This week I’m reviewing Kat Latham’s new book Taming the Legend, book 4 of the London Legends. Eighteen year old Ash Trenton who is starting his career with the London Legends is on a short vacation in Barcelona with a friend. He meets sixteen year old Camila Morales who is visiting and helping her relatives for the summer. They spend two weeks getting to know each other physically and emotionally. Then he has to leave to begin his career with The Legends and she goes back to Montana. She quickly discovers she has to make a life changing decision alone when all her letters are returned unopened.
The story opens eighteen years later with Camila traveling to London where Ash has played his last game and is retiring from Rugby. While she still carries some anger against him, she needs someone to coach troubled teens for the San Diego 7s so that she can save her financially strapped camp with the prize money. He doesn’t know why she never got in touch with him until she shows him all the unopened letters she had mailed him. When he reads the letters, he decides to help her before he embarks on a new career.
When I first read the blurb on the book, It seemed quite clear that it was going to be another secret baby book. What was different was the way it was handled. Instead of keeping it a secret baby, the issue was resolved early on and did not drag the situation out.
Ash runs into lots of obstacles when he discovers Camila didn’t tell him the truth. He thought he was going to coach skilled boys for the San Diego 7s. Instead he has a group of teenage girls who’ve never played rugby and he only has four weeks to get them ready for competition. In the meantime, he also finds himself falling for Camila all over again, but she is not such an easy sell this time because she has no plans to leave her camp and follow him wherever he goes for his next job.
What I liked:
I’ve found that Kat Latham creates special heroes in every book and this one is no different. Ash Trenton is just a great hero and his sense of humor and the way he handled the teen girls was great.
My favorite line:
“Being a girl is not a disability. Boobs, periods, cramps… I know you’ve got them, but I don’t give a monkey’s toss about them.”
The book is well paced and it is easy to connect with most of the characters. Even the very obvious plot twist didn’t bother me. It’s just a well-written rugby romance.
What I didn’t like:
The heroine seemed to have all kinds of issues, morally, as well as emotionally, though she probably had good reasons for some. Even when she found that Ash didn’t abandon her she still treats him like the bad guy who she just wants to have sex with. Full of fears about whether Ash will dump her for a sport again she can’t commit.
I recommend this book without reservations.
***Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.***
About the Author:
Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters. Find out more on her website: katlatham.com.
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