Love Match: Sports Gay Romance Kindle Edition
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"Keira Andrews is one of the most sensual writers I've come across in both M/F and MM pairings. I'm not talking about sexy times, although these are always hot! No, it's in the interactions between the characters, the intense chemistry and emotion that is expressed both verbally and through internal dialogue. It's a mental seduction rather than a physical one. It's an added element to her stories that I always look forward to." ~ Word Nerd Reviews
"The love scenes are hotter than a smoking pistol and left me breathless. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Andrews, but it will most definitely not be the last." ~ Coffee Time Romance
"I definitely panted through a few of the love scenes! Keira Andrews has penned an exceptional tale; one that brings to life a world of athletic trials and tribulations together with a touching love story." ~ Joyfully Reviewed
- ASIN : B094S8SM6Q
- Publisher : KA Books; 2nd edition (May 20, 2021)
- Publication date : May 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1000 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 206 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1988260582
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,375 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Luke and Jesse have a difficult relationship. Fortunately, the world has changed a lot regarding gay relationships in the past 15 years! Probably some of Luke’s perceived negatives toward their relationship would be considered much more favorably today.
Other than watching a few minutes of ‘Breakfast at Wimbledon’ on TV over the years, I’ve never been much of a tennis fan. Andrew’s takes us inside that world. I found it enjoyable.
3.5 stars from me.
I was extremely happy to discover (if not surprised) that the quality of Keira Andrews’ writing has remained consistent between 2006 and now. Yes, her writing style is a bit more polished now, and her plots a bit tighter, but honestly, if I hadn’t known this was her first-ever book I would have never guessed it while reading.
Keira Andrews is one of my favourite authors, she has the ability to instantly addict you to the story and not allow you to let go until the last page. Her characters are always alive on the page, and Love Match is no exception. Luke and Jesse are incredibly real and completely loveable. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have their faults. Both men are stubborn: with Luke in the sunset of his tennis career, and Jesse’s career only just beginning, they take different points of view on the risks they are willing to take or acceptance of the status quo. The only thing they agree upon is that they love each other.
It is too easy to become completely invested in these characters, and my heart bled for both of them. Both characters are so sensitively and empathically written that it is easy to see and understand the direction of both Jesse or Luke's thoughts and opinions. There is no 'bad guy' here just two men, one who’s been in the closet his entire career and the other who’s willing to shake up the system. Neither wants to lose the other, but neither is willing to bend either.
Keira Andrews is one of the most sensual writers I’ve come across in both M/F and MM pairings. I’m not talking about sexy times, although these are always hot! No, it’s in the interactions between the characters, the intense chemistry and emotion that is expressed both verbally and through internal dialogue. It’s a mental seduction rather than a physical one. It’s an added element to her stories that I always look forward to.
Love Match is a gorgeous age-gap, out-for-you story set among the backdrop of the ultra-competitive professional tennis circuit. It is fast-paced with an excellent cast of secondary characters. It will take you on an emotional ride but with humour so the story is never heavy or intense. Love Match gripped me from the first page and didn’t let go until well after the last page was turned. Highly recommended.
As I've started going back and reading her back catalog, I've still enjoyed her books quite a bit. While not as polished as some of her more recent works I've found them perfectly enjoyable. Such is the case with her most recent book, a reissue of her first book. I was surprised at how assured the writing was for a first novel - she gets into the meat of the story quickly, introducing Luke and Jesse to one another on the pro tennis circuit. This being a romance novel, one thing leads to another and the two start a clandestine affair only to face being exposed.
I really liked the sports setting of the book - not a lot of MM romance books tackle sports and the attendant homophobia. But Andrews does a good job with the depiction of the pressure on star tennis player Luke to stay in the closet and how sports in a sense is a marketing machine. Only when Luke meets Jesse does he finally start to question his life in the shadows. The relationship between the two men is depicted well and the tribulations the two go through make their HEA all the more deserved. And in typical Andrews fashion, the ending is strong and romantic without being too cloying.
The only drawback for me with this story was the lack of much of a middle act. Not a lot of time goes by in Luke and Jesse's relationship before they face the repercussions of being thrust out of the closet. I thought the book could have been a lot stronger with a bit more time for the two to get to know one another and a bit more background to their struggles. One of the reasons I've really enjoyed Andrews' more recent books has been that as an author she's taken the time in the stories to really explore the characters. Unfortunately, there's not as much of that here.
Still, quite a surprisingly fun book for a first effort in a setting that's somewhat unusual for the genre. I definitely enjoyed this one a lot.
Top reviews from other countries
Keira Andrews might have improved her skills since this first book, but this is still a very sweet and well written story.
I'm not a big connaisseur of tennis 🎾 but I appreciate that the author always seems to be very accurate in the way she writes about the technics and rules of the sport she involves in her stories.