This match is no game. When a rogue wave strips Tess Dunn of her bikini top, desperate, half-naked times call for desperate, please-cover-me-kids-are-coming-closer measures. Enter Lucas Karlsson, AKA that flirty Swede in the water nearby. When he prevents her bare buoys from being exposed to fellow vacationers, even an ocean can’t drown the sparks that fly. Lucas, a former top-level tennis pro now giving lessons at the resort, fled there after the abrupt, painful end to his injury-plagued career. But he’s finally ready to move on with his life—and after a few late-night, hands-on sessions with Tess, he’s eager to prove he’s the ace she wants. But this match comes with challenges: She’s forty, and at twenty-six, he’s barely old enough to rent a car. Worse, they only have two weeks together before Tess returns to her assistant-principal life in Virginia. During that brief time, they’ll have to play hard, take a few risks, and find out whether their chemistry is a one-shot wonder…or whether they’re meant to be doubles partners for life.
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 out of 5 steam level
I really enjoyed this book! It featured a lot of body positivity that was very enjoyable to read! I would describe the tropes in this book as: age gap, vacation romance, and plus size heroine.
I’m honestly not sure if I’ve read a plus size heroine book that I’ve enjoyed this much before! Some of the previous ones that I’ve read had a lot of the guy liking the girl despite of her size. That was not the case with this book. Our main man, Lucas, is totally into Tess and there is no “despite of” involved!
Another major pro for this book (no pun intended… but also I’m now proud of that pun) is that Lucas was a former pro tennis player. I’ve never read a tennis book before, but I LOVE tennis!!! It is a bucket list item for me to attend every major tennis open. So far I’ve done the US Open and it was amazing. Oh… what’s that? This is a book review and not me fangirling about Roger Federer? Fine. Well, lets just say that I loved that this book had a tennis storyline in it and I now want to read 210982083 other books that feature tennis! (Let me know if you have any recommendations!)
This is my first Olivia Dade book but it sure won’t be my last. I laughed out loud multiple times when reading this book. The banter between the two characters was amazing. I should also mention that i rarely root for a couple when they fall in love in a really quick time frame in a book. I was rooting for Lucas and Tess! I think that just says something about Dade’s writing of the couple in general that you want to root for them.
As you can see, this is the second book in a series. I actually didn’t even know that and it didn’t affect the flow of reading this book at all. So it is safe to say that it is a stand alone book within a series! (Btw, how cool is it that so many romance books do that? Why don’t other genres do that as often?)
Tess talks about her goal to be the principal at her school. She talks about it a lot. Too much. Did I convey that point enough? Haha. I liked that she had a professional goal but it was driven home too much for me.
Also, at one point in the book I lost steam a bit. The dialogue slowed down and I found myself skimming a bit to try to reach some dialogue. That doesn’t necessarily say anything about the writing style of the book because it could honestly have been my attention span while reading it. But I feel it must me mentioned in my review!
Do: Play tennis. It’s okay if you suck at it, it’s still fun!
Eat: a cupcake. Preferably after you play tennis as a reward.
Watch: Borg vs McEnroe
This book is a total vacation read. Summertime is even better.