Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review: Tempting the Player by Kat Latham

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: November 10th, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Synopsis: 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…
What I Thought:

I recall reading the blurb for the first time and thinking, "Well, this is going to be interesting." Mostly because romance readers like their heroes to be alpha with little to no hints of weakness. Although I know weakness isn't a bad thing, I loved the way Kat made Matt vulnerable in a way that showcased his strength.  I'd forgotten we women are suckers for a man who doesn't know how amazing and good he is. 

The characters are what really make this story work.  I loved Libby and I loved Matt. I admired Libby for finally taking a chance and trying to show Matt how much she loved him and wanted his body while trying to preserve their friendship.  I loved Matt for wanting to be the best he could be, but I didn't like the way he put so much pressure on himself and castigated himself for things he had no control over.  I would've have loved to meet his dad or ex-wife and tell them a thing or too.  It helps that the chemistry between Libby and Matt is blazing, as is their camaraderie.  They really have a true friendship.  

I was hooked to the book, not just because Matt and Libby were dancing around their feelings and attraction for one another, but because Kat found a way to bring the entire team into the story, and she did it organically.  It was great to see Liam and Spencer and meet other members of the team. There were moments when I laughed, and moments when I sobbed.  There was a twist I didn't see coming and I was devastated when it happened. You'd have to be without feelings not to be saddened. It was the one time I had to stop reading and get up to go get tissue.    

Kat Latham has done it once again.  She's written a story with as much heart as heat.  She's managed to make me fall in love with Libby and Matt, and want them to work out their fears and desires to be with each other. I shouldn't have been worried about Matt being a beta or even omega hero.  He was perfect and I love him no less than Spencer or Liam.  I sincerely hope this series continues.  Kat Latham has managed to make me fall in love with rugby time and again, and manage to keep each novel fresh and unique. That's pretty amazing.

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About the Author
Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. She’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She spent several years teaching English in Prague followed by several more working for a humanitarian organization in London. She and her British husband now live 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.

With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the humor and emotion of real life. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s had the privilege of traveling to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to write about the heroic people helping their communities survive disasters.

You can usually find Kat on her blog (, Twitter (@KatrinaLatham) or Facebook ( 

She hopes you’ll hang out with her there!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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