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Regan Hunter came to tennis late in life, but she's worked hard to become one of the world's top players. Beating the odds has made her unstoppable on the court and neurotically controlling off of it. So when her manager hires a new coach, a has-been who left the sport after a scandal, Regan wants him gone, fast.Ben Percy, a former Grand Slam winner, is well aware of ReganRegan Hunter came to tennis late in life, but she's worked hard to become one of the world's top players. Beating the odds has made her unstoppable on the court and neurotically controlling off of it. So when her manager hires a new coach, a has-been who left the sport after a scandal, Regan wants him gone, fast.Ben Percy, a former Grand Slam winner, is well aware of Regan's reputation for driving coaches away—usually screaming. But working with the notoriously mercurial Regan could be just the break he needs to take his career to the next level, and he's never been one to scare easily. He must stick to only one rule: hands off Regan.Keeping his distance from Regan is more difficult than Ben ever imagined. Behind her tough, sexy exterior is a woman he wants to get to know better. And Regan feels a connection with her patient, easy-on-the-eyes coach that's hard to ignore. But with the biggest championship of all on the line, romance may be completely out of bounds…...

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  • Kimberly
    2018-09-16 00:27

    Last year I read and reviewed Rebecca Crowley's The Striker's Chance and absolutely loved how she weaved sports and sizzling romance together with great characters so when I was approved for this one I was so excited to read it.I thought it would be similar to The Striker's Chance, and in a couple ways there were similarities, both books had some awesome male leads with women who were a little high strung but where the female lead in The Striker's chance had some great qualities about her, I found myself struggling with Regan in this one. I found her to be to rude, spoiled and self centered. She threw temper tantrums and I didn't like how her frugal upbringing caused her stress now that she was rich etc. She was a little too much "Woe is me" for me to really, really like. However in the end, I did like her because she was starting to mellow thanks to Ben. Even though for me she didn't deserve him as much as she thought she did.Ben though, was fabulous. I've got to give it to the guy though. He was able to take all that Regan threw at him and he didn't even deserve a quarter of it. I thought he was incredibly sweet and I liked his sense of humour a lot but thought he needed to grow a pair and not be so calm and silent. I wish hed spoken his mind more but thought that he served his purpose in balancing out Regan's snarkiness. I thought the story was good, but because I feel like Regan was over done that it lost some of the potential of becoming a really good romance. I just thought there was too much needless drama for my tastes. The good thing was that the author really excelled at creating chemistry between the Ben and Regan and trust me it got quite steamy in parts.In the end I felt there was more that could have been done to make Regan more likable and I wasn't really thrilled with how this one ended so abruptly but other things like the passion between the two went a long way to make me enjoy this one. It was a good quick read, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a cute read for the summer especially since it could be read in no time. If you're a contemporary romance fan looking for a hunky tennis coach, grab this one, sit back, relax and enjoy because Ben is awesome!*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

  • Jess
    2018-08-29 01:41

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - ReadsBlog rating: C+Regan Hunter can’t keep a tennis coach, period. Of course, she’s the one firing or driving them away for any and all reasons. She’s impossible to work with, she’s set in her ways, she doesn’t want to listen to actual advice and criticism about her game and has found something wrong with every coach who’s come before Ben. Ben is her last shot, her newest coach and the one who’s going to help her finally win a Grand Slam title. She’s on her way to retirement but her ultimate goal is getting just one Grand Slam win, the Baron’s Open and she has two months to get on the same page with her coach and prepare for the tournament of her career. The only problem is, from their first meeting she wants Ben gone, but Ben has nothing to lose and isn’t going anywhere.Ben Percy, a former Baron’s Open champion as a teen, ended up being tennis’s one hit wonder. After he stormed onto the tennis scene with his Grand Slam win, he was instantly shunned when his father stole all his earnings and ended up as a major news scandal. Ben, originally from Zimbabwe, was broke, found himself kicked out of the prestigious tennis circles he was in for such a brief period of time, and while he gained his US citizenship, he’s been barely making ends meet by coaching young players. He’s trying to save enough money to help bring his sister to the United States, but getting her VISA is expensive and coaching Regan is his chance to finally earn enough money to help her. Regan doesn’t make it easy on Ben, but even worse is Regan’s manager, Des, who warns Ben on his first day to not touch Regan or he’s fired. Too back those pesky sparks start up between Ben and Regan almost from the start.I have to say, I enjoyed the first half of this story much more than the second. I loved getting Ben’s backstory. He’s still a tremendous tennis player, but being caught up in his father’s scandal all those years ago has made him so wary. He doesn’t care about rubbing shoulders with the tennis elite and being accepted in those circles again. He’s perfectly happy in his years old sedan, working paycheck to paycheck and earning a living coaching a sport that he loves. He doesn’t long for the tennis career he could have and should have had, he’s living in the now and it’s something that he tries to help Regan do.Regan – what a mess this woman is! She has a tough, thick outer shell. She grew up being bullied and got into tennis to prove to all the doubters that she could do it and it’s that motivation, proving to others that she is as good as them, that’s propelled her to the top of the women’s game. But on the inside, she’s a mess. She has horrible anxiety and panic attacks. She’s terrified to get to close to anyone or to dare hope, in the case of Ben, that what she’s feeling for him might be reciprocated. She’s been alone for so long and hasn’t really had any close relationships or friendships, she’s lost when it comes to the real life outside of tennis. She opens up to Ben, one of the few people who truly gets to know her, and he, instead of using it against her (which is what she fears), uses what he learns to help her overcome some of her issues and to help manage them instead of letting all her emotions get the best of her. I really enjoyed seeing them get to know each other and seeing Ben start to crack Regan’s shell.The second half of the story lost me a bit. I found their romance to be more on the sweet side and dammit, I wanted more sexy. Also, Regan’s main focus through the entire book is building up to the Baron’s Open (think Wimbledon) and while I get that she’s very tennis-smart but life-dumb in a way, she makes a few mistakes with Ben that causes the angst between them that they need to work through. There’s also a third party who butts their nose into Regan and Ben’s relationship and it felt a bit unnessesary to me. I was really enjoying the story of Ben and Regan, with tennis as their backdrop and didn’t need all the tossed-in angst and problems that they had to get through in the second part of the story. I’d have rather had more romance to be honest.Overall, I did enjoy the story, even with a few bumps toward the end. It’s not often we get a romance that’s set in the tennis world and I did enjoy that as it plays a huge role in both Regan and Ben’s lives. If you’re looking for a sweet romance with a hero who has to have the patience of a saint to deal with a crazy, hard-nosed and at times frustrating heroine, this story would be worth a read.

  • Mara De Guzman
    2018-08-31 23:21

    4 Game-Set-Match Stars!ARC received for an honest reviewReviews on behalf of Give Me BooksAs a huge fan girl of tennis, I was thrilled to see a book with tennis players as main characters. Love In Straight Sets is a light, short romantic read with a retired 1-time tennis champion as coach and a popular yet retiring tennis women’s player as the hero/heroine.This is the story of Ben and Regan’s path to the Baron’s Open and to each other’s lives and hearts.Ben had once been a young rising tennis champion, but after a personal problem halted his success in the sport, he became a tennis coach for young tennis athletes who all want to be pros and champions. This is what he do now, more than a decade after being a champion, just to get by and earn enough money to sponsor his sister to go to the US. So, even though he heard many stories about how Regan can be a terror and a spoiled athlete to her former coaches, he took the job. Ben was a lovable character to read. I love how he works for his sister, so he can bring her to the States. He’s a softy but as dreamy as any alpha can be in his own way. Plus, he has a dog. I love my heros with pets. And he named it Boris which I immediately thought Boris Becker and I was right! Ha!Regan who is now turning 30 and already decided to retire after the Baron’s Open, wants to retire with grace and with her name on the Championship trophy. She is known to fire her coaches in a whim, depending on her mood, and her manager has had enough of it. He hired Ben to be her coach and in under no circumstance can she fire him unless Ben touches the “product” which if that happens, Des (Regan’s manager), will fire him himself.There was no instant attraction or love at first sight that happened which I was grateful for. Even if this is a shorter book than the usual full-lengths, Rebecca Crowley didn’t rush into the insta-love. There was some teeny tiny mention of physical admiration but none of those “s/he sees her/him for the first time and s/he can’t get her/him off his/her mind” annoying stuff. Rebecca built their attraction quickly but without me feeling it was rushed. And once their attraction is shown to us, you will feel it. ”His palm flattened around the back of her neck, her fingers tightened on the impenetrable muscle in his leg and she let her eyelids drift shut as they came close enough to share a breath.”There were also glimpses of tennis players’ lives off court and I felt like I already know most of it because I personally follow my favorite tennis players’ lives on and off court too. I’m familiar with the press conferences, PR appearances, rivalries, practices, and championships. It’s interesting to read through what Regan and Ben are building, somehow getting to know each other on a less professional level, while they’re practicing for the Baron’s Open.This was not without drama and personal struggles, of course, there were heartwarming and sad moments where I may not be famous but I understand Regan’s thoughts on wanting a simpler life yet she knows herself enough that she admits she won’t last long staying in one place doing ordinary day-to-day things and then there’s Ben’s struggles in life but he’s still strong and determined, not giving up. Both of them are admirable. Add to the what Des did, pretty frustrating that guy! Good thing all’s well that ends well.Stars: 4 stars!Recommended to: I recommend Love In Straight Sets to everyone looking for an easier read from the emotionally heavy, erotic, thriller books. This was a great break for me. Like a palette cleanser. A sorbet. It’s short but sweet and didn’t disappoint with the romance part. POV: First person. Dual POV. Series: No.Cliffhanger: No.

  • Heather andrews
    2018-08-25 21:21

    I loved Ben and I loved how he was around Regan, I especially loved the reactions he had towards her, "okay," he croaked, dragging his hand out from under hers on the pretense of hugging the hem of his shorts - which were rapidly becoming too tight in the groin. He cleared his throat and tried again. "I'll be there." Regan I really did love her she knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it, "you're the only one I want," she whispered. "Now kiss me." I mean on the tennis court she's confident but not so much off, "she felt her face flush, at once thrilled and made shy by approval that showed in every part of his body. "I'm really bad at sexy talk. Pretend I just said something sultry and clever about being a dirty girl who needs to get cleaned up, okay?" I mean she's also the type of person to blurt what's on her mind, "she turned to him, still holding the magazine, unsure what to make of this strange development. "You jerk off to photos of me looking like an angry bit**?" I enjoyed reading this book there was romance, entertainment and laugh out loud moments.

  • Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
    2018-09-14 01:18

    Sport romance carino

  • Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
    2018-09-14 23:26

    Just in time for the French Open Tennis Tournament, I finally had a chance to read a romance about a sports I'm so familiar with, and enjoy watching.I was lucky so far, the authors whose sports romances I've read were really good with describing the on field activities, so I never felt left out, but there's a special kind of pleasure to take out of a book where you know what they're talking about when they're on the field. It was one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book.With a pretty cover and a duo of promising characters-one of whom is now retired, once champion tennis player turned coach, and one is a late bloomer, promising talent- this book seemed to offer a lot from the start. I was determined not to be swayed by my love for tennis though, and I can honestly say that I loved what this book had to offer.Initially, I admit, I wasn't very fond of Regan's character. She seemed to be a control freak, both on and off the court, and though I know the life of a professional athlete is not an easy one, not much room for a personal life or anything outside of the sports they're interested in, I couldn't warm up to her cause. But, as I turned page after page, and delved more into the depths of her psyche, I realized that her initial selfishness and the tantrums she threw were all a means for me to see how much she had the potential to grow. And grow, she did. Although by the end of the book I wasn't one hundred per cent convinced she made that final plunge and reached her utmost level of selflessness and understanding, she was willing to make an effort. Though, one might argue that that's where her reality lies, and that’s fine, because it worked.As a late bloomer-thirty years of age is old for a sport like tennis after all- she was extremely disciplined and controlled. There was no room for failure in her life. But an opponent on court wasn't all she had to battle against, so while reading, and finding out more about her, my respect for her grew along with her character. Without even realizing I found myself liking the woman and respecting the player.This isn't all to say she wasn't without her faults. Apart from having a few hang ups as a heroine, Regan reminded me of a grown up with childish tendencies. Maybe it's because of her relentless training that left no room for any personal life, and thus no room for a personal growth on a grand scale, but like I said, it wasn't enough to ruin either her character or the whole story for me. I just personally thought there's more growing up she needs to do off the pages, after her happy ever after, and with the help of Ben.As for Ben-I love the name 'Ben' for a hero, I swear I have a weakness for Bens-, he was a man with a laid back attitude towards life, especially after getting over his own past struggles. As a coach to aspiring teenagers, this was his first time dealing with a professional, and there was a lot at risk for him, both personally and professionally, if he failed to deliver what he promised signing up to working with Regan.It was easier to warm up to Ben, though he did find a way to frustrate me at times. His ease around Regan's fiery and deliberately needling character, and his understanding of her struggles and thus her need for the walls she built up around her made it all too easy for me to like him. The banter between these two was fun to read, all the more so when things got heated. I liked reading both of them slowly bringing down the defenses of each other without even realizing it. I think the reason why they were so good for, and with, each other was that they were both wounded but willing to heal.And I can't go on without saying this, but I loved the tiny reference made to another one of Rebecca Crowley's sports series, this one about soccer, that yours truly had the opportunity to read and liked. It's fun when authors play around like that.My biggest criticism would be for the last two chapters or so, for how the author decided to reconcile the couple after a last minute argument. This is not to say it was bad or unconvincing, just that I would've preferred more on page time to work their issues together. I love a good solid argument, laying out facts and feelings so the characters, and of course moi, can have our full closure. I'm giving four stars to this sweet romance. If you're a fan of tennis like me, you'd definitely enjoy this story, but don't go for it just for the awesome sports, go for this one for a sexy romance, for strong, determined characters, and that easy banter you know you love between your heroes and heroines.

  • Nicole
    2018-09-15 21:32

    Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2014/04/17/...MinnChica: The sports romance reviews continue!! I’m not a huge tennis fan, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever watched a full tennis match in my entire life. However, the blurb of this book was intriguing, and I was willing to take a chance on a sport I know nothing about, and have no real feelings for, because I liked the set up of the romance between Regan and Ben. And I’m glad I decided to take that chance! I liked this story, and thought it was cute.E: While I enjoy sports romance I am not as obsessed as MinnChica so I stumbled on this during my random browsing. I have started to enjoy watching tennis and this struck me as if it would be intriguing so I decided to give it a try. I am certainly glad that I did because I loved getting to know Regan and Ben, their skeletons in the closet, and watching them trust again. The journey through their romance was sweet, touching, and entertaining at the same time.MinnChica: I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about Regan, especially since she comes across as a character who has a very large chip on her shoulder. She was defensive and rude, and I was honestly a little worried about whether or not we would get to see a softer side of her. And we did. It might have taken some time, and Regan had quite a few bumps to get over, but once we got the chance to see her, to see past her insecurities, we got to see a complex and fun heroine.E: I will admit I was also concerned about Regan especially with her introductory scene, but I loved how Ben refused to let Regan get to him and dictate their professional relationship. I think the little insights into Regan’s mind certainly helped me feel more sympathetic towards her character and see her actions as part of the whole not her entire person. The fact that Ben had gone through a trial by fire at a relatively young age meant he was able to recognize some of Regan’s actions as symptoms of a greater issue but that didn’t mean he was going to let her get away with unwarranted diva-ish behavior especially when it was harming her chances at success. I was really touched each time Regan tried to do something nice for others even when it came out misunderstood because she was really attempting to demonstrate her caring; something I think previously was only shown to her family.MinnChica: I adored Ben, he was so level headed and even-keeled. He didn’t like any of Regan’s temper tantrums get to him, and he took everything in stride. I loved that about him. I also liked that he didn’t immediately fall into bed with Regan, especially after the attraction between them was clear. He valued his position as her coach, and I loved that he didn’t want to jeopardize that in any way. It lent to the strength of his character.E: Ben was a lot of fun. Like you I was very glad he had goals, standards, and dreams as well as an ethical code. I enjoyed watching him figure out what made Regan tick and how to motivate her to not only play well but to trust that he was there for her so she could just enter the zone of playing instinctively without over-thinking her actions. He was a very strong character and part of what I admired about him was his ability to admit when he was wrong, apologize, and figure out how to fix it. I also really enjoyed seeing him as an emotionally mature hero without getting the feeling it was caused by an obvious age difference.MinnChica: All in all, I thought this was a great romance, and the book did a wonderful job of keeping me excited about a sport I don’t have much interest in. Crowley has a really engaging way of writing, and I loved the development of not only each of the characters, but the plot and romance overall. I hope that Crowley will continue to write more sports romance books, as I very much enjoyed this one.I give Love in Straight Sets a B+E: I really enjoyed reading this romance. I got a taste of the inner workings of a sport but the focus was on the emotional growth of Ben and Regan. I thought the way Crowley didn’t gloss over some of the uglier aspects of the sports world while not allowing it to drag me down while reading was very deftly done. Like MinnChica, I am going to look forward to reading more romances by Crowley.I give Love in Straight Sets a B+

  • Rachel
    2018-08-29 19:20

    Avete presente un libro ponte? Quel classico romanzo che uno si ritrova a leggere per colmare il tempo che intercorre tra due uscite tanto attese, quella storia rapida e sfiziosa che ha come caratteristica principale quella di scorrere via veloce, senza troppe pretese, con quel tocco di ironia che non guasta mai.Ecco, Game, Set, Match di Rebecca Crowley doveva essere il mio libro ponte … Invece si è trasformato in un libro lumaca!Mi spiego … La storia di per sé è carina, semplice, a tratti anche ironica: peccato però che non vada avanti!Ero partita davvero con le migliori intenzioni: dopo Olimpiadi, Us Open e Coppa Davis … Non ero ancora pronta a lasciare il mio amato mondo del tennis e questo romanzo, con il suo titolo, sembrava fatto apposta per il mio momento ‘esaltazione da pallina fosforescente MODE ON’.Quindi mi sono buttata a capofitto nella lettura della storia di Ben e Regan con la convinzione e, sì, anche con la pretesa di trovare quei dialoghi e quei battibecchi che stanno nella classica zona grigia, quella tra odio e amore. Invece … Ho trovato solo tanta lentezza.Sia chiaro: la Crowley ha osato perché le partite di tennis e il mondo della racchetta sono, secondo me, due cose difficili da trattare nei romance visti gli schemi molto tattici e poco esplosivi dello sport in sé, però, mi spiace dirlo, il suo esperimento è fallito, non miseramente ma quasi.Ben è forse il personaggio più a fuoco: quello che sa quello che vuole, con un passato alle spalle per nulla semplice, con delle questioni in sospeso, con la parlantina sciolta. È ben delineato sia nel carattere che nelle azioni, nessun neo, nessuna pecca.Regan, invece … Beh, non posso dire lo stesso di Regan. Il suo personaggio è pieno di cliché: una campionessa scostante, con fratture e crepe, con ansie e paure che vengono descritte paragrafo dopo paragrafo, in una ripetizione infinita e noiosa delle manifestazioni dei suoi attacchi di panico di cui, in teoria, nessuno dovrebbe sapere nulla, ma con cui il lettore, per sua inesplicabile fortuna, viene letteralmente asfaltato fino all’asfissia. A mio parere, la Crowley non ha saputo rendere tridimensionale la sua protagonista, lasciando trasparire solo il lato fragile, insicuro e immaturo.Altro punto da trattare, la storia: se, da un lato, lo sviluppo è guidato in modo abbastanza efficace e coerente con i personaggi del libro, dall’altra l’autrice ha voluto mettere troppi elementi in ballo, tanto che alla fine rimane un senso di sovraffollamento che, se solo la povera Regan avesse notato, le avrebbe di certo causato una fuga stile “Fatemi uscire da questo minuscolo spazio pieno di gente e chiasso!”.In conclusione, un’ultima nota dolente. Io capisco tutto e forse qui sono un po’ di parte essendo una fan sfegatata di questo sport ma … Se ti appresti a scrivere un libro, di qualsiasi genere esso sia, il minimo è dare al tutto un tocco di verosimiglianza (ad eccezione, ovvio, se il libro è appartenente al genere fantasy!). Ecco dunque che determinate situazioni (una campionessa che si siede tranquillamente sugli spalti per seguire un match di vecchie glorie poco prima della sua finale, per dirne una) sarebbero da evitare, in quanto impensabili e improbabili. Sono dettagli che stonano all’interno dello stesso mondo che si è creato. Non va bene.Pertanto, mi spiace, ma per me questo libro è stato una delusione: lieve, visto le premesse, ma pur sempre una delusione.Recensione a cura di Rachel Sandman Author Blog

  • Maggie
    2018-09-15 03:42

    This is a really difficult book for me to review because I am a big tennis fan. Since I am such a big tennis fan I can tell you that virtually nothing in this book that relates to tennis is accurate. Not the scoring, not the tournaments (which is fine), not the level of publicity tennis players' attract (at one point the main character is just wondering around the grounds of a major tournament which IRL would led to a stampede), not the nationality of the players (which at this time in the game are mostly continental Europeans), or really anything else. So for accuracy to the sport of tennis I give this book zero stars.Then there's the characters in the book. At the beginning of the story, when I was rolling my eyes at all the tennis stuff, I was not a fan of Regan, the main female character. She is so cold, rude, and dismissive and Rebecca Crawley doesn't do a very good job providing us with Regan's background so I couldn't even force myself to feel sympathetic towards her. But, as the story, went on I found myself warming up to Regan, even though I never felt like I knew her that well. I was rooting for her in the end though.Ben, the male character in the book, brings up some mixed emotions for me. In many ways I really like him. He's a former teenage tennis star who dropped out of the game after his father stole all his money and got Ben in trouble with the law. Ben ended up going to college and coaching teenagers, but he's been brought in as a last resort to help Regan win The Baron's, a Wimbledon-like tournament, that's her last chance at a major tournament before she retires. Regan is notorious for rapidly going through coaches, but Ben, with his mellow personality and good looks is good at disengaging Regan and breaking through her barriers.I really enjoyed watching Regan and Ben get to know each other and how Regan came out of her shell and acted more normal around Ben, that was by far the best part of the story. But, and maybe it's just the #yesallwomen stuff I've been bombarded with this last week, but Ben's comments about Regan's body and the things he wants to do to her (the story is told through Ben and Regan's alternating perspectives) made me uncomfortable. In the end I do think he respects her as a woman and as an athlete, but still his comments rubbed me the wrong way.Bottom Line: I could probably easily give this book two stars, but I'm giving it three because I did become really interested in Regan and I liked Ben throughout, minus his comments about Regan. Plus their romance was fun and enjoyable to read about and I suppose that is the whole point of the book. (Because it's certainly not tennis.)I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley (thank you!). All opinions are my own.

  • Jackie
    2018-09-23 03:26

    3.5 The author kindly provided me with a copy of her book, for consideration for my blog, ROMANCE NOVELS FOR FEMINISTS. I didn't think it quite right for the blog, but am happy to review it here.Temperamental Regan Hunter doesn't want her professional tennis career to end without having captured at least one grand slam title. At thirty, she's at the top of her game, but yet again without a coach (she has a penchant for driving coaches away). She can't imagine one-shot wunderkind Ben Percy, who mysteriously dropped out of the sport after winning one Grand Slam at 17, could be the coach who can push her over the top. Her own attraction to Ben makes the controlling Regan even more determined to force Ben to quit (she can't fire him, as she's promised her manager to give Ben a chance).Both Regan and Ben have interesting back stories: Regan comes from a working-class background, was always looked down upon by the country club set. But now that she's financially well-off, she feels that her family doesn't quite get her anymore, doesn't understand why she doesn't want to go back to the life she used to have after she retires. Though he was born to privilege, South African Ben has been struggling financially for years, ever since his father embezzled all his tennis winnings, forcing him from competition. It's rare for a contemporary novel to engage in such clear discussions of issues of social class, never mind use class experiences as a reason why two people might make for suitable romantic partners.I also liked that Ben appreciated Regan's more typically "masculine" qualities: competitiveness, drive, confidence. My favorite lines:"You jerk off to photos of me looking like an angry bitch?""I jerk off to photos of you looking strong and confident and unstoppable.... I'm not here right now because I want that airbrushed woman in the swimsuit edition, all sweet smiles and beckoning fingers. I want the real deal—smart, complicated, tough as nails and sexy as sin."I wasn't as fond of Regan's penchant for selfish choices, for doing things without thinking through their implications, although it made for an interestingly flawed character. Regan's other issue (she's neurotically controlling, because (view spoiler)[ she has a penchant for unexpected panic attacks (hide spoiler)]) also makes her intriguingly flawed, although I'm beginning to wonder at just how many romance novels of late are all about a woman learning to "give up control," and the feminist (or anti-feminist) implications of that trend. Crowley's book in particular doesn't strike me as problematic in this way, since Regan's character is convincingly developed, but as part of a more general trend, it does give me pause.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2018-09-15 21:41

    Ah, tennis. It's such a great game. I've had two major tennis-related crushes in my life - Australian player Pat Rafter, when he was at the peak of his career (and had a side gig as an underwear model) and Peter...Peter Colt, the affable British underdog from the movie Wimbledon. So it's fair to say that when I opened Love In Straight Sets my thought process was as such: tennis + a hot guy and a tough-as-nails-but-only-on-the-outside girl + a puntastic title = a book headed straight for the "Keepers" collection on my Kindle. Turns out, I was spot on.You have hand it to Rebecca Crowley. Regan had the potential to be a supremely unlikable heroine. She's rude and a little mean. But you get just enough glimpses of the scared, anxious girl below the surface to want to keep reading. Ben, on the other hand, is the opposite. He's friendly, patient and willing to work hard to get through to the player and the person beneath Regan's brittle exterior. He's easy to like. As is the book itself. The tension between player and coach is matched by the tension of the tennis scenes - it's hard not to get invested in the outcome. There was definitely enough happening to keep me turning the page and muttering "one more chapter". There may have even been enough for me to dust of my old racquet, put the worn-out Wimbledon DVD back on the shelf and hit the courts. Maybe. After one more chapter.~ Beth, 4 starsAs a huge fan girl of tennis, I was thrilled to see a book with tennis players as main characters. Love In Straight Sets is a light, short romantic read with a retired 1-time tennis champion as coach and a popular yet retiring tennis women’s player as the hero/heroine.There was no instant attraction or love at first sight that happened which I was grateful for. Even if this is a shorter book than the usual full-lengths, Rebecca Crowley didn’t rush into the insta-love. There was some teeny tiny mention of physical admiration but none of those “s/he sees her/him for the first time and s/he can’t get her/him off his/her mind” annoying stuff. Rebecca built their attraction quickly but without me feeling it was rushed. And once their attraction is shown to us, you will feel it. I recommend Love In Straight Sets to everyone looking for an easier read from the emotionally heavy, erotic, thriller books. This was a great break for me. Like a palette cleanser. A sorbet. It’s short but sweet and didn’t disappoint with the romance part.~ Mara, 4 stars* Read the full reviews at:http://givemebooksblog.blogspot.com.a...

  • Kate Dirty Girls' Good Books
    2018-08-30 23:41

    Love in Straight Sets by Rebecca CrowleyA-, blaze, no kink, contempRegan is the resident diva of the tennis world.  She's gone through coaches faster than Augustus Gloop ate his way through the Wonka factory.  She's planning on retiring soon, but wants one last win.  A big one.  At the Baron's Open.  Enter Ben, a one-hit wonder who won the Baron's Open years ago and then disappeared from the tennis courts.  He's agreed to coach Regan and she's agreed not to fire him.  Both Regan and Ben are drawn to each other, but his job hinges on his ability to keep his hands off Regan, and his sister's safety depends on him keeping his job.The world of sports romance is dominated by MMA, football, baseball, and hockey men.  And while I enjoy a good sports romance every once in a while, I'm kind of tired of the same-old, same-old.  How many big, buff guys running around the football field or sparring in the ring can you really read about?  The fact that this one is about a tennis playing female was such a refreshing change of pace.These are characters that I quickly fell in love with.  Regan wasn't just an outright bitch.  You get to see what's under the surface that makes her a character you root for. I loved that Ben saw right through Regan's diva act.  He didn't put up with her crap at all and saw through to the vulnerability underneath.  They both have their moments of stupidity that made me just want to yell at them, especially Ben.  But if those moments hadn't been there I would probably be complaining that they were too perfect.My only complaint...I would have appreciated more sex in this one.  There's no sex until 84% into the story and then we only get one scene.  Honestly though, the story was so engaging that I didn't realize that I was already that far into the story.I absolutely loved this one.  It's the first book that I've read by Rebecca Crowley, but I've already added some of her back list to my TBR pile.  This one is definitely worth reading.

  • Jess
    2018-09-12 21:18

    3.5 starsThings I liked:- Female athlete! Sports romances usually go the other way, with the dude being the jock and the woman reacting to that. And yes, the hero is an ex-athlete and Regan's coach, but still, her career is the focus. - How neurotic Regan was. Athletes are headcases. And this was a really good depiction of it and it was taken seriously and just, I liked that the author didn't shy away from making Regan one just because she was a woman. - The h/hr relationship, period. The role-swapped Wimbledon ripoff ending was great, too.Things I did not love:- The manager getting in between them. Like, I got why and I liked the way it resolved, actually, but transplanting the whole disapproving older brother/father thing to a man that's not related to the heroine doesn't make it better. And I say that as someone who doesn't always mind that plot device.- Regan's terrible instincts about people. And saying I didn't like this isn't fair, because I did, in that having someone who has spent 14 years in single minded pursuit of one thing might have some lacking socialization. But after Ben's TERRIBLE reaction to the press at her birthday party, the idea that Regan would think it was a good surprise to have him play a charity match with no notice is insane. That I did not love.But on the whole, I enjoyed this a lot and if you're looking for a female athlete driven story and a sports romance with a different sport, this one is worth a look.

  • Mika Pisueña
    2018-08-27 20:12

    And Love in Straight sets scores 40-Love!Regan Hunter's professional tennis life is coming to an end. It is now her last season and her last chance to be a Grand Slam champ and she has her eyes set on the title despite the ever growing list of coaches that she has fired.Benjamin Percy is a Grand Slam champion. Ten years ago. But he was left penniless by his own father unabling him to continue playing as a pro. He struggles to make ends meet and now he is given the best paying gig of his life, coaching Regan. As difficult it may be, he must endure her bratty and spoiled ways if he ever wants to be reunited with his family.Where there is an instant attraction between the two, there is also hate and a plan to make the other quit and the other to submit.The plot is nothing special, it is predictable even but what I loved the most was the characters dynamics. Their relationship from hate to love was what i enjoyed the most. Regan is bratty but I cannot hate her from the eyes of Ben. The way Ben sees Regan had me love her and see her redeeming qualities as a loyal friend, a loving daughter and a lonely woman who just wants someone to love her.

  • Jessica Luther
    2018-09-06 23:39

    In Love In Straight Sets, Regan Hunter is a spoiled woman, battling at the top of women’s singles competition. She needs a new coach but it’s been hard to find one because Regan is no fun to coach. Along comes Ben Percy, who once won a grand slam but has since left the sport. Looking for a way back in, he’s willing to deal with Regan. Then they begin to fall for each other and each are better for it.I’ll admit: I went in skeptical and for the first chapter or so, I was worried because Regan is so unlikable. But I bought the whole thing. I bought them as a couple, I bought her change, I bought his anger, I bought it all.Full review at Bitter Empire: http://bitterempire.com/best-romance-novels-read-2014/

  • Clever Girl
    2018-09-23 01:14

    Regan has a shell of fire and ice and an explosive temper. She's also insecure and anxiety ridden. She's hard to get to know but it's worth the effort. Ben is an absolute sweetheart. He's thoughtful, kind, supportive, an ass-kicker when necessary. Ben sees right through Regan's shell, sees her passion, strength and determination as well as the vulnerability that she tries desperately to hide. They have chemistry, on and off the court, but there are many obstacles standing between them and a happily ever after. Crowley does an excellent job of conveying the challenge and excitement of the game, even to a tennis luddite like me.Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review

  • Eleonora
    2018-09-22 02:17

    3,5

  • Reese Ryan
    2018-09-18 02:34

    I enjoyed Regan and Ben's love story. Both characters are well-written. The heroine is difficult in the beginning. She's prone to tantrums and accustomed to having things her way. However, I enjoyed seeing the heroine's growth as her relationship with the hero develops. As a fan of game, I appreciated the authentic depiction of the tennis scenes. The author struck a nice balance between sports and romance. I devoured this story in two days and I look forward to reading more from Rebecca.

  • Sabrina (Soter) Sally
    2018-09-25 00:42

    "Lei appoggiò la mano sulla sua e sentì una forza smisurata proveniente dal suo corpo investirla.Era quello l'amore.Lui non era più il suo allenatore e lei non era più la sua cliente. Ma la forza che il corpo dell'uno trasmetteva all'altra era più intensa che mai e niente ormai poteva mettersi tra di loro"

  • Francesca
    2018-09-07 23:24

    3 Stelle scarse.Romanzo carino e veloce da leggere.

  • Traci
    2018-09-23 21:13

    The overall story is good and the characters and interesting. The only complaint I have is the ending is very abrupt. I wish the author wrote an epilogue to help the reader.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-18 00:19

    Received as an ARC from NetGalley.

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2018-09-15 22:40

    Not so keen on the heroine. Nice tennis atmosphere though. Review to come

  • Elisa
    2018-08-27 01:21

    It reminded a bit of Wimbledon, the movie...

  • Manuela Raimo
    2018-08-29 02:15

    carino e bel finale... per fortuna Regan ha smesso di essere irritante....