Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Game. Set. Match. by Jennnifer Iacopelli - Guest Post, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to by stop on the blog tour for Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop today features a character profile for Alex Russell and a review.  Jennifer also has a huge giveaway going on in conjunction with this tour, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Game. Set. Match
(Outer Banks Tennis Academy #1)
by Jennifer Iacopelli
Published:  May 1, 2013
Publisher:  Coliloquy 

GameSet. Match.'s Synopsis:
Nestled along the coastline of North Carolina, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the best elite tennis training facility in the world. Head Coach, Dominic Kingston has assembled some of the finest talent in the sport. From the game's biggest stars to athletes scraping and clawing to achieve their dreams, OBX is full of ego, drama and romance. Only the strong survive in this pressure cooker of competition, on and off the court.

Penny Harrison, the biggest rising star in tennis, is determined to win the French Open and beat her rival, the world’s number one player, Zina Lutrova. There’s just one problem, the only person who’s ever been able to shake her laser-like focus is her new training partner. Alex Russell, tennis’s resident bad boy, is at OBX recovering from a knee injury suffered after he crashed his motorcycle (with an Aussie supermodel on the back). He's hoping to regain his former place at the top of men’s tennis and Penny’s heart, while he’s at it.

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. Her parents have seven Grand Slam championships between them and she’s desperate to live up to their legacy. Her best friend is Teddy Harrison, Penny’s twin brother, and that’s all they’ve ever been, friends. Then one stupid, alcohol-laced kiss makes everything super awkward just as she as she starts prepping for the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

The Classic is what draws Indiana Gaffney out of the hole she crawled into after her mom’s death. Even though she’s new to OBX, a win at the  Classic is definitely possible. She has a big serve and killer forehand, but the rest of her game is
n’t quite up to scratch and it doesn’t help that Jasmine Randazzo and her little minions are stuck-up bitches or that Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and oldest brother, is too hot for words, not to mention way too old for her.

Who will rise? Who will fall?

Told from rotating points of view,
 GAMESETMATCH. is a 'new adult' novel about three girls with one goal: to be the best tennis player in the world.

Alex Russell Character Profile
Raised by his single mum on the tough streets of East London, Alex Russell had way too much energy as a kid, so to keep him busy and off the streets, she enrolled him in every single sport available. Tennis was the one that stuck. After being spotted at a junior tournament, beating kids twice his size with a lot more training, the England's Lawn Tennis Association sponsored Alex and the rest is history. He has seven Grand Slam Championships and there are whispers of him becoming the greatest tennis player of all time...if he could find the time to train between parties...

Myers Briggs: ESTP
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.

Age: 21
Birthday: August 31st
Height: 6’4”
World Ranking: 23rd
Born: London, England

  • 2x Australian Open Champion
  • 2x Wimbledon Champion
  • French Open Champion
  • 2x U.S. Open Champion
  • 3x World Tour Champion
  • Ranked World #1 for 87 weeks
  • Olympic Silver Medalist - Men’s Singles
  • Olympic Bronze Medalist - Men’s Doubles
  • First British Man to win Wimbledon since 1936
  • Youngest Wimbledon Champion
  • Won the Career Grand Slam by age 20

    Song: The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes

My Thoughts:  Game. Set. Match. is not just another New Adult Contemporary Romance, and I found that to be very refreshing.  The novel centers on the lives of three girls, Penny Harrison, Jasmine Randazzo, and Indiana (Indy) Gaffney.  These three girls are all tennis players, Penny is the up and coming star who is currently one of the best players the world.  Indy is only 17, but is an outstanding player.  After her mother's death a year ago, she finally returns to tennis and The Outer Banks Tennis Academy.  Jasmine is the daughter of two famous tennis players, who also founded The Outer Banks Academy.  The story is told from all three girl's point of view, and focuses not only on their individual lives, but also on the game itself, their training, and the matches that they play in, which was a lot of fun.  Then of course, their love interests, which was probably the best of all.  I have always loved tennis, but you definitely don't have to be a tennis fan to enjoy this book.

In my opinion, just as important to the story as the girls are, are the guys that are the objects of their affections.  Teddy Harrison is Penny's twin brother and is quite the player on the court and off.  Teddy is friendly with quite a few girls at the Academy.  He is also a tennis player, but plays at a college level.  Jasmine and Teddy are best friends, though Jasmine wants it to be much more than that.  Jack Harrison is Penny's older brother and also her manager.  He is 23 years old and quite the hottie himself.  He is also a former college tennis player.  Then you have Alex Russell, a total hottie who is quite famous himself.  He comes to the academy at the request of Dom, the girl's coach, to help Penny train for the French Open, while recovering from a knee injury.  Alex and Penny have a history together, and try as she may to ignore him, Penny can't deny her feelings for the hottie any more than he can deny his feeling for her.  The chemistry between the two is sizzling, but in a world where paparazzi are a constant factor, a relationship between Alex and Penny proves to a challenge.  Indy has a thing for Jack, and their chemistry is tangible, but age is an issue here, she's 17 and he's 23.

Of all three of the girls, I would have to say Indy is my favorite.  I just liked her a lot.  I also liked Penny.  Even though she is famous, she remains down to earth and real.  Jasmine is my least favorite of all.  I didn't care for her to much.  She is a little snobby and mean, though towards the end of the book, things began to change and she grew on me.  I found the story itself to be fun and entertaining, and the sports element brings in another level of excitement that I enjoyed.  I also liked the fact that since the story is told from all three girl's point of view, you are able to get inside each of their heads and know them each a little better.  I enjoyed the friendship that began to form between the girls, and I enjoyed even more their romantic relationships.  The guys were great.  I loved all three of them and can't wait to get to know each of them better as the series continues.  I also thought the novel ended at good point, and was very satisfied with the ending.  It is not a cliffhanger, yet leaves you excited to find out where Jennifer Iacopelli will take the novel from here.  There are a few sexual scenes, but they are not overly explicit.  In my opinion, this book would be fine for the older YA age group also.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel.  If you are a contemporary romance fan and/or are looking for something fresh and a little different, then I would recommend  checking Game. Set. Match. out.

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Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave...ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

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  1. I'm reading this right now and really enjoying it!! So far, I'd have to say I'm Team Penny... but this may change. :D

  2. We had all the same thoughts on this one down to our favorites and least favs! I loved the guest post too, so much fun. I like putting a face to Alex, I really loved him. Maybe because he was the bad boy of the bunch. ;)

    1. I read your review. We really did think alike :). I loved Alex to and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  3. Another one I really want to read…*sigh*
    I was going to buy it this week but I completely forgot. Hopefully this week.

    1. It was good. We all have too many books and way too little time to read them.

  4. I've been hearing great things about this one! I really want to give this a try, but I'm so far behind on books and have a hard time getting to my kindle books. I think I might cave and grab it anyway. :)

    1. I enjoyed this one i think you would like it. I know what you mean about being behind on books I don't know if I will ever catch up.

  5. I'm glad to see you loved GSM as much as I did, Ellen. I can't wait for the second book. Great review!

  6. Alex....yum. I loved this book. All the boys were great. I love Penny and Indy.

  7. *swoon* I pictured Alex like the picture! I loved his character! He wasn't the typical bad-boy character, he was nice and lovable.


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