Date published: August 5th, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Synopsis: 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.
What I Thought:
I've wanted to read this book from the moment I first heard about it. Carina Press released an excerpt and that's all it took for me to know this book was going to be one I was going to enjoy. I would've been happy with a hot athlete meeting his match, a good woman, with a heart of gold. I got that and more. I got a story that had depth and gravitas.
I fell in love with Caitlyn the moment I met her. She's earnest and sincere. I loved how flustered she was with Spencer's attention. It was really sweet. I of course was totally enamored with her as was he. I also will admit to drooling over Spencer, and not just his physique. I loved how he cared for his grandfather. I also loved how dedicated he was to his sport. He really and truly loved the sport. The chemistry the two had was wonderful.
I was really impressed with the story. Caitlyn's passion wasn't understated. I love how her passion and occupation was given equal importance as Spencer's fame and desires. I do wish either of them had been less stubborn. Both of them wanted everything and the other, but weren't really willing to compromise. Kat Latham has really impressed me with her debut novel. It was everything I'd hoped it would be.
About the Author
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 now lives with her British husband and baby girl 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 reading and writing stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She’s been fortunate enough to win some contests, including the Golden Pen and Ignite the Flame, though her Mom is most proud of Kat winning the sex-scene contest, Between the Sheets.
Through her British husband (Dr Smarty Pants, PhD), Kat’s gained a keen appreciation for rugby, cricket, and the sound of a pucka English accent saying words ending in ‘-er’. He inspired her to write a series about hot rugby players with incredibly sexy voices. The first in the series, Knowing the Score, was published by Carina Press in summer 2013.
Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s had the privilege of traveling to Kenya, Ethiopia and Northern Ireland to write about the heroic people helping their communities survive poverty, inequality and hunger.
When she’s not traveling, reading or writing, Kat can be found sharing overly personal things on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.
Kat is represented by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency.
* I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*