Knowing the Score
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Book one of the London Legends
Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England's World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he's eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.
Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world's worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyoneuntil she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.
Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.
I was first introduced to Kat Latham with her book Unwrapping her Perfect Match, and I really enjoyed her writing style. When I was given the opportunity to read Knowing the Score in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance and I wasn't disappointed. Both Spencer and Caitlyn have been hurt in the past in ways that make being in a relationship difficult. Spencer was arrested for statutory rape at 19 (although the charges were dropped) during the biggest game of his rugby career thus far, and that caused him to be celibate during the season. Caitlyn came from an abusive household and was scared to fall in love and repeat the cycle. The pair decide to embark on a purely sexual relationship (so Caitlyn can lose her virginity) during the off season. Well, things don't work out as planned, but I'm not going to go into details about how. I loved this story because it was more complex than your average professional athlete finding love story. Both characters had ghosts, and Caitlyn had a job that was just as demanding as Spencer's job. Spencer was a guy I could fall in love with myself because he was sweet and patient with Caitlyn. He showed her that she could fall for him, even while fighting it. This book gets a 4.5 star rating from me, along with a definite recommendation to read.
I fell in love with this book from the first page!
I've wanted to read this book from the moment I first heard about it. Carina Press released an excerpt and that's all it took for me to know this book was going to be one I was going to enjoy. I would've been happy with a hot athlete meeting his match, a good woman, with a heart of gold. I got that and more. I got a story that had depth and gravitas.
I fell in love with Caitlyn the moment I met her. She's earnest and sincere. I loved how flustered she was with Spencer's attention. It was really sweet. I of course was totally enamored with her as was he. I also will admit to drooling over Spencer, and not just his physique. I loved how he cared for his grandfather. I also loved how dedicated he was to his sport. He really and truly loved the sport. The chemistry the two had was wonderful.
I was really impressed with the story. Caitlyn's passion wasn't understated. I love how her passion and occupation was given equal importance as Spencer's fame and desires. I do wish either of them had been less stubborn. Both of them wanted everything and the other, but weren't really willing to compromise. Kat Latham has really impressed me with her debut novel. It was everything I'd hoped it would be.
This is the first book I've read by this author, and I highly recommend it. It wasn't your typical sports hero romance novel. I plan on reading the other books in the series.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Aug 05, 2013
- Publisher: Carina Press
- Seller: Harlequin Sales Corporation
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English