Tempting the Player

Tempting the Player

by Kat Latham

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426899218
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 11/10/2014
Series: London Legends Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 528,503
File size: 356 KB

About 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: katlatham.com.

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Tempting the Player 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps getting better. More please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in the 'London Legends' rugby romance series so far! It's a fabulous friends to lovers story. I like how Matt's vulnerabilities meshed so well with Libby's strengths. They were amazing together!
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of sports-themed romances I consider Ms. Latham's London Legends series one of the best amongst a large crowd.She beautifully weaves sports action on the field with delightfully endearing and realistic characters steaming up bedrooms off the field while maintaining an emotional storyline and strong character development.As the third book in the series the boys are back and just as sexy and playful as ever as we get brief glimpses of the other players that has me seeing more story possibilities on the horizon.It can definitely be read on its own but with such a well-written series you won't want to miss a single minute. Libby grew up around planes as her dad was a military pilot.It made for a deep connection between them that was bruised by his chronic infidelities and his demanding expectations.Therefore she's always tried to be the best, plan her life out so she can have it all, and find a man devoted only to her.She has little time for dating with a busy career but desperately wants to find a man willing to stay at home with the children while she works.Her plan leads to many disastrous dates and little sympathy from her neighbor and best friend, Matt.Unbeknownst to him though is that he's part of the problem.Libby's attracted to him but thinks he's unable to commit after seeing many women going in and out of his life.Her attraction is holding her back as no man seems able to live up to Matt's qualities.To purge him from her system she enacts a plan where she helps him get over his fear of flying while rewarding him every step of the way with sensual promises.It's a plan that backfires though as they get closer together and the lines blur between friends and lovers.When she's offered the job of a lifetime she'll have to decide if she really can have it all or if she even wants it all without Matt.Libby is a strong-willed, confident woman desperate to make her father proud through success in a man's world.His infidelities tainted her outlook on love and commitment and have left her doubting many obvious truths right in front of her.It's a turbulent yet highly entertaining journey to HEA that leaves you on edge until the very end. Rugby has been a part of Matt's life since he was born the son of a famous rugby player.It put a lot of pressure on him that's left him frustrated as he's not been able to live up to the legend.His father certainly told him often enough about his failures and disappointments.He's felt more like a failure than a success ever since, except in Libby's eyes as she's always been supportive of him and is his biggest cheerleader.After a marriage that ended due to his wife's infidelities he too doubts true love exists and therefore keeps his interludes casual so he doesn't get hurt again.He's been drawn to Libby since they first met and found her sweet and funny but his thoughts have recently become more sexual.He doesn't want to ruin their friendship but wants more as he tries to respect her boundaries in a struggle between being friends and lovers.Matt's delightfully entertaining with a playful nature.With his teammates there's brotherly banter and with Libby it's sensual and witty banter that goes from friendly to dirty talk.The shift from friends to lovers was subtle but powerful to see.Matt was humble when it came to his talent and it was endearing seeing his joy at finally succeeding with Libby's help.They're a great match in a sweet and sexy story and I look forward to the next installment!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars-TEMPTING THE PLAYER is the third installment in Kat Latham’s contemporary, adult London Legends romance series focusing on the players of the professional rugby team the London Legends. This is struggling rugby player Matt Ogden and airline pilot Libby Hart’s storyline-a friends to lovers trope with some heartbreaking moments and eye opening revelations. The author’s notes explain many of the British/European definitions, slang and euphemisms that many North American readers may not understand-bonus for us !! The premise follows Matt’s struggle to make first string full-back with the London Legends professional rugby team but something or someone is holding him back. When a tragedy befalls one of the team member’s Matt must pick up and take control for the first time in his life. But memories of past failures and a deep fear of flying dog Matt at every turn. Enter Matt’s best friend, neighbor, co-owner of Princess the Chihuahua and airline pilot-Libby Hart- the woman who will make Matt face his worst fears and open his heart to a possible future. The relationship between Libby and Matt is a friends to lovers storyline. Five years earlier, Libby introduced herself to her new neighbor, Matt Ogden and she fell in love at first sight. Fast forward to present day and Matt feels something for Libby but their future desires and needs follow opposite paths. Matt is a man determined to succeed on the playing field and Libby is an independent pilot who one day wants to make Captain. It is there busy schedules and future dreams that will put a stop to any permanent relationship – both friendship and love. The world building continues as we follow the London Legends on the playing field and in their homes, as well as get a detailed look at operating a flying machine at 2,000 feet. The language and background information about piloting an airplane, and the little nuances about the game of rugby are an added bonus. The secondary players include the previous storyline couples, many of the London Legends players and Libby’s co-workers and family. There is a heartbreaking and painful loss for one of the players, one that cannot be fixed with a bandage or a slap on the back, and in this, Matt’s future with the team will begin to unfold. The storyline and epilogue fast forwards the series by eighteen months as we learn a little more about our couple and what the future has in store. Kat Latham writes a provocative and captivating storyline. TEMPTING THE PLAYER is a passionate look at professional sports, the emotional highs and lows, and the amazing thrill of succeeding at something you love. The anguish of sorrow; the heartbreak of loss; and the lively and spirited support of the team players is sure to be a touchdown with fans of romantic sports storylines.
Marie-NaughtyMoms More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet contemporary romance. A story of Matt and Libby being best friends and neighbors for several years. Each driven in their chosen career and determined to keep it their priority. All while hiding feelings for the other for fear of destroying the relationship they've each come to rely on. They are each other's rock and escape. Throughout the years, Libby (an airline pilot) had no idea that Matt had an unmistakable terror of flying. Not just a fear... it was so bad he had to be knocked out and carried on and/or off the place. This causing him to be the job of his rugby team. Libby is determined to help him overcome this phobia of his and while working with him to ease his fears, she uses the opportunity to finally follow through on her desire to get closer to Matt. Matt essentially gives in to his desires as well. But neither wants to sacrifice their career for a relationship or future that Libby so desperately craves. I found this to be such a pleasant story. Occasionally comical, as I reader I found there was a great built of of angst pushing to me turn each page to see how what will happen next. Wonderful character development and very well written. 3.75 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the storyline,and especially Princess!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Tempting the Player is the perfect best friend to happily ever after stories. A heart warming story of best friends that share co-custody of a tea cup size dog that evolves into so much more. Libby is a pilot that wants a stay a home husband to raise the family and take care of her home life. Matt is a player on the London Legends, struggling to regain the career he is slowly loosing. The perfect platonic relationship turns rocky when they both realize there is more to their friendship but with such different life aspiration they are hesitant to pursue anything more. I was swept away by this heartwarming story. Kat Latham sucked me right in with her gravitating characters and inspiring tale.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A best-friends to lovers’ trope with a happy ever after that had some clever and interesting twists, Latham brings the third book in her London Legends story.  Libby and Matt have been friends for ages: in fact, they share custody of a tiny dog, and while they both know that there is a spark there, they both have different goals in life.  Libby is an airline pilot who really want to find a man to handle house, home and children. Matt is struggling with his own rugby career: his fear of flying makes him an unlikely candidate for a starting position.  So Matt starts out showing his vulnerable side when he asks his best friend, Libby, to help him overcome his fear. Oh this was cute and sweet – Libby has the perfect solution – they will act on their attraction, but only AFTER they have flown to a new destination.  And from here, the story was funny, sweet, tender and adorable as these two learned that they can make adjustments for what they always thought they wanted, to take a chance with what they know is good.  Latham’s writing and characters have improved in this series: this is by far my favorite in terms of development, believability, and likeability.  The easy to understand fears from them both, and the moments of vulnerability and sweetness that Matt shows add a touch of heart that sweetens the story significantly.  These two have a palpable attraction and their interactions feel natural, even as they are having those moments of hesitancy once they arrive at a destination.  When the rules start to blur the story really heats up, and you just can’t help but cheer them on to a happy ever after.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
The third book in the London Legends Series by Kat Latham continues the witty dialogue from the first two books, Knowing the Score and Playing it Close. I know nothing about the sport of rugby, but the scenes on the field are explained so that you can see the movement, feel the tension, experience the disappointments and triumphs of the players. You can tell the author is a true fan of the sport and imparts that passion in her writing. If she keeps this up, I may become a convert. This is the story of Matt Ogden, a bench warming Full Back for the London Legends and his very best friend Libby Hart. Libby is a pilot. Matt has a phobia of flying. Oh yes, one he has never, ever shared with Libby. Through tragic circumstances, Matt is given the opportunity to become a starter for the team. He decides to not let his phobia keep him from his dream and finally seeks Libby's help in over coming it, before he loses his chance.  I like the friends who become lovers troupe. It works for me. I also liked that both characters had issues to work on. Matt's may have been more visible, but Libby had plenty too. The two of them as a couple made sense when they stopped getting in their own way. Getting a peak at the lives of the two previous couples in the series was a nice bonus, but this wasn't their story and they didn't dominate it. I was thrilled to get this early on Netgalley and give it 4 stars.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I recall reading the blurb for the first time and thinking, "Well, this is going to be interesting." Mostly because romance readers like their heroes to be alpha with little to no hints of weakness. Although I know weakness isn't a bad thing, I loved the way Kat made Matt vulnerable in a way that showcased his strength.  I'd forgotten we women are suckers for a man who doesn't know how amazing and good he is.  The characters are what really make this story work.  I loved Libby and I loved Matt. I admired Libby for finally taking a chance and trying to show Matt how much she loved him and wanted his body while trying to preserve their friendship.  I loved Matt for wanting to be the best he could be, but I didn't like the way he put so much pressure on himself and castigated himself for things he had no control over.  I would've have loved to meet his dad or ex-wife and tell them a thing or too.  It helps that the chemistry between Libby and Matt is blazing, as is their camaraderie.  They really have a true friendship.   I was hooked to the book, not just because Matt and Libby were dancing around their feelings and attraction for one another, but because Kat found a way to bring the entire team into the story, and she did it organically.  It was great to see Liam and Spencer and meet other members of the team. There were moments when I laughed, and moments when I sobbed.  There was a twist I didn't see coming and I was devastated when it happened. You'd have to be without feelings not to be saddened. It was the one time I had to stop reading and get up to go get tissue.     Kat Latham has done it once again.  She's written a story with as much heart as heat.  She's managed to make me fall in love with Libby and Matt, and want them to work out their fears and desires to be with each other. I shouldn't have been worried about Matt being a beta or even omega hero.  He was perfect and I love him no less than Spencer or Liam.  I sincerely hope this series continues.  Kat Latham has managed to make me fall in love with rugby time and again, and manage to keep each novel fresh and unique. That's pretty amazing.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This fabulous contemporary romance is the story of Libby and Matt. Matt's rugby career is struggling, along with his coping of a near crippling flying anxiety. When his friend and neighbour Libby, an airline pilot, offers to help him overcome his fears with a little sexual incentive, Matt can't resist the opportunity to take their platonic relationship up a notch. But with their careers pulling them in opposite directions, will the relationship they are forging be enough to keep them together? I'm really enjoying this sports romance series! The author has a deft touch in combining enough details about the sport of rugby to intrigue newcomers and please those familiar with the sport, and at the same time deliver a romance full of sexual tension and heat. Matt was well portrayed as a man struggling with his faltering career, much of it as a result of his phobia of flying. His inadequacies and fears of letting down his teammates translate to his playing, and he is at risk of losing his position on the team. Libby is a confident and strong woman, holding her own in a male dominated career. She and Matt have been platonic neighbours and friends for three years but there has always been an underlying attraction between them that has not been acted upon, in fears of ruining their friendship. Helping Matt overcome his fear of flying by using that attraction to lure him out to the airfield promises to be beneficial for both of them. There is a wonderful sexual tension between them and the eventual love scenes are steamy and well written. As their attraction deepens, their hearts become involved and decisions become more difficult as they struggle to maintain their friendship. Overall I found this to be a fast paced, entertaining read with believable characters, a steamy romance and a perfect ending. 5 stars!