I met contemporary author Kat Latham while standing in line for a book signing at last summer's RWA conference in San Antonio and was immediately drawn in by her bright smile, sparkling personality and unabashed enthusiasm for her London Legends rugby playing characters. My only connection to rugby was through my college roommate's fiance who played on our university team. He was tall, hard-bodied and sported numerous cuts, bruises and a nose that had been broken more than once yet, while standing there chatting with Kat, the memory of that tough guy that popped into my mind was one of him tenderly cuddling his tiny beagle puppy. Rough and tough player on the pitch, gentle heart off. I was so in!
Kat 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.
Readers will be treated to a double dose of sexy, heartwarming and deeply emotional romance this month with the release of two stories from Kat Latham. It's a busy time of year so if you don't have time to devote to a full-length novel, why not dip your reading toes into the world of Latham's rugby playing London Legends with her Christmas themed novella, Unwrapping Her Perfect Match.
Fair warning: Once you read Latham's novella, chances are you'll be so captivated by her tough and tender heroes you'll immediately go in search of the rest of the books. I know this because as soon as I finished Unwrapping Her Perfect Match last night, I immediately turned to Tempting the Player. It's a cold and rainy Monday at my house. Guess what I'll be doing today?
Gwen Chambers and John Sheldon are both attractive, kind, competent people...in their chosen professions. But socially, John is a bit awkward and unsure while Gwen, who was hurt deeply as a teen, still measures every man she meets by the one who inflicted the deepest wound to her self-worth. Sparks fly when they meet at a charity event but Gwen's self-doubt causes her to back away when things are on the verge of heating up. It will take a serious injury to bring nurse Gwen back into John's life and give them a second chance.
I was charmed by John, Latham's gentle giant. At 6'9" and massively built, John is more used to people running from him than to him. I loved both his tenderness and willingness to show his vulnerability to Gwen, a woman who just may be his perfect match. I also understand Gwen's reluctance to get involved but appreciate her ability to admit when she overreacts. And I loved the fact that Latham gives this couple the time they need to reach the right decision for them. With a child, two careers and bruised hearts on the line, it was good and right for this couple to take things slow. Not to say the desire took a slow track. The desire between these two sizzles and I loved every second of it!
One more thing. As these stories take place in England - and within the rugby world - there are words and expressions that may not be familiar to Americans. Not to worry. Latham includes a "translation guide" for key words and phrases at the beginning of each book. Thank you, Ms. Latham!
Unwrapping Her Perfect Match
Book 3.5 of the London Legends
’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…
At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.
A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…
John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.
But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?
From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John’s agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?
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Book three of the London Legends
Best friends make the best lovers.
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…
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Have you read Kat Latham's London Legend books yet?
Are you a rugby fan? Have you ever watched it?
Do you enjoy sports themed romances? Which sports are your favorites?
Do you enjoy big, tough heroes with soft, squishy hearts?
Do you tend to read shorter stories and novellas over the holidays?
Do you find any time at all for reading over the holidays?