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Courting Carlyn

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.
ebook, 150 pages
Published August 6th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)
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Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm totally in love with Courting Carlyn and I'm not even a tennis fan. It is no secret that I'm a fan of Melissa Chambers. Her books are addictive! I think Courting Carlyn is my new favourite. Vaughn Yarborough is swoon-worthy material and the romance had me hooked. This book is great. It has everything I look for; two misunderstood characters, romance and a great storyline.

Carlyn dreams of following in her mother's footsteps. She is super smart and has already gained a scholarship to the coll
Bette Hansen
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great YA read. It reads a little older than a typical YA book which added to the enjoyment. Vaughn Yarborough has spent the last few years playing tennis on the Junior Professional tennis circuit. Now he's ready to trade all that in for a little normal as he starts his first year in college. Before he can walk away he needs to get through the summer camp for underprivileged kids he's committed to. He needs to get through it without getting distracted by the very tempting Carlyn. She h ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance, arcs
He wanted to put down some roots. She wanted to continue her mother's tennis legacy. They needed each other to make it happen.

• Pro: I am starting with my favorite part - the romance. It was very sweet. Carlyn and Vaughn had been in each other's orbits for years, but circumstances finally forced them to get to know one another. I really liked the way they opened up to one another, and found some support where they least expected it.

• Pro: Summer camp is always fun, and so was tennis camp. The s
3.5 stars

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

I really enjoyed this book. Even though it's a YA read, it's more mature than most of the last ones I've read.

Courting Carlyn is the sort of light read I enjoy and I'm glad I chose to read it. It's a well written book and everything is wrapped up, leaving no lose ends. I wish some things were a bit more explored, but I was left satisfied in the end.
The charactes were very relatable and I liked their dynamics. And even though you could
Colleen's Conclusions
I received Courting Caryln from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

I absolutely adored Courting Carlyn. I got that feeling right away that I just knew I would like it instantly and I kept wanting to stop reading to give the book a hug, but I didn't because I was on lunch breaks most of the time when I was reading it and I didn't want to get strange looks for hugging my e-reader. I also love those moments when
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Source: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, LLC, Teen and Melissa Chambers.)

“It means, if you run around here in a bikini, I might get distracted, and we’ve still got a long summer ahead of us.”
“My bikini and I are going swimming. If you care to join us, we’ll try our best not to maul you.”

When I saw this book on my ARC request list, I instantly went for it. See, tennis was the sport that I always dreamed to pay, which I finally did, bu
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a really adorably sweet romance. I really liked the authors writing style with the two POV. Sometimes its easy to get lost or confused but I was entranced from the first page. I like the teen romance I watch a lot of teen dramas but this was written with not so much drama which was nice. I Really loved the story. It was filled with humor and romance. I loved Vaughn and Carlyn. From the moment I met them I wanted them to get a HEA. I also really liked the second ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

Young Adult age-range: 12+, includes kissing and adult language.

4 Stars

Courting Carlyn hit many of my favorite notes. A slight love-hate vibe in the very beginning. Summer Camp crushes. Angsty dilemmas. Warm and Fuzzy of first love. The moral of doing what is just and right.

Carlyn's aspirations are to get onto the university's tennis team. The seventeen-year-old has an academic scholarship but longs to follow in her mother's f
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review**

So this was my very first Melissa Chambers book and I'm so happy I got an e-arc of Courting Carlyn since I really wanted to read something by this author and I didn't have a chance yet to buy one of her books. The synopsis sounds great and then there's the disclaimer: Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features a super-hot sports star, the shy girl looking to grow her confidence o
Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading
**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own**

Courting Carlyn is a sweet, coming of age story about two teens finding themselves--and love. All Carlyn wants is to make the tennis team at Avery, the college her mom attended when she was alive. But, Carlyn's chances of making the tennis team are slim. Enter Vaughn Yarborough, resident tennis star. Vaughn needs Carlyn's help. He wants to go to Avery but the university wants proof that he wo
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Vaughn is trying to redesign his image from party boy to straight laced college guy. He wants more than anything to get into the prestigious Avery but he has to show the school that he has what it takes. But first he needs the help of the sweet, kind-hearted Carlyn. She is the one to help him do just that.

This is my first book by Chambers and I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed. This book and these characters were absolutely adorable and definitely loveable. I am not sure if this is planne
Jessica Calla
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always get lost in Melissa Chambers books, and COURTING CARLYN was no exception. I LOVED this story, from the first page to the last. Contemporary YA romance, summer camp setting, teenage angst, stolen kisses, long-standing crushes, and (wait for it...) TENNIS (YES, TENNIS!), all wrapped up in a superbly-written, heartfelt package. Somebody make this a movie, please?
Greg Howard
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A sweet summer romance!
KarenJo Custodio
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You guys… this book was just so adorable and touching! It was lighthearted, humourous, entertaining, and delightfully heartwarming. I smiled the entire time reading this novel and believe it or not, I even had a few drop of tears.

When I saw Courting Carlyn on Netgalley, I was instantly interested in reading it because my boyfriend plays and loves tennis. He isn’t pro cause he started late, but I think he’s pretty damn good. He also tried to teach me a few times, but my coordination is not that g
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
Title: Courting Carlyn
Author: Melissa Chambers
Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release date.

Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-f
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-but-unowned
I received this eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review.
Release Date: August 6, 2018

Carlyn needs to get into her dream school, and she NEEDS to be on the tennis team. She's been playing tennis her whole life - it's the only thing she can do to feel connected to her mother who passed away when she was young.

But when she keeps messing up at trials for her dream college, she sees her dream going down the drain. And let's not get started on how badly she freezes up when Vaughn Yarborou
Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}
🎾🎾🎾Original Review HERE🎾🎾🎾

What can I say, I'm a sucker for contemporary YA sports fiction, who knew! I wish I had this niche of fiction when I was in high school. Maybe it would have made all the broody athletes more tolerable... probably not but I would have enjoyed looking at them a bit more. Ah nostalgia. You seriously couldn't pay me to repeat high school but I do love reading a good coming of age story and Entangled Crush book always deliver! 💯

I was a little hesitant with this one because I
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-reads
Look, it's an Entangled Crush novel. That means I'll love it. Quite honestly, I think I have too much of an obsession with their imprint. Genuinely.
Ok, but seriously now, I really fricking enjoyed this book! It was such an interesting dynamic to see in this novel between Vaughn and Carlyn. I mean, between running a camp together, to playing together, and of course slowly falling for each other, I really enjoyed seeing their relationship bloom. I think in a lot of ways, that their circumstances h
Suz Jay
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was excited to have the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book on NetGalley.

Tennis means the world to Carlyn. Unfortunately, her game is lacking, both on and off the court. Hot shot phenom Vaughn asks her to work with him at a summer tennis camp for underprivileged kids, but she’s still mortified about how she flubbed their one and only doubles match. The offer comes with an added perk--training time with Vaughn’s top notch coach. She can’t turn down an opportunity to i
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
If I had to use one word to describe Melissa Chambers’ Courting Carlyn, it would be cute. This is just the kind of book to read when you want something light and entertaining.

Carlyn wants desperately to go to Avery and be on their tennis team like her late mother did. Unfortunately money has always been tight, and Carlyn’s dad has been her coach and he hasn’t always pushed her the way he should have. When Carlyn has the opportunity to work at a tennis camp for underprivileged children, she jumps
This was such a fun and quick read. I've never played tennis, but I related so much to the MC of Carlyn. She was very down to earth, smart, and determined. Vaughn was a great male MC. He's a star tennis player that just wants to relax and better his image so he can go to college. I liked that the characters were multi dimensional. The camp setting and secondary characters of Fred and Nancy were so fun. I think the book had a nice flow to it. It was funny, romantic, gut wrenching, and exciting. T ...more
Jennifer Shanahan
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Thanks to NG for the ARC! Super cute summer romance between two tennis players, Carlyn has had a crush on Vaughn so she accepts when he offers her a partnership plus coaching in a summer tennis camp for underprivileged kids. They hit it off and become c;loser but they are not supposed to fraternize at camp. Vaughn's coach works with both of them trying to convince Vaughn to go pro and Carlyn that she can make her college team. Sparks fly and then everything comes out leading to a cute but pretty ...more
Becky Rendon
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Courting Carlyn is a sweet YA story. Facing ones dreams and watching them slip away isn't exactly easy, so when Carlyn gets a chance to change that she jumps on it. But... That chance...Well, it comes with a huge complication, Vaughn Yarborough, teen heartthrob of the tennis world. Can we say hubba hubba!?!

Just one problem, crush or not, there's no chance of "hooking up" with her celebrity co-worker. No relationships allowed- camp rules. It wouldn't be so hard if they didn't actually like each o
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley-arcs
Courting Carlyn is a sweet YA romance.

Carlyn and Vaughn are both tennis players about to start college. He is a well-known force in the tennis world, and she is hoping to play tennis at the college her mom did. Sparks start to fly while they work together at Vaughn's tennis summer camp.

As much as I enjoyed the tennis and romance, I think the character connections and growth throughout the story are its best parts. Carlyn and Vaughn felt like real teenagers just trying to figure out life.

Thank yo
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the very first page that I was going to adore this book. The romance is positively swoon-worthy and brilliantly paced (no insta-love in sight.) The build-up created the perfect amount of tension and I could. not. stop. reading. I just wanted everything to work out for the main characters. I’m a firm believer that if it’s a sports romance, then there should be a lot of mentions made about the sport and this did not disappoint, I feel like I really learnt something about tennis. Overal ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this one. The characters didn't draw me in; I couldn't find any connect that made them seem real or made me want to care about them. I thought the romance moved a little fast - instalove levels - and seemed a little cringe-worthy at times. I thought the plot was a great idea - tennis camp, 2 teenagers (staying with 2 random, strange adults, but whatevs), forbidden love, that sort of thing - but it fell just a little flat for me. I hate to say, but I skimmed through over half ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked reading about tennis and the camp. Even though it was slight it was a nice change. Vaughn and Carlyn were likable. Carlyn was one to go after what she wants. Vaughn was a bit used to getting things done for him school wise but was a hard worker with his sport. Jeffery was a bit back and forth for me. Seemed to easy to write him as a better person than what he seemed to be in the book. Overall this was a good summer read. Loved how she wrote the ending.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book! Carlyn and Vaughn have a really cute and natural chemistry. The story was engaging and the conflicts seemed organic. And I love that Melissa Chambers chose tennis as the backdrop for this story. This was my first Melissa Chambers novel but it certainly will not be my last.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Johanna Montilla
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
At the beginning Carlyn was a great character, funny, sweet, smart, I loved her chemestry with Vaughn. But then 75% into the story, this determined girl turned into a clueless marshmellow *sighs* super disappointed.
And the plot was nice, cute, entertaining, but then there are those subplots that lead to nowhere and some loose ends hanging around there.
I gave it 3 stars, because this book is really good, actually if it wasn’t for the last 25%, it could have been more than that.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know absolutely nothing about tennis, but this book is way more than just tennis. The story was amazing. I could not predict what was going to happen next. It took my emotions on a ride. I was happy one minute and then sad the next. The plot, setting, and characters were so well developed. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who likes a romance story without a whole lot of PDA!
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Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rock ...more

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