Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone stars a hunky, injured tennis pro trying to get his game back on track. Sparks fly when he runs into a girl he was sweet on in college but dumped for her best friend. The steam rises as these two get hot and heavy.
Izzy Connors is a struggling photographer who hasn’t quite made it to the big league. Her life revolves around her 14 year old ward who’s actually her junkie friend’s son. Izzy is struggling to make ends meet as she eats meals made by her housekeeper and takes foreign trips with her kid every summer. Seriously, has the definition of ‘making ends meet’ changed recently? She gets a gig with Sports Illustrated and runs into tennis star Jason Cartwright, her fellow tennis player who left her high and dry in college. Her drug addict friend makes an appearance and raises some more hell. Izzy and Jason try to fight their old attraction, but cannot stay apart. We feel bad about Izzy’s kid, a 13 year old who has to be mature beyond his years. Things get really bad before they get better and everyone is happy in the end.
There are some derogatory remarks made by people about Izzy’s skin color but not much is made of it. The author raises the point that multiracial adoptions are tough or even impossible but does not dwell on it. Similarly, you get the impression that a relationship between two people of different skin color is taboo or uncommon.
This is a light read and a love story with good characters and predictable plot. Game, Set, Match reminded me of a Harlequin or Silhouette romance. You can read it without getting too involved. It’s a good book to read by the pool side or take to bed.