Game of Love


Romance - Contemporary
320 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2015
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Author Biography

Ara Grigorian is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from University of Southern California where he specialized in marketing and entrepreneurship. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children's television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn't) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later). Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories targeted to adult and new adult readers.

He is an alumnus and workshop leader of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers' Conference. Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.

Ara is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Agency.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Professional tennis player Gemma Lemmon has been preparing her entire career to win a Grand Slam. Her chance at the Australian Open was diverted thanks to an injury that almost ended her career, but four months later the British darling of tennis is back on track and primed to win the French Open. Then she meets another prodigy in the form of the dark and handsome Andre Reyes. In Game of Love by Ara Grigorian, Gemma and Andre meet and sparks fly. Ara Grigorian did a fantastic job creating two overachieving characters whose paths have been set from a young age, which makes them so intriguing. Neither Andre nor Gemma have ever had a true moment of freedom, yet their take on ‘what matters’ differs greatly and forms the main conflict in this story.

I loved that Andre is the one trying to convince Gemma that there is more to life than winning trophies and that love is the true prize. It was refreshing that Ara Grigorian chose to make the female the professional athlete and therefore the perceived ‘stronger’ one of the pair. Game of Love is a great tennis love story. I loved that she had to deal with all the speculation about her readiness to win a Slam, the pressure of an entire nation resting on her shoulders, all while she’s learning about love for the first time. The insight into the pressure on Gemma from coaches, trainers, and even the Prime Minister, adds a level of realism to this story that pushes the plot forward in an exciting way. But it is the love story here that prevails, and the push and pull between Gemma and Andre is at the heart of this tale. Game of Love is what a good sports romance should be; fast paced, strategic, emotional, and endlessly fascinating.