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Ace (Brian & Lexi, #1) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 18, 2013
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"Ace is a Love-Love game (you knew it was coming) of romance that tennis enthusiasts should truly enjoy." - Lisa, The Novel Approach
"I suggest you pour a glass of Pimms, settle down with some strawberries and cream and grab this book to relive the great British summer." - Petra, Mrs Condit & Friends
About the Author
She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights.
Kate swapped the North West for the Midwest in October 2015 and married award-winning author AJ Rose. Together they plan to take over the world.
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Normally, gay sports novels are about the sacrifices involved in coming out publicly. This author turns that trope on its head. The public part, as it turns out, was quite easy - with near-universal approval.
The problem, in this case, is Brian's mother - who paid only lip service to accepting his sexuality, and lives in terror of losing the fame and riches that came to her as the quintessential stage-mother of a famous and successful young athlete.
So, she meddles in his love life, treats him like a 12-year-old, constantly condemns him for what he's "doing to her" and ends up making his life unbearable - including his most intimate and important relationship. Until he finally grows up, with the help of his understanding father, and takes a stand for himself - for what he wants and what he needs.
It is also a tender love story between two high-level tennis pros. The obstacles to their relationship are many and quite believable.
My only regret is that the book ends on what looks like it will be a new beginning for the main characters, and I'm dying to find out what happens next. I hope a sequel is planned.
P. S. There is one thing I wish to take issue with, and it is not the author's fault. I am so incredibly tired of being treated like a second-hand reader because the content of what I read is gay-oriented. It is the only possible explanation (and I've heard it from authors, too) for the incredibly awful editing from which so many M/M novels suffer. I'm a heavy reader (looks like more than 400 books this year), so I read fast, even though I don't speed-read. I read and retain every word. I just read "cinematically" at the same speed at which one might absorb a movie, rather than a book. And nothing, but nothing, destroys my rhythm and enjoyment more than obvious and lousy bad editing. I really do not want to stumble over an incomprehensible sentence when I'm caught up in a story that captures my imagination and, like this one, my soul. But there it is, over and over again, inexcusable editing that spoils my read.
This one had some really obvious errors, such as leaving out conjunctions:
"his [sex] lolled to the side clear supplication". What the hell does that mean? It took me a few minutes of distraction to realize that it should have been "IN clear supplication".
Or, "Like my mouth was made him". I assume the author intended "like my mouth was made FOR him".
And the word "taunt". I thought it might have been a "Britishism", but I looked it up in at least a dozen dictionaries, including a couple of British ones, and I cannot find any case in which "taunt" means "tight": "I loved the look of his taunt muscles." "Taunt" means to tease with sarcasm. Does the author really mean that he loved the look of his teasing, sarcastic muscles? I doubt it. And though the word appeared (incorrectly) at least three times in this book, I'm certain she meant "taut", not "taunt". This may seem like just a niggle, but this is the third book in the last month in which I encountered the error - and the other two were definitely not British.
Please, publishers. Have a little respect for your readers and bring the same level of error-free editing to every M/M novel you publish that you do to non-gay books. You owe that to us.