, that must be said. Don't let "Book 9" throw you. Of course, I think that I've read ALL of the Escape to New Zealand books. This is one of the longer books in the series. There's more about Iain 's life off than on the rugby paddock in this book. The story actually starts with the h, Nina running away from her European prince fiance' shortly before their wedding day. There are references to "the runaway bride". I also thought of "the princess bride". The prince is, I guess the om, but I think of him as a villain since, IMO, Nina has every reason to break off with him. She ran since Prince Matthias refused to take NO for an answer. Meanwhile on NZ's south island, Iain is on a brief holiday from rugby. Iain's mom, Carmella is flying home from visiting her daughter in England. Nina meets Carmella on the flight and Carmella hires Nina to take care of her 85 year old father, Arthur. Nina doesn't make a very good impression with Iain. She's dyed her hair yellow/orange and wearing borrowed frumpy clothes. She admits that she can't cook or clean or do laundry. Nina's gentle way eventually charms Grandpa Arthur. He's a recent widower and Nina is very thoughtful in how she handles Arthur. Nina and Iain spend more and more time together. Iain's parents run a kayaking business. Nina gets into several scrapes around the house and in and around the water-all the while hiding out from her ex. Iain is somewhat of an atypical hero. He's really big, 6'6'' and 113 kg (249lb- I looked it up). Now I've found another name, "beauty and the beast". Iain had always been the loner with his rugby mates. He's big, burly and such a gentle giant. EXCEPT when he's protecting Nina! Before the book started, he had just been jilted by his fiancee. I really liked Iain in this story. He reacted very realistically to finding out Nina's true ID. I really enjoyed Iain's mum and dad's part. This was a long book, but I'm so glad that their story was included. Nina is determined to stand on her own but is aware that her evil ex is still looking for her. Iain is determined to talk care of her in his Alpha male way. He is so frustrated that it's almost more than he take. I wish that Nina realized how much Iain cares for her and has shown her many times over. I love that writing as always. I love NZ and enjoyed more of the "local color".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Another great book to add to the series! The detail on the landscape and all the verbal nuances of New Zealand add so much to the story. I always find myself slipping into the kiwi speak after I read these books! This one is a bit steamier than others, but it doesn't bother me - and can easily be skipped through if that isn't your thing! 5 stars, love it, will be re-reading, I'm sure. Another great book to add to the series! The detail on the landscape and all the verbal nuances of New Zealand add so much to the story. I always find myself slipping into the kiwi speak after I read these books! This one is a bit steamier than others, but it doesn't bother me - and can easily be skipped through if that isn't your thing! 5 stars, love it, will be re-reading, I'm sure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie Reynolds

    I was totally not expecting this book to be what it was. Yes, I knew it was a rugby romance centered around a ficticious All Blacks player and a runaway bride. But the story had me hooked to the point of reading it start to finish in about 10 hours. If you've not read any of the previous Escape to New Zealand books, that's just fine because this book easily stands on its own. If you have read the series, you'll get catch-ups with a few previous players/partners in lesser detail than previous ins I was totally not expecting this book to be what it was. Yes, I knew it was a rugby romance centered around a ficticious All Blacks player and a runaway bride. But the story had me hooked to the point of reading it start to finish in about 10 hours. If you've not read any of the previous Escape to New Zealand books, that's just fine because this book easily stands on its own. If you have read the series, you'll get catch-ups with a few previous players/partners in lesser detail than previous installments. Either scenario still means a great book that really pulls you in. (BTW--for those that have read the series, JSM pulls itself up to tie with Just This Once as my personal favorite. Iain and Nina also tie with Drew and Kate as my favorite hero and heroine. I was completely blown away by this book!) The starting premise of the book is a bit far-fetched (a runaway bride fleeing marrying a minor European prince; said bride takes off to New Zealand and lands a job as a caretaker/companion for a cantankerous 85 year old man) but it works because NZ is just the place where something like this *could* happen. And, let's be honest, not everything in realistic fiction has to be completely possible! Isn't that part of the point of reading fiction? What really makes the book believable are the setting and characters. Rosalind James takes the reader on a journey to the area around Kaiteriteri in the northern part of the South Island as well as parts of Auckland. I had absolutely no trouble picturing the settings + what I did Google while reading matched what was in my mind (and I've never been to NZ). I could see, hear, feel, and smell the surroundings! As for the characters? When one thinks runaway bride, one would probably expect as simpering, flighty fool but that's not what you get with Nina. She has her flaws, including that she has previously pretty much done as she's told, but her struggles and growth to change really drew me in. Iain may have thought she was a timid kitten but she becomes an independent (albeit unsure) woman with a sense of humor, a bit of snarkiness, and able to trust his adventurous nature in the bedroom (and the beach, and the garden). Iain is a huge, sexy man who loves his family, has a strong sense of duty to his family and teams, and has been wounded by being left standing at the altar himself. He's also quick to make assumptions about people, which gets him into trouble more than once. The twisting journey that Nina and Iain take as they come together is sweet, irritating, frustrating, exasperating, humorous, and quite steamy. As I said, Iain is sexually adventurous and helps Nina explore this side of herself. (If descriptive, steamy, send-you-up-in flames sex scenes including the f-word and some back door action might offend you, give this book a pass. You've be warned so please don't read the book knowing this going in and leave an awful review or rip Ms. James for it. It's just not some people's cuppa.). This book made me laugh out loud at the verbal sparring and humorous situations, groan because people can just be stupid, grit my teeth and growl at the audacity of people, fan myself and get a bit bothered at the sexy scenes, and cry--yes, I cried, something I rarely do while reading--at the vulnerability and heartache. I also really enjoyed the side storyline of Iain's parents & their own struggles as an older couple + his grandfather's learning to cope with losing the love of his life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Just Stop Me is another strong entry in the Escape to New Zealand series. Don't worry if you are new to Ms. James' work, even though this is the 9th book in the series, it stands completely on it's own. In Just Stop Me, we meet Iain (our All Black/Auckland Blues Rugby player) who is nursing a bit of a bruised heart and ego after his would be marriage came apart at the alter. He is at his parent's home for the tail end of his rugby off season. We also meet Nina, a model who walked away from her o Just Stop Me is another strong entry in the Escape to New Zealand series. Don't worry if you are new to Ms. James' work, even though this is the 9th book in the series, it stands completely on it's own. In Just Stop Me, we meet Iain (our All Black/Auckland Blues Rugby player) who is nursing a bit of a bruised heart and ego after his would be marriage came apart at the alter. He is at his parent's home for the tail end of his rugby off season. We also meet Nina, a model who walked away from her own wedding less than a week before the big day. She is running from her fiance and mother, neither of whom seem to treat her as an adult. A chance encounter with his mother on a flight from London leads Nina to Iain when she agrees to work as a companion to his grandfather. One of the things I really enjoyed about Just Stop Me is that Iain and Nina really didn't like each other at first. He kept "stuffing" things up and having to apologize. Even though the time line wasn't terribly long because it was Iain's holiday, we got to see them get to know each other and become friends and then become attracted to one another. We also had a front row seat for Nina's growing independence and Iain softening from his heartache. These two were a lot of fun to watch together, even when things weren't going smoothly. It was a treat to see them being willing to work on their relationship to make sure they were the other's "shoe." There are sweet moments, romantic moments, and a few fun sexy times too. The supporting cast was also fantastic, more family than ruby based in this book. Iain's parents are having a rough patch in their own relationship and it was wonderful to see an example of people continuing to work on their relationship 30 years in versus just giving up. Arthur, Iian's Grandfather is a fun addition to the story. His gruff exterior hides a caring heart and he is great source of advice for both Nina and Iain. Just Stop Me is well written, as expected from Ms. James, and runs the gamut of experiences. There is romance, humor, growth, and even a little suspense before we find out if our couple can find their happy ever after. Definitely a book I would recommend, whether you are a fan of Ms. James or new to her work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lia Rensin

    If you’ve read any of the Escape to New Zealand series, Just Stop Me doesn’t disappoint. Nina Jones needs to escape her life and the expectations put on her by everyone else, so she decides to run away to New Zealand. Divine intervention puts her in a seat next to Iian McCormack’s mother, Carmella, on her way to care for her elderly father, Arthur, in a remote town in South New Zealand. Not even knowing how to boil and egg or make toast, Nina manages to get a job taking care of Arthur while she If you’ve read any of the Escape to New Zealand series, Just Stop Me doesn’t disappoint. Nina Jones needs to escape her life and the expectations put on her by everyone else, so she decides to run away to New Zealand. Divine intervention puts her in a seat next to Iian McCormack’s mother, Carmella, on her way to care for her elderly father, Arthur, in a remote town in South New Zealand. Not even knowing how to boil and egg or make toast, Nina manages to get a job taking care of Arthur while she hides from her mother, her jilted groom, and the world. Iian is doing a little of his own hiding after a wedding gone wrong and doesn’t take too well to the mysterious Nina inserting herself in his family's life. But sparks fly and Iian’s inner cave man makes him very protective of Nina and her gentle spirit. Rosalind James’ writing is always stellar and honest. Not the same old cliques and storylines, her stories unfold in a way that make sense (and don’t leave you banging your head - always a plus!). My favorite part about this book is the multi-generational stories that are weaved together. Yes, Just Stop Me is mostly about the exciting time of finding new love, but sustaining love also plays a big role in this story. Carmella and Graeme’s struggle to keep their connection is all too real for many couples who have been together for a long time. And Arthur and Madeline’s enduring love is the dream we all strive to achieve. What I love about Rosalind James’ books are the connections with the characters. OK, so most people haven’t been a runaway bride from a prince or a world-known lingerie model, but we’ve all felt the extreme pressure of expectations that others place on us, causing us to wonder what we want for ourselves. Everyone has wanted to run away from life at some point. So, we can relate to Nina as she struggles to become the person she wants to be. This is a stand alone HEA. You do not need to read all of the previous books in the series to appreciate this book. Although, I suggest you do, because they’re all great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    I loved, loved, loved this latest book in the Escape to New Zealand series! Rosalind's writing pulled me right in and I had a hard time putting it down. As in the other books in this series, the hero, Iain is a rugby player. He meets an American/ Austalian model, Nina, who is A runaway bride, hiding from her intended husband. He is an alpha male, while she is trying to stand on her own two feet for once in her life. I love how these two people get to know each other, and fall in love despite the I loved, loved, loved this latest book in the Escape to New Zealand series! Rosalind's writing pulled me right in and I had a hard time putting it down. As in the other books in this series, the hero, Iain is a rugby player. He meets an American/ Austalian model, Nina, who is A runaway bride, hiding from her intended husband. He is an alpha male, while she is trying to stand on her own two feet for once in her life. I love how these two people get to know each other, and fall in love despite their differences. Their story is steamy, sexy and sweet. I also absolutely loved the sub story of Iains parents. Although, this book is part of a series of amazing books, it can certainly be read as a stand alone novel. However, if you've read the others, you will enjoy seeing the characters pop up in this one. I can't wait for more Escape to New Zealand books!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is probably going to be an unpopular review, but I can only tell it as I personally see it. From my updates: 40%I am really struggling with this. Nina is simply stupid. Come on, a woman at her age who can't even look after herself or wash clothes properly? But that's not my real concern. Carmella buggered off to somewhere-or-other over the Christmas holidays leaving her husband Graeme totally alone and she sees NOTHING wrong in what she did. And how she is having a hissy fit because he is un This is probably going to be an unpopular review, but I can only tell it as I personally see it. From my updates: 40%I am really struggling with this. Nina is simply stupid. Come on, a woman at her age who can't even look after herself or wash clothes properly? But that's not my real concern. Carmella buggered off to somewhere-or-other over the Christmas holidays leaving her husband Graeme totally alone and she sees NOTHING wrong in what she did. And how she is having a hissy fit because he is unhappy. Graeme says : "And this is what I'm talking about. You leave for a month, leave me alone to do it all without even talking it over, and then you throw a wobbly because I'm not saying the right things. I can't do it right, I can't say it right, and I know it. If you don't want that, you don't want me." GO FOR IT Graeme. You've been treated like shit and I am cheering you on!! I DESPISE Carmella. 51% Euw. I mean really.... EUW. I have no problems with his ex being a plonker, but instead she turns out to be .... shudder. This is one messed up book. I am simply hanging in here in the faint hope that Graeme grows a set and tells Carmella to shove her oar. (Unlikely though) (view spoiler)[ It turns out that the ex-fiancee who jilted him at the altar did so because she was also madly in love with another woman and was hoping Iain would consent to a threesome. This was wrong on so many levels. (hide spoiler)] By this point I was having serious doubts about reading on, but I really wanted to see Graeme tell his selfish wife where to go. Then at the 58% mark I realised that Graeme was being painted as the thoughtless one and I was done. He put up with being ABANDONED BY HIS WIFE OVER CHRISTMAS and being ordered around like some poor flunky by a wife who spent most of her time interfering in other people's lives. I hate it when decent, honest, hard working men get treated like this. Imagine if 'Graeme was actually called 'Georgia' and Carmella was 'Carl'. What would readers think of a man who had left his wife alone with only the company of an elderly man over Christmas and instead had buggered off somewhere with his son, leaving her alone for a month to run the business without any family around? Would those readers be appalled and call Carl uncaring? You bet they would!! So why the hell isn't someone telling Carmella to start acting like a wife instead of a bully? I can't read on.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    As this one starts out Nina's life is a bit of a hot mess, but as things go one you realize that Ian and his family are in the same boat. It's interesting to see all of them work things through, sort of becoming a team as they go along, everyone supporting the others. Nina did drive me a bit nuts towards the end with her whole "I need to stand on my own feet". I get why she thought that, but along the way she was building something with Ian, her choices making him leery about their future. I did As this one starts out Nina's life is a bit of a hot mess, but as things go one you realize that Ian and his family are in the same boat. It's interesting to see all of them work things through, sort of becoming a team as they go along, everyone supporting the others. Nina did drive me a bit nuts towards the end with her whole "I need to stand on my own feet". I get why she thought that, but along the way she was building something with Ian, her choices making him leery about their future. I did like that Ian rolled with things because in the end he got the girl, but it was a long time coming.

  16. 5 out of 5

    El

    One of my favorites in the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    1.5 stars Only reason I'm not giving it one start is cause I keep that for books that would get zero stars. So if the heroine isn't American like 98% of her heroines in this series so far then she must have another nationality but have been raised in America. Jeez! Just in case this author doesn't know it there are other nationalities on this earth and not everyone is raised in America. Just saying. This series is taking a fall and a bad one. This book was completely unrealistic and while it's fine 1.5 stars Only reason I'm not giving it one start is cause I keep that for books that would get zero stars. So if the heroine isn't American like 98% of her heroines in this series so far then she must have another nationality but have been raised in America. Jeez! Just in case this author doesn't know it there are other nationalities on this earth and not everyone is raised in America. Just saying. This series is taking a fall and a bad one. This book was completely unrealistic and while it's fine for books to present some unrealistic ideas this one failed to do it successfully. Clearly the author has a completely wrong idea about how mornachies work even in the simplest level. I'd say that she's seen too many badly goofy princess/prince movies and worse than that believed them. She presents a monarch that not only is unrealistis back is a type of throwback to medieval times which just doesn't work considering she's writing contemporary book. Even if one chose to let that go that subplot just didn't make any sense and therefore it didn't work causing only my eyes to roll so abnormally far back. And then we tried to create a strong heroine. Something I've noticed about the heroines in this series is that they are presented strong but they are not. Yes, they all have jobs and strangely enough earns lots of money -cause that's your average woman, right?!- but they all in occupations usually ruled by females. Models, actress, fashion, teachers. Those are the occupations she choses for her heroines. Now I have nothing against those occupations but I wouldn't use them to showcase a particularly strong woman in comparison to a man and if I was an author I would make all my heroines take up only those type of occupations. Another unrealistic aspect was the heroine's character all in all. Her reactions are a bit too far fetched and usually people start to question what their character is truly at a bit younger age than that say like 5-7 years younger than the heroine's age. I was just not convinced that the heroine had no character at at all for the rest of her entire life. It made no sense to me and it just wasn't believable. The worse came in the end though. That's well I stopped rolling my eyes and just got annoyed and angry with the fact that this author after all had wasted my time. While I get that she tried to convey the idea that the heroine had to discover who she was before she went on she still didn't take into account her partner's opinion. Like I said I get what the author was trying to convey she just failed miserably at doing so. I'm sorry but in a relationship there are two people and they both discuss things over before making a decision whether it's a personal matter or a couple's matter. Excluding one half just isn't treating this as a relationship or not a healthy one. And the fact that the hero points this out and the author tries to make him be on the wrong side by saying that discovering the heroine's character is more crucial was just the cherry on the cake for me. A partner in a healthy relationship is there to talk things over and in the case of a personal decision at the very least support you. The fact that she made him be on the wrong on that just blew my mind. Add to that, that she never convinced me of the heroine's issues or story and this ended up being a waste of time. One last thing that I've noticed with this author is that she fails to do her research. While the country's description seem to be right her character, job and world descriptions are what one would see in a bad and inaccurate film. If you want to give this series a try just stick with the first few books. This book just failed to deliver plot wise, character wise and writing wise.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    3 ⭐⭐⭐ - OK decent reads. ======================== Sienna had never seemed to want his tenderness in bed. She’d been excited by the ferocity he showed on the rugby pitch, and she’d told him so.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    You know how you start a book and don't want to put it down once you start reading it? And once you realize that it is about to end, you don’t want it to end? Okay, this is true of all well written books but even more so with Just Stop Me. First of all, Iain’s physical description makes me immediately picture Richie McCaw. Than the story starts with his fiancé leaving him at the alter and she is a member of the Silver Ferns, you have no choice but to think of the All Blacks recently retired capt You know how you start a book and don't want to put it down once you start reading it? And once you realize that it is about to end, you don’t want it to end? Okay, this is true of all well written books but even more so with Just Stop Me. First of all, Iain’s physical description makes me immediately picture Richie McCaw. Than the story starts with his fiancé leaving him at the alter and she is a member of the Silver Ferns, you have no choice but to think of the All Blacks recently retired captain, Richie McCaw. The story starts out with Iain waiting for his mum to arrive back to En Zed from a trip to the UK to visit his sister. His mum has a huge heart and traded her seat that Iain paid for so another mother and her children would be more comfortable on the long flight. And his mum find another stray to take under her wing because she switched seats as well. Iain isn’t too pleased to discover his mother has not only taken this stray under her wing but she has hired her to look after his grand dad. Nina looks like a waif who has escaped from a bad place. And there is an element of truth in that she has escaped from almost marrying the wrong man. A man who thinks because he is a prince, anything he says goes and the word no does not apply to him. Nina was engaged to him because it seemed like the thing a successful model would do. After all doesn’t every woman want to marry a prince? But after having second thoughts and telling Matthias that she will not marry him, she takes the steps she needs to escape from this gilded cage. (Obviously he doesn’t listen to her.) Since there is no commercial air flights to Antartica, Nina ends up heading to New Zealand which turns out to be one of the best decisions she has ever made. On the flight from London to Auckland, she meets Iain’s mum, Carmella and everything is set into play. Nina has never cooked or cleaned or done laundry or any of the basic things most of us do without a second thought. She has always been a model managed by her own mother so never has had to do ordinary things like basic household. But she wants to hide away and start over so working as a care giver to Iain’s grand dad sounds like a great idea to her since it includes a place to stay. Iain is taking some well deserved time off from the All Blacks and has been planning to spend some time with his parents and grand dad at their home near Nelson on the South Island. With Nina being there, he is hooked and plans to keep a close eye on her. Not wanting to give away too much but the beauty of the South Island at times steals the scene. As well as does Arthur, Iain’s grand dad. Iain’s parents are just as much a major part of the book and plot line. It is actually rather nice to see the issues his parents are having and how they chose to resolve them. Many books tend to focus solely on younger romantic partners and them finding their HEA. This book has a long standing relationship going through some adjustments as well. Plus how some one decides to continue on after their life partner has died. The explanation of a relationship by Iain from his grand father’s words is wonderful and worth reading just for this alone. If I write much more in this review, I will spill all of the juicy details which means that you won’t want to read the book. Full disclosure - I was provided with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a honest fair review. Although I would buy this book because well hot rugby players are involved!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Judes

    I felt as if I ran a marathon. The multiple dimensions and intricate woven layers yet again Ms James has set herself up and out there. The Escape from New Zealand series continues and not just introduction you to new members of the team and their stories but also every book takes you up a notch. Funny I found that the last 2 missed some links and jumped a few levels up higher. What can we expect next??? Whew! "Just Stop Me" followed on the heels "Just In Time" (well really its approx just about 6 I felt as if I ran a marathon. The multiple dimensions and intricate woven layers yet again Ms James has set herself up and out there. The Escape from New Zealand series continues and not just introduction you to new members of the team and their stories but also every book takes you up a notch. Funny I found that the last 2 missed some links and jumped a few levels up higher. What can we expect next??? Whew! "Just Stop Me" followed on the heels "Just In Time" (well really its approx just about 6 months since the last one hit) and the spice level was pretty up there with the previous, an almost full-blown erotic scene, and as Iain and Nina's story began I thought okay this must be a dial down, more romantic meandering journey. Then we went through some emotional Rapids where I spent a few pages well with tissues hipped in hand and definitely some oohs and ahhhs. Then the trip spun into a warm twirl which soon heated up quite a bit to a point of BOOM!!! And the pervious book's flutter of erotic became a full blown experience in this one. As I said in my review for "Just In Time", while I love spicy the raw pepper is a bit too much and i know some love that and where else to go but up and try new journeyed and sights and sounds, but I must truthfully say that this book to me was well up,there already and I sped through that part as it really isn't my cuppa. It was not tastelessly done, as I don't think Ms James knows how to do tasteless (yeah people she is that good), and it was naughty but just a bit too much for this lady. Exit is exit yuh know what I mean. Putting all that aside, my one and only criticism, you cannot beat the layers, the woven fabric of the stories of each character and even the inclusion of some minor ones having their day in the sun, readers are so in for a treat. What I truly LOVE about Ms James' journeys, apart from the steam (not erotica) and hunky guys and strong female characters, o and the beautiful locations, is the moral stories laced in and pearls of wisdom littered throughout the book. This story the wise one is Iain's Grandad Arthur and he rubs off on everyone, a gruff sweetie who is dealing with lose and moving on inspiring Nina's quote "Love lasts best inside" referring to our dear ones who have moved on and now live in our hearts. Full and complete and so satisfying these journeys we take in this series. A trip to visit our fav Rugby team members and catch up on what's new and most of all we get to enjoy every single moment of the journey Ms James has created for us. I had to share this quoted text from the book: "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. Real wasn’t always pretty. It certainly wasn’t always perfect."

  21. 5 out of 5

    MEF

    Another flowing, descriptive, perceptive read from Rosalind James – a new couple and fresh new mix – with a wonderful feel of NZ climate, scenery and lifestyle. Lots to like in here! The rugby theme is an almost silent backdrop, but a key character clue to Iain – big, craggy, fierce, possessive, protective. Control and choice feature strongly; giving them, the recognition and respect, the importance of small choices as well as big. Nina learning she can make choices to please herself rather than Another flowing, descriptive, perceptive read from Rosalind James – a new couple and fresh new mix – with a wonderful feel of NZ climate, scenery and lifestyle. Lots to like in here! The rugby theme is an almost silent backdrop, but a key character clue to Iain – big, craggy, fierce, possessive, protective. Control and choice feature strongly; giving them, the recognition and respect, the importance of small choices as well as big. Nina learning she can make choices to please herself rather than appease others, they might not always be right, but mistakes are part of life. Some of my favourite parts: I loved the mix of relationships across 3 generations, Rosalind’s perspective of making a marriage work, working on the marriage. We're not 26 forever! I loved how she worked the descriptive analogy of marriage and a pair of shoes. I loved how Iain stuffed up and Nina toughens up; how neither is perfect, but together are right. I loved how the whole New Zealand vibe is part of the book and the characters, more than just a background setting. I loved Arthur... Just as Iain is bigger and stronger, so is the sexual relationship writing hotter and stronger – be aware! This is the 9th book in the NZ series and Rosalind delivers new couples, fresh perspectives, a few tears, and a great read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Runaway Bride meets Jilted at the Altar ... Nina Jones is being steamrollered into a fairytale marriage with the ruling Prince of an obscure European country. Too nice to stand up for herself when she expresses her second thoughts her fiancee ignores her so she runs as far and as fast as she can. Iain McCormick is a New Zealand rugby player, he is meeting his mother from her flight from the UK and they are going back home. When she gets off her flight she is accompanied by what he thinks at first Runaway Bride meets Jilted at the Altar ... Nina Jones is being steamrollered into a fairytale marriage with the ruling Prince of an obscure European country. Too nice to stand up for herself when she expresses her second thoughts her fiancee ignores her so she runs as far and as fast as she can. Iain McCormick is a New Zealand rugby player, he is meeting his mother from her flight from the UK and they are going back home. When she gets off her flight she is accompanied by what he thinks at first is a teenage boy, but turns out to be a young woman, dressed in godawful clothing. His mum announces that this girl, Nina, is coming home with them to look after his grandfather. Soon Nina is thrust into a whole new world. Instead of her life as a model she is learning to cook and clean for a grumpy 85 year old man and watching as Iain's parents' marriage dissolves before her eyes. And all the time Iain watches, and judges. At first I found it difficult to get into this book, it may just have been the lateness of the hour, but once I got a few chapters in I was hooked. Although strangely it was Iain's parents and grandfather that I found most affecting. Some of the plot lines were a bit fanciful but overall another great addition to the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    4.5 Star Review of Just Stop Me (Escape to New Zealand #9) by Rosalind James This was a fantastic addition to a series I have come to thoroughly enjoy reading. I always look forward to seeing what is happening with my favourite Rugby team and their loves. The fact that Ms. James is so descriptive in her writing is a real bonus. I really feel as though I have gotten to know New Zealand through reading this series. I love her writing style. This book is longer than previous books in the series and in 4.5 Star Review of Just Stop Me (Escape to New Zealand #9) by Rosalind James This was a fantastic addition to a series I have come to thoroughly enjoy reading. I always look forward to seeing what is happening with my favourite Rugby team and their loves. The fact that Ms. James is so descriptive in her writing is a real bonus. I really feel as though I have gotten to know New Zealand through reading this series. I love her writing style. This book is longer than previous books in the series and in my opinion a real winner. If you are looking for a well written book that evokes a myriad of emotions then look no further than Just Stop Me. It wasn’t only about Iain and Nina and the love they find. It also was about reconnecting and rekindling love and the story of Iain’s parents within the story was emotional and something I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved that there were layers to this book. I really loved Iain’s grandfather, a crabby old man who is coming to terms with the loss of his wife. Although this is a stand-alone, I believe it is beneficial to the overall enjoyment if you can read the previous books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    3 to 3.5 stars. Slightly silly trope with a model who is set to marry an actual European prince but decides he's not very nice so runs away to hide in New Zealand. There she meets a hot rugby player and they fall in love. The stuff about her manipulative mother is a reasonable storyline, but the vengeful prince becomes a bit of a cipher, and his eventual ending seemed a bit too much to me. The romance part wasn't too bad, though. I liked the hero and heroine together, and their rocky path to tru 3 to 3.5 stars. Slightly silly trope with a model who is set to marry an actual European prince but decides he's not very nice so runs away to hide in New Zealand. There she meets a hot rugby player and they fall in love. The stuff about her manipulative mother is a reasonable storyline, but the vengeful prince becomes a bit of a cipher, and his eventual ending seemed a bit too much to me. The romance part wasn't too bad, though. I liked the hero and heroine together, and their rocky path to true love was mostly enjoyable to read. There was also a secondary romance with an older couple reawakening their love and desire for each other. Not the best in this series, but not bad.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    This is #9 in the Escape to New Zealand, and this one is every bit as good as any of the other eight. This one is intense and wonderful. Ms James has an incredible talent to bring her New Zealand rugby players to life and to make them strong and loving. I hope #10 in this series is in progress!

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

    Wow, it was like being back home Rosalind certainly has got the kiwi mannerisms and psyche down, as it was like being with my family I really enjoyed Iain's granddad, and Nina frustrated me at times but I really enjoyed the book and can not wait for the next one in the series Wow, it was like being back home Rosalind certainly has got the kiwi mannerisms and psyche down, as it was like being with my family I really enjoyed Iain's granddad, and Nina frustrated me at times but I really enjoyed the book and can not wait for the next one in the series

  27. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Perez

    My favorite one!!! I love all of Rosalind James books!!! This was my favorite one of all from the Escape to New Zealand series... I loved their story and I loved the characters (Iain and Nina) and his family and that she incorporated the story on his parents.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Loved it but ending really rushed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    Wowzers. This was a really looooong book. Or maybe just seemed loooooong. At any rate, the bloom may be coming off the rose that is the Escape to New Zealand series because after nine books, this one barely worked for me. Lingerie model Nina Jones has spent her whole life smiling and doing whatever her momager told her to do. The latest edict is to marry the older prince of a small European country. When her request to delay the wedding is met with a condescending “You just have cold feet, you don Wowzers. This was a really looooong book. Or maybe just seemed loooooong. At any rate, the bloom may be coming off the rose that is the Escape to New Zealand series because after nine books, this one barely worked for me. Lingerie model Nina Jones has spent her whole life smiling and doing whatever her momager told her to do. The latest edict is to marry the older prince of a small European country. When her request to delay the wedding is met with a condescending “You just have cold feet, you don’t know what is really best for you,” she flees the castle and escapes to New Zealand. All Blacks member Iain McCormick has spent the past several months resting after the last rugby season, and recovering from being left at the altar. He’s in a general foul mood, and finding out his mother met some random girl on her flight from London to New Zealand and hired her to take care of his grandfather, doesn’t do anything to improve his disposition. What followed in the next 400+ pages was fairly predictable: Nina fumbles her way through learning to do things a normal adult knows (cooking, cleaning, laundry), Iain is suspicious of her and keeps a close eye - but is then charmed by her spunk and determination, and they fall in love over the course of a couple weeks. When Iain has to report back to training camp for the next rugby season, things between them get messy. Iain is ready to start a life together with Nina. But Nina, though she loves Iain, is wanting time to learn who she is on her own. We have the requisite misunderstanding/miscommunication, and then a sort of weird “in danger” situation with the evil prince Nina was to marry thrown in for added “suspense” - but in my opinion really wasn’t all that necessary (or suspenseful). There were a lot of things I did like about this book. I was initially skeptical of Nina’s situation and her need to keep a low profile, but it worked. (How it devolved into a “life or death” situation is another matter…) Iain’s grandfather was a humorous curmudgeonly old man, but spouted kindness and wisdom in generous doses. I liked the way the author had a woman whose “offense” was fleeing a wedding, then caught the eye of a man who was deeply wounded by being left at the altar. And maybe it’s just me, but the author seems to be dialing up the steam! On the flip side, there were more things I didn’t care for. Like I said, this book seemed really long. I can’t put my finger on why it did, though. It took me four nights to read because several times I found myself getting drowsy. The storyline with Iain’s parents was sweet, but I didn’t feel it was fleshed out enough for me to truly be invested in whether or not they worked things out. In the context of a book that already felt long, I’m not sure it added anything. The storyline with the jilted prince also got very weird at the end. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but things got really dark, really quick. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but this time it just seemed...weird. Add in the fact that this hero wasn’t as swoony as these heroes usually are, and I mostly felt flat by the time the story was over. I’ve loved the Escape to New Zealand series because the stories have been mostly lighthearted even though they’ve dealt with the occasional heavy situations. The men are manly, only toeing the line of being alpha (but don’t usually cross the line, thank goodness!), and say the swooniest things. They are these giant, rough rugby men, but have the gentlest, kindest spirits. And even though the plots are a bit on the formulaic side, until now they’ve always seemed fresh and original. I’ve been a big fan of this series. This last one though, has me considering that maybe it’s time to move on. Oh, who am I kidding. I’m totally gonna read them all. Partly because I have this compulsion to read all of the books in a series, partly because I’m hoping the heart - and heat! - of the earlier books will return. But I’m going to take a break and read some other authors for a bit, first!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    To Be a Princess or Not I haven't been reading this series in the exact order, but I don't think it matters. They all can be read as standalone. This story was really about Nina, a very successful lingerie model, trying to break away from her overbearing mother and not marry a very controlling prince. She doesn't want to do as she's told any more. She wants to be on her own and make her own decisions. So what better place to go than New Zealand. What I loved about this book is that although Nina h To Be a Princess or Not I haven't been reading this series in the exact order, but I don't think it matters. They all can be read as standalone. This story was really about Nina, a very successful lingerie model, trying to break away from her overbearing mother and not marry a very controlling prince. She doesn't want to do as she's told any more. She wants to be on her own and make her own decisions. So what better place to go than New Zealand. What I loved about this book is that although Nina has been controlled her whole life, she has a good head on her shoulders. This book is all about learning to communicate and work through obstacles. Iian is going through his own mishaps. His parents are going through some issues, as well. Also, in this story, it's clear that not every Prince is charming. This is a well-written book. It's not an insta-love story. It has people all wanting to do what's right for eachother, as well as themselves, but not in a selfish way. There are some steamy scenes, therefore it's meant for a mature audience.

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