Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review: Game, Set, Match

Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, 2010
464 pages, kindle edition
Source: Purchased through Amazon
Genre: Chick-Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright's playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he's down forty-love. A knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. A comeback is in order, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of the woman he loved and left fifteen years ago. While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn't the star he appears to be. Although his charm and good looks haven't dimmed since he broke her heart, all she sees is his wasted talent and playboy lifestyle. Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart?

My Review:
This novel is pretty straight forward of 2 people reuniting and working around adult, real life problems to make their relationship work. Izzy’s number on priority is her son Nick. Everything else goes on the bunner. So when Sabrina comes back to town, Izzy’s fear that she will take Nick away from her overwhelms her. She is struggling with balancing her feelings for the three men in her life – Jason, Simon and Nick. I like that her and Jason already have a past, and they ended on not so great endings, so they have immediate trust issues going on between them. But they not only face internal conflict with Sabrina, since they both have a connection to her, but external conflict with the paparazzi puts even more pressure on their friendship and eventual their relationship.

Izzy may come across as a little too perfect for me, but she is the perfect mother to Nick and overall I wanted her more flawed. She treats everyone with nice manner and a kind heart and never says or does the wrong thing. I wanted her to have something more, something that made her stand out overall in the novel. But paired up with Jason their relationship becomes quite steamy and Nana Malone does give us lots of romance in this novel and it all flows through smoothly and nothing is rushed.

Nick and Jason are definitely more interesting characters. It was fun watching Jason deal with winning Izzy back and trying to keep Sabrina out of his life. For a teenager, I think Nick is portrayed well. He came across with his immature moments, not always handling the stress of his life well.

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