Book Review: Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone
Game, Set, Match
by Nana Malone
Blurb from 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?
Game, Set, Match in a nutshell:
Izzy Connors: A very talented photographer trying to 1) raise a teenage son all by herself, 2) make ends meet at her studio, and 3) deal with a ghost from the past that keeps disturbing her laid-back peaceful life every now-and-then. Jason Cartwright: A tennis star fighting 1) a knee injury, 2) the unwanted attention given to him by the paparazzi, and 3) his own internal demons. Between the two of them, there is another past… and boy, is it complicated! One photo-shoot assignment, that is vital for the career graph of both Jason and Izzy, opens an entire “Pandora’s box” between them, of secrets and lies and insecurities.
A predictable contemporary romance plot, written in a witty free-flowing style, with generous helpings of descriptive sexual details, makes for a breezy Sunday read. Nothing too good. Nothing too bad. A few cute moments, a few annoying ones. Both the characters just seemed to drift along with life as it happened to them. The “MILF” t-shirt incident was funny. And the “sexting” incident… ohhhhh !!! That teaches you not to let anyone (especially your teenage son!) touch your cellphone! 😛
In all, Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone, makes for an enjoyable light reading. Female readers who have a taste for romance and chick-lit would probably like it. My rating: 3.5 out of 5.