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In the high stakes world of women's tennis, love means nothing. Or at least that's how Sinjin Smythe sees it. Then she begins to fall for her friend and former doubles partner Laure Fortescue. Having had her heart broken by one player, Sinjin isn't willing to have it happen again. The talented but oft-injured Brit enters Wimbledon fighting her feelings - and struggling to resurrect her career.

Laure Fortescue has fame, fortune, and a ranking inside the top 10. She has everything she ever wanted. Everything except Sinjin Smythe. As a rule, Laure doesn't date other players. A rule she would gladly break if it means winning Sinjin's heart.

Both women reach Wimbledon desperate to claim tennis's crown jewel - Sinjin because it would be her greatest victory, Laure because it could be her last.

Where does love fit in a game that only one can win?

©2011 Yolanda Wallace (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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a good sports lesbian audiobook with little sex

I enjoyed this book and enjoyed the tennis matches but I was hoping there would be a little more sex. sadly that's my only complaint and I feel like a pervert now ha it was a good story and the narrator did a great job with several accents

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  • 'Nathan
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-01-18

Friends-to-Lovers done with Tension and Joy

Sinjin and Laure did something for me I never imagined possible: they made me care about a sport!

Okay, that's over-stating, but not by much. In the same way reading The Princess and the Prix by Nell Stark surprised me by drawing me in deep with a sport, I found myself really on the edge of my seat as these fictional tennis matches occurred. That's no small feat, by the way: building tension when describing action is a real balance, and Yolanda Wallace has that talent down.

So, sporting aside, this romance has a set-up I've not really seen done often and never as well as it is in Lucky Loser: It's a friends-to-lovers (with a dash of former-teammates-to-lovers) where the spark between the two characters is known, discussed, and something they've agreed to explore pretty much from the start. It's the reality they're currently competing in Wimbledon that stops them from moving forward. There's way, way too much on their plates (or 'The Plate,' ha!) already. So this isn't a case of a miscommunication stalling a romance. It's that they've both got major careers in Tennis, they've both got a lot at stake in this match, and neither of them wants to jeopardize this by starting a new relationship in the middle of the highest stress time of their lives.

And it's all the more brilliant because of this totally rational reason for them to put on the breaks. It's fantastic.

Next, the characters. I loved Laure and Sinjin, and it was lovely to read two athlete characters with that level of development: I'd want to hang out with these ladies. They're fun, they're witty, and while they're driven to do their best in the sport, they're not single-minded to the point of being one-note, something I've found with athlete characters in the past. Art, wine-making, parks, family... they've got more to them than tennis, and their relationship—despite them wanting to wait until the tournament is over—progresses with these unfolding moments of learning about each other. It's lovely.

Last? The performer. I listened to this on audio, and I have to say she freaking nailed it. The character voices (including accents) didn't once jar, I always knew who was speaking, and as I mentioned above, Wallace's ability to write tension just sang in Lori Prince's performance.

Highly, highly recommended.

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  • J. Duncan
  • Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia
  • 12-22-16

Great Tennis Lesson

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Produce an actual story! I now know more about tennis than I ever wanted!

Would you ever listen to anything by Yolanda Wallace again?

Doubtful.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too much variation in volume with attempts to cover the various accents. Why do the narrators let us down so often while attempting to be actors and not simply storytellers?

Was Lucky Loser worth the listening time?

Not really

2 of 4 people found this review helpful