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Game, Set, Match (Love Match #1)

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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. ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 354 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Wild Rose Press (first published August 12th 2010)
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Delaine
Jun 25, 2013 Delaine rated it it was amazing
NICE.
I've been wanting a romance novel with an interracial couple, and this was just perfect. Don't ask me why I've been searching for one... well, go ahead. It' the simple fact that I like white men, while I myself am mocha ;P. I guess I feel that if I can read a novel with a couple such as this and it turns out to be completely awesome, then there's hope for me yet!
Wonderful job, Nana.
Savannah- Quad Motherin' Book Readin' Diva
Ever read a book where you aren't all that sure you even WANT the heroine to have a happily ever after? Well, this is one of those for me.

Izzy has a lot of truly admirable qualities. She's also got a lot of truly annoying ones that would have me cursing her out if I was in her inner circle. I think the author was trying to convey some realities in terms of racism in current society, but honestly I think some of it came off as the lead being oversensitive and making snap judgements about the hero
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A.J. Harmon
Jun 26, 2013 A.J. Harmon rated it did not like it
I wanted to love this book. I was so excited to read about romance and tennis, but I felt the writing was just crude for the sake of being crude. After the male masturbation page it just continued downhill. I want to feel happy after reading a romance novel, not like I need to take a shower.
Andrea Jackson
This book was just okay to me. The hero, Jason, the tennis pro, was a great guy. He started out being a bit of a player but his character developed well. He didn't deserve all the mistrust he got from Izzy, the heroine. That woman was a paranoid, uptight nag. I just didn't get all her issues.

Another problem for me was the cover. It looks like a Dr. Suess but I'd expect more whimsial content. It was humorous but had some big issues. The cover didn't reflect the mood of the book.

The author has ta
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Syl
Jul 01, 2013 Syl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The sex scenes pretty much ruined this book for me. Considering how much I liked the characters and the story, it would have been a much stronger novel without the constant & overbearing sexual overtones. Luckily, not reading the stupid sex scenes doesn't affect the plot.
Morgan Sanchez
May 15, 2013 Morgan Sanchez rated it liked it
I really enjoyed how this book was very different from most of the others out right now. Of course it had the things that make every book a good read... Sex, love, and drama, but I loved the fact that Nana Malone touched on the subject of interracial relationships and how some people are still so judge mental and ignorant about others. There were some parts of the story that were very predictable, but overall the book was well written and so funny. I loved how strong and independent Izzy was and ...more
Sabrina
"He braced her against a wall and adjusted her position so that his key directly positioned against her lock."

2/5 stars singlehandedly for the greatest sex metaphor ever. There's a story somewhere.
Suzanne
Jul 09, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Ugh. Wanted it to be great, neat plot idea and characters but you can see everything coming five chapters ahead and really this does not need to be 50 shades of tennis...
Liz
Jul 06, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Game, Set, Match was a book I got on my Kindle because it came recommended when I purchased a different book and I was intrigued. The problem is I'm not sure that the author had any idea of who their audience was. The book was written on almost a YA level, but the content was I believe at points meant to be Fifty Shades worthy, while the storyline was somewhere between YA and adult. The characters kind of just ran around in circles and never really developed and the storyline itself was flimsy a ...more
Savannah- Quad Motherin' Book Readin' Diva
Read long ago, but keep forgetting to add/review.

Good writing, but a heroine that I literally wanted to slap the hell out of half the time.


The constant blame thrown at Jason for what happened DECADES ago when it was made clear that it wasn't really even his fault. Seriously, 20 years? You would think he knocked HER up and abandoned her. Not so, and the fact that she held him so accountable for things while letting her "friend" get away with all that ho did...just made me want to drop kick this
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Steph McVicker
Sep 06, 2013 Steph McVicker rated it it was amazing
What a terrific book! The chemistry between Izzy and Jason was palpable from the moment they laid eyes on one another again, and their yummy love scenes are totally delicious! In the opposite sense, the non-chemistry between Izzy and Simon showed just how much she and Jason belonged together. Izzy's foster son Nick is a great character, dealing with the teenage angsty things like a pro. Not only does he have to defend bigots against his black mother raising a white young man, but also he must de ...more
Connie
Aug 16, 2013 Connie rated it liked it
The book was a decent read. I didn't think it was as funny as it was portrayed in the reviews. I felt that Izzy was a little paranoid and annoying at times. She would jump to conclusions before necessary or change thought procsses which became confusing at times. I felt at times she treated Jason unfairly. At other times I thought Jason was misunderstood. I think the story was too drawn out and could have benefited from condensation of some of the storyline.
Misty
Oct 15, 2010 Misty rated it it was amazing
Secrets and lies threaten to keep old flames a part in this sexy contemporary romance by Nana Malone.

Photographer Izzy Connors and tennis star Jason Cartwright are both running from their pasts. When Izzy is hired to photograph Jason for Sports Illustrated, however, they can’t escape the mistakes of their youth or the pretend they don’t still feel something for each other. The resulting story takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with witty dialogue, scorching love scenes and a couple of bru
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LynnMarie
Oct 14, 2010 LynnMarie rated it liked it
Lena’s Review

Izzy Connors is a woman no one forgets, not even if they’re drunk. This is something that tennis star Jason Cartwright knows for a fact. He’s dated many women since he became a star but none have compared like Izzy. He knows what he did years ago was a stupid move to just leave her. Now he has a chance to get his woman back but there is a problem. Paparrazi are everywhere and won’t leave him alone to court her. He doesn’t know what happened to Izzy but the photographer is nothing l
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DK
Oct 24, 2013 DK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more accurate rating for how I felt about this book would be 2.5. In keeping with the rules of mathematics, I rounded up.

I started out liking it but quickly became distracted and irritated by the contrived/forged prose, the repetitive phrases, and the grammar deficiencies, which weren't dire and centered mainly on when to hyphenate words and use commas. There were a few instances when she seemed to lose track of what her characters were doing, i.e, sitting and/or standing. There was way more t
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Rosie Read
Fully getting into Wimbledon fever, even reading tennis themed books! Unfortunately though I don't think Game, Set, Match was for me.

Something which isn't explored in the synopsis of the novel is Izzy's custody and adoption battle over her son Nick, who is actually the biological son of her friend, Sabrina. This side plot to the main romance comes across as the main plot of the novel and I can't understand why it is so blatantly left out of the synopsis.

While I understand that romance novels n
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ARe Cafe
Mar 25, 2013 ARe Cafe rated it really liked it
Shelves: susans-picks
Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone is the perfect example of a plot done well. This contemporary, interracial romance features a photographer and a tennis star. It intricately weaves in and out of present and past events with subplots that connect into a cohesive and riveting story. The many layers of the plot kept the story entertaining to the very end. The characters were also complex and credible and their personalities are well thought out, which further brought them to life. I loved that despi ...more
Jo
Aug 20, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
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Eva Hendrix-shovlin
"Cheese and rice, Batman!"-the wacky receptionist had to be my favorite part. Main charachter was smart, tallented, independent, but her weak spot for the debonair tennis player somehow deterred from her likeability for me. Everyone loves a good birth secret, but I was disturbed by the suggestion that the paternity of her beloved adopted son would make her love him more or less.

Weird Quotes:
"Fairies beat wings of need deep in her belly"
"His tounge thrust and teased as it mated against hers"
"The
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aj
Dec 12, 2015 aj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neutral-good
izzy was 2 good 4 this...
Avidreader
Dec 09, 2015 Avidreader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I barely finished reading this book and the only reason I did was because I like to finish what I start. This story began with potential, but then just started dragging and dragging. The whole thing was entirely plot driven. The characters served the plot instead of the other way around. How else to explain how all these people would be connected in such a way? Much of it was implausible but, again, plot driven. Things that could have been resolved in a single conversation between the heroine, I ...more
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Slytherin Rose
Genre: Romance
Author: Nana Malone
Book: Game, Set, Match (Love Match#1)
My Star Rating: 3 out of 5
Will I read I read it again? maybe

Intro: 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 fiftee
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Laurie
Apr 04, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was just OK

This book had some really interesting characters, however that being said, the characters were never really well developed and you didn't get to see much of their personalities. As far as the plot, again it had possibilities, but it was one of those books you just keep reading hoping for it to get better.
It was a classic girl runs into her first love that never got going, and she is irritated with him and doesn't trust him, so the majority of the book is spent with him trying to g
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Rewa
Aug 18, 2013 Rewa rated it it was amazing
Izzy was reliable mother to a son who wasn't hers, but in his eyes she was his mom. His biological mother was a drug addict who constantly showed up thru out the years just to bring trouble in the door and leave. Enter Jason Cartwright. Star tennis player, well known playboy but Izzy and him share more than a college past. Find out what happens in this great book by Nana Malone.
Kristin Paiva
I liked the story well enough but it was very predictable and I didn't particularly enjoy all of the angst. I know that there must always be conflict, but man one thing after the other, I don't enjoy that type of read. Also I hated how the Izzy was completely spineless for the majority if the book. But all in all descent read with like able characters.
Kelly Killian
Mar 16, 2014 Kelly Killian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute vacation read. The story was a little predictable but I wasn't reading it for any kind of surprises. It was just an enjoyable book to read at the beach. I loved the character of Izzy and I learned a little bit about tennis in this book. It was a cute love story and a good read for anyone looking for something fun and easy.
Claire
Jun 21, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
Great book, I enjoyed reading this, started off a bit slow but got into it the more I read. Love how Jason and Izzy have it out and tell each other how they feel and what theyre thinking instead of avoiding it. Great characters, especially Jessica, Izzy's assistant. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to read rom-coms :)
Lacey Black
Jul 03, 2014 Lacey Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tennis Pro, Jason Cartwright, is a bad boy with a wild reputation. He crosses paths with a blast from his past, Isabel Connors. There's major tension (sexual) between them as they find their worlds colliding after 15 years. Throw in a 13 year old boy and his drugged out, crazy mother, and you have a good, dramatic story.
Shameka
This book was just ok. The characters didn't really have any depth which prevented me from being drawn into their story. Most of the plot lines were predictable and I honestly found the writing style to be a bit juvenile. It is a quick read though and fans of light contemporary romances might find this story enjoyable.
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