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Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.
When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series and the Before Forever series (YA).
Ten Favorite Books and One That Isn’t
This was REALLY hard…mainly only getting to pick nine favorite books! There were so many I wanted to add. But I needed a couple of red herrings, and I hope I have them well in place. So which wasn’t my favorite?
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I have recommended this book about eight thousand times. I adore Etienne St. Clair as a romance hero, and Anna was precious! Plus, we get to explore Paris!
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
By design, we should totally not like the David Levithan Will Grayson, but somehow, he makes us root for him.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
It should be said that I read Twilight before the movies came out. So haters, don’t hate. I had never read a story about Vampires before this book, but since, I’ve been hooked on Sookie Stackhouse and The Vampire Diaries.
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Sort of like a YA Rear Window, but not at all, really. 🙂
- Social Intercourse by Greg Howard
Oh my goodness. Do you want to laugh till you pee your pants? Read this book. Oh, and the romance between Beckett, the out-and-proud choir nerd, and Jax, the jock… *le swoon*
- One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Ha! Kind of apropos for this post, huh?! But seriously, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Plus, I loved the romance between Bronwyn and Nate.
- Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Which came first, the movie or the book? I can’t remember. But whatever order I took in these two pieces of art, I enjoyed them both.
- Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
My favorite author writes a YA book!
- The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
It took me three summers to read this book because it kept getting stuck down in my pool bag, but I’m glad I finally finished it!
- Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
How can you not love a heroine named Dimple?
It’s fun seeing some of my favorite books on this list, but I’m mourning the ones that didn’t make it on here because there are so many more! So can you guess which one of these is not one of my favorites?
As an author it’s very hard for me to say anything negative about another author’s book, so this post was a little tough for me to write. But I’m okay in letting you know that the book on this list that was not my favorite was…number 8. The ONLY reason I’m okay saying this is because it was written by my favorite author whose books are an automatic read for me and are all sitting in hardback form on my bookshelf! The book was actually good and my favorite author’s writing was fantastic, as always, but there was one thing I couldn’t get past in it. If I told you, it’d give away a spoiler which I hate to do, so I won’t. But I would still recommend the book, whether it’s on my favorite list or not!