Synopsis: Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world’s most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.
Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?
Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she’s hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after…until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.
With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.
With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.
Thoughts: Absolutely blown away. When I read the synopsis, I was definitely interested right away seeing that I would most likely get a fun romantic story. After reading it though, it was so much more than that. Game. Set. Match. is the perfect mix of tension, romance, and tennis and Jennifer Iacopelli links all three main character’s stories effortlessly.
Let me start off with my characters: Penny, Indy, and Jasmine. In an e-mail I received from Jennifer she said that most people find a clear favorite early on and she was somewhat right about that. I absolutely loved all three girls and their own individual stories, but I completely connected and couldn’t get enough of Penny and Indy. Jasmine definitely starts off as your typical rich, mean girl and I admit I did grow to like her and I hope we get to see more of her story. Next, Indy. I loved Indiana as soon as we meet her. You can tell she has raw talent and plays tennis for all the right reasons. Finally Penny, which was probably my favorite story line of the three. Penny is now a “celebrity”, but underneath that she’s a girl who loves tennis. She’s strong and I absolutely adored her story with Alex.
Next, the lovely and sexy fellas. When I say lovely and sexy… I totally mean it, UNF! All three of our main boys have something to offer. Lets start off with Teddy and Jack Harrison. Both boys have light brown hair and the killer green eyes… which is always an insta-win for me! Teddy has the whole aloofness, playboy thing going for him but underneath that I think he has a good heart and I hope we see more of him. Now, his older 23 year old brother, Jack! Jack I definitely loved as soon as we meet him. There’s nothing not to love about this guy. He supports his sister 100%, he’s good-looking, and how he’s always concerned for Indy just melted my heart. Then finally Alex Russell. British, blond, sexy beyond belief, and a start tennis player… UNF. Even though Alex and Penny’s past is a slightly rough one you can tell every time he’s with her or near her his attention is solely focused on her. I loved every scene with these two. I definitely want myself an Alex!
Overall, I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t finish it fast enough. I loved all the tennis aspects. I loved the cat fights. I loved the romance and the sexy scenes, which I think Jennifer handled perfectly. I love all the variety of ages, the settings, the families, just everything! There was so much tension in each scene whether it lead to something bad or something amazing. Plus, each of the three girl’s stories were linked so effortlessly. Jennifer Iacopelli definitely impressed me with this book and I know I will definitely be picking up her next book as soon as it releases!