International Player by Louise Bay was a really cute story, and I had such fun seeing Noah and Truly blossom from friends to tequila kisses and into such a sweet romance!
International Player by Louise Bay
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
~ Synopsis ~
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*
With its refreshing characters and really sweet story, International Player by Louise Bay made for a very cute and enjoyable read!
I thought Truly’s character was just adorable, and how cute is that name? I loved her style with her geeky knowledge and funky t-shirts, as well as her passion and commitment to her family’s charity foundation. Content to live behind the spotlight of her twin sister, Abi, it was wonderful to watch her character grow in strength and confidence throughout.
Noah was quite the heartthrob with his charm and success. I really liked his love of 80’s music, as well as his sense for adventures in life. Although Noah’s determination in living for the moment hadn’t really helped him in regards to finding serious romantic relationships, above all, he was a very loyal friend to Truly. I loved the way his belief and support really helped bring her out of her shell!
With their knowledge of all things geeky, there was such a natural and easy going way with Truly and Noah. I was initially a little concerned about Noah because he had forgotten how close he had once been with Truly during their four years apart. However, once they reunited, I really appreciated their respect for their friendship, and although neither wanted to jeopardize it in any way, there was definitely a lot of passion brewing between them!
Louise Bay did a wonderful job of writing this heartfelt and rather inspiring story as Truly and Noah overcame their weaknesses, and I had such fun seeing them blossom from friends to tequila kisses and into such a sweet romance!
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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.”
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 and The Nights Series (both series of standalones books each following different characters).
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. She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!
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