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Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

JUST SAY YES: Escape to New Zealand Book 10

It’s here!

Some fires warm you up. And some burn you down.

Kevin McNicholl may be a brutal force on the rugby field, but off the field, the star New Zealand All Black is a famously nice guy. His new tenant, though, arouses more than his protective side. She sets him on fire. Pity he’s evicting her.

Every woman deserves her dreams. Chloe Donaldson can’t afford dreams, so she’s given them up. Marriage, her ballet career, and now, her beautiful tower apartment with its view of the sea. Her new landlord is kicking her out, along with her three-year-old son.

She should hate him. But when a man looks at you like that, it’s so easy to lose your focus.

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This is the book readers have been asking for almost since the beginning. Ever since Drew asked Kevin to look after Hannah until he could make it to the bar, people have been emailing me and asking when I was going to write Kevin’s story. I promised it two years ago, and then I went and wrote Faith and Will’s book instead! It took me a while to think it up, but I finally did, and it’s good. It’s Chloe and Zavy and Kevin, and everybody gets a family.

I want to thank you all very much for all your input along the way as I wrote this book with your help. It was very interesting to read all the comments. And: we’ve got a BOOK!

 

 

 

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Michele Z
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Michele Z

I LOVE IT!!! More please! I like the tension and the rate of the story. Kevin is someone I’ve been dying to read more about.

Mary Guidry
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Mary Guidry

I love it. I love the ballet. I love that we now know a bit more about what makes Chloe tick.

It’s NOT boring!

Dawn
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Dawn

Oh I’m intrigued. I’ve been looking forward to Kevin’s story and now to have Chloe in it is great. I’m liking the back story on Chloe so far and having Kevin as a short term landlord sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to reading more.

Beth S
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Beth S

I love it too! What a great start! I’m wondering how Kevin is going to get in Chloe’s good graces.

Barb Schaper
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Barb Schaper

okay, I hope Rich died, that was horrible! but that is reality – I have a friend that happened to, not at the altar but just before the wedding. I love what you have written so far, a lot. I can see a couple other books just off the characters presented so far. Keep it coming! Thank you for writing, you keep me sane. ;=) Chloe and Kevin, cool.

DJ Kirkaldy
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DJ Kirkaldy

I see Chloe falling for him either because somehow Zavy falls for him. Kevin being a Dad to her son and her son loving him would melt her iced over heart. At first Kevin won’t even think about it because hre has no desires to be a father; but, he just has this instant connection with Zavy. Another thought was iinjury rehab, flexibility training…..maybe it will be recommended/required that Kevin take some private ballet classes. When my oldest brother was in college on a soccer scholarship, they required him to take ballet to improve his flexibility. prevent injury and enhance… Read more »

Tracy s
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Tracy s

Fantastic please continue, I love Chloe’s story and background need more about her past and as for Kevin loads of questions why will he be having his siblings living with him what’s the story there? 0please start writing x

Cindy
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Cindy

Why does he need room for his brother’s family? (Or will that come out later?)

Susan Page
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Susan Page

I love the way the ballet moves are explained precisely in the prologue, then explained by action, from Kevin’s point of view in the chapter. I am assuming that Chloe is living in a flat, with the rest of the house unoccupied until Kevin moves in with his sisters the next day. Can tell that Kevin is about as different from Rich as a man can be, and I love him already! It sounds highly possible that family is going to make their romance a little difficult to get going!
Don’t stop writing it, it a heartwarming beginning.

Wendy B
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Wendy B

Curious as to why Kevin has to move in his whole family.

Amy Brillinger Tuka
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Amy Brillinger Tuka

This has me wanting more, good start. Wondering what Rich’s role is financially and if he is suddenly ready, and why? Kevin is obviously taking care of his family. How will they, his sisters, and then his brother and family, feel about how Chloe has to now find a place to live? Chloe’s pride will be in the forest front, but who will point out to her that help from family and friends is okay to accelerate? Josie? Parents?

Rachel L Verhoff
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Rachel L Verhoff

I like the setup, and especially how you have them swinging from one impression of each other to another impression in these few paragraphs. I did flinch a bit when he made the ‘nice baby’ comment, as that would be a deal breaker for me, as a mom. I’m not sure what he’ll have to do to make me look beyond that one! As far as the ‘left at the altar’ scene, I didn’t really need that, as a reader, but I’m not much for prologues. I do wonder why he came to see her to tell her about the… Read more »

Jo Downey
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Jo Downey

So why is Kevvie in charge of his siblings? Recent development? Long standing? Parents – natural disaster loss or just life? Not seeing a direction yet but they certainly have the way laid out for some rough times ahead.

Trudi
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Trudi

Why is his family moving in with him?

Tandi C
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Tandi C

Love it! Few questions – Chloe’s mom, what possesses a woman to tell her daughter she can’t wear white on her wedding day? This isn’t the 1950s. Speaking of the wedding, how was her dad taking things and how did Chloe get her slap off before Dad threw a punch? I think Rich needs to be laid out by both father and daughter. I need to go back and reread prior books because I don’t remember Chloe and Kevin and whoever she was on a date with. It’s hard to keep track over the span of a year or more.

Jacky Michele
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Jacky Michele

LOVE this! I do have questions that I know will get answered. Primarily, how is Kevin going to move in with his sisters, and there still be room for Chloe and the baby? Then, maybe Kevin has an injury and has to go to Chloe for part of his PT. Hopefully her son will fall for Kevin before she does, and she can see Kevin through his eyes. I have a feeling that Rich will show up to cause some mayhem in Chloe’s life. Not really worried about too much prolonged angst. That’s one of the things I love about… Read more »

Robin w
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Robin w

Love it! Whole book please , I love all of the Escape to New Zealand books. Never get enough rugby players !

Lori Z
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Lori Z

Rosalind, I like what you have going here – I DO like the backstory of the wedding. I am a bit confused about the living situation – I am assuming this is a two family, and Kevin is moving into one flat, and he is kicking Chloe out so that his family can occupy the other flat? I also think that Kevin is already more interesting than he was in Hugh’s story – seems more mature, and not just an easy going, nice but kind of forgettable guy.

Noreen
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Noreen

His brother, wife and baby, AND his sisters are moving in with him? Looking forward to learning a bit more about Kevin’s situation. I take it Chloe did not return to the stage after the birth of her baby. Will we find out that back story? And maybe Rich…though I don’t know that I care so much about him. Looking forward to more!

Abigail Opper
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Abigail Opper

I am liking it so far. I was wondering where the conflict would come from since Kevin is really such a nice guy that we have met several times. I like the way he has become the antagonist but has not become harden. I can see the possibilities. And am intrigued to see how the story works out. Also love the dance part as I was a dance major in college and it is a definite passion. I hope Kevin has the self-confidence to handle it.

Paula M
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Paula M

What if Chloe has a hard time finding something new in her price range and Kevin suggests he take her spare room (discounts her rent) while his family takes the rest of the house. He is heading out on tour so his stuff is there but he isn’t, at first. Then when he gets back she can’t move to her new place for a month and things happen ……

Mary
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Mary

I love the beginning of this story and I’m so glad you’ve shared it with us. You said you wanted questions so here goes: Why did Rich wait until she walked down the aisle to say no? (Why couldn’t he at least speak to her privately?) Who told her that she had to be dignified all the time? What happened after she hit him on the altar? Did she go into labor immediately after the non-wedding? Who was with her for the delivery of her son? Is Rich involved in their lives now or does he just send the required… Read more »

Norma Ainsworth
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Norma Ainsworth

Love the premise of the story. I can’t wait to see how you flesh it out, it will be worth the wait. The short prologue set up the book well. I remember Chloe from the Hugh and Josie book and look forward to reading her story and Kevin’s. Thanks for the pre-read.

Lynn
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Lynn

Great start. Here are questions that came to mind.

Is Rich involved in Zavy’s life?
Does he support Chloe financially?
Why did Chloe turn down the 90 days?
Why does Kevin need to house his family?
Will we see Chloe’s mother…and if so, has she softened at all towards Zavy?
Is Zavy a nickname?
Will Kevin’s family be involved in the story?
Will Chloe have a hard time finding a new place to rent?

Thank you for doing this. I love this part…although I imagine the sheer decisions and the impact can be overwhelming.

Debbie holmes
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Debbie holmes

I think the chapters that you have supplied so far are beautifully written. Im not sure why you are struggling with this one. If you are having a crisis of confidence, there is really no need., and you are being way too hard on yourself. I have read the previous comments and call me shallow, but I don’t need any more back story than what you have already supplied. I don’t care why her mother said this at the wedding, or why her father said that. It was 2 years ago and is water under the bridge. I have enjoyed… Read more »

Norma Ainsworth
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Norma Ainsworth

You have made the best point of all. Rosalind has never disappointed me in a book so I think her struggle will go away soon. I’m excited to get a new book. If all the other people would go back and read Hugh and Josie’s story they would know more background on Chloe. Thanks for your refreshing comments.

Lorrie Smoker
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Lorrie Smoker

Liking the story & this concept. What is Rich’s career? How did Chloe & he meet? Somewhere involving his job/clients? Why is her prestige so important to him? Although the couple is talking softly at the alter, could someone or a few someones ;) gasp at his suggesting they abort the baby? Maybe even his own mom could or Grandma could clobber him. Becoming an ally for Chloe later on?? Could Chloe think about a bit of a snarky remark when she talks about “sending the perverts home with a note”? Where was the wedding taking place? It didn’t sound… Read more »

Nicola
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Nicola

Did Chloe ever go on that date with Will? If so, does Kevin know about that? If he doesn’t already know, would that be weird to him, that she’s previously been on dates with 2 of his team mates? I worry about Rich possibly showing up. I don’t see him wanting Chloe back, because he’s the kind of jerk who wouldn’t want to be with ‘just’ a dance teacher. But I could see him having decided to run for political office and his advisors insisting he needs to have a relationship with his child to look good to voters. Definitely… Read more »

Kim Cecelski
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Kim Cecelski

The chemistry was there between Chloe and Kevin in the previous book so that flows. I was a bit confused with the conversation in the studio about buying the house and his family moving in. I gather we’ll learn more about that in future chapters. I can definitely see Kevin doing ballet for strengthening with Chloes help.(my husband danced ballet to stay in shape when we started dating). I see them as housemates and her son becoming attached to Kevin. Maybe a little drama with his family or Rich shows up to cause trouble? I’m enjoying it so far. I… Read more »

Lori Duncan
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Lori Duncan

Oh my! I am so excited! You have to finish this book and keeo giving us more rugby men! I love the feedback you have recieved so far. I would also like to see more of her mom and of course Rich will have to come back since he’s in the prologue. I wonder what the deal is with Kevin and his siblings. I think because this has the chemistry even before this book strted between the two that it should maybe wait until the end for it to be final love. I think that is where Zavy could come… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

I need to revisit their back history! My first feelings..on the nit picking side … Can’t imagine any woman at 9 months pregnant wanting to get dressed up for a full on ceremony. Why did they wait so long? If Rich is so hung up on appearances and the ‘done thing’ would he bail at the actual ceremony? Good job you described her as willowy, this implies she is taller than the average ballerina, maybe on the Darcey Bussell scale? Most I’ve seen have been tiny, in height and frame. Wasn’t sure of the ‘nymph’ and pool’ thought from Kevin.… Read more »

Heidi Quinn
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Heidi Quinn

Wow. OK, maybe I’m not going to be that helpful. I love this. I’ve loved everything since your first book; thought they’ve all been great. But you just keep writing so much better! I swear it just flows from you, increasing in visual and emotional volume. Chloe is strong. I love her. I can see her move, feel the heat coming off of her- the power. Damn. I love seeing Kevin entranced by her. Damn. Again. I am already so looking forward to this book, and I cannot wait to read the story and the stories within. Thanks for choosing… Read more »

Kate Sparks
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Kate Sparks

What happened to her mom & dad…. and no one wants a big opulent wedding at 9 months… maybe 7… Is Rick supporting her financially? Is she estranged from parents — why does he need to house his brother & family? Their place destroyed ? Her professional career down the tubes ?

Sarah Mollo
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Sarah Mollo

I love how open and gentle Kevin seems–attitude-wise, younger, a little goofy, and less hardened than some of the other guys, and seems to wear his heart on his sleeve. He seems like a high-school crush kind of funny sweetheart in over his head with the property owner stuff. A golden retriever in a German shepherd’s job, who grows up a lot as he learns to set boundaries for his family and take more responsibility–he becomes someone worthy of Chloe (though not, I imagine, before letting her down a few times). I can imagine him as a reluctant and overwhelmed… Read more »

Dawn Mulholland
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Dawn Mulholland

I’ve always loved Kevin–loveable and a little awkward. I like how he sees the similarities between what she does, athletically, as a ballerina and what he has to do in training as a rugby player. In this respect, they have a LOT in common. I don’t see how Rich’s career wasn’t ruined by his last-minute ditch of her at the altar., and I doubt he’d have anything to do with her in the future–unless he wanted to resurrect his career. I wonder if Kevin plans to move his brother and wife into her apartment and the rest of the family… Read more »

Nancy McGee
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Nancy McGee

This has probably already been answered but my only question would be why is Kevin’s adult brother and family moving in with him? I can understand younger sisters if something happened to his parents. Did something happen to his parents? Did something happen to his brother? Did he loose his job? Did he gst hurt? Why is Kevin supporting all of them? Other then that question which you may already answer in upcoming chapters so far it’s very intriguing.

Margaret H
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Margaret H

I’m loving it! Some of my questions may have been answered already, but here goes: At the wedding, Rich saying “It’s not mine” – did Chloe have to deal with any stigma as fallout from his declaration, or did she set the record straight about Rich being the father of her child? If Chloe did have to deal with stigma, did it affect her life and how she was treated by employers etc? Maybe missed job or life opportunities by judmental people? Does Chloe have financial support for her child, or is she relying on her job to live? Looking… Read more »

Margaret H
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Margaret H

Oops, my typo – judgemental

Jo Downey
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Jo Downey

Chapters 1-4: I like the change in the beginning…flows smoother. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to have Kevin throw in the ‘attracted to you but was in relationship already’ card or perhaps Josie could let that drop and lessen Chloe’s irritation. She seems confrontational with no more contact that they’ve had. I’m not having any trouble with the brother and his family moving in…understanding how the All Blacks travel so much I made the assumtion that they will be backup for the sisters. I’m catching that Kevin has been on crutches twice and could anticipate some type of training/therapy to… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

I don’t think I’d be a very good beta reader because I think it’s a great story…I don’t really have questions because I always figure they’ll be answered later on. That’s what keeps you reading, not knowing or understanding what’s coming next. Obviously we haven’t seen much of Chloe other than as Josie’s friend in Just Not Mine, but from this little bit she’s sounding stubborn and I get really frustrated with characters who are stubborn just for the sake of it (probably because I have a few too many kids who are that way and it drives me crazy!)… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

Typo, of course…I meant when I DON’T actually run into them.

Danielle
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Danielle

Loooove it! I’m so excited for another NZ book and I love Josie so this is great! My only confusion/suggestion is in regards to the living situation. What kind of house is it that Chloe is living in? A duplex? Maybe I just don’t understand NZ housing. I was having trouble picturing her house and where all these other people are moving into. You paint the picture so beautifully in all your books so it’s odd for me to ever have any confusion :) I feel like I am familiar with NZ just from your books! So maybe just a… Read more »

Nicola
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Nicola

I think it’s what in England is called a maisonette. The house has been split into to apartments, one upstairs and one downstairs.

Mary Guidry
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Mary Guidry

Zavy could add a great obstacle… and I know it happens because it happened to me. He just does NOT take to Kevin at the beginning. He’s that age. You’ve already shown us that.

Marolyn
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Marolyn

I loved the prologue from yesterday. The important part though is the content and it works as part of CH1 too :) With just that foiled wedding day bit , you explained why Chloe has been so prickley, defensive, closed off during the little bit we’ve gotten to know her as Josie’s friend. Nicely done. Personally, I don’t need to know more about Rich. Unless of course, Chloe needs to explain something at some point to Kevin, then I definitely want to eavesdrop on that conversation! ;) However, I agree with others that we’ll see more of “evil” Rich… because… Read more »

Kathi B
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Kathi B

Really enjoying what I’ve read so far. It really drew me in. I love books where heroes from previous parts of the series show up in supporting roles that make sense.. Rosalind, you are very good at writing realistic children, I worry that Zavy might fall into the stereotypical brat. But that could just be when we meet him – at the magic hour/age for children (where the brat shines thru). Can’t wait to read more!

Lorrie
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Lorrie

Loving the story. My questions would be very similar to the other comments. I enjoyed the new beginning. I hope it’s okay to mention that maybe takeaways was mentioned quite a few times in Chapter 4.?? I hope being nit picky only makes your story better than it already is. :) I remember quite an intimate touching scene in Welcome to Paradise (Book 1) where the hero, Gabe, shaves the heroine’s underarms as she is completely exhausted. It was such a sweet intimate gesture that it has stayed with me. Anyway, I’m mentioning this wondering if perhaps Chloe might need… Read more »

Eva Thompson
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Eva Thompson

Prologue–Love the setup! We can see how fierce Chloe’s personality can be. And it clues us in on how central ballet is to all aspects of her life, especially as a tool to calm her nerves. Ch 1. & 2. Change comes in the form of a muscular redhead–why? Was Kevin on her mind as she was winding her day down? Was it because she had just learned that Kevin became her new landlord? Had he been in the recesses of her mind since she first met him & hearing his name relit the spark? Also, is that why she… Read more »

Esther Frick
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Esther Frick

Hi Rosalind, I’m loving this book so far and have been looking forward to Kevin’s story. He seems so sweet and adorable. And Chloe deserves a happy ending too. Here’s my question list. Maybe other people addressed some of these already – I didn’t check to see. Sorry if anything is redundant. What led up to the wedding disaster? Were there any fights or signals that things were heading down that path? What happened to the father of Chloe’s child? Obviously he doesn’t want to be a dad or be married, but is he supporting the child? How does Chloe… Read more »

Dawn Mulholland
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Dawn Mulholland

I’m adding an update to my first comment–I LOVE the addition of the scene of Josie’s loving, beautiful wedding and the comparison to Chloe’s “forced” almost wedding. I don’t think we need any more back story. Whatever we need to know can come out as we see the relationship between Kevin and Chloe develop. From what I picture in my mind–Kevin’s house is a big one, with an apartment on the top floor that Chloe rents (and that I believe his brother and wife will move into–mostly because of the high cost of housing in Auckland. and because I’ve seen… Read more »

Monique
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Monique

One of the hallmarks of your work has been family. I love how Kevin is supporting his and I can see them playing a large role in the story. On the flip side, I barely see Chloe’s family. So, I need to echo others and ask “Where are they?” I can’t imagine them abandoning her in any way. Even a small scene with her mother taking Zavy somewhere or something would help dispel the feeling that Chloe is completely on her own. Right now I feel like Kevin is spot on with his awe and a little bit of hero… Read more »

lena
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lena

It was all good until the pizza party downstairs – the entire conversation there was irrelevant and I quite couldn’t follow it since there was no intro to the other participant of the dialogue. Otherwise really great read and I’m very interested in the development of the story. Please keep on going.

Susan Smith
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Susan Smith

I liked the pizza party. I enjoy the interaction of the rugby men. If you haven’t read the previous books you should do so now. Too much explanation of every characters backstory ruins the natural flow of the really excellent writing. I really want Rich to be paying child support. I dislike women letting daddy jerks off the hook. Kev and Chloe need more tension in their story arc besides the eviction. Maybe her distrust of “rich men” ? Really like the story so far. Thank you Rosalind for your exceptional stories.

Jo Downey
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Jo Downey

. I like the body confidence direction with his sisters. I’m thinking you’ll develope their characters! And another teaser with Ben Thompson … sure got Kevvies notice. Josie’s got something cooking with living quarters and further interest in Chloe’s situation. I’m glad to see she’s not quite so narky all the time and would like to see her have an opportunity to assume her professional dancing. Don’t know ballet or how realistic that is.

Mary B
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Mary B

I love that you’re doing this, and as I’m not on social media, this is great! I also love all your books, and can’t wait to see how this turns out, as I’m sure there will be some twists and turns. I do have to say that I have a lot of the same questions that Esther Frick posed. Most all of them actually, but as it moves on you can see, and feel the tension & excitement building. But it would be nice to see some of Esther’s statements tackled in regards to her family (father & mother) reference… Read more »