Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Losing At Love by Jennifer lacopelli

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Grass courts, tennis whites and the fiercest competition in the world. Wimbledon. After two crazy weeks in Paris, the girls of the Outer Banks Tennis Academy are headed to London with just one thing on their minds: winning.

Indiana Gaffney is fresh off a surprise win at the French Open junior tournament. Sponsors are clamoring for her attention, but what she wants more than anything—aside from a wild card to Wimbledon—is to be with Jack Harrison, but international fame and a secret relationship rarely mix well.

When Penny Harrison dreamed of playing at Wimbledon she never imagined agonizing pain shooting through her ankle with every step. With just a month until the tournament and the whole world expecting her to win, she’s determined to play, with or without the support of her coach or the love of her life, Alex Russell.

For the first time ever, no one expects anything from Jasmine Randazzo. After a crushing first-round defeat in the French Open juniors, the tennis world has given up on her, but worse than that, so have her parents, her best friend Teddy and maybe even her coach. With everyone writing her off, can she find it within herself to go after her dreams?

Losing At Love by Jennifer Iacopelli is book 2 in the Outer Banks Tennis Academy Series.  Losing At Love follows the dreams of tennis stars Indiana Gaffney, Penny Harrison and Jasmine Randazzo as they head to London to participate in Wimbelton, a tennis match that could make each one of their dreams, although extremely different dreams, come true.  This book was a 3.5 star read for me and I would recommend it to others.

Penny Harrison is nursing an ankle injury that she worries will prevent her from doing her best and winning Wimbelton.  Although she is taking some time off after the French Open and staying with her hot shot pro boyfriend in London prior to the match, she refuses to heed to the advice of her doctor and her coach to rest her ankle before she does damage to it that she will regret for the rest of her life.  While practicing in her quest to be the best, Penny injures her ankle even further forcing her to make a choice that goes against every competitive bone in her body.

Indiana Gaffney is up and coming in the tennis world and hopes that after a win in the doubles tournament at the French open with partner Jasmine Randazzo, that she can show the world that she is an elite player; and the only way to do that is to get the wild card spot at Wimbelton.  With high hopes and practice before they leave for London Indy is feeling confident about there abilities.  Until she is faced with a decision that may give her a chance at the notarity that she wants that comes at the cost of her friendship.  With her secret boyfriend, Penny's brother and tennis sports agent Jack by her side, Indy makes one of the most difficult decisions for her career.

Jasmine Randazzo has been told that she has talent, but not enough talent to go pro which is the only things that she has ever wanted.  Forced with deciding whether or not she should accept recruitment into a tier 1 tennis university or if she should go against all the advice that she has been given from her tennis star parents and go pro without their support; Jasmine is at a crossroads when she arrives in London.  Wondering what she should do and leaning toward what will make everyone else happy but her, all it takes is a little encouragement from a certain Italian tennis player to show her that her way can be the right way to go.

Each of the girls in Losing At Love is faced with a different decision that can effect everything that they have worked toward in the tennis world their entire lives in one way or another.  It is through the friendships that they have forged together, even when they are often competitors that helps to guide them to make the right ones.

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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.