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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘International Player’ by Louise Bay

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Release Date: April 30th
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance


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

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4 ‘Lifetime’s challenge’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

A friends to lovers romance with one of Louise’s yummy British heroes? Heck yes! I am always in the mood for a dose of Louise Bay’s writing. When I want to read a light romance, with a whole lot of British and awesome characters, light drama and a couple with lots of chemistry, I just know this woman will not fail me. She surely did not disappoint with this one!

International Player is a standalone contemporary romance and, get ready guys because it releases tomorrow and you don’t want to miss it if you enjoy Louise’s stories. In this case, it’s the journey into love between two good friends: Truly Harbury and Noah Jensen. Noah is back from New York, he is a first-class player and, of course, he is not a big fan of long term commitments. He loves enjoying life and women. Well, that changes when he reunites with his only female friend, Truly. They start seeing each other in a different way (Truly already did..) and things are about to get interesting!

I needed him in the just-friends box. And then I had to nail the lid shut, just to make sure that’s where he stayed. 

I am a massive fan of this romance troupe. A good friends to lovers romance always works for me and I loved how Noah and Truly’s relationship evolved from a wonderful friendship to a beautiful love story. I really enjoy seeing all the layers of an author’s list of characters and it was great to get to know these two to their core (and the people around them). Of course, I loved when sexual tension started, when the chemistry intensified and when love made its appearance. Is it my favorite book by Louise? Probably not but it definitely was entertaining, easy to read, with a good amount of feelings and a couple with smoking hawt chemistry. This girl is not complaining on any of that, especially when she gets what she wants: a happy ending. And I really enjoyed Truly and Noah’s.

Loving Truly wasn’t a goal or a challenge. She was a way of life. She was and would be at the heart of everything, forever. 

Therefore, I am rating International Player with 4 STARS because I really liked reading how these two turn their already beautiful friendship to something so much more intense. Louse developed this story very fluently, as always, and I continue enjoying the way she goes with her stories and characters. Noah and Truly worked so well together and their chemistry was impossible not to love. I always know where to go when I want a delicious British book boyfriend. If you are a fan of them too, do not miss reading Louise Bay’s novels!


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.”

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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