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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615815872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615815876
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,440,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They met as children, drawn towards each other without really knowing why at first. Daniel Bottega and Jared Stoderling innocently began a lifelong relationship. They also discovered a shared passion for tennis. They started to each make a name for themselves in the tennis world, but rumors of being lovers allowed the powers that be destroy them and their dreams.

Daniel manages to find a stable job as a tennis pro at a club. One day he is approached by Roy Lin and his son Connor. Roy has been coaching his son, but Connor needs someone with more experience if he is ever to meet his potential on the court. Jared had been using alcohol to deaden the pain of a lost career until Daniel works out a plan to include his lover in Connor's rise to fame.

Over time Connor improves as his entourage expands with a trainer, an agent, and a few others on his team. Connor ends up playing doubles with Jared, as well as placing as a singles competitor. His team travels from tour to tour as he and Jared slowly rise in the tennis rankings with Daniel's help. The men face criticism and other problems along the way. Nobody said that being the best would be easy. Sometimes you have to hit bottom to enjoy the thrill of being on top and they are tested to the maximum.

Match Maker is a complex, intricate, and deeply moving romance. Told mainly in first person, Daniel tells us about his early life when he met Jared and where their life began together. We learn about Connor and all the people who latch onto the potential winner. Match Maker is most definitely a tennis love story. There is a great deal of meticulous tennis information. Readers who enjoy the game will no doubt find the info appealing. Those who don't know or understand may have trouble enjoying the story.
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A second chance may end up being life changing. Daniel and Jared were run out of professional tennis when their romantic relationship was exposed in a very public way. Now Daniel has a second chance at coaching when a young prodigy asks for his help. Connor's career isn't the only one on the line as Jared returns from retirement to the sport he craves. Time has passed but not enough as the same prejudice rears its head and threatens not just their careers but their lives.

Although Match Maker has moments of drama and intensity, at the heart this is a tennis driven story. The sport is the main focus of the story as the characters are all devoted to their passion. While it's not necessary to appreciate tennis to enjoy the story, it helps a great deal since there is quite a bit of information offered. The plot revolves around Jared and Connor as they prepare for and play on the pro tennis circuit with Daniel as their coach. The story is told through Daniel's perspective and often ignores weighty issues such as relationship problems between Jared and Daniel, instead focusing on the sport itself.

There is a romantic element towards the end of the story after a hate crime has been committed that forces Jared and Daniel to reevaluate their lives. This brings the most romance and emotional intensity the book sees, because otherwise this reads like an interesting look at fictional professional tennis players and the various people/issues surrounding them. That's not bad and indeed the author has written an interesting sports themed story that highlights the discrimination in sports. The level of detail and information offered is impressive but never overwhelming and carefully crafted to keep the reader interested without being bored.
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“Match Maker” by Alan Chin is one of the best books I have ever read. The story was fascinating from page 1 to the end. And the characters were so realistic and intriguing. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop until I had finished it. Mr. Chin’s writing style is superb.

This book was a nice surprise, because I didn't expect to like it so much, because I am really really not interested in tennis... But I have to say it got that high Setting Development rating from me, because one thing I liked about the book was the great representation of tennis in the book and the psychological side of it for the players. I actually thought I might watch a tennis match on TV again once in a while. The book really had a great story line and was full of interesting characters.
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