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  • Really enjoyed this tennis romance!

    Lucy is a tennis pro who has been on the circuit for 12 years. The Wimbledon championships will start in a few days and she’s had an epiphany – after this tournament she’s ready to retire. She’s tired of the travel, she knows that her game isn’t going to get any better as she gets older and she wants to settle down and move on with her life. Her current boyfriend Joe is also a tennis professional. She’s got a new friend, Sam, the #1 tennis player on the circuit (and Joe’s rival) whose life seems to be headed more in the direction that she’s looking for. Over these two weeks of the tournament she’s got a lot of decisions to make that are going to impact her future and the future of those around her – plus, she’s going to have to play the best tennis of her life if she wants to win and hold the trophy up for Britain. Is she up for the challenge? I loved this story! It’s told from Lucy’s point of view and from the very start her voice drew me in, made me laugh, and entertained me thoroughly. Her relationship with her boyfriend Joe is clearly one of sexual convenience rather than actual deep emotions. He comes off as an arrogant jerk for the most part – he’s very unsupportive of her decision to retire and equally doesn’t give her any encouragement in her upcoming matches where she’ll be facing tough opponents. She knows it’s time to end things – but breaking up with someone in the middle of the Wimbledon Championships isn’t something she’s willing to put even him through. By contrast, becoming friends with Sam gives her a much needed morale boost. He’s friendly, smart, competitive, and the fact that he’s the #1 player, and has just recently become a British citizen and therefore can play for Britain is icing on the cake. He gives her the support that is sadly lacking from Joe, and there are some sparks between them that are hard to ignore. But cheating on Joe isn’t something that either Lucy or Sam take lightly and nothing’s going to happen between them until Lucy makes up her mind about Joe. I really enjoyed Lucy’s friendship with Sam, and how she figures out that he’s much more open to her when she’s treating him like a regular guy as opposed to a number one tennis player. Sam has his secrets too, and he keeps himself closed off – when he starts to reveal more personal details of his life to Lucy is when she realizes that she’s going to have to decide what it is she wants for the future. And amidst the emotional turmoil Lucy is experiencing, she also has a job to do – to play the best tennis of her life in this Wimbledon Championship. I really enjoyed the tennis aspects of this story. You get a great view of what it’s like to be a tennis player, both on and off the court. The author has done a fantastic job of describing the matches, with the commentary being spot on. Now, being a tennis fan and following the game closely, I found the match descriptions and the progression of the tournament really exciting and it made the story hard to put down. It’s difficult for me to say how a non- tennis fan would find this book, if they would be confused by the commentary or would be able to follow along. There’s no tennis primer at the beginning of the story- there’s an expectation that you either know the game or will be able to pick it up as it goes along, As the story progresses, so does the tournament and I was invested in the outcome of all of it – If Lucy would win the women’s championship, If Sam or Joe would win the men’s championship, and equally if Lucy would end up with Sam , stay with Joe or give up on men for the foreseeable future. It was a delightful read and I highly recommend it.

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