Game, Set, Match

For tennis star Jason Cartwright, life has been one big party: women, clubs, tournament wins… and more women. That is until near career ending injury left him side lined and suddenly more aware of the lack of any real substance to his life than he cared to actually acknowledge. When the opportunity to jump start his career lands on his doorstep, he is more than happy to take it. He is pleasantly surprised when he sees that Isabelle "Izzy" Connors is the photographer for his comeback shoot.

Izzy Connors has a lot on her plate: her teenage son is growing up way too fast for her to cope with, a "best friend" who conveniently show up on her doorstep straight out of rehab, and Jason Cartwright while simultaneously untangling a complicated love life and burgeoning career in the art world. Izzy would love nothing more than to keep her past with Jason in the past, but circumstances have led the two into rekindling their relationship. Tensions simmer between the reluctant Izzy and the determined Jason as each have their own personal issues to deal with. What they had not bargained for was that their bond is a lot stronger than they ever imagined.

I have two separate reactions to this story, there is first beginning, middle, and then everything that lead up to the last ten pages… and then there is the ending. First, the great parts, Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone a refreshing and original romance that has you connecting with the characters as individuals and rooting for the couple from their first interaction in the story. Ms. Malone has done a fine job of balancing humor, romance, and drama without overwhelming the reader with too much of time spent in any of these categories is a not easy but she does it with an uncharacteristic ease that should be noted.

And then you have that ending. It was rushed and lacked the finesse that the story patiently built up. It was like watching a 3 hour long film that suddenly speeds up ten minutes before the credits. It was such a disappointment because you can clearly see the love and care that the author put into creating such a rich and thoroughly entertaining story then to have that ending is unfortunate. Having said that though, Game, Set, Match is a wonderful novel that is funny, warm and romantic with lots of steam to keep you engaged form the first page to the last.

Book Blurb for Game, Set, Match

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?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2013 4.50