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Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Knowing the Score by Kat Latham

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Knowing the Score by Kat LathamKnowing the Score by Kat Latham
Series: London Legends,
Also in this series: Playing it Close
Published by Carina Press on 05 August 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 228
Format: eARC
Also by this author: Playing it Close


Place(s) Traveled to: London, England

First Line(s): Spencer Bailey was ready to light up the world – and any Aussies who crossed his path in the next eighty minutes.

London Legends Series Order
Book 1: Knowing the Score
Book 2: Playing it Close (20 April 2014)
Book 3: Untitled

I don’t know what it is about sports themed books but for whatever reason I am drawn to them like a moth to the flame. When I first saw the title, Knowing the Score by Kat Latham, I thought that it would be about soccer but I was wrong about that. Turns out this book was about rugby and it was set in one of my favorite cities in the world, London. This story was told from both Spencer and Caitlyn, both of whom are looking for a short term fling and nothing serious. So you just know that things are going to get all sorts of complicated.

They meet when Caitlyn helps Spencer’s dad who has a heart attack while walking around London one morning. There is an instant attraction but there is a catch, Spencer doesn’t do relationships of any kind during the rugby season and Caitlyn is a virgin who’d rather not be anymore on a short term work visa in London. Caitlyn has some serious hangups with men, and justifiably so, as well as a huge chip on her shoulder. I am amazed that Spencer didn’t chuck this girl to the curb a dozen times over as she always jumps to the worst case scenario.

When she ends up pregnant, things change dramatically and just as when you think these two might find their HEA, Caitlyn’s friend reveals something about Spencer’s past that has Caitlyn running. Again. Rather than look at the actions of the man she knows and all good heart he has. Rather than do something sensible like talk to him she flies off the handle believing all the worst based on the word of a tabloid report and an event that happened several years prior. I seriously just wanted to smack this girl on the head a dozen times over. Caitlyn just wasn’t very likable most of the time and as I said above I don’t see why Spencer stuck around.

This was a fast-paced story and while I liked the premise I just wasn’t head over heels in love with it. The ending was a little unrealistic and it can be hard to fully enjoy a story when one of the characters sets your teeth on edge. I do think that this is the start of a promising series and I look forward to reading more about these London Legends.


2 Responses to “Review: Knowing the Score by Kat Latham”

  1. Vivien

    Hmmm…honestly, that cover really kills me. I’m not the biggest fan of these kind of covers, but I understand why they use them. Promising, but unrealistic, well, not surprising. lol