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Library JournalCaitlyn Sweeney passes by an elderly gentleman in the throes of a heart attack on a London sidewalk. As luck would have it, her training as an international emergency aid worker has prepared her for just this kind of thing. Grateful for saving his life, Philip introduces Caitlyn to his grandson Spencer, a hunk of man who is well known throughout London for being not only a tough rugby player but also as the feature in a sexy underwear billboard ad. As an American, Caitlyn knows nothing about rugby, let alone Spencer. What she does know is that despite the attraction, she can’t allow herself to get too close. Spencer is willing to take it slow, which means that his feelings for Caitlyn go beyond the usual superficial relationships he has always known. With his coddling, Caitlyn slowly overcomes her fears of intimacy, but a secret from Spencer’s past may keep Caitlyn from ever fully trusting him with her heart.
Verdict A curvy girl with emotional baggage paired with a playboy who has a sordid past is a well-worn motif, but Latham keeps her debut fresh, with characters whose unique careers play a role in their relationship, and the romance runs at a strong pace. Readers will be eager for the next series offering, Playing It Close, which is set for release in April 2014.—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L. Dist., IL
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