Playing the Spanish Billionaire

Playing the Spanish Billionaire

by M.K. Meredith


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Playing the Spanish Billionaire 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It had such a sensual and beautiful feel to it the entire time I was reading it. Mateu was the complete Latin lover package. While I did not like his deceit, he made up for it in the end. My heart hurt for London and all she was going through with her mom. She was strong, but very weary. I admired her do-whatever-it-takes-for-my-mom attitude. I loved the ending and got a little teary eyed. I only wish there was an epilogue because I would love a glimpse of their life in the future. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Fun predictable read that was enjoyable to watch unfold. . . London’s secret was out, even before she hit the ground. She knows a secret also. Mateu is not just a simple tour guide seeking to make some change. He was the CEO of the very hotel that she came to experience and write about. But the thing was that this was just a chance to make herself have the fun that she so richly deserved. She was a hard-working woman. This read was rich, warm and full of things specific to Barcelona. I loved the history brought in to make things feel more authentic. The sights. The sounds. The chemistry. Mateu bite off a bit more than he was expecting too. London’s world change and she had decisions to make. This was a good afternoon read that gave you a taste of vacation and the sun of the tropics.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A fun jaunt to Barcelona! A misunderstanding starts this book off and continues until everything is cleared up at the end ... it's fun and sassy, sweet and sexy and a nice dip into some foreign culture. When Mateu Espasa gains some secret knowledge that a famous hotel reviewer is going to be staying at his hotel in Barcelona, he sets out to make her stay top notch without letting on that he knows who she is. London Montgomery works hard to support herself and her mother through her medical issues. She's been saving for years for a dream vacation, and is finally taking the time to do it. She's chosen to stay at one of her favorite hotels and is looking forward to her time of relaxation. When she discovers that Mateu is trying to pull a fast one on her because he thinks she's there to do a review. She decides to push his buttons and see how far he'll take it to make sure she has a dream vacation!
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I never thought that I should put kissing a Catalan should be on my bucket list, but after reading MK Meredith’s latest, Playing the Spanish Billionaire, my list has definitely been amended. Mateu drew me in with his love of family and good heart. Both he and London were willing to put their love of family over anything. While it takes a while to sort out their game of cat and mouse the ending is perfect. I really enjoyed these characters. I also loved the very brief cameo at the end. Meredith includes the city as a vibrant character which is what truly sets this novel apart. If you are looking for a short vacation to Barcelona this is a perfect book for you. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
MK Meredith’s second book in her International Temptation series takes readers to Barcelona, Spain. Once again, the Huntington Hotel Chain plays a part in bringing two people not looking for love together. London Montgomery is a highly sought after hotel reviewer for Elite Travel and Life Magazine, writing under the name of L.M. Cipriano. To make sure she doesn’t get any special treatments when she goes into hotels, her true identity is kept strictly confidential. After years of saving money, she’s finally able to go on her dream vacation to Barcelona and experience the city as a true tourist. Before she can even get to her hotel her luggage is stolen, only to be returned a short time later by an Armani clad knight in shining armour. She later finds out her mother, who she has vowed to take care of no matter what, has to be hospitalized and the medicine she needs isn’t covered by insurance. Strapped for money, London is going to have to skip some of her to do list. But all is not lost when London makes a startling discovery and plans to make the most of it. Mateu Espasa is a man of honor. He loves his family and takes great pride in being able to strike out on his own and be successful. Mateu’s drive and strong work ethic has landed him the title of CEO of Huntington Place Barcelona. Needing to stay in Barcelona to help his ailing father at the family’s orchard, Espasa Orchards, he has to make his position at HPB permanent so he can do both jobs. His plan is in jeopardy when HPB’s rating goes down. He thinks earning a 5 star from ETLM will secure his plans. While it goes against everything he believes in, he plans on wining and dining one London Montgomery, who he knows is L.M. Capriano, to make sure the HPB gets the 5 star rating it deserves. What I liked about Playing the Spanish Billionaire was that from the start, the characters of London and Mateu were likeable. I really tried to not like Mateu, but he made it very hard. Even though ultimately they are playing each other, it’s easy to understand why. The secondary characters of Mateu’s family are just as likeable and add so much to the story. Mateu’s brother, Antoni, definitely needs to find his own HEA. I loved that MK took readers on a tour of Barcelona and all the culture it offers. I loved the romanticism Playing the Spanish Billionaire offers, with Mateu and London enjoying each other’s company and slowly falling in love with each other. What I wasn’t a fan of was the use of the Catalan language. I don’t generally have a problem with other languages being used. I can usually figure out the meaning on my own or do a quick and easy search. But I found searching for the Catalan language was hard and time consuming. I think a glossary of all the words used would have been very beneficial. MK Meredith has definitely written a story that dreams are made of. From London meeting a sexy knight in shining armour in her hour of need to having a romantic vacation in a beautiful city to falling head over heels in love, Playing the Spanish Billionaire is a wonderful book to escape into. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
London Montgomery’s has a hectic life as a secret hotel reviewer, having to keep working to fund her mother’s increasing medical bills. Now, however, she’s going to take a break from working and have a real holiday in Barcelona - or that’s what she’d planned, including devising a list of things she’s hoping to do on her dream vacation. Her arrival in the Spanish city has a dramatic encounter at the train station . . . when a handsome Catalan comes to her rescue. It turns out he’s going to the same hotel . . . . is this fate? Her rescuer is Mateu Espasa and he’s actually the CEO of the hotel she’s staying at - but he’s not telling her that! He knows her undercover job and assumes she’s working. He’s determined to ensure she has a 5* experience so her review will reflect well on the hotel. However, the two are seriously attracted and sometimes the best laid plans can have added twists! With both keeping secret their knowledge of the other, motives are bound to be questioned and the big reveal open to misinterpretation and confrontation. When confession time arrives the reactions are heated and potentially romance killing. However the reconciliation makes it all worthwhile and the ending is both heartwarming and endearing - it certainly left a smile on my face! This is a fast-paced, action packed and enthralling read. The author brings the characters vividly to life and it is especially easy to empathise with the main characters and their concerns regarding the health of one of their parents. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by this talented author and I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to other lovers of romance who really should also check out her other books! I requested and received a copy of this book via NetGalley without any obligation. This is my honest opinion after reading it.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Playing the Spanish Billionaire by M.K. Meredith......I loved, loved, loved this book!! OMG, M.K. Meredith sucks us readers into this beautiful story. Mateu a hot sexy hotel owner in a beautiful area and London a hotel reviewer, what more can a romance reader ask for. I absolutely enjoyed seeing this story play out, it put a smile on my face. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
Playing the Spanish Billionaire by M.K. Meredith is Book 2 of the International Temptation Series. Oh mah dayummmm...I’m so in lurve. Vivid and captivating, I was swept away with this story. I’ve found myself a new go-to author. Yay me! Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Not only is it a wonderful romance but I learned so much about the Catalan countryside, history and culture. The incredibly descriptive writing of this author made everything come to life before me. Mateu Espasa is the hotelier trying to get his hotel the five star rating he thinks it deserves (and truthfully needs) from London Montgomery. London is suppose to be on the vacation of a lifetime but when life trips her up again she decides to make it a working vacation. Since she works as a reviewer for a travel magazine it shouldn't be a big deal. Until she discovers exactly who Mateu is and what he's trying to do. This is a fun, light, easy read that I think everyone will enjoy. I highly recommend it.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved! This is a delicious story that starts with London arriving in Barcelona for her dream vacation of a lifetime. Upon arrival, an urchin swipes her luggage and a handsome local man gets it back for her. They begin to speak and are both a bit smitten. London is a professional hotel reviewer and is published under an alias. Unfortunately, one of Mateu's employees knows her alias and has tipped him off to who she is. Thus begins an elaborate deceit - Mateu's of his true purpose in wining and dining her, and London's in that she knew who is was, but allowed it anyway and why she allowed it. Somewhere along the way, in the midst of all the deceit, each secretly fell in love with the other. The author has a wonderful way to storytelling that just makes me fall in love with her characters. As if it wasn't enough to fall in love with London, Mateu, and their families, she made me fall in love with Barcelona. Her descriptions of the region are beautiful and made me feel almost like I was there....and like I'd like to travel there and experience the region for myself. Fans of the genre will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list and should probably be on yours as well. This is a must read novel.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
Playing the Spanish Billionaire by M.K. Meredith This Mateu Espasa and London Montgomery's story. Oh my goodness!! I couldn't put this book down. Wow!! this book was a perfect balance of passion, humor, secrets, family, love, etc. At times I laughed and cried. The banter and the passion between Mateu and London was so amazing. They are perfect for one another. Mateu and London's characters will pull you in. They are so much fun. I fell in love with them and their families. There were some really funny moments that had me laughing so hard. Also, the passion and chemistry between Mateu and London was hot! You just need to read the book! Credit also needs to be given to the descriptions of the foods, museums, orchard, and the beach. It made me feel as if I was there experiencing it. I could smell the Catalan bread (pa amb tomàquet) cooking and the fresh crisp smell of the lemons and the feel of the breeze while standing in the orchard. I want to live at the orchard, eat the Catalan bread, drink fresh lemonade, and snuggle with my sweetie! I loved this beautifully written romance! M.K. Meredith did an amazing job! A perfect way to unwind, relax, or escape for a while. I can't express enough how much fun this story was to me. A must read! FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.