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- File size : 2035 KB
- Publication date : July 4, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Publisher : Ylva Publishing; 1st edition (July 4, 2018)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 396324030X
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DVP5MSM
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #318,074 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think my review will be much different than others who have reviewed this book in that I did not find the character Gabriela likeable. I found her to be passive aggressive and whiny. I thought she could have been much more supportive to the other main character, Viva, who was an Australian tennis legend, and instead, she was very self-centered. Lastly, she was a stick-in-the mud. Life with her would be boring/selfish and that would be a shame for Viva.
In comparison, Viva is this vivacious, aging, but extremely popular player who comes from a very close, personable family that owns a bar/inn. She's been recovering from a wrist injury following her failed attempt to win the US Open that she blames on Gabriela's foot fault calls during the key tie breaker match. Foot fault calls are very seldom called and 2 in one game is really rare. Any player would call them disruptive in their concentration to serve the ball. In any case, it is Gabriela's job to call them and she does without any acknowledgement to Viva (when they speak of this incident 15 months later) that she understood how Viva could be upset with her calls. In real life, this is really the perfect umpire, however in a romance novel, I wanted her to at least express empathy (even if it was not disclosed to Vita at the time).
As we follow this story, Viva's tennis career is very much in question due to the long-term effects of her injury, despite outside pressures from the Australian tennis federation who want to honor her. Each time she plays, she's taking a chance. Mentally, she's not ready to quit yet either and this causes serious conflict with Gabriela.
Gabriela meanwhile is still trying to make the gold standard for umpires after 10+ years. She clearly has faced the usual discrimination in the work place and now added a new one. She's frustrated and ready to do the blame game to add conflict to the Viva relationship.
I didn't understand the attraction to Gabriela by Viva. What did Gabriela bring to the relationship that made it special?
Honestly, I thought the plot was excellent, secondary characters very interesting, but I did not want these two to be together in this book and would have enjoyed it much more if someone more likeable than Gabriela had been the love interest.
The question is a potent one for any relationship—how to balance the dreams and ambitions of your partner vs. your own. And is this compromise a deal breaker for long term commitment? Always good stuff when a book gets people at the water cooler talking heatedly.
Viva, the tennis player, and Gabriella, the umpire are very appealing characters and you can see both points of view, asking one to give up the spotlight before she needs to and the other before she has a chance to reach her gold medal status. Tough choices which the author translates into some good sexual and story tension. Will they, won’t they, in the setting of Australia and the professional tennis world. I love these Aussie books. Something about the carefree style and warm vibe always draws me in. The supporting characters of friends and family are colorful and feel authentic. There are also fine points of drama such as the poignancy of aging athletes and the dilemma of being out in the public eye. Really a very good book.