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Game, Set, Match Paperback – August 12, 2010
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4 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies! "Titillating & heartwarming, GAME SET MATCH is a delightful contemporary romance that will touch your heart. I recommend to anyone looking for a terrific story with plenty of spice."--Romance Junkies
"Ms. Malone is an excellent storyteller and she managed to make all of her characters likeable." -- Joyfully Reviewed
About the Author
Nana's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is. Though, until that ninja job comes through, you'll find her acting out scenes for hubby, baby and puppy while catching up on her favorite reality television shows in sunny San Diego. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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There were a lot of issues that needed to be worked out, and Nana Malone did a pretty good job of delving into them. There may have been too many to tackle in one book to flow well. I liked the story well enough but I just didn't love it.
I listened to audiobook and the narrator spoke clear and concise. She portrayed each character as I saw them and I never was lost as to who was speaking. A joy to listen to!
3.5 stars/2.5 flames
Nevertheless, I always give new to me authors at least three works in which I read to determine if they will be my one click go to. I am always good for an honest review that way.
On to the story and reason for my rating. Four key, well five key characters to this story. Izzy, Nick, Jessica, Jason and Sabrina. With special mention character Simon.
Now for me I either missed it or the development wasn't stated, where this undying devotion Izzy had for Sabrina truly originated and how. Especially with Izzy taking on the responsibility of raising Nick. Now I know how it came to be, but it still just seemed unfinished.
Jessica was the comic relief for me. The unexpected friend who keeps it all the way live.
Simon, I am still trying to wrap around the predictive nature of his character and how him and Jess interacted.
Nick, standard 13 year old was just the type of kid I like. Smart, observant and well rounded.
Then you have Jason, athletic professional comes back to face his past and overcomes present circumstances.
The story had the right amount of drama yet I still felt some connecting parts were missing.
Once you read you'll see what I am referring to. The writing and structure was there. You are engaged in the story, and for that you'll want to see how it unfolds.
Izzy's manager/wannabe boyfriend schedules a shoot through Sports Illustrated. It's not known to them at the time who the sports celebrity would be until he shows up on her doorstep. Izzy is beside herself when she sees tennis star Jason Cartwright on her doorstep. Izzy had known him in a previous life, when she was barely legal and also an up and coming tennis player. She had a major crush on him at the time, and had even thrown herself at him. During their entanglement, he was called away, and he promised to come back to see her. That was thirteen years ago, and he had not made good on his promise.
To complicate things further, Sabrina makes a surprise appearance on the doorstep. Izzy has had enough of her manipulation and tells her she can stay to visit, but she must be gone within a week. Sabrina is in trouble with her drug dealer and she manages to put Izzy and Nick's life in danger. Izzy ends up doing the rest of her shoot at Jason's home in Malibu. Her son, Nick, is there with her. The next morning, Izzy wakes to see Jason and Nick playing tennis on the courts. She grabs her camera and starts shooting. It dawns on her there are quite a few similarities in the two guys.
Jason and Izzy struggle with their various demons from the past, while Sabrina is blackmailing
Jason at the same time.
The story is a good one, and I read it from start to finish without wanting to put the book down. It was a good read, even if the ending was very predictable.
In terms of all books I've read, this doesn't even rate. In terms of romance novels I've tried, this one was decent, so I'm giving an overly generous 3 stars.