International Player

International Player

by Louise Bay

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Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury.

Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down.

The first female friend I ever had.

And she might just be the first woman I ever fall in love with.

When an emergency means she needs my help running her family's charity, I'm happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world—taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out.

The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I'm not a man to avoid, that we're not as unsuited as she believes.

She sees herself as the book-reading, science-loving introvert while I'm the dangerous, outgoing, charmer.
She thinks I love parties and people whereas she prefers pajamas and a takeaway.

What she doesn't realize is that I like everything about her–the way her smile lights up a room, how her curves light up my imagination, and especially the way her lips taste when coated with tequila.

She's the first woman I ever fell in love with. I just need to know if she could ever love me too.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161514139
Publisher: Louise Bay
Publication date: 04/24/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 8,585
File size: 881 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include Hopeful, The Empire State Series, Indigo Nights, King of Wall Street, and The Wrong Gentleman. Louise’s upcoming novel International Player releases April 30th.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, The West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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International Player 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 21 days ago
International Player by Louise Bay ticked all the boxes for me.This is a friends to lovers story that drew me in and kept me invested till the end. The chemistry between Noah and Truly was sizzling and I loved how much Noah believed in Truly even when she didn’t believe in herself. This was a steamy, sweet and at times emotional read. Both Noah and Truly are strong, independent, yet vulnerable people who are not afraid to face the hands they have been dealt, although at times Truly frustrated me. I fell for both Noah and Truly, there was just something about this couple that drew me to them and their story. The story was well written, engaging and it was great to see the growth of both the main characters as the book evolved.   There is so much to love about Ms. Bay’s characters, the depth and layers that she weaves throughout her stories reminds me of peeling an onion, layer by layer.  
JacquieCM 22 days ago
There is so much to like about this book, and it's become one of my favorite Louise Bay stories. Noah and Truly are a truly special couple. They have incredible chemistry despite their differences. Her quiet and introverted nerdiness, and his Nordic god looks and impressive bank account should have put them in different worlds, but an unlikely friendship began. And after a time, that friendship became something more... Their relationship is complicated, it's off the charts hot, and it changes everything. With wonderful character building, smart dialogue, and heartfelt emotion, Louise Bay gave this book her all. I loved every moment and recommend it with 5 glowing stars!
Grendel2019 22 days ago
International Player is not a second chance romance, it’s an alternative attempt love affair! International Player by Louise Bay brings her readers to the world of the London charity scene to explore the re-connection love story of Noah and Truly (I adore that name). Five years after Noah left London to make his millions in New York City, he is back to discovery his next business calling. Little does he know, his search leads him straight to his former best friend’s charity organization. Truly has been carrying a torch for Noah all these years, but her reservations about herself and her belief that she is all wrong for Noah holds her back. Noah helps reignite Truly’s passion for the cause, but will they share a passion for each other? My recommendation, one click International Player to find out if Noah is Truly’s player or man of her prayers!
UpAllNightBB 7 days ago
3.5 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog International Player by Louise Bay is a friends to lovers romance with a slow burn that ignites the story. It has a fast-moving paced that I enjoyed and the story as a whole was very enjoyable as well. But, I felt there was a small loss of connection between the two main characters, Truly and Noah. I felt like I missed something but not sure what it was. Truly and Noah meet at her sister's and his best friend's wedding as they were maid of honor and best man. They had a connection that continued after the wedding was over and became the best of friends. When Noah moves across the Pond to NY, Truly still holds on to those feelings that have developed while Noah moves on and forgets all about her. (I didn't like that, even though it is explained in the story.) When Noah returns, life for Truly starts to get a little hectic and he steps up the plate to once again build their friendship that started years ago. I loved the transformation that Truly goes through this story. He journeys from introvert to shining star was beautifully written. The relatable self doubts that everyone goes through pulled this story together. Sometimes we all need a little push to grow.
Tish-Delanoy 20 days ago
4.5 stars!! Imma huge fan of this author so I'm also super excited when she has a new book coming out. It's a steamy, easy to read friends to lovers romance that I couldn't put down. I absolutely adored Truly and Noah!
CChimni 20 days ago
I enjoyed Noah and Truly’s story. Watching them find their friendship again and testing the boundaries, watching them discover what they meant to each other. A story full or heart, passion, family, friendship, finding one’s self, and love. Loved it!
anapjm02 21 days ago
Louise Bay is always surprising! Her books are so lovely and characters always show a three dimensional side that makes them human and also show a lot of feelings. Truly and Noah have know each other for quite some time and the connection was there, but for several reasons they decided to keep it on friendly terms. Noah has been gone for NYC and now has come back to London after selling his successful business. Truly needs some confidence to assume a more outgoing whole in her family foundation and Noah is the perfect person to help them. They connect again and this time the attraction is strong and undeniable. However, their own insecurities will create difficulties and that is when we see them both in a cross road for their hearts. The book is sensational and you will love these characters!
Christine_Miller 21 days ago
I thought Ms. Bay's latest friends to lovers story was a really good one. Truly put Noah in his place the first time they met and he hit on her. From that time on, they were friends, and he never had women friends, but there was something so special about Truly. Noah returns to London after spending some time in NY and Truly's crush on Noah hasn't diminished at all. These two find themselves not able to stay away from each other and they give into the feelings they've both always felt, but never acted on. This was a good friends to lovers stories with strong characters. I enjoyed the relationship as it built between Truly and Noah and the friendship that they had became so much more. It was a good read.
Jocelyne Germain 21 days ago
Noah and Truly's story is sweet and beautiful. They are both wonderful characters. Truly learns to be more confident and strong, despite her insecurities, and her introverted personality. Noah is handsome and he has a strong personality, despite his difficult past. I like his protectiveness and his support to Truly. I like their slow burn, and friends to lovers story. Truly's sister, Abigail, and her husband are also interesting characters
Felicia71 22 days ago
Louise Bay does it again with Noah and Truly's story in International Player. This is a good romantic story with characters who are different from other Louise Bay romances. Truly has had a secret crush on Noah her sisters husbands best friend since they first met years ago at their wedding. Knowing Noah's reputation of being a player Truly does all she can to protect her heart by keeping Noah as a friend, but the night before Noah is scheduled to leave to New York things almost changed - but then didn't. Now Noah is back and Truly needs him to help her navigate through how to present herself and be social as part of her and her sister's fundraising business. You see Truly is a numbers girl and is most comfortable behind a keyboard or at home with a good book, but with her sister out of commission for a while Truly needs to step up and Noah is there to help. Now if Truly can protect her heart as she learns what she can from the sexiest man she has ever met things will be ok - or will it. Noah has been gone for 4 years building his company in New York but after selling it off and becoming a multimillionaire he returns to London richer and with a lot of time on his hands. Reconnecting with his best friend and his wife he sees Truly again who is as beautiful as she was before. She is also unassuming and a little bit of a recluse so when he is asked to help her with their company he does so willingly and as he spends more time with her he finds himself wanting her more and more. He is not sure if a relationship is what he wants or can have especially when Truly keeps him at arm's length. I really enjoyed Noah and Truly I thought their friendship felt authentic and natural. Told in dual POV's we get to see both sides of the story from each MC which I love. The story is fastpaced with great dialog and story development. It feels a little short for me with the characters themselves - while I like Truly and Noah it sometimes felt a little disconnected - especially with Truly. Her self deprecating got a little old for me over time to the point where I wanted to shout that she is beautiful and to be ok with it. I think at the end Noah did show her how beautiful she is - it just took a long time to get there. Overall I did end up liking Truly and Noah and their story which is why I give it 4 stars.
MelissaB 22 days ago
I love a great friends-to-lovers read and this slowburn romance definitely did not disappoint. Noah and Truly's story had a little of everything.... romance, witty banter, chemistry and undeniable emotions. Noah's the sexy player that doesn't di relationships and Truly is the geeky twin that has more of a relationship with work than a man. What happens when the one person you've had a secret crush on, your bestfriend you haven't seen in years, pops back up in your life? Guess you'll have to grab your copy of International Player to find out and believe me you want to find out!
CoffeeGoddessTK 22 days ago
Louise Bay's books are always sure bets for me. I've thoroughly enjoyed them from the very beginning of her career, and I always look forward to what she might have in store. Friends to lovers, office romance, billionaires, royalty, she's done it all, and always with wit, sexiness, class, and a healthy dose of humor that draws me in and keeps me invested throughout. INTERNATIONAL PLAYER, Louise's latest, has all of the warmth, humor, and quirk that I've come to expect and love, and is reminiscent of her earlier books in all the best ways. Reading this felt like a homecoming, of sorts, reminding me of what drew me to Louise's stories in the very first place. Friendship, humor, some downright steam, and a dash of heartbreak, all woven together to create a story that I just couldn't put down. Truly is my absolute favorite, with her awkwardness masking an innate intelligence, warmth, humor, and sensuality that, once unleashed really allows her to come into her own. And the way that she navigates her relationship with Noah had me smiling over and over again, because he just didn't know what hit him when it came to her. There are, of course, some bumps along the way, because, well, the path to true love, and all that, but the framework of friendship and a true liking for each other overcomes in the end. INTERNATIONAL PLAYER, in all of its friends to lovers sweetness and sizzle, will quickly become a favorite of Louise's books, and is an easy 4 stars from me.
NaeNobbs23 22 days ago
International Player is the latest charming, slow burn, friends to lovers romance stand alone by Louise Bay. Heartwarming and a real page turner. With witty banter, sexual chemistry with some scorching love scenes this read gives you all the feels. I highly recommend reading it, like yesterday!
CMcCain 22 days ago
My favorite line in the book is the first line which is “if getting a kick from solving spreadsheet errors was wrong, I didn’t want to be right.” I laugh each time I read that line. The bookworm meets the play boy. These are my favorite type of books. The girl that is the underdog gets the boy that every girl wants to get. The book ended faster than I wanted it to end. Truly has a twin sister, Abigail. Abigail is married to Noah’s best friend, Rob. Truly and Abigail are complete opposites. Truly is the nerd and Abigail is the face of the foundation. Noah is the playboy. Rob makes fun of him for it. Truly and Noah are good friends until Noah leaves for New York. Noah told Truly a secret about his past that only a few other know. Noah comes home after selling his company and becoming a millionaire. Everyone goes a trivia night at a pub. Everything is going fine until Abigail starts having issues with her pregnancy. Abigail is rushed to the hospital. Abigail is put on bed rest for the next 20 weeks. Truly is thrusted into running the foundation. It is the start of donation season. You can feel for Truly. It is a scary situation. One of the charities they are hoping to support this year is a rehab center where Noah went after his accident. Noah offers to help Truly with getting the presentations done for donations. You can see their romance build slowly. Truly comes up with this crazy idea for them. How do they get their HEA? You will have to find out.
moonfox1234 22 days ago
I found this to be a very sweet friends-to-lovers romance. I liked Truly and Noah. The strong pull of attraction, the sparks of chemistry, the held in-check emotions and the slow simmering buildup of passion, quickly had me fully invested in this couple. This would have been five stars but there were a couple things that bothered me. Noah's attitude towards Truly was somewhat of a turn-off and if they were such BFF's why were they so out of touch when he was in New York? Still, there was more that I liked about this book, than things I didn't.
MireleDouradoPauly 22 days ago
An international player playing for keeps! 4,25 stars This a friends to lovers book that I super enjoyed to read. Noah and Truly are mind-aligned and, even though they have a lot of differences, they also have so much in common. Truly is Noah's best friend's sister-in-law and they met when her sister and said best friend got married. As usual, Noah flirted with her, but after being turned down, they ended up being great friends, while Truly also tried to contain her crush on him. Their path went apart for a while, but after a few years they are at the same place again. And she is faced with a lot of pressing changes in her job, Noah steps up to help her. It was a sexy, sweet and adorable book to read. Their connection was great and they respected each other. Although, I might add that they way he dealt with her anxiety at first bothered me, because her panic was real and she needed help, not a scold. Also, I love that Truly and Abigail were close, but to be completely honest, there were times where I thought Abi was just condescending. Sure, Truly was shy, selfconscious and she always thought she was the lesser one. But on some level, maybe even without realizing it, Abigail patronized Truly, as if the prospective of Truly not being in her shadow anymore was a bad thing. It wasn't a showy thing, because they were really connected, but it annoyed me a little. But in general, it was so amazing. Even Noah being so dense and slow about realizing his feelings, they were really good together, they had a great bond and they were both so passionate about everything they did. And their beliefs in the causes they fought for were inspiring. They were sweet and funny, they were sexy and their chemistry was so good. They understood each other and they brought the best in each other. They were each other's lifetime challenge, and it was oh so worth it!
RoxsReads 22 days ago
International Player by Louise Bay was such a great friends-to-lovers story. The characters have known each other for years, shared an intimacy and friendship to be admired, and really had a great base to build from. The story is full of swoony moments that every girl dreams of, and even though Noah Jensen is the ultimate playboy, you still can’t help but fall in love with him. Noah is as suave as he is sexy. He knows how to treat a lady with whispered words and gentle touches. He is an awesome alpha male hero; a man whom I loved at the same time as I wanted to knock some sense into him. His obliviousness in what was going on around him with Truly was endearing and oh so man-like. One of my favorite character traits about him was how he never really saw things for what they were and was shell-shocked when reality came knocking. Getting advice from his best friend, Rob, was hilarious. Two peas in a pod but the discussions were great, and the outcome satisfied the endgame. "You’re my heart. You’re my passion. Anything else is gravy, as long as I have you.” Truly is a compilation of many women. Full of self-doubt, self-conscious about a lot of things, but still steps up to the plate when she is needed most. Women are great that, and Truly succeeded beyond her wildest imagination. She guards her heart fiercely and her logical brain stands in her way helping her to build boundaries of electric fences and barbed wire. Eventually, she uses that logic to push lower the boundaries just a bit and dips her toe into that forbidden place she has not dared to go but has been pining for. Of course, it is a fantastic escape that she may not be able to give up easily. “He was the best man I knew, my past, present, and future, and my very best friend.” The story had no extreme angst, just a little frustration with Truly and Noah dodging commitment. Truthfully, that is what made this book so fun. It is filled with sexual tension along with some amazing sexual release. The journey these two take is the stuff lasting relationships are made of, even if things get too logical at times. Our couple muddles through and breaks through their barriers to love and commitment so much wiser and aware of what their future has in store for them. “. . . you’re my lifetime’s challenge—the girl I never conquer. You’re the woman who joins me in the challenges to come. We face them together . . . We’ll figure it out. It can be the first challenge we face together.” I found International Player to be a sweet and sexy romance that was easy to read, had endearing, lovable characters, and made my week a little easier to survive. I fell in love with the romances of Louise Bay, especially those Brits that American women just can’t get enough of.
CeeCeeHouston 22 days ago
Love a friends to lovers story? Grab this one now! International Player is a stand alone book by Louise Bay, it’s not set in any of her other ‘book worlds’, so no old characters pop up. It’s sweet and sexy, but maybe not quite as intense as some of her older books. I was hooked from the beginning. Noah was not as driven in a work way, but he played hard. Truly was all about work and focused on making her charity the best it could be. Truly and Noah have known each other since her sister and his best friend married four years ago. Noah hit on Truly then, but she didn’t want to be a notch on his belt. They became firm friends instead until Noah left for New York. But, there was one thing Truly had never admitted to Noah. She was attracted to him, but she wasn’t the type to just hook up. She wanted the whole fairytale. Noah had never forgotten Truly, but he only dated for a short time before he moved on to another woman. Seeing Truly has new feelings rising inside him but he dismisses them at first. When he starts helping Truly with her family’s charity, he falls under her spell even more. They decide to have a casual relationship but soon things spiral… Can the good time guy become the forever man that Truly longs for?
Anonymous 22 days ago
Noah is absolutely LUSH! 5 stars! Whenever I finish reading a Louise Bay book I always think it’s my favourite - and then when she writes another, I end up thinking exactly the same thing! She just doesn't write a bad book, like EVER! The International Player here is Noah Jensen. The man could have any woman he wants ...and usually does! He's utterly gorgeous, extremely successful, and charming - and he knows it! Truly Harbury knows it too! She had a crush on Noah years ago, and when the two reconnect – OMG!!! Get yourself comfy before reading this book, because once you start you won't want to move! It’s absolutely BRILLIANT!!
ljtljtljt 22 days ago
3.5 Stars! International Player is Louise Bay's latest book offering. It is a nicely written friends to lovers romance that takes place in London. All the characters are interesting, and I enjoyed getting to know them. Truly and Abigail Harbury are twin sisters and good friends. Abigail is the older twin by only six and a half minutes, and she never fails to poke fun at Truly about it. Together they run a charitable foundation that is near and dear to their hearts. Truly manages the financials and back office details. Abigail is the CEO and the recognized face of the foundation. Although Truly is smart and beautiful, she is an introvert and has very little confidence in herself. So when Abigail is confined to bed-rest for the remainder of her pregnancy, Truly has no choice but to step up and lead. She gets lots of help from an old crush, which evolves into much more. Noah Jensen is a self-made millionaire with a good heart. Due to a car accident when he was a teenager, he had to relearn to walk. As a result, he constantly challenges himself and prefers to play the field. He tends to focus on the present, rather than the future. Truly was his first female friend and reviving their friendship after four years of distance is a bit daunting. They fall into some familiar grooves which develops into a casual sexual relationship. Casual turns into meaningful and Noah wants Truly to be his forever. I liked this book and Ms. Bay does a nice job of introducing and developing the characters. Unfortunately, the plot was a bit repetitive at times. Truly and Noah are a unique pair, both in and out of the bedroom. Oveall, this is a solid, sexy read. Complimentary copy provided.
Lara Freeman 23 days ago
Louise Bay knows how to write a hot romance and once again she's nailed it. International Player is a friends to lovers story between Noah and Truly. Noah's been away from London for a few years conquering the business world and finds himself back and reuniting with some old friends. Truly is a stats and numbers kinda girl that works with her twin sister, Abigail, helping raise money for charities. Abigail has a rapidly approaching due date and after a medical scare, needs Truly to take over the reins of the company. Truly being scared out of her mind and comfort zone receives comfort and encouragement from Noah while he's between his previous career and the start of something new. Noah is just what the doctor ordered for Truly and helps her to find her way. And despite Truly doing her best to keep him at arms length, he has a funny way of making his way into them instead. Noah and Truly are fun and you want them to be together. While I was frustrated at times with Truly's actions and falling into her own insecurities and fears, it comes across as sincere.