Friday, October 08, 2010

Virtual Book Tour and Review: Love Means Zero by Daisy Jordan

First line: "Agh, you guys are so lucky," Kelsey said.

From the back cover: A chance encounter in a Rome hotel, two tremendously damaging photographs, and Hilton Joliet's life is instantly altered. Previously working a dead-end job as an assistant in a portrait studio, she is now a freelance photographer for Game Set Match magazine, "the Us Weekly of tennis," as she calls it.

Thrown rapidly into a jet-setting life of world-class tennis, the best seats at the best matches, and trailing the hottest young tennis stars and their model and actress girlfriends, Hilton, a former tennis player herself, can't imagine a more fun job or a better way to jump-start her career while her boyfriend Luke finishes law school.

As Hilton spends more and more time away from home, grows closer and closer to Tanner Bruin -- the world-ranked No. 3 player on whom she's always had a huge crush -- and becomes more and more hated by Aubrey Gage -- the actress girlfriend of world-ranked No. 6 player Haidin Bayliss -- Luke keeps a secret from her that could drastically change their six-year relationship. It is through Hilton's discovery of that secret, her love for the tennis tour, and her front-row glimpse into its most high-profile relationships that she starts to see how love doesn't always mean near as much as she thought it did.

My thoughts: This was a light, fun read. While I admit that I don't religiously follow tennis, I do occasionally watch it and have been to the US Open. I loved that Daisy Jordan included a tennis cheat-sheet at the beginning of the book - the scoring of tennis always baffles me! - and as I read the book, I frequently flipped back to reference it. What I liked about this book is that it reminds you that anything can happen...as in the case of Hilton. She's on a fabulous trip, taking pictures - her hobby and profession - when one of her pictures not only gets her some money, it steers her towards a dream-come-true! The book was well-written with life-like characters. It was as if I was on the tour with Hilton and the tennis players or out at the clubs with Hilton and her friends. It's clear from reading this book that Daisy Jordan knows and loves tennis!



About the author: Daisy Jordan is an obsessive tennis fan and wrote Love Means Zero, in which Hilton gets a job as a photographer for a tennis magazine, so she could live out her dream-job fantasy through Hilton. But don’t worry if you’re not a tennis fan; Love Means Zero still has all the drama and suspense of Daisy’s previous books! Those books include Everything Happens for a Reason…, the Spin the Bottle series, and All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire. Before she published her first book, Daisy grew up in Indiana watching tennis all summer every summer on TV and having her own fair share of high school and college boy drama, much like her characters. She now lives in Denver and religiously fills out brackets for every Grand Slam with her brother Josh, while still managing to find time for boy drama. 

Daisy can be found online at:
http://myspace.com/daisy_jordan


I received a complimentary copy of Love Means Zero by Daisy Jordan from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour.
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