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 he's struggling to get his career off the ground. He has no time for a relationship, even if Libby does make him ache. As an airline pilot, Libby's looking for a stay-at-home husband so she can have a family without sacrificing her high-flying career. Matt's certainly not that man.
But just because they don't have a future together doesn't mean they can't have a right now. When Matt asks Libby for help overcoming his fear, they agree to take a vacation from their platonic relationship—whenever they fly together, they can have sex. It's the perfect way to resolve all that built-up tension. As long as they can avoid getting a little too comfortable…
The solid third iLondon Legends rugby romance (after Knowing the Score) puts plenty of emotion into play. Fullback Matt Ogden has always lived in his famous father's shadow on the rugby field, and his anxiety choes him at inopportune times. He's also deathly afraid to fly, which can be an issue due to the team's travel schedule. When a teammate's wife dies after what was initially thought to be a minor injury, Matt reevaluates everything in his life, including his relationship with his best friend and neighbor, pilot Libby Hart. Libby's often lusted after Matt, but has resigned herself to simple friendship and joint custody of a rescue Chihuahua named Princess. After an embarrassing incident, Matt resolves to conquer his fear of flying, and Libby steps in to help. But will time together bring the two closer, or tear them apart? Libby's pining is achingly real, and Matt's insecurities are refreshing in a genre that often portrays athletes as arrogant alpha males. As a bonus, the rugby elements ring true Latham has obviously done her homework. This pleasant offering tweaks the heartstrings.
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Latham’s writing and characters have improved in this series
A best-friends to lovers’ trope with a happy ever after that had some clever and interesting twists, Latham brings the third book in her London Legends story. Libby and Matt have been friends for ages: in fact, they share custody of a tiny dog, and while they both know that there is a spark there, they both have different goals in life.
Libby is an airline pilot who really want to find a man to handle house, home and children. Matt is struggling with his own rugby career: his fear of flying makes him an unlikely candidate for a starting position. So Matt starts out showing his vulnerable side when he asks his best friend, Libby, to help him overcome his fear.
Oh this was cute and sweet – Libby has the perfect solution – they will act on their attraction, but only AFTER they have flown to a new destination. And from here, the story was funny, sweet, tender and adorable as these two learned that they can make adjustments for what they always thought they wanted, to take a chance with what they know is good.
Latham’s writing and characters have improved in this series: this is by far my favorite in terms of development, believability, and likeability. The easy to understand fears from them both, and the moments of vulnerability and sweetness that Matt shows add a touch of heart that sweetens the story significantly.
These two have a palpable attraction and their interactions feel natural, even as they are having those moments of hesitancy once they arrive at a destination. When the rules start to blur the story really heats up, and you just can’t help but cheer them on to a happy ever after.
I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.