Title: Playing it Close
Where do you go to escape everything when you're one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn't exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.
Still reeling from a professional disaster that's made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.
Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he's shocked to learn she's taken a job with his team's new sponsor. As the Legends' captain, he'll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they've told in the past.
Author: Kat Latham
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Tempting the Player
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: 14 April, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Theme
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The second in her London Legends sport romances, Kat Latham brings us Liam’s story. After his mother’s death, the rugby captain needs some away time – and chooses a resort in Venezuela. He wanted to be somewhere that his famous face wouldn’t be instantly recognized, and this solution is perfect.
Tess is at the center of a tabloid frenzy after bringing harassment charges, it’s been relentless and why not disappear. A chance meeting with Liam and she instantly knows who he is. But, the name he gives her isn’t his – and she responds in kind. After all – one night – what can it hurt?
And then life returns and lo and behold Tess and Liam meet again: she is working for the team’s largest sponsor. A few uncomfortable and embarrassing moments, and the two start a tentative dance of sexual attraction and tension, broken up by a few steamy hot interludes.
This was better than the first: characters were more believable and solidly built, their attraction felt natural, the sex was less mechanical, and Latham adds in several moments that are ‘rugby related’ that fit their placing. Liam is sweet and a bit befuddled: confident in his own ability and skill, he isn’t always so certain about all of the ephemera that comes with celebrity. Tess is headstrong, hotheaded and often impulsive, but her heart is honest and she does give him some moments to ‘forget’ it all, that work beautifully for them both.
This was more on the line of what I was hoping for from this series: solid characters with easy to understand issues and problems, who aren’t unwilling to take chances, even as they are scary. Latham brought a better and more solid story in this installment.