Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
My Copy: Sent
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…
I had a hard time with this book. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and even though I know next to nothing about rugby and I’m not usually a fan of friends-to-lovers stories, I kept waiting to really fall in love with this one. I liked the quirky British humor and Libby and Matt’s friendship was wonderful. Who doesn’t want to be best buds with the hot athlete living downstairs?
Libby Hart treasures her friendship with Matt. He is the number one man in her life, even though she knows he can’t be her man. A talented and ambitious pilot, Libby has set her sights on a career in the skies. That career takes her out of town regularly, something that doesn’t lend itself to having a family – unless she is fortunate enough to find a guy who would be willing to hold down the fort at home while she goes off to work. Unfortunately, the guy she finds herself falling for is Matt.
Matt Ogden is the sexy rugby player who lives in the flat below Libby’s. Over the last few years they have developed a close friendship – Libby has always been the “girl next door” and Matt enjoys hanging out with her. Things get complicated when he starts to see Libby in a new light. Knowing they are all wrong for each other does nothing to keep him from wanting things from Libby that a man doesn’t usually want from his best friend.
When Matt’s fear of flying puts his career at risk, Libby offers to help. As a bonus, they agree to explore their attraction for each other, adding some flirting and sexcapades to Matt’s flying lessons. Both Libby and Matt are more than willing to explore the physical side of their relationship, but neither wants to jeopardize their friendship. They agree to keep things “normal” away from the airfield. The only reason they are able to remotely pull that off is thanks to their conflicting work schedules, but it’s not long before their sexual relationship bleeds over into their friendship. I loved how they couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. Their chemistry sizzled.
I finally figured out what bothered me the most – Matt’s insecurities. Big, tough alpha males who hate showing weakness are more my style, so I inwardly cringed every time Matt turned “woe is me”. Despite that, I understood where both Matt and Libby were coming from in terms of what they wanted from each other. They both had commitment issues stemming from watching their parents fail at their own relationships, and they were reluctant to put their hearts at risk.
This book had a lot of potential, and even though it took a while for me to become fully engrossed, I’m glad I stuck with it. Libby and Matt had the perfect friendship, which turned out to be the perfect foundation for their romantic relationship. The sex was hot, the comradarie between them and the secondary characters was fun. I didn’t know this was part of a series. It was fine as a standalone, but I wouldn’t mind going back and reading the other books in this series. In the end, Kat Latham delivered a winner.
I give Tempting the Player by Kat Latham 4.25 stars!