Playing It Close [NOOK Book]


Book two of the London Legends

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 ...

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Playing It Close

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Book two of the London Legends

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426898211
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2014
  • Series: London Legends Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 45,827
  • File size: 363 KB

Meet the Author

Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters.Find out more on her website:

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

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    This is the second book in the London Legends series by Kat Lath

    This is the second book in the London Legends series by Kat Latham. When I saw this on NetGalley, I knew that I wanted to read it since I so enjoyed the first one, Knowing the Score (4 stars).  It's funny, I'm not usually into sports books, but maybe because I have absolutely no idea how to play Rugby, that it seems quite fascinating. Plus the writing is very good, with sharp and witty dialogue.

    We are introduced to Tess as she tries to work up the courage to go for a midnight skinny dip in the ocean, while on her vacation in Venezuela.  Tess is on a much needed break from a huge public scandal involving her testimony on the sexual harassment practices on London's version of Wall Street. She can't quite talk herself into it and ends up swimming in her t-shirt and bikini bottoms. Once she is done and heading in the for night, she realizes that since she didn't manage to work up her nerve and she forgot her towel, she now half naked in a translucent white t-shirt. She does her best to get sneak back up to her room unnoticed, when someone joins her in the elevator ride up to her room. Luck continues to be against her when the elevator gets stuck between floors on the way up.

    Liam Callaghan, Captain of the London Legends, the England squad and all time leading points scorer, is just trying to get some piece, quiet and a little perspective since his mother's death a few weeks ago. He gives an alias to Tess when they meet and since she knows all about wishing to be anonymous right now, she plays along and gives him an alias as well. It doesn't take long before they are spending all their free-time together, exploring the area and each other.  Neither thinks that they will see each other again, until fate puts them face to face as promoter and star athlete. But due to the alias', there is confusion and misunderstanding that will have to be worked through before they can once again trust each other.

    British books are hits or misses with me. This one was a hit.  I still have absolutely no clue about rugby, and thankfully it wasn't necessary, to enjoy this book. However, I will say that what little bit I have checked out on Youtube seems very interesting. Both of the characters had issues to work through, but I remained interested and involved the whole story through.  I consumed this book in one sitting, it was so engrossing. I did read the first book in the series, but I don't think it would be necessary to follow the story line of this one. Though we did get a bit of a peek at how they are doing in this book.  This is another 4 star read. 

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

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    Entertaining, Endearing Characters With a Fun-Loving Romance

    As a fan of sports-themed romances I was immediately drawn to this story and its likable characters, witty dialogue, heartfelt romance, and engaging circumstances. From their unconventional first meeting you can expect the unexpected as Tess and Liam take a twisty and turny journey to HEA.

    Star rugby player Liam is still struggling with the loss of his mother, which has him off his game and frustrated with the superficiality of his relationships and desperate to find something more while taking a break in Venezuela. For weeks Tess has been fodder in the press for her whistle blowing in a work-related sex scandal. Tired of being the butt of jokes and for again disappointing her family she takes a break at her family's Eco-friendly spa in Venezuela where she's torn between her instincts to be a wild child and not wanting to give people more to criticize her for. A slightly poor decision leaves her wet and semi-naked in an elevator that breaks down after star rugby player Liam rushes in. From this engaging opening scene full of playfulness and sexual tension you sense a deep connection between these two people who feel lost and alone. Though neither of them gave their real names, their connection and emotions were as honestly displayed as ever before. Their short time together brought out the best in both of them but it wasn't meant to last as the real world was awaiting them.

    Arriving back in London didn't stop their problems as she starts a new job that will greatly impact his future as his team is on the verge of bankruptcy. Though their attraction is just as intense as before their new working relationship forbids anything sexual. Working so closely amps up their attraction and soon their relationship becomes combustible as they both fight for the happiness they glimpsed millions of miles away. I enjoyed their romantic journey as their both immensely likable. Tess is a woman tired of disappointing her family and tries to walk the straight and narrow as she just wants to be accepted. She's willing to throw away what she has with Liam out of fear and it left their HEA in jeopardy. I still liked her though as she's outspoken and quirky in her actions. She has self-esteem and body image issues that every woman can relate to and left me sympathetic to her and rooting for her HEA. Liam is a kindhearted man who just wants to be loved for who he is. He too is desperate not to disappoint others, as he feels he did to his mother on her deathbed, which leaves him struggling to do the right thing. He's willing to admit when he's wrong though which endeared him to me even more.

    Needless to say he's super sexy too, as are the other colorful characters of the London Legends rugby team. These intriguing men mean there's plenty more stories for Ms. Latham to tell and as the scenes featuring the team were engaging there's plenty of sexy stories left to tell.. Ms. Latham's story flowed nicely with the romance building in increments that allowed their playfulness and sensuality to come shining through and I look forward to the next installment as well as going back to read the previous book in this series.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    Knowing the Score is a fantastic story about two wounded but ver

    Knowing the Score is a fantastic story about two wounded but very public people facing difficult times and finding love. 

    Liam Callaghan, rugby champion, is reeling from the loss of his mother. Tess Baily is facing a political fire storm over her sexual harassment charges against her ex-work place. Both find solace in each others arms in a eco-lodge resort in Venezuela. Both giving each other false identities...but when they return to real life and their jobs...they discover Tess might be the ultimate decision in financially saving Liam's rugby team.

    Even if their burning passion follows them from the jungles of Venezuela, their working affiliation makes their chance at further relationships forbidden.

    For some reason, the entire time I was reading Playing It Close I had a picture of Stu stuck in my head...what a visual.

    I loved Latham's writing style. I was immediately pulled right into the complicated lives of these two characters. A tumultuous relationship, heart felt internal inventory, and two characters that might be famous/infamous but where completely relatable, how could I not be catapulted into their lives. Tess's father's introspective into Tess's character actually had me in tears, showing the true love a of family. 

    I didn't have the pleasure to read Knowing the Score first and would love the opportunity to get more on Spencer's and Caitlyn's story. That being said, Playing it Close completely stood on its own.

    Don't miss this fantastic, sports infused, love story. 

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    Going into this book all I expected was a hot promiscuous rugby

    Going into this book all I expected was a hot promiscuous rugby player and lots of sex. Instead I was left reeling when I finished the book. This book took my expectations and blew them out of the water. I got all I wanted and so much more. Of course, had I read Kat Latham's debut book and the first book in the London Legends series, Knowing the Score, I probably wouldn't have been so surprised by how good it was. If you're like me and haven't read the first book, allow me to reassure you, this book is can easily be read as a stand alone.

    I loved how both Tess and Liam were trying to escape their demons in England and yet met each other unexpectedly on the other side of the world and found themselves slightly unburdening themselves on each other all while keeping their given names from each other. I loved how they laid themselves and each other bare, both figuratively and literally. I love that while I got the hot sex I was expecting, it was exactly what Tess and Liam needed, and not over the top or too little. I love that Tess was a strong woman who didn't hesitate to face and admit her mistakes and short comings, yet she could've been you or me, especially when it came to the insecurities she felt regarding her body. Kat wrote characters I wanted to both be friends with and protect from the ugliness of life. It was very easy to forget Liam and Tess were fictional characters

    This book is fast paced, I feel as if I read it in no time and yet it was so profound. There are a multitude of issues in this book that are dealt with a depth most wouldn't expect from a romance novel, let alone a sports romance. I love how seamlessly Kat Latham integrated them into the story. Nothing felt forced and everything was dealt with in a manner that was true but fair. I'm hoping Kat will write a story about Charlie, Tess's cousin especially since he plays a pivotal part in bringing Tess and Liam together again when they return to England. Oh and the index pertaining to rugby terms is a brilliant move. It kept me, someone who knows nothing at all about the sport of rugby, from being confused. I think it's safe to say I'm excited to have discovered another author to add to "my must read" and "want in paperback" lists as well as a new sport to read about. 

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