Not the best entry in the Glass Slipper series, but not terrible. MUCH less romping in the sack, sadly enough. Lots more tennis. If you don't follow tennis, you may want to skip this book (or at least several pages) because that's a lot of it. I'm weird enough that I read McEnroe's autobiography, so it was right up my alley.
Lezlie K. reviewed Not So Snow White (Glass Slipper, Inc., Bk 4) on
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Let's face it. I got hooked on Donna Kauffman books because of their steaminess. In that regard, "Not So Snow White" fizzled.
It was a long slow build up here. And frankly by the time the two main characters got done dancing around each other I was beginning to grow bored of both of them. I didn't much care if they hooked up or not.
One of the author's better novels, it is a story of a involuntarily retired tennis star who is in financial ruin. To try to recover some endorsements she goes to Wimbledon, takes up coaching an up and coming young tennis star, who just happens to have a hunk for a brother/manager. A great look at behind the scenes professional tennis.
Tess is a touch character to like. She's arrogant, outspoken and just plain bitchy. Though you kinda feel sorry for her since she's squandered all her tennis winnings and is now scrambling for a new sponsor to save her bacon. And she has a bad girl rep to protect hence all the cattiness. She has a good heart hidden under all that attitude but it takes quite a bit of the story for it to show itself.
On the other hand, I really liked Max immediately. He put his life on hold in order to raise his 8 year old, tennis prodigy half-sister, Gabrielle. He certainly means well but hasn't a clue about managing a professional tennis star. He's like a parent who just won't let his "child" grow up. She's 16 but he's treating her like she's 12 and of course she's rebelling.
The sparks fly instantly when Tess and Max meet. Of course, she immediately puts him off with her attitude and reputation but the Fairy Godmothers at The Glass Slipper soon are twirling their magic wands and making all kinds of things happen. Once this book gets moving, it's very good and has it's rather poignant moments. Though it's not one of the best in this god mother series, it's certainly worth reading especially if you are at all interested in the professional tennis circuit.