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This is a romance about a professional tennis player who is suffering from cancer and a journalist who helps her understand value of life. Famous tennis player, Stevie Corbett collapsed during a friendly match at Lobo Blanco Tennis center. Judd Mackie, the sports journalist for Dallas Tribune had overslept, when he reached his office he was scolded by his editor Ramsey for not being there to cover Stevie's collapse. Judd's always targeting Stevie in his column, saying Stevie is winning matches due to her looks, she looks more like a beauty queen than a tennis player. They first time met years ago in a party when Stevie was very young, he was kissing her when Stevie's coach interrupted and told him to stay away from Stevie.
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Judd shows up at Stevie's apartment to question her about her collapse. Stevie tells him that she is suffering from ovarian cancer, there are tumors which may or may not be malignant. Stevie doesn't want to be operated on, but wants to play Wimbledon which is only a month away. Judd thinks that she should get operated as soon as possible. Stevie has two weeks to decide whether she wants to have surgery which could be fatal.
Judd promises not to print about her cancer. Some lab tech releases the information that she has cancer and reporters hound Stevie. Judd's editor fires him for knowing about Stevie's cancer but not telling him. Judd asks Stevie to go away from the city for a few hours and takes Stevie to his grandparent's house. They clean up the house and start living in it. Judd begins writing a novel, based on his real life.
Judd was to be a professional baseball player but before that he had a water skiing accident, he couldn't play, he became a journalist. They live companionably, start falling in love. They make love and Judd finds out that Stevie was a virgin. Stevie leaves the next morning without telling Judd, to hospital to have operation, she wants to live. Judd after not finding Stevie in bed rushes out and finds her in the hospital.
Stevie's operation was successful, she didn't have a hysterectomy, and only one ovary is removed. In the end they get married, Judd's novel gets published and Stevie's pregnant.
Best part of story, including ending: I like this story because Judd helps Stevie understand the importance of life.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is the scene after Stevie's operation, in which it is revealed that her operation was successful and she only lost an ovary.

Opinion about the main character: I like Judd because he made the best of his situation after his accident and also helped Stevie.

The review of this Book prepared by Souko Kin a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   physically ill or dying If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   journalist Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   sports figure Effect of sexing    -   confident


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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