Book Review | The Singles Game

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When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.

Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?

Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.

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I was very lucky to win this as part of a Goodreads giveaway last year although it’s a sign of how out of control my TBR is that I am only getting round to it now.

This was a perfect beach read, not too heavy but with enough drama to keep it interesting. I actually really enjoyed the fact that Charlotte was a tennis player because I do love watching Wimbledon (although I still don’t know the rules) but never really thought about quite how much work goes into crafting the players as a brand as opposed to just an athlete. So it was nice to get that kind of background knowledge.

I liked Charlotte, but at times I was a bit exasperated with her. There were points where she acted more like a teenager than a twenty-something, however I did like that by the end and through all the changes that she had to endure that she manages to be true to herself. Even though she wasn’t perfect she had found her way to a version of herself that was strong without losing her good qualities which was admirable.

I was a bit disappointed at the relationship between her and Natalya, I mean I realise that they are competitors but it felt a bit too cliché for my liking, a formulaic way to cause a conflict.

I also didn’t think much of her “relationship” with Marco, it’s supposed to be a casual thing and yet she was constantly obsessing over him, acting erratically and then being insanely jealous. I just think that for someone who was supposed to be mid twenties this kind of behavior seemed odd especially from a pro athlete whose focus has to be on their game.

For me it didn’t ring true and again felt very clichéd. I mean you always expect this type of book to be predictable romance wise, and The Singles Game certainly was, but it just didn’t sit right for me.

Apart from these elements I did enjoy the story, the relationship between Charlotte and her family, I enjoyed the difference between her lifestyle on the road and the A-list events she goes to and her home life and support group.

Overall this is an easy way to spend a few hours, it doesn’t break any molds but I think it has enough entertainment to keep the pages turning.

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