Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 5, 2013
Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England's World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he's eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.
Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world's worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.
Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.
If you’re going to have a short term fling, why not make it with someone who has a work visa that’s expiring in a short while?
That’s rugby player Spencer Bailey’s thinking when he begins to pursue American Caitlyn Sweeney. He wants a short, no strings attached temporary affair and he thinks she’s the one to fit the bill. Unfortunately, he begins to realize that he just might have found a lifetime partner in Caitlyn. If they could work out her intimacy issues and if his past doesn’t come back to bite him in the ass then they have a shot at making things work.
If I were to put all my knowledge of Rugby into a thimble, it would make the thimble look like an Olympic sized pool! Thankfully, it’s not an issue with author Kat Latham’s Knowing the Score. Sure, there are a few rugby matches and some terminology thrown around here and there but with a handy dandy Author’s Note that includes some of the terminology, I was breezing by those scenes with no problem and a vague but good enough sense of what was going on. Yay me!
But let’s get to the important stuff here, the romance. I’m always hesitant about a contemporary romance that has a heroine with “intimacy issues” because that almost always means she’s a virgin. Caitlyn is such a lively and admirable character and my favorite thing about her was her job. It was something refreshing and new to me to have fearless female character like Caitlyn work for an international disaster relief organization yet be so afraid of her own feelings.
Spencer isn’t trouble free either. He had such a harsh and cruel wakeup call when he was younger and a rookie on the Rugby team. Both of these characters’ pasts play the roles of antagonists in Knowing the Score and to me, those are the most difficult obstacles to overcome. He’s such a patient man and he really does take care of Caitlyn in a way that had me swooning over him and that’s not easy to do for an athlete!
Final Verdict: While I'm still not interested in sports, I'm mildly curious to watch a few minutes of a rugby match just to see what all the fuss is about. In the meantime, I'm recommending Knowing the Score to contemporary romance fans and especially sports romance fans.