Tour Stop: GAME. SET. MATCH. by Jennifer Iacopelli – Excerpt and Giveaway

A few months ago, I designed Jennifer Iacopelli’s site with a tennis theme, after which she asked if I would be interested in participating in the tour for her New Adult debut. While I don’t read much New Adult, I had to say yes! Fast forward to today, where I’ve got a little bit about the book, an excerpt chosen by Jennifer herself, and of course, a giveaway. Read on!

Game. Set. Match. (Outer Banks Tennis Academy, #1) 

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 isn’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, GAME. SET. MATCH. is a ‘new adult’ novel about three girls with one goal: to be the best tennis player in the world.

She opened the gate and dropped her bag against the fence before tilting her head in confusion. There was a man sprawled across the court, eyes closed, face to the sun, completely relaxed, except for his hands, which were firing through the air, drumming along with the music she could hear buzzing through his headphones even from the other side of the court.

“Excuse me,” Penny said sharply. “This court is reserved.” The man didn’t move. He was tall and broad, making the large playing surface seem so much smaller than it actually was.

“Excuse me,” she repeated when he didn’t so much as twitch in response, “this court is…” She trailed off as she approached. Frowning down at the court squatter, she immediately recognized him, especially since the last time she’d seen him he’d been in a similar state, totally relaxed, eyes closed—though he’d been wearing much less clothing.

Alex Russell, the best player in the world—or at least he used to be. Three years before, at the age of seventeen, Alex Russell was the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 and the youngest man to do it, ever—besting a record set by Boris Becker in 1985. He’d won the career Grand Slam at twenty, and since then, his game had gone to hell. Too much partying and not nearly enough training sent his ranking freefalling from number one in the world down into the mid-twenties, and only that high because of his insane natural talent.

He also held the distinction of being the only thing ever to distract Penny Harrison from tennis.

Penny kicked at the soul of Alex’s sneaker and his eyes flew open. “What are you doing here?”

He pulled the plugs from his ears, the notes even clearer now as a heavy metal song echoed against the court.

“Sorry, what was that, love?” he asked with a wink, his eyes lighting up in recognition and then slipping over her form quickly, his tongue darting out to lick his bottom lip.

So! What did you think of that?

Jennifer Iacopelli

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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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.