INTERNATIONAL PLAYER by Louise Bay
Release Date: April 30th
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
I truly enjoyed Louise Bay’s International Player. I liked Noah and Truly. Everything from their relationship, to their conversations and their physical intimacy was great.
Noah is your typical playboy bachelor. Her doesn’t have an interest or a desire for love. He enjoys female companionship, and he is particularly drawn to the heroine’s intellect, which is and attractive attribute in a hero.
Truly is the shy twin, but when she is forced to move out of her comfort zone, she must seek out the help
Of Noah, thus putting her in the path to romance. Through Noah helping Truly, the begin to fall for each other. There are moments that bothered me when it came to her interactions with her twin sister, but at the same time it is the impetus for many of the plot developments in the novel.
While international player is enjoyable with loveable characters, it didn’t really deviate from the expected trope. I would have liked to see something more between the expected plot line. This variation would have made this read increase in my rating overall. Even with the lack of surprises, International Player was still a fun and sexy read.
I did truly enjoy this read, even if it was a tad predictable in areas. Truly and Noah are just light and fun and sexy, and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
International Player is a charming, slow burn, friends to lovers romance, with great characters who are easy to love.
I appreciated the fact that despite his international player title, Noah didn’t come across as sleazy or arrogant. He’s a guy, a rather kind one actually, who just enjoys the short term, no strings attached kind of relationships. Truly, although resilient, beautiful and smart, lacks faith in herself and her abilities. She’s slightly geeky and living in the self imposed shadow of her marginally older twin sister. For me, there was just a little too much repetition in relation to her self doubt. Ms Bay did a great job of explaining how uncomfortable she was being forced into the limelight, I just personally felt it didn’t need reiterating as often as it was. Nevertheless, I thought Noah was fantastic at encouraging Truly, supporting her and helping her to find that self confidence. I liked the way these two reconnected as friends initially and that although Truly was harbouring a major crush on Noah, it took him a little longer to get with the program. I actually thought these two were perfect for each other. There are a few ups and downs and misunderstandings but on the whole their story is light and fun and fairly drama free.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, with a plot that was easy to follow. A little slow in the beginning perhaps, once it picked up pace, we got hot chemistry and the scorching love scenes that this author writes so well. A certain scene involving tequila definitely got me all hot and bothered!
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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