by Olivia Dade
This match is no game.
When a rogue wave strips Tess Dunn of her bikini top, desperate, half-naked times call for desperate, please-cover-me-kids-are-coming-closer measures. Enter Lucas Karlsson, AKA that flirty Swede in the water nearby. When he prevents her bare buoys from being exposed to fellow vacationers, even an ocean can’t drown the sparks that fly.
Lucas, a former top-level tennis pro now giving lessons at the resort, fled there after the abrupt, painful end to his injury-plagued career. But he’s finally ready to move on with his life—and after a few late-night, hands-on sessions with Tess, he’s eager to prove he’s the ace she wants.
But this match comes with challenges: She’s forty, and at twenty-six, he’s barely old enough to rent a car. Worse, they only have two weeks together before Tess returns to her assistant-principal life in Virginia. During that brief time, they’ll have to play hard, take a few risks, and find out whether their chemistry is a one-shot wonder…or whether they’re meant to be doubles partners for life.
Olivia Dade is one of the authors I’ve discovered this year and I’m so glad I did! Her characters are body positive and older woman and simply put, realistic. Plus you can’t deny the awesomeness of the meet-cute between Lucas and Tess in this book! This is an age gap romance but once Tess overcomes her initial reservations about a vacation fling with Lucas, it’s full speed ahead. The bond and attraction between them is authentic and steamy at the same time. Lucas is in limbo after his professional tennis career ends while Tess is working towards become a school principal. Even more than the distance between them is reality of Lucas needing to figure out what he’s going to do next and if Tess can fit into that. This is a beautifully written and well thought out love story and I quickly found myself rooting for Tess and Lucas!
She filled him, when he’d been empty for what seemed like years.40-Love by Olivia Dade, Chapter 11
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!