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Playing It Close

(London Legends #2)

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Where do you go to escape everything when you're one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn't exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that's made her all but unemployab
Published April 14th 2014 by Carina Press (first published January 14th 2014)
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars

Not having read the first London Legends book, Knowing The Score, and never having watched Rugby League, I was not sure what to expect from Playing It Close. Now I know and let me share with you. Expect hotness. Expect to fall in love with the London Legends captain, Liam Callaghan. I definitely did. How could anyone not? He's kind. He's athletic. He's funny. He's hot. He is, as the Brits would say, fit.

Liam and Tess are both hiding from something when they meet-cute in an elevator a
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 ½ stars

Tess Chambers needed to get away; she had been tabloid fodder in London for a number of weeks now and all she wanted to do was just be someone else and to try a few new daring things. She has a habit of making rash decisions, which explains the pink hair she is now sporting, but her courage is not strong enough to follow through with her plan to skinny dip in the ocean. Too bad she didn’t reconsider soon enough to bring a towel to the beach, which left her looking like a candidate in a
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

Kat Latham doesn’t disappoint with the second book in her London Legends series. And this time it’s the Legends’ and England captain Liam Callaghan’s turn to be thrown off his stride.


Once again a chance encounter leads to a captivating romance with a couple who are as frustrating as they are endearing. For very different reasons, both Liam and Tess are in the public eye and both are wounded souls. But both are real; the insecurities Tess has are the type that many women have and unfortunately
When they met, Tess Chambers as trying to find herself again and Rugby player Liam Callaghan was trying to get away from the spotlight and working out his own problems. Liam is going under a fake name, but Tess really knows who he is and can respect that he doesn't want to share the truth. As they get close and act on their attraction, Liam is disappointed when Tess leaves.

Weeks later Tess shows up to a meeting where Liam is one of the attendees. Torn between feelings of betrayal and the insatia
This romance takes tried and true tropes and puts delightful spins on them.

They both lie to each other about who they are.

The heroine is involved in a scandal the looks at women in male dominated fields. She is really good at what she does. Her family stands by her.

It is a great love story with imperfect characters set against London, rugby, and eco tourism.

Very sexy. Very good.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
Maria Rose
On the eve of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, I wanted to catch up on Kat Latham's London Legends novels with the one I hadn't read yet, book 2 of the series ( all standalones). This rugby themed romance is the story of Tess and Liam. Liam is the captain of the London Legends, gearing up for the World Cup but taking a few days off to de-stress at a Venezuelan resort, where he has a brief sexy interlude with Tess who is escaping her own troubles in London as the result of a sexual harassment inquiry. I ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Knowing the Score is a fantastic story about two wounded but very public people facing difficult times and finding love.

Liam Callaghan, rugby champion, is reeling from the loss of his mother. Tess Baily is facing a political fire storm over her sexual harassment charges against her ex-work place. Both find solace in each others arms in a eco-lodge resort in Venezuela. Both giving each other false identities...but when they return to real life and their jobs...they discover Tess might be the ult
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
34. PLAYING IT CLOSE, BY KAT LATHAM (Book 2 of London Legends)

Yet another re-read. I bought this along with Playing It Close, in a bundle. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have bought it if they had been separated and I had only the first one as recommendation. She did talk about rugby in the first, which was what interested me, but I didn’t like it so much as to become a fan of the series. This is the one that got me.

Synopsis: Tess is trying to get a break from a scandal at work. Liam need
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game of Rugby before, and yet after reading Latham’s debut novel last year, I kinda want to start!

Liam is trying to hide away at a resort in Venezuela, but running into Tess is the perfect distraction for him to think about anything but his own problems. While Liam hides his profession from Tess, he thinks they really hit it off, and looks forward to spending all his free time with her. But w
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the beaches of Venezuela to the rugby pitch in London, Kat Latham took me on a romantic adventure in Playing It Close. Smoothly written at a great pace, Playing It Close had all the elements that capture me in a romance...humor, heart ache, just the right amount of conflict, hope, love, great characters, and a great feeling in my heart.

Tess and Liam both just wanted to get away...away from 'real life', the spotlight and their troubles when they head to Venezuela separately. Neither expects
Moon Love
Going into this book all I expected was a hot promiscuous rugby player and lots of sex. Instead I was left reeling when I finished the book. This book took my expectations and blew them out of the water. I got all I wanted and so much more. Of course, had I read Kat Latham's debut book and the first book in the London Legends series, Knowing the Score, I probably wouldn't have been so surprised by how good it was. If you're like me and haven't read the first book, allow me to reassure you, this ...more
Bette Hansen
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! This is the second book in the series and it is just as intriguing as the first. I still know next to nothing about rugby but I do know a little about great romance reads and this is definitely one!

Away on holiday, Tess Chambers is trying to relax and get her head straight after her personal and professional life get entangled and implode. Liam Callaghan is reeling from the recent loss of his mother. He wants to get himself together before taking over as the captain of his rugby
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, romance
So much to love about this book. I'll start with the obvious: Liam. He's hot, he's a rugby player. He's also sweet and down-to-earth. He's not Mr. Perfect, however. He has insecurities and faults, and the story touches on these without blowing his issues up into overstretched angst balloons.

I connected really easily with the heroine, Tess. That doesn't often happen for me. Usually, I read romance for the guys. I quite liked Tess, however, and found her struggles easy to identify with: body imag
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5, probably.

Okay so when I woke up this morning, I wasn't feeling so negative about this as I did last night when I finished it.

But I think probably my expectations were too high for this book, and there were a few things that I really didn't like - the final scene in the elevator, the public scene right at the end, some other random things.

I'm impressed with how well the rugby stuff is done - but there were some parts where it felt off, like it reads like the author had a friend who helped
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this SO much. My one quibble is the one at the end with the public thing, but that's not the book, that's me, but the rest of this was GREAT. And hot. Did I mention the hot? Because I should have.

*fans self*
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
Four and a half stars

Playing It Close is the second in Kat Latham's London Legends series, and is about rugby team captain Liam Callaghan and Tess Chambers.

These two meet by chance at a remote getaway in Venezuela, but find they share a connection. When they return to reality and discover they have to work together, that is quite the complication.

Kat Latham does a lovely job with Liam and Tess, neither of whom is entirely an open book nor uncomplicated. Again, their issues feel very real, and th
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May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Trapped in an elevator....yes! I love this scenario especially when it involves a famous professional rugby star and a woman who has recently made herself infamous before the media. What a hoot! And it was. The story engaged all my emotions. It touched on some pretty serious themes- guilt, harassment in the workplace, acceptance, and self-worth. All around good story that was fun, sexy and had some depth.

This is the second book in a series, but I had no trouble reading this one first. I liked th
Janell Sutherland
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the second book in Kat Latham’s series about the London Legends, a rugby team with sexy, funny players. The first book, Knowing the Score, was surprisingly fun, so I was anxious to read the next one.

Tess has been at the center of a scandal for the past year. She was one of the few women who worked in London’s financial district and witnessed (and was the subject of) almost daily sexual harassment. She wrote an anonymous blog, parts of which are quoted in the novel, and the situations wer
I got a review copy from the author (first time that’s happened! Exciting!) but that didn’t influence my review at all, this is completely honest.

I read the first book in the series about a year ago and adored it. It was so cute and pushed all my sports romance buttons. This one was not QUITE as good, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I might have some trouble articulating why, because I’m much better at expressing complete adoration or total dislike than I am at “I liked it, mostly!” because I
Sandy S
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: January 14, 2014

Where do you go to escape everything when you're one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn't exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that's made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when inst
Veronica of V's Reads
I won an ARC of Kat Latham‘s second book in her London Legends contemporary romance series–and I’m so glad I did!

See, I adore romance, but I NEED variety. That’s why there’s no rhyme, nor reason to my choices. One day it’s New Adult. The next, maybe YA paranormal romance. Then throw in a few M/M romances, and iPad melting erotic romances and you got a whole lotta flavor going on.

And, PLAYING IT CLOSE tickled my romance-fancy, and my variety-fancy. It’s all about the English, baby.

In fact, I near
Adria's Musings
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not a sports fan at all and until recently avoided sports romances but I’m glad that I’m adding a light sprinkling of them to my list because then I would miss books like Playing it Close!

Taking on the world of rugby (I had to Google it, that’s how non-sporty I am), author Kat Latham created a story that even non sports fans like myself could enjoy and characters I could fall in love
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of sports-themed romances I was immediately drawn to this story and its likable characters, witty dialogue, heartfelt romance, and engaging circumstances. From their unconventional first meeting you can expect the unexpected as Tess and Liam take a twisty and turny journey to HEA.

Star rugby player Liam is still struggling with the loss of his mother, which has him off his game and frustrated with the superficiality of his relationships and desperate to find something more while taking a
Lover of Romance
Tess has left London, to escape for a while, and just have a few days of freedom where no one knows her. So she goes to a remote beach in Venezuela, and goes for a midnight swim, and as she heads back up to her hotel room, she gets stuck in a elevator with the famous Legend's captain, who is trying to get some space too. So when he hides her identity from her, she does the same, and they share a passionate evening together, one that Tess will never forget. Then reality returns, and she has no ch ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the London Legends series by Kat Latham. When I saw this on NetGalley, I knew that I wanted to read it since I so enjoyed the first one, Knowing the Score (4 stars). It's funny, I'm not usually into sports books, but maybe because I have absolutely no idea how to play Rugby, that it seems quite fascinating. Plus the writing is very good, with sharp and witty dialogue.

We are introduced to Tess as she tries to work up the courage to go for a midnight skinny dip in the oc
After the death of his mother,  the captain of the London Legends needs a mental health break. Liam Callahan books a week at an exotic eco-friendly resort in Venezuela for some much needed R&R. What he hadn't planned on was getting stuck in an elevator with the beautiful and sassy Tess Chambers or on having a hot one night stand with her. And he really didn't plan on coming back to London to find out Tess's company is now one of his team's sponsors. Having lost her last job due to sleeping with ...more
Sue Galuska
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the London Legends series, which pertains to the London Legends rugby team.

Tess Chambers decided to go to Venezuela to escape the horror that has become of her life. After having to testify in court against her former employer, she needed a break. Tess is tired of the men in her life making fun of her, even calling her Titless Tess. She decides while she is in Venezuela she is going to take charge of her life and do things that she normally wouldn't do. Coming into her
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Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. She’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She spent several years teaching English in Prague followed by several more working for a humanitarian organization in London. She and her British husband now live in a small town in the rural N ...more

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