- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story but I've come to expect this from Alan. His writing is easy to read but precise and compactPublished on November 7, 2013 by Dreamer
When Alan Chin describes the Zen of tennis, and shows us his players in action, he is at his best. The nail-biting games, crowned in spiritual wisdom, will keep the reader, even... Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by QuantumWill