"King debuts with a delightful, character-driven rom-com! Fans of slow-burn romance will be swept away." - Publisher's Weekly
Amalie Warner wants another shot to prove that she can be a successful writer. After hitting the bestseller's list nine years ago, she's lost her spark.
Feeling pressure from her father to leave her writing behind and to work for her family's lucrative hotel business, she's desperate to find inspiration for her next big idea, something that challenges and excites her, something real.
Enter Julian Smoke, a failed tennis player making a dream run for the US Open.
After a chance meeting at a bar, Amalie hates him instantly. He's cocky and arrogant, but Amalie knows his story could be her big break.
Could he be more?
Everyone knows that in tennis, love means zero, but these two are about to change that.
Perfect for fans of Hands Down, by Mariana Zapata, and the film, Wimbledon.
King debuts with a delightful, character-driven rom-com about two underdogs working toward redemption. Author Amalie Warner s career has stagnated after her bestselling debut. She needs another hit to prove to herself and the world that she's still got it. After a surprise encounter with Julian Smoke, a washed-up tennis star who drunkenly proclaims his dream of competing in the U.S. Open, Amalie thinks she's found the perfect inspiration for her next novel. She'll help facilitate Julian's return to the game by finding him a private coach, and he'll serve as the basis for her new hero. Her hotel-mogul father agrees to finance the project on one condition: if Amalie's novel isn't a bestseller, she will give up her writing career and come work for him instead. With both their dreams on the line, Julian and Amalie grow close through early morning training sessions and novel "Write Nights," forming a friendship that teeters on the edge of something more. But just as Julian finally opens up to Amalie about his troubled past, Julian's coach bans Amalie from attending practices, limiting their time together. Though the premise is far-fetched and the ending feels rushed, King proves herself an expert at balancing chemistry and tension to create a couple readers will root for. Fans of slow-burn romance will be swept away.