About this book…
A journalist desperate for a story
A tennis star who loathes the media
Do opposites attract? Or are the differences too great?
When the opportunity arises for journalist Tally McKenzie to meet tennis ace Cash Gallagher, she grabs it without hesitation. Desperate for a killer story to advance her career, she’ll have to betray her idol and her own morals into the bargain if she is to succeed.
Renowned bad boy Cash wants one thing; to remain at the top of his game. He’s fought hard to get there, and he’s not about to lose his crown, especially over a woman.
When Cash divulges personal information, Tally seizes her chance and writes an explosive article. Incensed, Cash sets out to get his revenge. Except the darling of centre court gets more than he bargained for—a passionate affair with a woman he should detest.
But Cash is a man with secrets—secrets that could destroy his career. Dare he take the risk? Or is the cost too great, even for his perfect match
I had been excitedly looking forward to reading this book ever since the author Tracie Delaney was a guest on my “Dreams Come True” feature a few months ago. You can read her guest post HERE
I’ve always been a huge tennis fan (I went to my first Wimbledon Mens singles Final in 1982 where I fell madly in love with Jimmy Connors!!) so I was intrigued to see how this contemporary romance would work in the competitive, jet setting world of this popular sport. It’s not a sport often used in a romantic setting, although it did work well in the film Wimbledon with Paul Bettany And Kirsten Dunst which I really enjoyed. So I’m thrilled to say that Winning Ace was just brilliant and that I loved absolutely everything about it! This book really did have it all for me! I’m fact, as soon as I finished it I clicked the pre-order button for Losing Game, the second book in the trilogy that’s out next month! So be warned that Cash and Tally’s story doesn’t conclude here but will continue across the series. And I can’t wait to follow their intense, sexually charged relationship further!
Once I picked Winning Ace up I physically couldn’t put it down. Mainly due to me developing serious “fictional character crush” on Cash Gallagher as soon as he appeared. Tracie Delaney brought him to live so well that I could hear that sexy Irish accent in my head every time he spoke! Now EVERYONE knows that I’m a sucker for an accent and that for me it’s all about the voice (just ask my hubby, he’ll tell you I fell in love with his gorgeous accent first!!). So I melted every time Cash called Tally “sweetness” and though he is also very fond of the F word, I have to admit that I found that a bit of a turn on too!! A foul mouthed, Irish professional tennis player with a fit body and a side order of “bad boy”….. what more could a woman want?!
Tracie Delaney has weaved a hot and steamy romantic tale here with characters that are believable and that you come to care about immediately. Her narrative flows so beautifully, with just a touch of humour to help break up the intensity of such a fiery and passionate love story. The scenes with Tally and her best friend Em especially made me smile as I loved their easygoing friendship and banter.
This is probably best described as a modern day Cinderella story with Tally finally (after years of worshipping Cash from afar) bagging the man of her dreams but will she get her Happy Ever After? We’ve all had posters on our walls of teenage crushes and imagined what life would be like if we met them and they fell madly in love with us, haven’t we??!! And maybe that’s why this works so well as it appeals to that teenage girl who still lurks inside all of us. Although relatively inexperienced, Tally never felt like a naive innocent being taken advantage of by the “love ’em and leave ’em” Cash-it definitely felt like a real life love match and I adored their relationship. But Cash is a man with a few skeletons in his closet-are those secrets about to tear him away from the love of his life? It’s all to play for still and we’re a long way from match point let alone winning the championship. Roll on “Losing Game”, although with a title like that, I am getting a little worried about that Happy Ever After!!
Winning Ace: A Winning Ace Novel (Book 1) is available to purchase now. Book 2 Losing Game: A Winning Ace Novel (Book 2) is available to pre-order and is out on 31st July 2017.