Knowing the Score (London Legends, #1)
by: Kat Latham
Series: London Legends
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2013
Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England's World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he's eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.
Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world's worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.
Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.
Kat Latham has added herself to my auto buy list with Knowing the Score. It brought all I could wish to find in a romance and is a superb start to the London Legends series.
I didn't really go in with any huge expectations as Kat is a new author to me but the blurb definitely enticed. Now I'm questioning why it's taken me so long; for a start I love rugby but I'm also partial to a British based romance and I quickly found myself completely captivated by Spencer and Caitlin's story. It brought everything; humour, emotion and great series potential by introducing us to Spencer's teammates, but the one thing that struck me was how real these characters were portrayed and their gradual progression from strangers to lovers. Friendship played a huge part and this is why this book worked so well for me.
"I know I must look huge to you, but I'm not a behemoth."
Spencer's heart is as huge as his physique. So often athletes are depicted as testosterone-fuelled alpha males, and whilst he had his moments, mainly in his thoughts, he was a laid-back, gentle, witty and patient man. Caitlin was completely likeable; her work for a disaster relief organisation means she's faced with of the worst crisis' possible and this somewhat prevents her focussing on her own painful past and whilst it's defined her she's still a strong, determined, independent (and clumsy) woman.
This story and these characters have brought a sexy, emotive and strong start to the series. Kat Latham has a writing style that flows easily and quickly absorbs you and I've just one-clicked the next 2 books and novella in the series. If they're in the same league as Knowing the Score I'll be a very happy reader.
"When I win it's because I pour my heart into the game for you."
**Copy generously gifted by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. It was my absolute pleasure.**
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