Tuesday, May 21, 2013

BOOK BLURB: Game. Set. Match. (Outerbanks Tennis Academy #1)

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Game. Set. Match
Author: Jennifer Iacopelli
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
Number of Pages: --
Date Published: April 29, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance

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.

Game. Set. Match is a book about three girls, each with their own drama, but all striving to become the best tennis player in the world. It revolves around the lives of Indy, the newcomer; Penny, the one already making her mark on the international scene; and Jasmine, the daughter of two of the best tennis players before. Told in alternating POVs of the three girls, Game Set Match shows us how three teenagers persevere to make their dreams come true, how they break under all the pressure, and how they get sidetracked by three gorgeous guys.
One of the things I like about this book is that there is a balance between the romance and the sports element. One does not overshadow the other. And both elements of the story is something to watch out for. You'll find yourself going through the pages wondering who will win, or will they finally kiss, or what will happen now that she lost (something like that).
Another thing I like is that there was nobody that felt superior or inferior among the three girls. They all played differently, all have different personalities, all had different family and boy problems etc... And just like the romance-sport thing, nobody overshadowed the other. Though, I do feel that Jasmine was a little deprived of a good ending (Teddy and Jasmine? What happened?) Is that what she deserves for being a little b*tchier than Indy and Penny? :D
To cut all of this short, Game. Set. Match. is a good and quick read. Even non-sports people like me will appreciate this book. Well, the sizzling romance helped. So, 4 stars :)
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