New Romance Novel Pits Pro Tennis Players Against Each Other on and off Court

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A.G. Starling’s ‘It’s a Love Game’ offers steamy tension and strong female protagonist

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The competitive spirit between two athletes is a perfect frame for romance

The new romance novel “It’s a Love Game” (published by iUniverse), from author A.G. Starling, offers readers a game-set-match love story.

“It’s a Love Game” sets the stage by beginning with a mixed doubles match. Jack Archer and Lizzie Bennington are on opposite sides of the net. When Jack calls for an injury timeout at a crucial point, Lizzie is furious. Still she cannot hide her admiration for Jack’s physique as she watches the trainer massage him on court.

An excerpt from “It’s a Love Game”:

“Lizzie watched the trainer’s fingers as they worked their way skillfully up Jack’s muscular loin. Who does that man think he is? That he should stop the match over a cramp? Look at him! The arrogance! She could feel the adrenaline surging through her body. She would use that adrenaline on the very next point. She was convinced that her heart was racing because of her desire to win this match. Yet she couldn’t help herself from staring at that gap between Jack’s shorts and his thigh. The trainer’s fingers were right at the brink of the divide. Just as the fingers slipped beyond the edge, Lizzie blinked and then gasped. She saw Jack staring back at her. She quickly turned away.

Jack was used to being admired by the female sex. Hell, he was used to being admired by the male sex too. But he wasn’t used to seeing a woman blush like that.”

Thus the stage is set for a sexy contemporary game of love. “The competitive spirit between two athletes is a perfect frame for romance,” Starling says. “The attraction an athlete might feel for his or her opponent creates some steamy tension. And it’s an interesting dynamic for a romance to have the heroine be an athlete and in competition with the hero in the same sport. She is very contemporary. Think of the 2012 Olympic female athletes one looks up to – Jennings and Treanor, Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin. She has that kind of spirit.”

About the Author
A.G. Starling lives with her dog, Suttree, in Monterey, Calif., where she is a college professor. She is an avid tennis fan and an ardent reader of the author who designed the flawless blueprint for the romance novel – Jane Austen.

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