Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Knowing the Score by Kat Latham


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.


I really enjoyed this book. I've been loving sports-themed romances, but many of those heroes seem just a bit too indulgent and conceited to be genuinely likable. That was not the case here. It had everything I love in a romance novel without being too unrealistic or over-the-top. The lead characters were both likable and down-to-earth, despite their own personal demons. I usually find myself becoming unsympathetic to characters who let their past troubles control them, but with both Caitlyn and Spencer, their past played a role in shaping who they were, but it wasn't the forefront of their lives now. Some of the timing and resolutions felt awfully convenient, but other than that, this was a wonderful romance.

Knowing the Score: 3.5/5 stars.
Cover:2.5/5 stars

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