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Tempting the Player

(London Legends #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 Legen
Published November 10th 2014 by Carina Press
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Sam (AMNReader)
Whenever I pick up a Kat Latham, I end up surprised. I don't know why I don't alway expect them to be heavy on sexual tension, and they always deliver. The characters have chemistry that shines. The characters deal with adult problems. And frankly, oddest of all, the two prior in this series remain more memorable to me than many contemporary sports romances. In fact, the first of this series I still can recall so much in vivid detail. I don't know if it's the sports & covers that have me exp ...more
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This is my first time reading Kat Latham’s London Legends series but not my last. Though I did not read the first two books in the series, I found it didn’t take away from my comprehension or enjoyment at all. Tempting The Player is sweet sexy contemporary with just the right balance of humor, emotional trials, and smoking hot sex. Well plotted with engaging dialogue and whimsical scenes that sweeps you up into the story with no hesitation. Friends to lovers is not always a favorite trope of min ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tempting the Player is the perfect best friend to happily ever after stories. A heart warming story of best friends that share co-custody of a tea cup size dog that evolves into so much more.

Libby is a pilot that wants a stay a home husband to raise the family and take care of her home life.

Matt is a player on the London Legends, struggling to regain the career he is slowly loosing.

The perfect platonic relationship turns rocky when they both realize there is more to their friendship but with suc
Tina ♥ Bookaholic

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Das Buch habe ich spontan über netgalley bekommen und erwartet habe ich mir eine heiße, prickelnde Sportromanze mit netten Charakteren. Und einiges davon habe ich auch bekommen, doch das meiste war irgendwie ein ziemlich oberflächlicher Einheitsbrei mit Figuren, die mich nicht ganz packen konnten.

Es handelt um die Pilotin Libby, die seit Jahren in ihren nun besten Freund, dem Rugbyspieler Matt, verliebt ist. Seit fünf Jahren wohnen
Molly O'keefe
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best friends to lovers book I've read in a long time. And the hero is so vulnerable, so desperate to make one thing in his life go right after it's all kind of fallen apart for him. Even if you know nothing about rugby - this is tender and hot romance.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tempting the Player is one of the best friends-to-lovers novels I have read. The third book in the London Legends series is as sexy and captivating as its predecessors and I loved every moment. Kat Latham has a true gift in making her characters unique, real, endearing and with traits which are often avoided in the romance market; Matt 'Oggie' Ogden and Libby Hart are no different.


Friends for years, Matt and Libby know each other inside out and share custody of their dog. Devoted to the Legends
Moon Love
I recall reading the blurb for the first time and thinking, "Well, this is going to be interesting." Mostly because romance readers like their heroes to be alpha with little to no hints of weakness. Although I know weakness isn't a bad thing, I loved the way Kat made Matt vulnerable in a way that showcased his strength. I'd forgotten we women are suckers for a man who doesn't know how amazing and good he is.

The characters are what really make this story work. I loved Libby and I loved Matt. I a
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dies ist der 3. Teil der "London Legends" und genauso wie die Vorgänger hat mich dieses Buch echt umgehauen. Ich hab schon in der Rezi zum ersten Teil geschrieben, dass man bei dem Cover eher mit heißen, sexy Kerlen rechnet, die viel Sex haben und das war's. Aber dem ist wirklich nicht so, na gut, die Kerle sind natürlich heiß, aber in der ganzen Geschichte ist so viel Tiefgründigkeit verborgen, mit der man bei diesem Titel und dem Cover keinesfalls rechnet.

Matt ist Rugbyspieler und obwohl er s
Friends to lovers! Relationship negotiation! These are a few of my favorite things.
Rosario (
I've accumulated a fair few sports romances in the last few years, especially those with less common sports. I'm not into the celebrity fantasy and do not care to read about superstar athletes, so the less blockbuster sports tend to work better for me. Latham's books feature heroes who play Rugby Union, which is a sport I like (much as I love Rugby League, good adopted Northerner that I am). It fits the bill for me quite well, because while the top players are superstars and get the press attent ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Another enjoyable story from Kat.
This time it is about Matt and Libby.
Even though there is a 6 year age difference between them (she is the older of the 2)
they have developed a very close friendship - without the benefits yet.

They are both dealing with their own demons and priorities.
For Libby it is her biological clock and career (pilot) and for Matt
it is lack of self confidence with his career and relationships.

Matt doesn't want to cross the line to become friends with benefits as he fears
For professional rugby player, Matt Ogden, his career is about to end if he can't get over his fear of flying. His only hope is to ask his best friend and co-parent to their dog "Princess" for help.

Libby Hart has been harboring a crush on her friend Matt since they met. There is a spark, but to cross the friend line could end up being disastrous. As life happens you have your ups and downs, but Matt and Libby are finding they are building something but old history is throwing a few hurdles their
Heather andrews
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I loved Mac, "his brows drew down. "Do you think I want to just get myself off? I'm not selfish." I mean the boy clearly doesn't understand how a woman's mind works, "it pi**ed you off that I called you cute?" God, he would never understand." He's sarcastic and that's what makes him so damn cute, "you mean like, 'thanks for overlooking the fact that I was fondling your daughter in public, sir. Want to come watch me at work?' Yeah, I'm sure he'd love to spend eighty minutes dreaming up ways to ki
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, sports
Loved this unusual 'best friends' couple in the third book of the Legends series, an insecure and driven rugby player and a confident airline pilot. He has a paralyzing fear of flying. She longs for a family and children but loves her career. They share a chihuahua and an easy friendship, and it was a pleasure to watch them overcome their personal barriers to find a heartwarming love relationship. A fun series that continues to surprise me with unusual characters and choices.
I love this series. I love that we get to see past characters in subsequent books. I love Kat Latham's writing style. However, this was probably one of her weaker ones, to me. The ending felt very abrupt, and while the characters were making progress, it's pretty easy to see what would (realistically) be the end of their relationship.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, love, netgalley
Eigentlich dachte ich, dass dieses ein schönes, schnelles Buch ist, aber es gab viele Abschnitte, die sich einfach nur schleppend dahinzogen. Ich habe die Chemie zwischen dem Paar nicht wirklich erfasst. Es gab aber auch großartige Szenen - ich wünschte nur, es hatte mehr davon gegeben. Vor allem am Anfang.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Honestly, I would give the book 3 and a half stars. The book is good, but not quite good enough to get four stars. I can’t even pinpoint why I didn’t love the book. I would say if you want to watch a hot rugby player fall in love with a sexy pilot give the book a try.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book in the 'London Legends' rugby romance series so far! It's a fabulous friends to lovers story. I like how Matt's vulnerabilities meshed so well with Libby's strengths. They were amazing together!
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I LIKED THIS SOOOO MUCH. Yet another best friends to lovers book that played with the trope really well. I'm incredibly fond of both Matt and Libby. I liked the resolution to their relationship hurdle a lot, and this just made me really happy.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super cute friends to lovers, sports romance story. Latham makes rugby seem like such an interesting and incredible sport. I might have to watch a match or two... :)


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Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
5 stars!! Review to come...this book & series was quite AMAZING!!
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Michaela Behr
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Matt ist Libby's bester Freund. Doch sie empfindet mehr als nur Freundschaft für ihn. Als sie ihn versucht von seiner Flugangst zu kurieren verschwimmen plötzlich die Grenzen...


Dieses Ebook hat mich zum weinen, zum lachen und zum dahin schmelzen gebracht. Ganz großes Kino!!! Ich habe mich total in diese Geschichte verliebt. Die Autorin hat so viele Emotionen hier hinein gepackt. Wahnsinn!!! Die Protagonisten sind mir so ans Herz gewachsen und ich habe mit ihnen mitgefiebert wie s
Eva Hechenberger
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Das Buch ist der dritte Teil der „London Legends“ Reihe, dennoch kann man das Buch sehr gut ohne Vorwissen aus den anderen Büchern lesen.
Dieser Teil behandelt die Geschichte zwischen Libby und Matt. Beide sind Nachbarn und sind befreundet, dennoch sind sich die beiden noch nicht wirklich nähergekommen. Aber ich hatte das Gefühl, dass es zwischen den beiden schon von Beginn an geknistert hat. Durch ein Unglück kommen sich die beiden dann doch näher. Matt möchte nämlich seine Flugangst verlieren u
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
People with FLAWS who, though successful and competent and attractive by most standards, aren't totally the bestest ever in the world at what they do ? Yay!
I enjoy watching sports, and used to be a big baseball fan, but I don’t read a lot of sport themed romances; Kat Latham’s London Legends series is the exception. Tempting the Player is the third book in the series. The heroes are all been members of the London Legends, a fictional European league rugby team. Latham does a wonderful job explaining elements of rugby & rugby culture that might be unfamiliar to American readers without bogging down the plot. While Sports-stars and rock-stars are ...more
As a fan of sports-themed romances I consider Ms. Latham's London Legends series one of the best amongst a large crowd. She beautifully weaves sports action on the field with delightfully endearing and realistic characters steaming up bedrooms off the field while maintaining an emotional storyline and strong character development. As the third book in the series the boys are back and just as sexy and playful as ever as we get brief glimpses of the other players that has me seeing more story poss ...more
Sandy S
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: November 10, 2014

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 h
Janell Sutherland
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I am such a sucker for Kat Latham’s rugby books. Here’s how much: I don’t even like the friends-to-lovers trope, but I read this installment anyway because she makes her characters so interesting and believable.

Matt is on the London Legends team, but he’s not a starter, and he hasn’t had any good playing moments since he joined the team five years ago. He’s haunted by the taunts of his father and his ex-wife, believing that he’s not really good at anything and that he always chokes under pressur
Lover of Romance
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was requested by Kat Latham to read and review her newest book "Tempting The Player" which is the third book in her London Legends series. Since I really loved the second book, and I could wait to get a chance at this one. Kat Latham got me hooked on sports romance, and this series goes a bit deeper than that. This series takes place in London, and deals with a national rugby team. This story is based on a theme of friends turn into lovers. Which is one of my favorite themes for romances, and ...more
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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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