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Match Maker

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  214 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
In the four years since being forced off the professional tour for being gay, Daniel Bottega has taught tennis at a second-rate country club. He found a sanctuary to hide from an unkind world, while his lover, Jared Stoderling, fought a losing battle with alcohol addiction to cope with his disappointment of not playing on the pro circuit.

Now Daniel has another chance at th
ebook, 337 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 5th 2010)
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Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about Match Maker. To start with the first half of the book, if not more, reads like a book about tennis from a coach’s perspective. The coach happens to be gay but that’s not that important except for the discrimination that is openly practiced within the sport. The second half of the book deals more with emotion and relationships between all the characters in the pretty large cast. On the one hand, the writing is utterly superb; beautifully written with some incredible tu ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it

I don't know how I finished this, but I did and surprisingly enjoyed it.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the characters, sometimes I don't, I find the writing compelling, sometimes it annoys me. But the thing that urged me to go on and read this was the love between the two main character and their journey towards the end.

The book started in the present and Daniel's point of view, Four years later after Daniel and Jared's career had been pretty much thrown out of the tennis cour
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Originally reviewed for: http://liveyourlifebuythebook.wordpre...

This is a book that I urge everyone to read. Seldom have I read a book that weaves so many elements together this seamlessly and evocatively. I am purposely going to avoid detail in this review. This story turned out to be so much more than I expected, and I’d love for everyone to experience it as fresh minded as possible.

What grabbed me first with this story was the narrative. The story is told by Daniel in a fairly gentle, matte
Kaje Harper
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
4.5 stars. This book is unique in many ways, in the broad cast of characters, in the scope of topics it presents, in the tangle of relationships involved. The writing is beautiful, spare and evocative in many places. The tennis background was rarely more detail than I wanted (and I don't play tennis.) My only quibble comes in the way some highly personal and emotional subjects are skimmed a little too lightly in Daniel's cool narration. His love for his partner is intensely portrayed, but topics ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even if you know nothing about Tennis (like me) you will enjoy this book greatly. I loved Daniel and Jared's love story but this book is not about that only.

Just like the blurb says 4 years after being forced off playing professional tennis Daniel is teaching the sport at a country club while Jared gives private classes. Daniel is hired to coach Connor Lin an 18 year old with a lot of potential. Coaching a would-be professional player provides both Daniel and Jared a second chance at doing what
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
A great book, a great read. Daniel Bottega, half Chinese, one-quarter Spanish and one-quarter Shoshone, tells his story and the story of his boyfriend Jared, a Tennis pro who has been forced out of pro tennis through homophobia. Danie tells the story and you believe every word of it. This is not a sports novel, although there are a lot of technical Tennis terms in it of which I didn't get one in ten. This is a story of standing by the one you love and never giving up, neither your love nor your ...more
Miz Love
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Words. I need words. But, you know, sometimes words fail, and they’re failing me right now as I try to present my review—oh, wait, I don’t DO reviews, do I? So there. I’m free to gush like a bubbly fountain because I don’t have to critique, I just get to…well…babble.

If Ron Howard and Franco Zeffirelli collaborated to create a story—Howard’s poignancy and emotional grit and Zeffirelli’s lavish, sweeping glimpses into exotic worlds—the result would be a piece such as Alan Chin’s Match Maker.

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Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
If the adage “write what you know” ever had a better fit it is in respect of author Alan Chin’s Match Maker. In his third novel Mr. Chin combines his knowledge and love of tennis and Buddhism with his storytelling talents to write a moving love story that is set against the world of professional tennis.

Daniel Bottega and his lover Jared Stoderling were forced off the professional tennis circuit four years ago because they are gay. Since then Daniel has been teaching tennis at a local country clu

Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book I’ve read from Mr. Chin. The first was “The Lonely War”, a novel so stunningly real and a poignant I feared “Match Maker” wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I wasted my time worrying. In tennis vernacular, “Match Maker” is an ‘Ace’.

Jared Stoderling and Daniel Bottega are twin Icarus’ who fly close to the rays of tennis stardom only to burn and crash when an ill-advised sexual display destroys their fledgling tennis careers. The tennis establishment is not ready for open
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, m-m-sports
4.5 Stars This has been sitting on my kindle for almost a year now. I was expecting this to be dull and boring and was pleasantly surprise that it was instead, quite interesting. It's a well written tale of a Chinese American tennis instructor, Daniel, who is given a young budding tennis star, Connor LIn, to train. Daniel who is gay used to be in pro circuit with his boyfriend of 10 years Jared when homophobia forced them out. Jared is bitter and has taken to drinking.

The main focus of the sto
A very good to excellent contemporary M/M romance that follows two life partners, Jared and Daniel, through the trials and tribulations of being on the professional men's tennis circuit, both as a player and a coach. This story does not follow the traditional trope of two men meet, fall in love and start a new life together. Rather it follows an established couple whose world and dreams have collapsed simply because they love each other, how they both deal with the aftermath, and then finally, s ...more
Ryan Loveless
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Pia Veleno
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful change of pace to the fast paced insta-love stories of the M/M romance genre. With Match Maker we meet and established couple during a rocky part of their lives; having been driven out of professional tennis they both now float from day to day, their lives without a bigger purpose other than surviving. Then enter the young, fresh talent, a tennis player with the potential to be the best, and more importantly inspire the couple to return to the sport they love. This is a stor ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's a truism that genre fiction like romance is marginalized in the Book World. Even more so m/m romance. Normally, it's a fact I accept without thinking too much; I love genre fiction of whatever kind, and don't mind the mild criticism of friends who don't understand why I don't jump on the bestseller bandwagon. But sometimes I read a book that makes me want to rail at the system and scream, "WHY ISN'T EVERYONE IN THE WORLD READING THIS BOOK???"
Match Maker is one of those rare books that trig
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Written by Victor J. Banis, author of Long Horns, Angel Land and Lola Dances.

Daniel and Jared are on the threshold of big success in the tennis world, when the powers that be discover they are lovers, and the roof caves in on them.

Four years later, Jared has found his solace in the bottle and Daniel works as a tennis pro at a country club, when he is asked to coach young Conner Lin. Conner is talented, Chinese - and straight, with lots and lots of attitude.

So, is this what you’d call a tennis n
Mickie Ashling
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Match Maker is the first novel I've read by Alan Chin so I had no idea what to expect. I knew it had a tennis theme but what I never expected was the sheer beauty of his prose. Alan Chin paints with words and I tasted, smelled, and experienced every high and low along with Daniel, Jared, and Connor. All his secondary characters are multi-layered as well and it was a true pleasure to lose myself in this novel for a few days. Thank you for this amazing read.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
4.75 Stars.
Review Originally Published here:

There are times when writing a review becomes a bit of a burden. Not because I didn’t enjoy the book, but because my adoration of it seems difficult to express. When I started to read Match Maker by Alan Chin, I didn’t expect it to become one of those books. As I mentioned in a previous review, sports aren’t really my thing. Those sports books I have read have done a good job of presenting a rousing story withi
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, sports-athletes
This book was almost 5 stars for me. I really enjoyed reading it, and I appreciated that it was a full length novel with plenty of development. Some reviews complained about the book being so focused on tennis and if the reader has no interest in tennis, then the book isn't as compelling. I don't watch or play tennis but I enjoyed the sport aspect of this book tremendously just the same. The main character, Daniel, is a tennis coach at a country club when he gets a second chance at the pro circu ...more
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eros-rising
Here's the thing: I'm not a sports fan. I don't play tennis or follow it in its professional incarnation at all. Heck, I still haven't completely figured out the scoring system! Nevertheless, I found Alan Chin's new novel Match Maker to be a thoroughly compelling and fascinating read.

The first thing I noticed about the book was the spare beauty of the prose. The author has the special gift of being able to engage all of the reader's senses in descriptive passages but without drowning the reader
Wendy Ann
This is a superbly written story about love and the human spirit being able to overcome significant challenges and tragedy. Mr. Chin does an amazing job using just the right words and descriptions in his writing style so that I felt like an integral part of the story. I could almost literally smell the ocean, reach out and touch a drop of sweat, and feel each character's pain like a living thing.

The primary characters (Daniel and Jared) are already in an established relationship at the beginnin
Alex Alden
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Wow, that was surprising. I think it's the first time I've read a book where someone had the bright idea of cutting out the ending.

The most horrifying part was how much I loved this book up to that point. I loved the story, and as much as the characters annoyed me, I still liked them. But then someone surgically removed the ending and so I just can't like this book as a whole. We go right up to the big final game that should settle the book, and it just ... fades to black. There were many other
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
This is a surprisingly affecting book. The prose is mostly dispassionate, simple, and perhaps blunt -- Kaje calls it spare, and I think that's a good word for it (Kaje Harper has a very good review of this book, which you can see here. Emotions are somewhat downplayed, reported for the most part with that dispassionate tone. Nonetheless, the emotion does come through to the reader effectively, and by the end I was quite moved.

This is not really a romance. There are a few onscreen sex scenes, but
George Seaton
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, mm, sports
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I love tennis I really do, played it for years. What I hate is first person narratives, so much I hate those. For that reason alone I almost didn't pick up this book.

I did like this one enough that I finished it and I found the book overly long and dragging in some places. I will admit some of the scenes I ended up skimming only to reach the end and have the ending cut off completely. Even after reading all this I still have no idea who won the last
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
I first picked up this book because I heard Alan Chin was good, and so when I saw one of his books come across the Black Ravens review desk, I snatched it up. I confess to having a bit of trepidation over reading a tennis book. I don't play the sport and am not all that into watching it. After the first page, I knew there was a lot more to this book than just tennis. Mr. Chin has a definite flare for description and easily paints a picture that takes the reader far deeper than surface appearance ...more
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story. I felt as if I was on a roller-coaster ride. It took me a couple days to read this because it's such an intense story. It an uphill, I can't look, I need to catch my breath, what else can happen storyline. I honesty walked away from my laptop and needed to take breathers.

The character's are amazing. Each one is multi-layered and complex. All the characters grow and develop, change and morph into real life, three dimensional beings.

If you are looking for erotica. This is
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
5 Stars

This is a book that I urge everyone to read. Seldom have I read a book that weaves so many elements together this seamlessly and evocatively. I am purposely going to avoid detail in this review. This story turned out to be so much more than I expected, and I’d love for everyone to experience it as fresh minded as possible.

What grabbed me first with this story was the narrative. The story is told by Daniel in a fairly gentle, matter- of- fact, and highly effective manner and pace. The sto
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shaz by: Heather
Shelves: mm, sports
This was an excellent read. As the main focus is on an existing relationship, rather than finding a new love, the dynamics are slightly different.

Of course there wouldn't be a story to tell (or maybe just a boring one lol) if there wasn't a conflict needing to be resolved, issues needing fixing or problems needing to be overcome. But there was a twist I didn't see coming. One that changed the dynamics and moved the whole story to a different level.

I will admit that towards the end, the seemingly
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Alan Chin was born in Ogden, Utah, where he was christened, Alan Lewis Hurlburt. He was raised in San Jose, California where he enjoyed an undistinguished childhood. After graduating high school, Alan served four years in the U.S. Navy where he learned and practiced the trade of aircraft mechanic while stationed at the naval air station in Kingsville, Texas.
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