Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Pub
My Copy: Sent
’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?
What do you get when you combine a gentle giant athlete with an insecure woman who needs careful handling by a man? When you add in a Christmas setting, you get an almost perfect holiday novella. This book is part of Kat Latham’s London Legends series and follows Gwen’s sister Tess and Liam’s story. Although I didn’t read that one, I did read another in this series and enjoyed it so much that I jumped on the opportunity to dive into this one. Kat Latham didn’t disappoint.
“Little” John Sheldon is known for his size, strength and ferocity on the pitch. While he is handsome and nice and charming, nobody would call him a ladies’ man. He’s somewhat of a bumbling oaf, unsure of what to say or how to act. This is obvious when he first meets Gwen. A man his size has a hard time finding a woman he won’t be afraid he’ll break. When he sees Gwen, the six foot one stunner, he is instantly drawn to her. He introduces himself and tries to convince her to bid on him at his team’s charity auction.
Gwen is shy and awkward, never comfortable around men. A bad experience years ago has left her heart battered and her self-esteem bruised. She has always felt too tall, too big, too boring. She has no idea what John’s interest in her could be, but she is amazed standing next to him. Here is a man who makes her feel “petite” for the first time in her life. His honesty and kindness, not to mention the flirty glint in his eyes, convinces her and she wins the bid for a day with him.
Unfortunately, before they can have their “date” day, they meet again in the emergency room where Gwen is a nurse. Shortly before Christmas, John is brought in after a collision in a rugby match and ends up with a severe concussion. Due to the nature of his injury, he’s unable to go home alone. He has no family nearby and hates to impose on one of his mates, but his captain comes to the rescue and agrees to stay with him for a few days. Liam, John’s captain, is dating Gwen’s sister, and Gwen knows he would much rather spend the holiday with his lady than looking after his teammate. She volunteers to stay with John until his condition stabilizes.
John is adamant about getting home as soon as possible and Gwen is stunned to learn the reason. John’s daughter will be visiting from France and spending Christmas with him. So not only will she be nursing a concussed man, but also helping look after a ten year old girl.
The whole daughter thing threw me for a loop at first. I’m not usually a fan of kids in romances. I think the part of the storyline with Agnes worked well, though. The language barrier between Agnes and her father provided Gwen with the perfect opportunity to not only help them bond, but to let herself bond with John as well. I liked how they each had their own insecurities but worked past them. John was sweet and sexy and just a little clumsy, and I loved how he instantly knew that Gwen was the one for him. Gwen was a tougher nut to crack, but she couldn’t ignore the way she and John just fit together perfectly. Their chemistry was hot and I really loved the ending.
I don’t know anything about rugby. Some of the terminology threw me a little, even though I read through the author’s “glossary” in the beginning of the book. If I lived in London it would take me forever to understand what people were talking about with some of these words and phrases, but in this case it just helped to make the book even more charming. John and Gwen were perfect for each other. They were passionate and emotional and yet so cautious, you could almost feel them yearning for each other but unsure where to go with their feelings. Another winner from Kat Latham.
I give Unwrapping Her Perfect Match by Kat Latham 4.25 stars!