Game. Set. Match.
written by Jennifer Iacopelli
published by Coliloquy, LLC
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by the author. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a fun read and a sweet story. I read Game. Set. Match. every free chance I had and liked it from beginning to end.
At first, the tennis terminology was a bit hard for me to follow. I’m not a tennis player or a tennis fan, so this was definitely a subject matter outside my knowledge. However, I found myself enjoying the play-by-plays. I could see the matches. I could feel the intensity and the excitement. It was as if I was watching in person.
The characters were all likeable, even the ones you really didn’t want to like. Indy was a sweet girl who wanted to make her mom proud and prove to herself that she belonged at OBX. Jasmine was the legacy, living in her parents’ shadow trying to make a name for herself. And Penny was the star who was falling for the bad boy. I liked all three of these main characters. Each of them had something to offer, something to root for. At one point or another, I was a fan of each of them. I was on their Team. Even now, after finishing the book, I can’t decide whose Team I would be on. Did you read the book? Whose Team are you on?
Even the secondary characters were easy to get behind. Teddy, Jake, and Alex were all great guys in their own right. Did they make mistakes? Yes, but I liked them anyway.
The story sucked me in and didn’t let me go. In fact, it still hasn’t let me go. I think about it now and then and I smile. It was a book that made me smile. I am really hoping that Game. Set. Match. will be continued in an additional book.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you like the New Adult genre and sports-related books.
Will I read it again: I will just may. (Before I finished Game. Set. Match. I didn’t think I would want to reread this book. Now, I just may, especially if there are more books about Penny, Indy, and Jasmine.)
About the book: Nestled along the coastline of North Carolina, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the best elite tennis training facility in the world. Head Coach, Dominic Kingston has assembled some of the finest talent in the sport. From the game’s biggest stars to athletes scraping and clawing to achieve their dreams, OBX is full of ego, drama and romance. Only the strong survive in this pressure cooker of competition, on and off the court.
Penny Harrison, the biggest rising star in tennis, is determined to win the French Open and beat her rival, the world’s number one player, Zina Lutrova. There’s just one problem, the only person who’s ever been able to shake her laser-like focus is her new training partner. Alex Russell, tennis’s resident bad boy, is at OBX recovering from a knee injury suffered after he crashed his motorcycle (with an Aussie supermodel on the back). He’s hoping to regain his former place at the top of men’s tennis and Penny’s heart, while he’s at it.
Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. Her parents have seven Grand Slam championships and she’s desperate to live up to their legacy. Her best friend is Teddy Harrison, Penny’s twin brother, and that’s all they’ve ever been, friends. Then one stupid, alcohol-laced kiss makes everything super awkward just as she as she starts prepping for the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.
The Classic is what draws Indiana Gaffney out of the hole she crawled into after her mom’s death. Even though she’s new to OBX, a win at the Classic is definitely possible. She has a big serve and killer forehand, but the rest of her game isn’t quite up to scratch and it doesn’t help that Jasmine Randazzo and her little minions are stuck-up bitches or that Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and oldest brother, is too hot for words, not to mention way too old for her.
Who will rise? Who will fall?
Told from rotating points of view, GAME. SET. MATCH. is a ‘new adult’ novel about three girls with one goal: to be the best tennis player in the world.
About the author: Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave…ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master’s in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.
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