In Tempting the Player by Kat Latham, Libby Hart and Matt Ogden have been best friends for five years. They have even become furry parents to an adorable Chihuahua named Princess. Matt, a rugby player for the Legends Club, has a horrible panic attack while flying with his team. Finally admitting that he has a fear of flying, Matt asks Libby, an accomplished pilot for a discount airlines, to help him overcome his fear. Libby accepts and then makes a proposal that takes their friendship into relationship territory. With their careers heading in opposite directions, can they save their new relationship?
I absolutely loved this book!! I am honestly not a sports person (other than baseball) and like most Americans I really have no clue about rugby. One of the best things about this book is that Latham includes a handy glossary of terms so that even someone who knows nothing about the sport can follow Matt’s actions on the field.
The friendship between Matt and Libby really makes the whole book. They are so comfortable with each other prior to taking things further. Once they start thinking about each other as more then just friends, they both question if it’s worth it. Neither one of them wanted to loose their best friend if the relationship didn’t work out
It was also refreshing to read about a heroine closer to my age. It’s not often that romances feature women in their thirties. I also enjoyed how Libby struggled through a good chunk of the book of how to fit her desire to have a family with her career goals, which is also another topic rarely discussed in romances.
Matt’s character was great as well. Matt was struggling with his career and it had gotten to the point that his contract wasn’t likely to be renewed. Instead of having Matt be a stereotypical Alpha male, Latham allows the reader in on the self doubts Matt is having not just about his career but about his love life as well.
This was a excellent read for me. Readers who enjoy Rachel Gibson’s Chinook Hockey Team series should definitely read this book and series. I know I am going to have to go back and read the first two books on this series!!
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About the Book:
Author: Kat Latham
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC received from Author
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…