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 anyone - until 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.
©2013 Kat Latham (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I will never know if the story was any good as I couldnt get past the first 10 minutes of the worst narration I have ever heard (and I have 350+ audiobooks just in my audible library!).
The normal narrations was terrible and what was worse is that she attempted accents (AND THEY WERE BAAAAAD!!) ...which is fine, not everyone can do a good accent but then she would change accents in the middle of a sentence and still the same person talking?? This happened quite a few times just in what I listened too! There was no way I could get through the whole book listening to that. Unfortunate because the summary seemed interesting (hence why I purchased it) but now I will never know if it was any good. DISAPPOINTING!!
Top 10 ranking
Presenter was great - really enjoyable to listen to.
More anxious as the characters had their own issues to deal with
Really great characters and story! I have been an audible addict for years but this is the first review I've felt inclined to write. I laughed and cried like I was a part of the story. Michelle Miller-Day also rocked as narrator! Thanks ladies!
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This is the second book and the first full length novel by Kat Latham I have read. It was so unbelievably good! It is definitely the finest contemporary romance that I have ever read (and I have read a lot) and it is in my top ten list for books of any genre. I was entranced from the very first chapter, and I hated stopping the audiobook at the end of my car trips. The writing and the character development were top notch. The narrator was excellent, pleasing to the ears, and she made me feel that she was Caitlyn because she inhabited the character completely. Her range and subtlety at expressing emotion made the story so real! I wish that her voice for Spencer was a tad lower in pitch, but the performance was still riveting. Her American and English accents were excellent, and she expertly switched between them. The sound quality of the recording was also excellent! This is one of my favorite audiobooks ever, and I am so happy that I bought it!
I love how Kat Latham creates female characters who have made fulfilling careers for themselves helping others and who are really good, sweet people in spite of terrible experiences during their teen years. Caitlyn is a very positive person and is very successful in her career as an emergency aid worker to countries after natural disasters. Spencer also has worked hard on his career being a professional rugby player with the London Legends team. He is also so sexy that he makes extra money being an underwear model (hot!). Oh, Spencer has such a wonderful personality and a strong sense of morality. If I were single and he was a real person, I would marry him in a heartbeat. Spencer loves his grandfather so much (awww!). Spencer is so patient with Caitlyn and never rushes her into doing anything.
This novel has everything I could ask for: loveable main characters, lively secondary characters, humor, personal growth, moments of vulnerability for both characters; it is steamy, sweet, tender, and riveting. It feels like the relationship could actually happen: there is a very natural evolution of the relationship and a slow increase in their trust in each other. Spencer and Caitlyn start as acquaintences, then friends with benefits, and then something more. There are bumps along the way, but I think they added nicely to the book.
Also I have never come across a first kiss in a romance book like this one! OMG! At first, Caitlin's issues might seem a bit ridiculous but when you find out how her problems started in the past, it makes so much sense and is very believable.
If you like contemporary romance, you can't go wrong buying this book or audiobook. Kat Latham's novella "Unwrapping Her Perfect Match" is also wonderful (I gave it 5 stars) but is not as complex and deep as this novel.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This was a light listen set in London that involved a rugby player and an emergency worker.
This was some what light read, very formulaic, but it was ok.
"Good but why an American narrator?"
Yes, its very sweet and I do love rugby.
The English accents were frankly terrible. Lots of glaring errors in pronunciation and every single one was based upon stereotypical old fashioned 'BBC' english. There was one character that I thought was Irish but he turned out to be captain of the England rugby team. Not sure why they used an American narrator, the book is set in London and there is only one American character, albeit she is the heroine. Having said that once I got a short way into the book this ceased to be so jarring and was more of an amusing annoyance.
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