by: MK Meredith
Series: International Temptation
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Is the truth worth losing everything?
Mateu Espasa, CEO of Barcelona’s most luxurious hotel, knows how to deliver a five-star experience. When he learns the identity of hotel reviewer, London Montgomery, it seems harmless to play as her local tour guide to make sure she enjoys her stay and places his hotel back in the running for the Elite Travel and Life Magazine's hotel of fame. But every moment with London makes Mateu want her just as much as he needs that review.
Constantly working to cover her mother’s medical bills, London needs to have a little fun on this vacation. First on her list: Kiss a hot Spaniard, and her knight-in-shining-Armani at the train station seems to fit that bill—he’s local and definitely hot! But when she discovers the man charming her is really CEO of the hotel she’s reviewing—supposedly secretly—she decides to see how far he’ll go to make her dream vacation a once in a lifetime experience.
Mateu shows her the romance of his city and his soul, but when the truth comes out, the fun is over, and it turns out nobody wins in a game of hearts.
MK Meredith’s second book in her International Temptation series takes readers to Barcelona, Spain. Once again, the Huntington Hotel Chain plays a part in bringing two people not looking for love together.
London Montgomery is a highly sought after hotel reviewer for Elite Travel and Life Magazine, writing under the name of L.M. Cipriano. To make sure she doesn’t get any special treatments when she goes into hotels, her true identity is kept strictly confidential. After years of saving money, she’s finally able to go on her dream vacation to Barcelona and experience the city as a true tourist. Before she can even get to her hotel her luggage is stolen, only to be returned a short time later by an Armani clad knight in shining armour. She later finds out her mother, who she has vowed to take care of no matter what, has to be hospitalized and the medicine she needs isn’t covered by insurance. Strapped for money, London is going to have to skip some of her to do list. But all is not lost when London makes a startling discovery and plans to make the most of it.
Mateu Espasa is a man of honor. He loves his family and takes great pride in being able to strike out on his own and be successful. Mateu’s drive and strong work ethic has landed him the title of CEO of Huntington Place Barcelona. Needing to stay in Barcelona to help his ailing father at the family’s orchard, Espasa Orchards, he has to make his position at HPB permanent so he can do both jobs. His plan is in jeopardy when HPB’s rating goes down. He thinks earning a 5 star from ETLM will secure his plans. While it goes against everything he believes in, he plans on wining and dining one London Montgomery, who he knows is L.M. Capriano, to make sure the HPB gets the 5 star rating it deserves.
What I liked about Playing the Spanish Billionaire was that from the start, the characters of London and Mateu were likeable. I really tried to not like Mateu, but he made it very hard. Even though ultimately they are playing each other, it’s easy to understand why. The secondary characters of Mateu’s family are just as likeable and add so much to the story. Mateu’s brother, Antoni, definitely needs to find his own HEA.
I loved that MK took readers on a tour of Barcelona and all the culture it offers. I loved the romanticism Playing the Spanish Billionaire offers, with Mateu and London enjoying each other’s company and slowly falling in love with each other. What I wasn’t a fan of was the use of the Catalan language. I don’t generally have a problem with other languages being used. I can usually figure out the meaning on my own or do a quick and easy search. But I found searching for the Catalan language was hard and time consuming. I think a glossary of all the words used would have been very beneficial.
MK Meredith has definitely written a story that dreams are made of. From London meeting a sexy knight in shining armour in her hour of need to having a romantic vacation in a beautiful city to falling head over heels in love, Playing the Spanish Billionaire is a wonderful book to escape into.
**Received a copy of the book courtesy of the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
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MK Meredith writes single title contemporary romance promising an emotional ride on heated sheets. She believes the best route to success is to never stop learning.
Her lifelong love affair with peanut butter continues. Only two things come close in the battle for her affections: gorgeous heels and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA's (spontaneous explosions of affection) and live to tell the tale. The Meredith's live in the D.C. area with their two large fur babies...until the next adventure calls.
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