Release day party for Playing It Close! *throws confetti* *and prizes!* *LOTS of prizes!*

Blimey! Playing It Close has hit digital bookshelves everywhere!

This book is particularly special to me because I wrote most of it while I was pregnant. I meant to finish writing it before Doodle Bug was born, but I underestimated how seductive naps can be when you’re eight months pregnant.

Now I’m celebrating its release and planning Doodle’s first birthday. How quickly time goes when you’re sleep deprived!

I’m especially excited because Carina Press selected Playing It Close to be part of its first Sports Week. That’s right – today SIX different sports-themed romance novels came out, featuring rugby (natch), football, hockey, baseball, tennis and mixed martial arts.

The six of us authors are appearing on lots of blogs together this week, and I’ve got a few solo appearances lined up. I’m also running two separate giveaways: one for people who help me spread the word about Playing It Close, and another for people who leave comments on the blogs I’m visiting. Enter using the two Rafflecopter forms below!

Playing It Close by Kat Latham

Book two of the London Legends

Playing It Close by Kat LathamWhere do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

Meet Liam’s teammate Spencer Bailey in Knowing the Score, out now! | | Barnes & NobleCarina PressGoogle PlayiBooks | Kobo | Goodreads

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Where I’ve been and where I’ll be

I’ll add links as soon as blogs go live.

April 2: Donna Gallagher’s blog – interview with Kat
             V’s Reads – review of Playing It Close

April 3: Lady Scribes – Kat writes about bums, tums & thighs

April 7: Harlequin Junkie – Spotlight on Playing It Close
             Fresh Fiction – excerpt of Playing It Close

April 8: Give Me Books blog – review of Playing It Close

April 12: Book Reviews & More by Kathy – Spotlight on the London Legends series

April 13: Romancing the Jock – group post

April 14: Dear Author – group post
RT blog – group post
              All About Romance – group post
              Contemporary Romance Cafe – Kat shares an excerpt

April 15: Heroes & Heartbreakers – group post
              Harlequin Junkie – group post

April 16: USA Today – group post
              The Season for Romance blog – group post                                        Carina Press blog – guest post by Kat

April 17: Twitter party hosted by @CarinaPress (follow #CarinaSports)

April 18: Just Contemporary Romance – group post
              Sulia Romance Channel – excerpt from Playing It Close

Giveaway #1

I would love it if you all stopped by the blogs I linked to above and left comments. Some of those posts also have giveaways that you can enter.

I’ll update the links – and add more entries to the Rafflecopter – every day as new posts go live. Make sure you come back here frequently this week as I unlock extra points for you to earn.

One person will win a $25 gift certificate to the online retailer of their choice (as long as the retailer allows me to buy a gift certificate online. It could be for Amazon, Victoria’s Secret, Target, etc.) AND this British artisan chocolate inspired by Venezuela.
Willie's Cacao - Venezuelan Gold

Yum! Enter using the Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open internationally. I’ll choose and announce the winner on Monday April 21.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #2

I’m so grateful to those of you who are helping me spread the word by tweeting, writing reviews, adding Playing It Close to your Goodreads shelves, blogging about Playing It Close, etc. Thank you! Remember, if you buy and read Playing It Close this week, you can get extra points for leaving a review somewhere BEFORE APRIL 20. You can still leave reviews after April 20, but the points are doubled this week. Please read the terms & conditions. One person will win a $50 gift certificate, a gorgeous bracelet made by my lovely author-friend Moriah Densley, and this London Legends field bag. London Legends field bag a Rafflecopter giveaway

By Kat

Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She's a California girl living in the Netherlands with her baby girl and British husband.


  1. I have not had the chance to read any of your books yet, but am liking the looks of this series. I am going to have to check out book 1, I just bought the first book to help me catch up. I needed something to read, so works out perfectly.

  2. I have Knowing the Score but haven’t got around to reading it yet, haven’t had time to read much lately! Entering under the name of Virginia

  3. Loved Playing it close…My first by you and can’t wait to read the first one Knowing The Score…
    I really like your writing….

  4. I have not read any of your books……. yet. I have recently gotten back into reading and am looking forward to your books. Based on a friend’s suggestion, Knowing the Score is on my list to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I have read a lot of good things, so while I haven’t yet read your stories, I’m planning to soon, Kat! Thanks for the excellent intro to Playing It Close!

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