An Ace in the Tiebreak (International Men of Sports) by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

aceinthetiebreakTitle: An Ace in the Tiebreak (International Men of Sports)

Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/10/2014

Length: Novel

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

When Robin has to save his career and choose between two very different men, he has to try not to double-fault…while hoping for an ace.

Professional tennis player Robin Keller has a love/hate relationship with most everything in his life—his game, his tennis rival and sometimes hook-up Danie Coetzee, the pills and alcohol he uses to get through his days. Nothing seems to be going right anymore, and when he hits rock bottom after the French Open, drastic changes are the only option.

Quinn Damaris has a well-earned reputation for turning around the careers of the athletes he acts as chef for, and he can tell from the first meeting that Robin is going to be a challenge. As a double amputee, he’s not a man to back down just because the road is rough.

He didn’t count on anything starting between them, especially when the way he realises Robin is gay is when he sees him with Danie. Robin will have to make a choice. Is Quinn kidding himself to think that a tennis star could fall for a man who isn’t whole?

My View:

I really connected to the characters and story in An Ace in the Tiebreak. I think this one ranks up there with Chasing the King of the Mountains for my favorite story of this series.

For the first time since Chasing the King of the Mountains, I can say that this story felt complete and well done. It encompassed more than just a love story, it incorporated the sport flawlessly into the tale without it feeling neglected or forced.

Once again the authors gave me two characters I instantly connected with. I loved that both men had histories and were working through baggage in such a way that was organic but not overly self deprecating. Both Robin and Quinn were flawed but those flaws were human and dealt with respectfully. The baggage and history didn’t just pop up when convenient to push the story forward, it was the story and it was crucial to who the men were as individuals.

Those flaws also made the love that developed between these men feel real and natural and complete. I never once questioned their pairing or how they came to be more than employer/employee. Everything worked well together and fell into place to give the reader a genuine romance that wasn’t perfect but promised to be wonderful. I really felt my heart engage with both of these men which is something I have found lacking in most of the other stories in this series.

And I am happy to say that while I want more of Morgan’s story, I didn’t feel cheated out of his ending like I have in some of the other books in this series. I really recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a relatively low angst, but still eventful romance. It was well done and will be added to my comfort read pile to be enjoyed many more times.

Links

An Ace in the Tiebreak (International Men of Sports) on Goodreads
Totally Bound
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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