Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review ~ TEMPTING THE PLAYER by Kat Latham

Tempting the Player (London Legends, #3)
by: Kat Latham
Series: London Legends
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Source: Personal Purchase

Libby Hart and Matt Ogden are perfect for each other—as friends. They’ve known each other for ages. They act as each other’s plus-ones. They even share custody of a dog. And if there’s always been a little spark between them, so what? It’s never been worth jeopardizing their friendship.

Professional rugby player Matt is fighting for a starter position with the London Legends—and that’s not the only thing he’s fighting. A crippling fear of flying means he’s struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby’s looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt’s certainly not that man.

But just because they don’t have a future together doesn’t mean they can’t have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It’s the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…

Tempting the Player is one of the best friends-to-lovers novels I have read.  The third book in the London Legends series is as sexy and captivating as its predecessors and I loved every moment.  Kat Latham has a true gift in making her characters unique, real, endearing and with traits which are often avoided in the romance market; Matt 'Oggie' Ogden and Libby Hart are no different.

“...six-foot-one, sixteen-stone rugby player...with a dog named Princess...”

Friends for years, Matt and Libby know each other inside out and share custody of their dog.  Devoted to the Legends but with a crippling fear of flying holding him back, Matt can no longer risk his position in the team and turns to the person he trusts most in the world for help; Libby, who happens to be an Airline Pilot and is completely oblivious to her best-friends phobia, but who loves him enough to step-up and help him overcome it.  And her distraction tactics could change everything...

“What will it take for me to get you up in the air?”
“I’ll take whatever you’re willing to give me.”

With a fabulous chemistry as friends, when they cross the line it becomes combustible.  Matt's vulnerabilities set him apart from the guys we have met in the previous books, and whilst Libby has the strong, independent vibe that we've seen from all the ladies (which I love), she did frustrate a little and I wanted to shake her at times.  Because Matt was...oh just Matt; sexy, sweet, a little vulnerable but with a huge heart. I adored him.

“You’re the only one I want to score with.”

Fun, passionate and touching, Kat Latham has brought her readers another impressive and worthy addition to this series.  The rugby angle is fresh and unrepetitive, which is often difficult to achieve when a series focuses around the same sport, and with some character crossover Tempting the Player could be read as a standalone (although personally I wouldn't recommend it simply because Knowing the Score and Playing It Close themselves are great reads).  Easily one of my favourite reads of the year.

**Personal Purchase**

Rating: 5

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The London Legends Series:

Knowing the Score ~ Review
Playing it Close ~ Review

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  1. Sounds good. Kat is a new author for me. Just read bachelor book for Tule and really enjoyed!

    1. I loved that book. That was my first book by her too. She has one with Gabriel's brother coming out in June. So looking forward to it.


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