Most Americans don’t follow Rugby like they do in the UK and New Zealand (where they have the All Blacks). Kat Latham has written a series of sports romances featuring rugby players and is a major cheerleader for the sport through her books. Knowing the Score and Playing It Close, were the first books I read. I liked them so I was happy to get the chance to read Tempting The Player. I think this author just gets better with each book.
Book three of the London Legends
Libby Hart and Matt Ogden consider themselves best friends. After all, they’ve known each other or five years, live in the same building, have access to each others apartments and agreed to co-parent “Princess,” a chihuahua dog. Libby is a pilot and is six years older than 28 yr. old rugby player, Matt. Even though Libby has had a crush on Matt, she has watched the revolving door of women through Matt’s door. Because of this she’s never tried to move the relationship into an intimate one. However, she has changed her mind because she wants a home and family and is determined to change the situation after he returns the dog and walks in on her during her bath.
After being a star on another team, professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends. But a personal phobia is keeping him a bench warmer. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He doesn’t have time for a relationship, even if he is attracted to Libby after he walked in on her in her bath. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband without sacrificing her flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.
Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, and Libby is determined to help him ease his fears and while working with him to ease his fears, she uses the opportunity to get closer to Matt by using some aspect of sex as a reward. Matt benefits by concentrating on something besides his fear of flying. But neither will sacrifice their career for a committed relationship or future together.
Pros: Well written. The hero was especially well-developed and his back story and flaws were totally believable. The game of rugby is a tough game and requires an incredible commitment to training. The author really did a good job of showing the tough game of rugby, the life of a rugby player, and the fact that their salaries don’t have as many zeroes in them as other professional players.
Cons: The heroine wasn’t that likeable for some reason. The scene where she deliberately allowed the hero to view her naked to hasten the transition to a relationship appeared contrived.
Would I recommend: Absolutely.Tempting The Player is the third book in the London Legends series. This book can be read as a stand alone but after reading you may want to read the first two in the series. ~
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kat Latham’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA. She now lives with her British husband and baby girl in a small town in the rural Netherlands surrounded by miles and miles of green pasture, canals and Shetland ponies. Kat’s slowly adjusting to life in a place where bicycles and cows seem to outnumber people.Through her British husband ,Kat’s gained a keen appreciation for rugby, and cricket. He inspired her to write a series about rugby players with incredibly sexy voices.
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