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Game, Set, Match

(Love Match #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  6,325 ratings  ·  416 reviews
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.

Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 466 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Nana Malone (first published August 12th 2010)
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Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
A.J. Harmon
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 06, 2014 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 ...more
Jul 01, 2013 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
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
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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...
Mar 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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.

While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the
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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
"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.
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Game, Set, Match is an estranged lovers story. Jason and Isabelle had a thing in the past, or almost became a thing except something came in the way that caused them to draw apart. Forward 10 years, Isabelle is in the middle of a custody battle with Sabrina over Nick. He is not her son but she wants to adopt him 'coz his real mom Sabrina is an addict. Isabelle runs a very prestigious photography company. At one sports event, she meets Jason who becomes a client for her.

This is also an
Jason, the pro-tennis star, has a romance with Izzy, an up and coming artist. The story started out with a lot of promise but it ended just ok for me. I wanted so much from the book starting in the beginning, but a few things held it back. Jason started out being portrayed as a player. As the story developed he really wasn't. He was more a victim of the tabloids than anything. Izzy had some serious issues. Maybe it was because she was forced to be an adult too early in life, or maybe it was the ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was just "mhh" for me. I thought it a little crazy that after 15 years, Izzy was still secretly "pining" away and wounded by past events involving Jason. Izzy was an ok character, but I couldn't really vibe with her. I tend to like my female leads to be tough/strong women who are actually sensitive on the inside, only needing that special man to see inside them. Izzy had some good qualities, she wasn't necessarily weak, but still...mhh. I cannot even say that Jason overly impressed me, ...more
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Warning: This review/rating is based on my feelings, thoughts, likes and dislikes. You should read the book to form your own opinion/thoughts. Read on!

Rating: 3 Meh Stars
Cover: I like it
Cliffhanger: Nope, but my guess, the series continues
Triangle: Mehthere is another love interest, but is not really interested

Casting Simon another glance, Izzy willed her lips into a smile and told herself love could grow on a person. Like a fungus.


I started reading this book because I saw it made the list of
Kyoko M.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am honestly shocked that I ended up getting into this book. For one, I almost NEVER read slice of life romance-dramas, but this is the very first one Ive popped open that is actually really good. I downloaded it on a whim for free and I was bored and it was late but then I stuck with it through the pretty average opening chapters and found a diamond in the rough.

What sets this novel apart from your typical romance fair is the fact that the entire main cast of characters all have the three
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
Lenas Review

Izzy Connors is a woman no one forgets, not even if theyre drunk. This is something that tennis star Jason Cartwright knows for a fact. Hes 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 wont leave him alone to court her. He doesnt know what happened to Izzy but the photographer is nothing like
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 cant escape the mistakes of their youth or the pretend they dont 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
Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
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, ...more
DK  Johnson
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
Hendrix Eva
"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"
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sexy, fun read

Though there are some cliche parts, this story had me hooked from the start. Humorous characters that leapt right off the pages and sexy scenes that sizzled, I had to read this entire book in one sitting!
Vondetta Carter
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a sexy read..Izzy Connors is a go getter and a great mom to her former BFF's son. However, she has hit a roadblock to making her family permanent. Just as she is getting ready to do a showing of her work, Sports illustrated has her doing a shoot. In walks the one person, who since age 17 she has ever loved, Jason Cartwright. Jason finally meets the photographer that he loves. wow was he shocked at the identity. They realize that they still have feelings for each other. However Jason ...more
Steph's Romance Book Talk
9/9/2018 - Sadly I had to take a star away from this story. I still really enjoyed the story but the narrator for the audiobook kind of missed up my love for the characters. Josh and Issy have a history that you could feel throughout the story but the secrets they kept were very overwhelming. I also felt like the dynamic peak just sort of fell off instead of resolving itself.

This specific video review will be included in the September 2018 wrap-up.

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Lacey Black
Jun 30, 2014 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.
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.
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Nana's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.


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