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Series: London Legends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Playing It Close by Kat Latham

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Playing It Close by Kat LathamPlaying it Close by Kat Latham
Series: London Legends
Also in this series: Knowing the Score
Published by Carina Press on 14 April 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, People & Places, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 230
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Knowing the Score

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, Venezuela // London, England

First Line(s): Warm seawater sliding over naked. That’s how Tess wanted to end her second night in Venezuela.

Playing it Close by Kat Latham is the second book in her London Legends team which is an English Rugby team. This story involves Liam, who we first meet in Knowing the Scoreand Tess, a new character. At the start of the book both Tess and Liam are in Venezuela, each trying to escape real life issues that are waiting for them back in England. The two meet and have an instant connection but both start out lying to the other which never ends well in a romance novel. Because the truth does come out along with several misunderstandings tossed in just for fun. Though despite these self-made obstacles Tess and Liam do have real chemistry on the page and its hard not to fight for them as they work their way to a HEA.

What is missing from Playing it Close is any real crossover with the first book, Knowing the Score, as Liam and Spencer are supposed to be best friends. This lack of Spencer is made all the more glaring with how often the other London Legends players appear on the page. It was also a little confusing trying to figure out the timeline from when the first book ended and where this one begins and I probably spent more time than I should have trying to connect the dots.

Overall, Playing it Close, was your average contemporary romance filled with the usual sorts of cliches. It was filled with a fun cast of secondary characters and I did enjoy the humor that Liam’s teammates brought to the story. I also enjoyed Liam and Tess’s interactions when they weren’t being stupid and letting a lack of communication get between them. Sometimes I really wish that you could reach into a book and knock some sense into the various characters. Playing it Close was a quick and engaging read and I look forward to the next book in the series, Tempting the Player.

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three-half-stars
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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
Goodreads
three-stars
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.

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