Monday, November 17, 2014

Today's Special - - Kat Latham Book Blitz Tour

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:


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 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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Tempting the Player
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?


  1. First of all, I have not read any of Kat's books.
    Secondly,I am not familiar with rugby and I have never watched a match.
    I do love sport's themed books. Football , hockey and baseball would be my favorite sports.
    Love big tough heroes who fall for a women and discover that they are loveable and capable of loving.
    I read both novels and novellas. Maybe a few more novellas because so many anthologies come out that are Christmas themed.
    I always make time for reading!

    1. Love big tough heroes who fall for a women and discover that they are loveable and capable of loving.

      In that case, I think you'd like Kat's books!

  2. Love sports themed romances. Bella Andre older ones are a favorite.

  3. I played both rugby and soccer when younger. Watched many triple crown matches at Twickenham while studying in London. Never read a romance involving rugger players though. I can still blush just thinking about some of the songs on the bus home after a match!

    PJ:the memory of that tough guy that popped into my mind was one of him tenderly cuddling his tiny beagle puppy.

    I have also seen some of the toughest characters on the rugby pitch turn into total softies when playing with children or petting animals.

    So intrigued by the London Legends that I'm going to read the Christmas novella :)

    1. Q, I'll be interested in hearing what you think of the books, being a British rugby player and all. :)

  4. I've never see a rugby match, but since I love hockey romances even though I'm not a hockey fan, I bet I'd like Ms. Latham's books too. Your recommendation is always enough to persuade me, PJ. :)

    And I do love gentle-giant heroes. I'm still crushing on Terri Osburn's Randy Navarro.

    1. Janga, I thought of you as I was reading Unwrapping Her Perfect Match, remembering your love of Terri Osburn's gentle giant, Randy.

  5. Love holiday books and I can't wait to read this one.

    1. Hope you enjoy it, Quilt Lady. I try to get all my review commitments out of the way in November so I can devote my reading time exclusively to Christmas stories in December. I do love them!