- File Size: 2035 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing; 1 edition (July 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DVP5MSM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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“Code of Conduct” is a forbidden love trope, obviously, because an umpire fraternising with a player could lead to potential match fixing possibilities of some such. But I was not aware of its severity and the consequences as a result until Blue so meticulously defined all the rules and guidelines that control the actions of officials and players, alike, presumably clearly stated in the Code of Conduct booklet. In other words, I learned so much from reading this book! Cheers, Blue! Anyway, back to the story…
From the first pages of the book, I was immediately captivated. Yup, it was a the Final match between Viva and her opponent, Paige. And let me tell you, Blue’s fantastic, detailed play-by-play account and vivid description of the strokes, the serves, the rallies, the hits, the misses, Viva’s internal monologue whilst gearing up before each serve was so intense, I felt like I was in Viva’s head, processing and experiencing the action with her! And I loved every minute of it, even the painful moments! And oh, nothing spices up a tennis match more than when a player misbehaves and starts hurling verbal abuses at the umpire on the court, does it? 😜 That poor lineswoman! Priceless! So naturally, it was a thrilling tennis match described merely in words but packed a punch! Fancy that! Wow. I was impressed. Well done, Blue! So, from there, I literally devoured the book in a mere short period of time, so fast I was surprised I was at the end of the book already before I could even settle fully in me comfy seat! No joke!
My favourite scene was the fated first meeting between Gabriela and Viva…out of nowhere, in scorching heat! I mean, talk about FATE, eh? It was hilarious. Oh, the awkwardness, the odd behaviour, the silence, and then it went on at the pub her folks owned! The noise in the pub, again, Blue deftly described the atmosphere, the smells, the different behaviours of its patrons, even in the kitchen, with such vivid detail, I thought I was seated in one of the crowded corners of the pub, watching all the hustle and bustle, feeling bad for Gabriela who looked like a deer caught in the headlights as she was literally thrown into the totally chaotic situation and left there to fend for herself! Poor thing! So very visual and audible were Blue’s presentation and characterisation of the entire scenario.
Ok, I LOVED Gabriela!! I loved her prim and proper, socially awkward persona who was a stickler for obeying the rules, no exceptions. I loved how she carried herself during uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations where she’d turned very rigid in her speech and her body language. Viva’s initial behaviour towards her was utterly contemptuous, much to Gabriela’s perplexity. But eventually, they cleared the air and so began their tentative friendship – enemies-to-friends scenario. As both these women got to know each other better, they realised their mutual attraction to each other. But Gabriela, being the consummate rule-abiding professional that she was, could not see herself dipping her toes into the romantic waters with Viva.
Blue did a brilliant job crafting Viva and Gabriela’s personal and professional predicament, their push-pull relationship, their growing feelings for each other that could not be acted upon, and how they each decided what to do about it. Obviously, things didn’t go as planned. In fact, it created so much betrayal, disappointment and anger as a result. This was the moment I was waiting for. I loved how Blue constructed the aftermath where she focused on the emotional struggle and sense of guilt in Viva’s point of view which was typical of her character. The same for Gabriela’s state of mind, which was true to the nature of her character.
I like the fact that Blue tackled one of the most important issues in a relationship. As equal partners. The issue of sacrifice vs. compromise. Could one’s well-being be more important than the other’s in a relationship? Blue effectively explored that in Gabriela and Viva’s journey. How would Gabriela and Viva figure out what’s truly important to each other? But love is a funny thing, innit? The strength and power of it. When tethered to the two affected souls, it can’t easily be erased. Not by a long shot. In the midst of such an impossible situation, how would Gabriela and Viva come to terms with it? Blue managed to weave their predicament effectively and I liked it. Read it to find out!
Meanwhile, there were some secondary characters who were a delight to explore, particularly Viva’s nemesis, Alina (albeit very brief but impactful – wouldn’t it be great if Blue decided to tell HER story, eh? Well, wishful thinking is what I’m good at! 😉), her brother, Jack, and the up-and-coming player, Jelena.
One thing worth mentioning is that Blue managed to delicately insert a veiled debate about the long-running issue of how the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the sponsors, The-Powers-That-Be (TPTB) who run the pro tennis circuit are still so against players being out without having to suffer the consequences of losing sponsorship, or discrimination. Blue’s presented this issue without taking any sides. The issue is just is. Unfortunate but a sad fact, nonetheless. I really appreciate Blue including this issue in her story.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed “Code of Conduct,” so much so that I didn’t even realise I finished it until I found myself unable to scroll down anymore! I was at the end! No more pages left to scroll! Whaa???! So, take that as proof that this book truly sails right through with an absorbing tale of forbidden love, filled with the good, the bad and the…ultimate sign ….Love. Wills. Out. 😏❤
Also, being a nerd that I am, I was so pleased to read about the rules and the protocols regulating the tennis officials, i.e. the code of conduct, the on and off-court dynamics between the players and the officials. I love it when I learn something from reading a book. And this one was no exception. I came away a little more informed and educated about the socio-politics of the sport. So, I thank you, Ms. Blue, for opening me eyes to all the intricacies involved in the behind-the-scenes of professional tennis.
Plus, all the heart-pounding excitement of the matches so vividly described you will feel like you’re actually watching them live! Not a moment of downtime. Blue spread out several different matches along with practice sessions throughout the book with equal zeal, describing the action sequences ever so vividly. The universe that Blue created in the world of tennis with all these characters felt very grounded to me. Hence, everything that happened in the book gravitated toward the natural flow of cause and effect, a sense of reality, so to speak.
Anyway, you will be fully entertained especially if you’re a tennis fan and love romance, and there’s nothing more intriguing and captivating than a tale of forbidden love between two women who couldn’t be more different from each other but…well, you can’t help who you fall in love with, can you? My favourite book by Ms. Blue, yet!! 👍
So, enjoy the ride! It was definitely a thrill for me, on and off the court! 🤟👍
Here’s what I know about tennis: Serena and Venus Williams play it. I like watching videos on Youtube where Serena Williams argues with the referee and yells at the tennis official over what she deems bad calls. Her fury and passion make me feel more alive. Imagine a tennis player as passionate as Serena falling in love with a woman whose bad call loses her a crucial match. Code of Conduct takes us into the world of a famous tennis player and the woman she falls for, an official.
There are rules against fraternization between tennis players and officials, so before Viva and Gabriela's relationship gets off the ground, the code of conduct pushes them away from one another. Here the drama begins.
“I love the stillness you project when you’re in the umpire’s chair. The concentration, the calmness.”
It was really interesting to learn about the official, Gabriela’s, life. Originally from Spain, she travels the world on a not-too-high-paycheck, valuing her career as an official after her attempt to become a pro player didn’t pan out. It really seemed like Cheyenne Blue knew her stuff, and even though I don’t know the rules of the game myself, I found the details about the profession fascinating.
“Viva, I worry sometimes that you traded your childhood for tennis.”
On the other side of the coin, of course, is Viva, the professional athlete. Tennis is her entire life, and she's not only torn between the woman she loves and pursuing her career: If she keeps playing, she risks a lifetime of disability due to an injured wrist.
If the first third of the book read like the rest of it, Code of Conduct would be a firm four stars. I really loved the tennis matches, the romance, the love scenes, characterization, conflict, pacing…check, check, check. It was all wonderful. But it starts very slowly, with not nearly enough attention paid to the tennis world. During the scenes when Viva was at home instead of competing, I was consistently bored, and I honestly think the women's meet cute interactions could have been more exciting. Gabriela's car breaks down near Viva's house. I feel like I’ve read roadside meet cutes 5,000 times, and they never reveal as much character development as I think a writer might hope.
But! Onto the next bit of the book, past the thirty percent mark or so: There were moments when I felt that same thrill as when I watch Serena Williams. When Viva shuts down misogynist sports commentators? Yes! When it turns out like every woman tennis player in the book is a lesbian? Yes!! When Viva plays? Ahhh, the match scenes were always so good.
And the love scenes were honestly really hot, and they felt real, something I often struggle with in f/f fiction. My only complaint is that Blue was a little too liberal with the euphemisms: “bottom” instead of “butt,” and phrases like “her secret places,” made me feel uncomfortably like I was reading about little girls instead of women. She described nipples as “nubbins,” too. I’m really particular about the kind of smut language I like, and Blue and I were on pretty different channels in that regard. But there were other moments when Blue described sensations so acutely and accurately that she just nailed it, no weird pun intended.
Finally, I loved the setting. I felt immersed in Australia, in the slang, in the food and geography. As I will keep singing until the end of time, it’s honestly always a treat to read a contemporary romance that isn’t set in New York.
Overall, this is a solid f/f sports romance, and I recommend adding it to your list of summer reads.
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