It’s reckless and hot until one of them taps out.
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Juliette Smith, star tennis player, is starting over at a new university. Traumatized by hazing at her last school, all she wants is to attend classes, win tennis matches, and be left the hell alone.
She should have known her coach, Drew King, would be a problem from the moment he flexed his sexy-as-hell forearms.
What happens when you mix a pissed-off woman with a bunch of snooty teammates and a hot coach?
A heated match, complete with team politics and a forbidden game of singles with the coach.
It’s reckless and hot until one of them taps out.
Unable to admit she may be better off as a double, Jules is convinced she needs to play the game of life alone. Then life throws her a lob and she runs smack into her past.
Coach King is back, and he wants to take control of the game. But she’s not certain she wants his advice when it comes to the life she’s built.
The power struggle is on, but this time off the court.
Life can absolutely feel like a tennis match sometimes; with its ups and downs, risky plays, and must win moments, even the best tennis players can be schooled because the ultimate ace doesn’t happen on the court and regardless of how much practice and skill one may have, there are times when the impossible happens and s/he ends up losing so much more than just one match.
In the first part of Break Point, Jules Smith learns the true definition of a double fault when she puts her trust, first, in her new teammates at her first college and then in her new tennis coach at her new school. The first incident drastically changed her life and how she interacted with others while her secret relationship with Coach King and his desertion of her unilaterally altered every aspect of her world and prompted her to make difficult decisions without thinking of the repercussions for not only herself but for all those involved.
While there is a forbidden aspect of Break Point due to Jules and Drew’s initial relationship, that is not the focus of their story. The story line focuses more on people’s choices and the impact of those decisions even seven years later. Both Jules and Drew handled their feelings for one another and the fallout of their clandestine affair without truly thinking of the impact of those “for the best” actions on the other person. And because of this, when they reconnect 7 years later, they both have concerns and vulnerabilities to work through as well as a plethora of “old feelings, unanswered questions, and new curiosities,” which could ultimately allow them to move forward together or destroy any chance of healing from the past and reuniting in a forever kind of way.
Jules and Drew’s story is complex, and while I did feel like the first part of their story didn’t provide me with enough insights into what exactly happened to Jules at her first college or a clear sense of the true depth of their feelings for one another as they began their secret relationship, the second half of their story illustrates exactly what both of them lost after Drew left his coaching position and Jules behind for what he thought was her own good. It also shows the depth of Jules’ pain and the steps she’s taken to not allow her heart to be broken again. The decisions that Jules made may be questionable, but she never did anything to be malicious; in a sense, she made them in order to survive…in order to make a future for herself, even if it is one that doesn’t heal her heart or surround her with a multitude of friends and family…she has done the best she could for the circumstances she was given, and no one can fault her for her response.
Drew is quite the tenacious alpha male as he works to reclaim the woman he loves, and while Jules made him work for every inch, more out of fear than anything else, Drew proved that he could trust her with her heart…he proved that giving him some of the control she holds on to so tightly wouldn’t hurt her but fill a void that she’s had ever since he left.
Break Point is a second chance love story that illustrates the fact that people can’t really help who they fall in love with, and while it may not be deemed appropriate in the eyes of society, the feelings still remain, and sometimes, doing the right thing is actually the wrong way to handle it because the devastation that it costs is sometimes irreparable.
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Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Coming-of-Age Romance, and Sports Romance. A recent poll of her readers described her as insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking up the heat in the dead of winter.
A devout coffee drinker and doughnut eater, Rachel spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing the aforementioned goodies while she plots her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end as lusciously as her treats.
When she isn’t writing, she can be found courtside, tweeting about hoops as her son plays, or walking around the house wearing earplugs while her other son, the drummer, bangs away.
To connect with Rachel, she’s most active in her private reading group, The Electric Readers, where she shares insider information and intimate conversation with her readers.
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