INTERNATIONAL PLAYER by Louise Bay is LIVE !
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
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Louise Bay once again gives us incredibly steamy and captivating story that melts the heart! This friends to lovers romance is filled with sexual tension and electrifying chemistry, which has been suspended for years and is ready to find an outlet. Add to this incredibly sexy main character with a British accent and I guarantee that this book will put your e-readers on fire!
Truly and Noah met years ago when her twin married his best friend. There was an instant attraction between them, but Noah’s reputation and Truly’s low esteem meant that their acquaintance became platonic from the very beginning. And that’s how their friendship was born. However, when there was a possibility for something more, Noah left for business and their contact faded. After a few years, Noah returns to London and meet Truly again and it turns out that she needs his help because she has to take over in managing the family’s charity. An introvert must become the life of the party and Noah seems to be the best teacher to build up her self-confidence. Besides, their small deal will help her also get him out of her system, so it’s a win-win, right?
Yeah, we already know how these agreements end 😉
I liked both characters very much, but I can’t deny that they had qualities that irritated me. In the case of Truly it was selfishness concerning all this arrangement with Noah. I understand that the girl wanted to protect herself from a potential heartbreak, but by that she got blinders on and didn’t see how Noah really saw her. Noah in turn was so clueless at times that he didn’t even realize the strength of Truly’s feelings and in some situations he unconsciously exposed her to suffering. Communication is the key. Unfortunately, both of them seemed to forget about it… It’s a pity, because they would save each other a lot of uncomfortable situations. However, as in the case of stories written by Louise Bay, we quickly forget about characters flaws, because the power of their feelings and burning passion obscures all shortcomings.
International Player was really enjoyable read. A little bit angsty and extremely hot.
*ARC received for an honest review.
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Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury.
Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down.
The first female friend I ever had.
And she might just be the first woman I ever fall in love with.
When an emergency means she needs my help running her family’s charity, I’m happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world—taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out.
The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I’m not a man to avoid, that we’re not as unsuited as she believes.
She sees herself as the book-reading, science-loving introvert while I’m the dangerous, outgoing, charmer.
She thinks I love parties and people whereas she prefers pajamas and a takeaway.
What she doesn’t realize is that I like everything about her–the way her smile lights up a room, how her curves light up my imagination, and especially the way her lips taste when coated with tequila.
She’s the first woman I ever fell in love with. I just need to know if she could ever love me too.
*International Player is a complete standalone contemporary romance
In, two, three, out, two. Shit. I tried again. In, two, three, out, two, three. It wasn’t helping. My heart was hammering against my chest, my palms were sweaty, and images of hundreds and hundreds of faces staring at me flashed into my head.
I ignored the knock on my office door. I was too concerned about what was happening to me. Was it possible to have a heart attack at twenty-eight?
“Truly,” a familiar, male voice called.
I couldn’t look up. Couldn’t even open my eyes.
Warm hands covered my knees and body heat radiated in front of me.
“Are you okay? Take a breath.” What was Noah doing here?
I nodded, still counting my breath. As if he was familiar with the technique, he began counting along with me. “Out, two, three. In, two, three. Out, two, three.”
His voice was calming. The counting hadn’t worked when I’d done it alone, but hearing him counting too helped me settle into a rhythm.
Eventually, his hands slid from my knees, and I sat up and opened my eyes, right into his.
“Are you okay?” he asked, his brow
I was such an idiot. A mess. And this was why Noah and I had only ever been friends. He was used to seeing me in no makeup with a smear of kung pao chicken on my face. And now I was panicking about a meeting that he would think nothing of. Yes, Noah only ever saw me at my absolute worst.
“What are you doing here?” I asked. I didn’t want him to see me like this.
“Do you want some water?” He stood and poured me a glass of sparkling water from the bottle on my desk.
“Thanks.” I took a sip and sat back in my chair.
“I came to talk to you. Apologize if I seemed harsh last night. I’m sorry if I made this worse, Truly.”
I cleared my throat. “I’m fine. Just a little . . .” I watched as he slid into the chair opposite my desk, his long legs unfurling in front of him. “I just have a lot to do.”
He nodded, steepling his fingers. “And I’m here to help.”
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful (not currently on sale as undergoing maintenance!), Hopeful, The Empire State Series, The Royals Series, The Nights Series (both series of standalone books each following different characters) and the standalone Gentleman series.
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, The West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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