Title: Tempting the Player
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…
Author: Kat Latham
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Playing it Close
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: 10 November, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Theme
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A best-friends to lovers’ trope with a happy ever after that had some clever and interesting twists, Latham brings the third book in her London Legends story. Libby and Matt have been friends for ages: in fact, they share custody of a tiny dog, and while they both know that there is a spark there, they both have different goals in life.
Libby is an airline pilot who really want to find a man to handle house, home and children. Matt is struggling with his own rugby career: his fear of flying makes him an unlikely candidate for a starting position. So Matt starts out showing his vulnerable side when he asks his best friend, Libby, to help him overcome his fear.
Oh this was cute and sweet – Libby has the perfect solution – they will act on their attraction, but only AFTER they have flown to a new destination. And from here, the story was funny, sweet, tender and adorable as these two learned that they can make adjustments for what they always thought they wanted, to take a chance with what they know is good.
Latham’s writing and characters have improved in this series: this is by far my favorite in terms of development, believability, and likeability. The easy to understand fears from them both, and the moments of vulnerability and sweetness that Matt shows add a touch of heart that sweetens the story significantly.
These two have a palpable attraction and their interactions feel natural, even as they are having those moments of hesitancy once they arrive at a destination. When the rules start to blur the story really heats up, and you just can’t help but cheer them on to a happy ever after.