While the premise of a former African-American tennis star getting back on the courts for a second chance at fame seems ideal, this novel quickly turns into a formulaic and cold read. It's as if Forster categorized sections and plots, and wrote what seemed to fit. But nothing does. The dialogue is choppy and seems to be just a lot of filler. Forster binds together several factors, and it's this marriage of plot -- regarding heroine Lynne's past and present life and hero Sloan's powerful, then wishy-washy, feelings -- that will irritate the reader early on.

Being the top U.S. women's tennis player was right within Lynne Thurston's reach when she married a man who forbade her to continue playing. Lynne is finally able to divorce her controlling and abusive husband, and now she's on her own again, with a new goal of reaching the No. 1 spot. When Sloan McNeil strolls into her life, he proves to be the perfect type of man for her, but her pain-in-the-neck brother continues to butt into her life, causing their burgeoning relationship to remain unsteady. (KIMANI/ARABESQUE, Sep., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor