15 May 2013

Game. Set. Match.

Game. Set. Match. (Outerbanks Tennis Academy #1)
by Jennifer Iacopelli
YA / New Adult - ebook
Published May 2013 by Coliloquy

Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world's most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.

Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she's hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after...until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.

With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.

There is something about sports books, shows, and movies that reel me in. I don't pay all that much attention to real live sports, but put it in a story and I'm hooked. Game. Set. Match. takes place at  OBX. It's part boarding school, part training facility for young, elite tennis players. Indy's the new girl with serious skills, Penny's the reigning champion, and Jasmine is the famous players' daughter with tennis goals of her own. And there's an equally intriguing guy in the story for each of them.

Game. Set. Match. is a great summer read... three potential romances and tons of drama, all while you're hoping your favorite tennis player will win the match. The characters range in age from 17 to 20-something and are in a pretty grown up world of competitive sports, so the story feels more New Adult than YA. When you reach the end, you'll turn the page looking for more... both because you want to keep reading and because there is so much left open-ended (for the next book, I presume). There is plenty of story to entertain though... Big wins, stolen kisses, and drama, drama, drama.

* Thanks to Coliloquy for providing the book in exchange for an honest review. *

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