Outer Banks Tennis Academy,#1
Publisher Coliloquy, LLC
Publication Date:April 29,2013
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance|Sports
Source: Own| Goodreads.
Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world's most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.
Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?
Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she's hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after...until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.
With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.
With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.
I’m not much into sports, the only sports I really enjoy is Baseball & Hockey. Yet, I love Sports books, at least in past few years. Tennis had been one sport that I wanted to learn, but due to my busy schedule never got chance to. Game. Set. Match was an incredible book; I could not pull myself away from the book, every page, every character kept my attention. I was eager to see what happens with Indiana, Jasmine and Penny next. How far the girls were going to go. I knew a bit about Tennis prior to reading this book because my cousin played the sport for years. After I finished Game. Set. Match I felt like I learned even more about sport then before. Game. Set. Match is one book where you won’t find one dull moment. There isn’t a single page that isn’t filled with some sort of suspense, drama or action. You will find yourself pulled into Penny, Indiana & Jasmine’s stories.
Penny, Indiana & Jasmine : Each one of them are great in their own way. I am not even sure who I like the most, honestly it’s hard for me to pick because I love all the girls. Though in beginning I wasn’t happy with Jasmine and way that she treated Indiana, because she was jealous how fast Indiana processed. Making her life miserable at the academy wouldn’t make her get ahead. Indiana was a good Tennis player even if she needed some improvement, which player doesn’t? I was glad that at least Penny was there for Indiana, to welcome her. I know how it feels like to be the new kid. It’s hard not to love Penny; she’s sweet, loyal and a very hard worker. I can tell that she takes Tennis very seriously. What other player finish playing match on sprained ankle? That takes a lot. I don’t think that I would be able to finish with that much pain. That takes a lot. Of course it makes me curious how far Penny will go? What’s going to happen now that she is injured. I also believe that putting Jasmine & Indiana as double team was a great call; I don’t think that their rival would end otherwise. The two of them make a great team when they not fighting with one another, and I think that they would make even better friends. I wonder if they keep competing as double team. Each of girls have their own talent and I believe each of them have a great talent and career in tennis.
Now the boys, how can you not love the boys? I know that I did. Alex, Jack, Teddy were great addition to the story, especially considering that Alex also used be a tennis player. There were tension between them and their love interest through most of the book. Jack & Indiana, I could tell that there was attraction between the two of characters from moment that two of them met, till he found out that she was only 17. Afterwards he tried everything he could to avoid her and I feel that he would kept on doing it, till both Indiana and Jasmine talked to him. The scenes between the two of them were pretty heated and I was waiting for Jack to finally come to his senses. Anyone could see there was something between Alex & Penny from start, even if we weren’t aware of their past. Despite her leaving that night, I could tell that she still felt something for him; she just refused to admit it, because she was afraid of what might happen if it did. Teddy & Jasmine, I wasn’t sure if Teddy liked her and didn’t want admit that he did, or was just confused. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to think of their relationship but I do hope their friendship gets to way it was before.
Game. Set. Match is about love, friendship, how far to go to follow your dreams, and of course, Tennis. A must read for both sports and romance fans. You will be wanting to pick up Losing At Love right after.