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Viva Jones was great once. A top ten tennis player with a grand slam trophy to her name, she had the world at her feet. Then an overzealous lineswoman’s bad call knocked her out of the US Open, and a persistent injury crushed her career. While battling to return to the game she loves, a chance meeting with the lineswoman, Gabriela, forces Viva to rethink the past…and the p Viva Jones was great once. A top ten tennis player with a grand slam trophy to her name, she had the world at her feet. Then an overzealous lineswoman’s bad call knocked her out of the US Open, and a persistent injury crushed her career. While battling to return to the game she loves, a chance meeting with the lineswoman, Gabriela, forces Viva to rethink the past…and the present. Away from the court, Gabriela is sexy, athletic, and lives for her career as an umpire. She seems to be falling for Viva as hard and fast as Viva is for her. There’s just one problem: players and officials can’t date. A lesbian romance about breaking all the rules. 91,000 words Themes: Australia · lesbian lineswoman · lesbian tennis player


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Viva Jones was great once. A top ten tennis player with a grand slam trophy to her name, she had the world at her feet. Then an overzealous lineswoman’s bad call knocked her out of the US Open, and a persistent injury crushed her career. While battling to return to the game she loves, a chance meeting with the lineswoman, Gabriela, forces Viva to rethink the past…and the p Viva Jones was great once. A top ten tennis player with a grand slam trophy to her name, she had the world at her feet. Then an overzealous lineswoman’s bad call knocked her out of the US Open, and a persistent injury crushed her career. While battling to return to the game she loves, a chance meeting with the lineswoman, Gabriela, forces Viva to rethink the past…and the present. Away from the court, Gabriela is sexy, athletic, and lives for her career as an umpire. She seems to be falling for Viva as hard and fast as Viva is for her. There’s just one problem: players and officials can’t date. A lesbian romance about breaking all the rules. 91,000 words Themes: Australia · lesbian lineswoman · lesbian tennis player

30 review for Code of Conduct

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for an unbiased review' **'Write like you're in love.Edit like you're in charge..The key is to tell or write it straight..' Fairly okay story! CODE OF CONDUCT delves into the idea of choices,Love and responsibility in one's own circumstances. In life,everyone has the inherent need to be understood by another,to be seen.This story asks what it means to be seen,really seen and how two people can navigate maintaining that connection within their demands and di 'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for an unbiased review' **'Write like you're in love.Edit like you're in charge..The key is to tell or write it straight..' Fairly okay story! CODE OF CONDUCT delves into the idea of choices,Love and responsibility in one's own circumstances. In life,everyone has the inherent need to be understood by another,to be seen.This story asks what it means to be seen,really seen and how two people can navigate maintaining that connection within their demands and distractions of life. Through the characters we peek into the experience of celebrity (tennis players) with its unforeseen consequences. This book also explores the hard work,commitment and sacrifice that every athlete goes into reaching their/her goal. Her successes are imbued with the perspective of overcoming the obstacles come her way and believing in herself no matter the odds. Viva at times had to overcome physical and emotional setbacks during her time on the tennis circuit just to prove herself as being rank among the most top elite ladies in the world after winning a Grand Slam. For the first 100 pages and more,nothing much happened that was deem important or storyline worthy -- all i can say is that readers get acquainted with Viva and Gabriela (quick sex driven hook-up) and a few back & forth tennis activity. Filled with anecdotes from family members,her doubles partner,agent and even her coach, CODE OF CONDUCT gives a behind-the-scenes look at many intense rivalries that goes on at certain tournaments. Even though if i find this storyline deceptively frustrating to read,Ms.Blue's fan base might find a story that inspires self-reflection,laying bare each leading character's motivations and all their innermost emotions to the end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    4.25 Stars. This was a really good sports romance book. I enjoyed Blue’s Girl Meets Girl series, so I was excited to read this. I’m happy to say it met my expectations and this is actually my favorite book by Blue so far. Viva, one of top ten tennis players on the women’s circuit, is struggling to hold onto her career with a wrist injury. When a bad call from a linesman helps to take her out of the US Open, she can’t help but hold a grudge. When she sees that same umpire Gabriela, broken down on 4.25 Stars. This was a really good sports romance book. I enjoyed Blue’s Girl Meets Girl series, so I was excited to read this. I’m happy to say it met my expectations and this is actually my favorite book by Blue so far. Viva, one of top ten tennis players on the women’s circuit, is struggling to hold onto her career with a wrist injury. When a bad call from a linesman helps to take her out of the US Open, she can’t help but hold a grudge. When she sees that same umpire Gabriela, broken down on the side of the road near her small hometown in Australia, Viva reluctantly helps her. The more time the women spend together the more feeling start to develop. But an umpire and a player can’t date, heck they should not even be friends. Is there a chance at a relationship or will both women choose tennis over love? I’m a big sports fan so I love a real good sports story and this is that. I’m not the biggest tennis fan though. As a young teen my mother forced me into tennis camp two summers in a row that was not my idea of a good time. But there is something about tennis, and individual sport with such high pressure that makes for a good book. So while it would help to have very basic tennis knowledge to enjoy this book, you don’t have to be a tennis fan. At the heart of this story is a good romance so in the end I think this book will appeal to most lesfic fans. When it came to the romance I would consider it more of the slow burn type. While the attraction is pretty quick, the difficulties these two have at being together slows everything down. There is chemistry between the two. It is not overwhelmingly there but the two women as a potential couple just really clicked for me. The sex scenes were pretty good and I just hoped and hoped they would find a way to be together. The excitement of some of the tennis matches, the other players, and Viva’s family all really added to the story. I was never bored and when it was way past dinner time I had to force myself to finally stop reading to actually eat. I also thought the setting, mostly of Australia, really added to the book. I think when authors chose sports stars for books they worry they might lose some audience so they barely sprinkle the sports scenes in with the romance. For me this book had the perfect balance of sports and romance which helped to make it a winner in my eyes. If you are a fan of Blue or looking for a good sports romance, don’t pass this book up. An ARC was given to me by YLVA, for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    I received an ARC of this book from Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This, my second full length work I’ve read by this author, is a sports story. Mixed in are several other things, like family, aging, and, most importantly, romance. Genevieve ‘Viva’ Jones is a thirty-two year old professional tennis star from Australia. She’s spent most of her life, all of her adult life, living, and breathing, and consumed with tennis. Certain issues turn up, though, that causes her problems. Na I received an ARC of this book from Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This, my second full length work I’ve read by this author, is a sports story. Mixed in are several other things, like family, aging, and, most importantly, romance. Genevieve ‘Viva’ Jones is a thirty-two year old professional tennis star from Australia. She’s spent most of her life, all of her adult life, living, and breathing, and consumed with tennis. Certain issues turn up, though, that causes her problems. Namely: professional athletes age rapidly, or, more exact, the ability for their bodies to remain at peak physical performance tends to rapidly lesson as they age. Or, more specifically in this case, Viva has a tendon issue in one of her arms which makes it very painful for her to continue being a professional tennis star. Or continue performing on the top tier, at least. That’s not exactly how the book opens, though. No, the book opens roughly 2 years earlier with Viva playing in the US Open. Attempting to once again win that specific tournament. But a line judge makes certain calls, good or bad calls, which lead to Viva getting distracted and losing. Then the book jumps to two years later with Viva driving back to her parents’ pub in Queensland Australia. Along the way she spots a car by the side of the road (actually, partially in the road), and a woman waving. Being that it’s dangerous to leave someone just stuck there like that, Viva stops to help. Gives a lift to her parents’ pub. Strange things happen in life, eh? That stranded woman is none other than that line judge who Viva blames for her losing the US Open. Gabriela . . . um, hmm, the book description doesn’t give her last name. Gabriela Mendaro is a silver badge umpire. Second highest level umpire. She’s 37 (if I recall correctly), Spanish, and quite determined to follow the rules and regulations of her profession (which includes not getting involved with tennis players), and get to the next level, the gold badge level. Both characters have point of views in this book. The book follows Viva as she attempts to figure out if her career is over due to injury; while at the same time following the potential romance involving Gabriela and Viva. Though no romance can occur while Viva is still a player, an active player (to the extent that Gabriela sleeps outside and gets eaten by mosquitos instead of sleeping in Viva’s room on a cot). One thing leads to another, and Viva finally accepts what several doctors tell her. She’s done. She has to retire. Which she tells Gabriela. So, with a great deal of reluctance on Gabriela’s part, they date. Oopsie – Viva hadn’t told her agent about her retirement, the agent, informed by other means, sets up a ‘farewell tour’ kind of deal; Viva thinks hard about it and . . . . The following, what, 75%? of the book follows Viva as she attempts to play in a few more tournaments, while still lusting after Gabriela; and follows Gabriela as she suffers from having been with Viva (professionally suffers), and suffers emotionally from not being with her now. Main characters: Gabriela and Viva. Side characters: Viva’s parents (Lindy and . . . whatever the father’s name was) & brother (Jack). Viva’s doubles partner (Michi). Derek (I’m not 100% certain I have his name right), her coach. Viva’s agent also has a few important scenes, but I forget her name now. Long and short: I rather enjoyed this book and am quite happy I read it. The romance story line was good and solid – I especially like the part where both parties realize that they might have something special, but don’t immediately assume love. The sports story-line was fun to see unfold. Rating: 4.5 June 8 2018

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    Code of Conduct will be memorable in more ways than one to me. It will be the last book I started to read to Book Club Buddie D. but sadly could not finish with her. D. passed away unexpectedly when we were halfway through the book. She was a big fan of the sport and I especially picked the book for us to read together with that in mind. Don’t get me wrong, I will always read Cheyenne Blue as her writing is fabulous. I read the remainder of the story in silence and partly still in shock of what Code of Conduct will be memorable in more ways than one to me. It will be the last book I started to read to Book Club Buddie D. but sadly could not finish with her. D. passed away unexpectedly when we were halfway through the book. She was a big fan of the sport and I especially picked the book for us to read together with that in mind. Don’t get me wrong, I will always read Cheyenne Blue as her writing is fabulous. I read the remainder of the story in silence and partly still in shock of what had happened. Code of Conduct is a lovely romance with a generous big dollop of tennis. Blue’s love for her homeland Australia shines through on every page and her love and knowledge of the tennis sport was more than evident. Solid story, nice bit of drama but not too ridiculously angsty, enjoyable characters, nail biting tennis matches. Read!! f/f Themes: Queensland, pub life, the world of professional tennis, this was a very emotional read for me, I will miss sharing books with you, Dani. 5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    What makes a top flight athlete? Focus,talent, competitive drive and of course, lots of ego. Viva knows she is reaching the end of her tennis career but is unable to ignore the siren call of one last chance to shine in front of her hometown fans. Problem is, she has told Gabriela that she is retiring. Gabriela is an official with the International Tennis Federation. It would be career suicide for this committed umpire to be seen fraternizing with an active player. I love a well written, well pace What makes a top flight athlete? Focus,talent, competitive drive and of course, lots of ego. Viva knows she is reaching the end of her tennis career but is unable to ignore the siren call of one last chance to shine in front of her hometown fans. Problem is, she has told Gabriela that she is retiring. Gabriela is an official with the International Tennis Federation. It would be career suicide for this committed umpire to be seen fraternizing with an active player. I love a well written, well paced sports romance and Cheyenne Blue delivers with Code of Conduct. I appreciated the portrayal of today’s intense, pressure-filled tournaments and the demands placed on premier players by media and their fans.  I also enjoyed a peek into the nomadic lives of tennis umpires. It takes a special kind of person to be able to deflect insults while remaining professional and detached during a match. The strength of character we admire in athletes like Viva should count double for officials. It’s easy to fall in love with Gabriela. She’s intelligent, attractive, focused on her career and disciplined in her personal life. For all her mental toughness on the tennis court, Viva struggles to keep her emotions in check when she is around Gabriela. Together as a couple, these two are dynamic and sexy as hell. I like how Blue incorporates the Australian Outback into her novels. In Code of Conduct  scenes set in Viva’s family pub in Waggs Pocket offset the frenetic world of professional sport. It works so well giving both women time away from prying eyes and the opportunity to move past old grievances.The outback code of conduct for drivers on long stretches of desert highways, a code respected by Viva is the catalyst which places these two women in the same space setting up their future together. The code of conduct Gabriela must adhere to in tennis is one that Viva struggles to accept or respect. I loved that sweet irony. This may be my favourite Cheyenne Blue novel to date. A pleasure to read. ARC received with thanks from publisher for review. https://latenightlesbianreads.wordpre...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This story is set in the world of women’s professional tennis and the code of conduct between players and officials. Viva Jones is a one-time Grand Slam winner, who’s fighting to claim another title. After some close decisions from line umpire Gabriela Mendaro, she’s losing her focus and the match, strictly speaking, the possibility for her second Grand Slam win. And then she’s struggling with a persistent injury. Now fifteen months after losing this important game, she want’s to start over agai This story is set in the world of women’s professional tennis and the code of conduct between players and officials. Viva Jones is a one-time Grand Slam winner, who’s fighting to claim another title. After some close decisions from line umpire Gabriela Mendaro, she’s losing her focus and the match, strictly speaking, the possibility for her second Grand Slam win. And then she’s struggling with a persistent injury. Now fifteen months after losing this important game, she want’s to start over again. But will her wrist be strong enough for the torture of world-class tennis playing, or will she be forced to retire for her health? For Gabriela, the chance to become a gold badge umpire is just as important, then a Grand Slam wins for Viva. Tennis is her life too, and she sacrifices a lot for that. Through fate and a broken car, the two women met unexpectedly again. In rural Australia, Viva rescues Gabriela and brings her to her near hometown, where she can stay at her parent's Pub. After this uncomfortable first meeting, they meet again in Brisbane and discover, that there is much more than just the glamorous tennis star and the stoic umpire. But there is this big problem, that athletes and officials, under absolutely no circumstances, can have any kind of a relationship. What can they do, when feelings come into play? What are the chances for a lasting relationship when there is the strict rule of no relationship aloud between officials and players? Tennis takes a big and important place in this book, and for me as a sports fan, it was very much OK. We get a little insight in the professional tennis sport, not only in the life of an athlete, also in the life of an umpire. I was fascinated with Viva’s thoughtful transitions during a match. How she could overcome all the agonies of her overstrained body with mental strength and focus solely on the next point. The main characters are strong, independent and passionate women. They are focused on their career and never anticipated the obstacles, they have to overcome when they truly fall in love. The secondary characters were good too. And the story touches another important theme in professional sport, the homophobia. There are still too many athletes, which have to hide their sexuality, because of their sponsors or hostilities from other players or fans. I hope there will be more and more athletes who will be out in the near future. My rating 4.25 Thanks to Ylva for receiving an ARC for an honest review.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Rosi

    This has been a beautiful story, about the need to accept changes in life and to recognize that the illusions and desires of others can be as important as those of oneself. The two protagonists are really cute and although Gabriela is in her right to reproach that Viva was not completely sincere before agreeing to have a relationship that can cause her work problems, it is quite understandable why Viva has so many doubts about completely leaving a professional career that she is used to having si This has been a beautiful story, about the need to accept changes in life and to recognize that the illusions and desires of others can be as important as those of oneself. The two protagonists are really cute and although Gabriela is in her right to reproach that Viva was not completely sincere before agreeing to have a relationship that can cause her work problems, it is quite understandable why Viva has so many doubts about completely leaving a professional career that she is used to having since childhood. I have loved the descriptions of tennis matches, training and general environment of this sport that the book has. Even Alina ends up being endearing after all. So in the end this has been a very nice book to read, entertaining and sweet, highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiff

    I am a total sports junkie, love it! So, when I get a chance to read sports based novel I almost always jump at the opportunity. I will not lie, the cover of this book grabbed my eye and totally sold me on this one. I have never formally played tennis but I am fascinated by the game. Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue is a book that puts tennis front and center. It's not used just as a backdrop that has no bearing on a romance-first story; professional tennis makes the two main characters who they I am a total sports junkie, love it! So, when I get a chance to read sports based novel I almost always jump at the opportunity. I will not lie, the cover of this book grabbed my eye and totally sold me on this one. I have never formally played tennis but I am fascinated by the game. Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue is a book that puts tennis front and center. It's not used just as a backdrop that has no bearing on a romance-first story; professional tennis makes the two main characters who they are and drives the plot. Viva Jones is a professional tennis player who has had an amazing career, a career she does not want to end. Unfortunately, years of being an elite athlete have taken its toll and her body is failing her. Viva’s body is screaming for a break, her head tells her it’s time to retire but her heart doesn’t know how to walk away from the sport that she loves and is truly her life’s passion. Gabriela Mendaro is a silver badge tennis umpire. She is just one rung away for the very coveted top position as a gold badge. Very few women reach this pinnacle and Gabriela has her sight on becoming one. A chance meeting with Viva cannot derail her career. There is a slew of ethical issues with an umpire and a player being friends, not to mention anything more. Unfortunately for Gabriela, her draw to Viva is hard to deny no matter the repercussions. This slow burn romance is one that keeps you on your toes. The two protagonists have a nice chemistry and the whole we shouldn’t be together, just adds more spark to the fire. Overall the story is well balanced. I tend to think some sports-focused romance books tend to be too heavy-handed in the athletic aspect of the book often overshadowing character development and/or the romantic connection between the leading ladies. This is absolutely not the case with this book. Blue writes a great story, one where you are rooting for a happy ever after.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I absolutely adored this story. This is easily my favourite book by Cheyenne Blue. Easily one of my favourite books of the year so far! I am buying the paperback first chance I get. Viva, once at the top of the women's tennis rankings, is now struggling to keep her place in the game with an injured wrist. The results are grim, retire or lose all normal functioning in her hand. But tennis is her life, and she's not ready to leave it behind. But then, a chance meeting with an umpire, Gabriella, wh I absolutely adored this story. This is easily my favourite book by Cheyenne Blue. Easily one of my favourite books of the year so far! I am buying the paperback first chance I get. Viva, once at the top of the women's tennis rankings, is now struggling to keep her place in the game with an injured wrist. The results are grim, retire or lose all normal functioning in her hand. But tennis is her life, and she's not ready to leave it behind. But then, a chance meeting with an umpire, Gabriella, who Viva thought she hates, leaves her world reeling. Neither can ignore that easy way their lives and their hearts and their bodies work together. They understand each other like no other woman has before. And their attraction is impossible to resist. But any kind of relationship, even a friendship, between the two women, player and linesman, is strictly forbidden. Incredible characters. Both women are fierce and strong, physically and emotionally. And their attraction sizzled off the page. I loved how the author described Gabriela - you just have to read it and see for yourself. The whole cast of characters in Viva's life especially brought an incredible warmth and energy to the story that made it easy to fall in love with every word. The writing in this story was the best I've ever seen from the author, and the balance between sex and romance and drama was absolutely perfect. I must admit I usually loathe tennis but I fell in love with it a little through this story through the authors descriptions - enough to maybe take it up (terribly) over the summer! The way the author described all the cities and towns in Australia that popped up throughout the story was just gorgeous as well. I was so invested in the characters and the setting was so vivid, I was head over heels for this book. I really loved it. I received an ARC from YLVA in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Joc

    The first time I came across Cheyenne Blue as a writer was when I was fairly new the genre of lesbian romance and I was reading a lot of short story anthologies and I found that, often, the stories I was drawn to were by Blue. So I looked up what else she had written and came across her Girl Meets Girl series and the three I’ve read were enjoyable but not nearly as good as her short stories. Then I read Party Wall which engaged me much more emotionally than the Girl Meets Girl series. Code of Con The first time I came across Cheyenne Blue as a writer was when I was fairly new the genre of lesbian romance and I was reading a lot of short story anthologies and I found that, often, the stories I was drawn to were by Blue. So I looked up what else she had written and came across her Girl Meets Girl series and the three I’ve read were enjoyable but not nearly as good as her short stories. Then I read Party Wall which engaged me much more emotionally than the Girl Meets Girl series. Code of Conduct worked on all levels for me. It reminded me of why I like Blue’s short stories so much in the way she develops characters and sets a scene so easily and clearly. She puts her characters in an impossible situation and manages to make it work. I’m partial to a lot of dialogue between characters and there isn’t a lot of it here but Viva and Gabriela still manage to communicate in a meaningful way. I’m also a sports fan. I haven’t really watched men’s tennis since Boris Becker but I am a fan of the William’s sisters. It also reminds me of my youth when we didn’t have a dedicated sports channel and when Wimbledon was on regular programming was disrupted for a month so if you wanted to watch TV, tennis is what you got. On to the story: Genevieve Jones is trying to retain her US Open title when the linesperson, Gabriela Mendaro, calls her for a dubious foot fault at a crucial point in the match, effectively ending her quest. Fifteen months later Viva comes across a broken down car on the way to her family’s home in small town in Queensland. It’s Gabriela and she’s stranded. The animosity is palpable until they start talking. The problem is that they can’t even be friends let alone anything else because on the non-fraternisation policies in place for umpires. The tennis scenes are exciting with only the salient points in the matches being described. Both Viva and Gabriela are interesting characters but quite different from each other in that Viva is a little reckless, has good family relationships, is a down-to-earth country girl and fairly easy going. Gabriela isn’t what I expected of a Spanish woman. She has short hair (which was a nice change), she’s reserved and comes across as fairly inflexible. I liked that she didn’t have the stereotypical Latin fire (in public anyway). The sex scenes are beautifully written but what I really liked is the connection between them is more than just chemistry. There is some nice social commentary on closeted sports people and sponsorship opportunities as well as bigoted commentators. If you’re not a fan of tennis or have an understanding of the game I think this will probably reduce the enjoyment. I loved it. Book received from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    Top ten tennis player Viva Jones had a heated disagreement with lineswoman Gabriela Mendaro about a contentious fault that allegedly cost her US Open title defence. Fifteen months later, they meet by chance on a deserted road and eventually the initial argument turns into attraction. The problem is that under the tennis association code of conduct, players and officials shouldn't fraternise, let alone date. Will their budding relationship have any future? I have read a couple of books by this aut Top ten tennis player Viva Jones had a heated disagreement with lineswoman Gabriela Mendaro about a contentious fault that allegedly cost her US Open title defence. Fifteen months later, they meet by chance on a deserted road and eventually the initial argument turns into attraction. The problem is that under the tennis association code of conduct, players and officials shouldn't fraternise, let alone date. Will their budding relationship have any future? I have read a couple of books by this author which, in my opinion, were average. So I didn't have great expectations about this one but, as I love tennis I decided to read it. I'm so glad I did because I think she surpassed her previous books. Surely it helped that her editor was Sandra Gerth, better known as her pen name Jae. I hope they keep this association in the future. There are two apparently contradictory paces of the plot. The romance is slow burn while the tennis scenes are fast paced. The main characters' relationship evolve from antagonists to love interests in an exquisite slow discovery of their attraction and even slower decision to act on it. Their conflict, a strict code of conduct that keeps players and officials in separate worlds, is believable and original. As a matter of fact, the ITF Code of conduct is real and very strict with respect of the behaviour of the officials. The relationship between the main characters is spot on, the 'will she, won't she' is realistic, their chemistry is sizzling and the sex scenes are hot. In my opinion, what really makes this book so original is how tennis is in the plot's driving seat. This is a sports' book as much as a romance. I'd go as far as calling it a 'tennis thriller'. The descriptions of the matches are accurate, in a way it's like watching a tennis game in which we support one of the players and we suffer point by point. Tennis is a mental game as much as physical and the author captures this fact perfectly. The mantra 'this point matters, only this one' repeated tirelessly by Viva showcases the tension, the competitiveness and the demands of playing tennis at top level. My only doubt about this book is if a person who isn't a tennis aficionado will enjoy it as much as I did. The character building is another great aspect of this book. Both leads are very well conceived with their different personalities, their strengths and failures. Fictional and real tennis players mix in the plot providing more realism. It's interesting to find out more about the umpires' job, less glamorous than the players but essential to the game. Gabriela is a charming character and I wonder if it's an homage to former world number three Gabriela Sabatini, my namesake and compatriot, a worldwide beloved and respected tennis player. On the other hand, Alina, the arrogant and distant nemesis of Viva is described perfectly in her cut throat, competitive attitude but with an unexpected final twist. Overall, a very good read that mixes a slow burn romance with a fast paced tennis environment. A must read for tennis fans. 4.5 stars. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.wordpress.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    CLo

    I love sport romance books and this is definitely one of them. There was a great balance between tennis and romance and the two MCs were very very likable because of their flaws. The secondary characters helped add to the story, mainly to Vive because Gabriela really didnt have anyone which was also kinda sad. I honestly didnt realize how much more serious tennis umpires rules are when it comes to players. Anyway, it was really good read and one I thourghly enjoyed. Plus right now it's available I love sport romance books and this is definitely one of them. There was a great balance between tennis and romance and the two MCs were very very likable because of their flaws. The secondary characters helped add to the story, mainly to Vive because Gabriela really didnt have anyone which was also kinda sad. I honestly didnt realize how much more serious tennis umpires rules are when it comes to players. Anyway, it was really good read and one I thourghly enjoyed. Plus right now it's available on Scribd...can someone say "bonus!"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved this book. This is my favorite Blue novel so far. I know nothing of tennis so quite a bit of the language during matches was lost on me. My ignorance of the sport didn’t make me like this book any less. I love how Blue writes characters that are drawn to small towns. She writes a community where it feels welcoming and every time the characters visit it feels like home. I also love how Blue is so descriptive. She describes the scenery and her characters in enough detail as I can almost se I loved this book. This is my favorite Blue novel so far. I know nothing of tennis so quite a bit of the language during matches was lost on me. My ignorance of the sport didn’t make me like this book any less. I love how Blue writes characters that are drawn to small towns. She writes a community where it feels welcoming and every time the characters visit it feels like home. I also love how Blue is so descriptive. She describes the scenery and her characters in enough detail as I can almost see it as I read it. I was not a huge fan of Viva near the beginning, but as the book continued I came to really like her. For me the star was Gabriela. I tend to always like the dedicated and loyal characters. If you haven’t read any books by this author this would be a great start… and when you finish make sure you get her Girl Meets Girl series. I am putting this one on my favorites list. Pick it up it is so worth it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    It's been a few days, and I'm still thinking about this book which I'm sure to read again this year! You don't have to be a tennis fan to enjoy this beautiful romance. As a tennis nut, I appreciated the intense court scenes, being inside the player's mind and exploring the ins & outs of women's professional tennis. Solid story & character building and oh-so-well-written!

  15. 3 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    So, I must admit this wasn’t my favorite Cheyenne Blue story to date. Not because of the characters or the Australian atmosphere (those are my favorite things about Cheyenne’s stories!), but because I no didley and squat about tennis, so a lot of the jargon and the day-to-day actions of the characters were completely lost on me. Viva Jones, a top ten tennis play who has one a grand slam trophy. She’s on her way to another big win when a call made by a lineswoman knocks her out of the US Open. Gab So, I must admit this wasn’t my favorite Cheyenne Blue story to date. Not because of the characters or the Australian atmosphere (those are my favorite things about Cheyenne’s stories!), but because I no didley and squat about tennis, so a lot of the jargon and the day-to-day actions of the characters were completely lost on me. Viva Jones, a top ten tennis play who has one a grand slam trophy. She’s on her way to another big win when a call made by a lineswoman knocks her out of the US Open. Gabriela is that lineswoman, and ends up meeting Viva by accident when her car breaks down and Viva gives her a ride to the bar her family owns rather than let her sit in the dangerous heat and elements in the middle of nowhere. This is months after Viva loses her chance at the US Open, and has since been undergoing major physical therapy for a wrist injury. Viva is still nursing her ego from the call Gabriela made, but Gabriela doesn’t even remember who Viva is until Viva brings it up. Gabriela was just doing her job and was able to continue doing her job, while Viva’s career gradually spiraled. They get a chance to get to know each other and hit it off really well. Both believing that Viva will be retiring due to a wrist injury from that fatal game, they begin dating. When Viva decides to do a little farewell tour, it puts their relationship on the rocks since it’s against the code of conduct for officials and players to date. Here be the drama of the story. Viva has to learn a lot about herself before a real relationship can come from the insane chemistry she had with Gabriela. I enjoyed the Australian scenery as well as the references to the paparazzi and social media having such a huge relevance in our lives today. Also appreciated the call-out to other countries where homosexuality is illegal and some people never get the chance to be the person they truly are and to be in a happy relationship. I also kinda loved Viva’s brother and his relationship with Viva’s friend, another pro tennis player, who is showcasing as straight to keep from losing her sponsorship. I thought that was a seriously great arc. I received a copy of this story from the author and have provided a review of my own accord.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rach (Les Rêveur)

    As a tennis nut I knew this book would be right up my alley and I wasn’t wrong… I loved it from start to finish. This is unquestionably a story about love conquering all. Viva is an all-star female tennis player at the top of her game until one foot fault penalty looses her the match title and her confidence and she is never the same again. Viva blames the over eager lines-woman for her loosing the game and holds onto the grudge until they bump into each other in the Australian outback when Viva As a tennis nut I knew this book would be right up my alley and I wasn’t wrong… I loved it from start to finish. This is unquestionably a story about love conquering all. Viva is an all-star female tennis player at the top of her game until one foot fault penalty looses her the match title and her confidence and she is never the same again. Viva blames the over eager lines-woman for her loosing the game and holds onto the grudge until they bump into each other in the Australian outback when Viva is heading home to visit her family. Gabriella always plays by the rules, especially when it comes to her job as a professional Tennis Umpire. She is ready for her next big career move into top tier umpiring but what she doesn’t expect is Viva to walk into her life and change everything, for example, breaking the biggest rule of all… no relationships with tennis players. But Viva makes Gabriella want to forget the rules and everything she has worked incredibly hard for. Firstly, I love tennis, especially women’s tennis so this book had my attention before I even started it. So when it landed in my mailbox I was more than slightly excited and Cheyenne Blue did not let me down. The book was written from both main protagonists POV and was interesting to get to know them both, especially the very stand offish Gabriella. What’s excellent about this book is that you do not need to be an aficionado on tennis to get the book, it’s not all about tennis, it centres around both these beautiful women and their struggle to be together. Don’t get me wrong, tennis plays a major role but it’s not written in a way where you’re Googling tennis terms all the time to check what’s going on… this is something I have been stung by before so I was really happy that it was written as a book for romance lovers, not just tennis fans. This book is definitely a slow burn but not in usual sense. It’s apparent pretty quickly that these two protagonists are attracted and care for one another but the narrative takes its time on the route to them actually becoming an item. The characters are more of ‘opposites attract’ trope and it worked beautifully in this story. My favourite character was Gabriella, which surprised me because normally Viva would be definitely up my street however, Gabriella’s character unravelled slowly and something about Viva made her toss caution to the wind, which I thought was really sexy. I loved how strong willed and passionate she was and that when it came down to it, she valued her career as highly as Viva’s even though Viva was the famous one. I loved the secondary characters especially Jelina and Alina. I finished the book and pondered straight away if there was a sequel there for them, almost like the Ice Queen and the nice girl… food for thought! I can’t wait to re-read this one in a few months when the Australian Open begins, it’s definitely my favourite sports Lesfic to date. 5 stars

  17. 3 out of 5

    BookFiend17

    I enjoyed Code of Conduct. I appreciated the build up before our two main characters could finally overcome the obstacles between them to be together. Wonderfully written sexy times. I like both mains and even secondary characters but I loved Gabriela. I loved the reservedness of her, the determination she has to be gold, and the passion she has for Viva behind closed doors. I totally felt sorrow for Viva and her injury and potentially having to give up something that defines her and she loves. I enjoyed Code of Conduct. I appreciated the build up before our two main characters could finally overcome the obstacles between them to be together. Wonderfully written sexy times. I like both mains and even secondary characters but I loved Gabriela. I loved the reservedness of her, the determination she has to be gold, and the passion she has for Viva behind closed doors. I totally felt sorrow for Viva and her injury and potentially having to give up something that defines her and she loves. Definitely worthy of a reread for me. I was provided an arc.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Lia

    I forgot I've read this a few weeks ago.... If I can recall correctly, the ending was lovely, the paced was alright. I could felt the chemistry gone off the chart between Viva and Gabriela. This book have everything, laughter, angst and even heart-melt moments.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hutchinson

    I adored this story so much. The agonising of conflict of the heart had me hooked throughout, heart racing, sinking and beating erratically in quick succession. Viva and Gabriela each have their own trials and tribulations to overcome if they want to be together, but with constant conflict both professionally and of the heart they found themselves battling in a tantalising rally throughout this story. (Most fitting to the wonderful tennis theme.) I know very little about tennis but now find myse I adored this story so much. The agonising of conflict of the heart had me hooked throughout, heart racing, sinking and beating erratically in quick succession. Viva and Gabriela each have their own trials and tribulations to overcome if they want to be together, but with constant conflict both professionally and of the heart they found themselves battling in a tantalising rally throughout this story. (Most fitting to the wonderful tennis theme.) I know very little about tennis but now find myself with an understanding and sympathy for the difficultly faced by athletes. Not only in a professional capacity with their health but in their private life and the complexities of relationships within their world. I had expected a romance between players and was pleasantly surprised that Cheyenne chose to tackle a more difficult angle by pairing Tennis star Viva Jones with an Official! Both characters were loveable and the tension between them made this book a page turner that I just adored. It has been difficult to put this book down in order to sleep! Even if you don’t like sports, this is a MUST READ! I highly recommend inviting yourself to read about this wonderful love match, and enjoy the build-up as an ultimate sacrifice is made for love! Just fantastic!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ameliah Faith

    Luv All Viva Jones is a world class tennis champ from a small town outside Brisbane AU. During a match she suffers a potently career-ending injury. To make matters even worse she has to finish the match with a line woman who is too eager, or so Viva thinks, to ruin her concentration with unfair rulings like foot fault and over time…. Over a year and a half go by when her Dr says there isn’t anything else he can do, she wont play pro again. On her way to see the special specialist, she decided to Luv All Viva Jones is a world class tennis champ from a small town outside Brisbane AU. During a match she suffers a potently career-ending injury. To make matters even worse she has to finish the match with a line woman who is too eager, or so Viva thinks, to ruin her concentration with unfair rulings like foot fault and over time…. Over a year and a half go by when her Dr says there isn’t anything else he can do, she wont play pro again. On her way to see the special specialist, she decided to stop at her parents for a day or two. As she drives along a lonely stretch of road, she nearly crashes as some moron has stalled out in the road. Who should it be? No other than Gabriela Mendaro, the line woman from that oh so important game… Of course Viva rescues her, but what’s next is for you to find out. Silver - tongued Goddess of the Written Word, Cheyenne Blue, brings us this riveting tale of Viva and Gabriela. I adored this book for so many things. I found the story to be enchanting with a slow, deep seated heat romance that was gloriously torturous, the immense amount of knowledge was interesting and not boring or repetitive, the descriptions of the scenery everywhere the story went, even the secondary characters were wonderful, even the ones you wanted to hate. They all combined so well to make me a part of the story and to feel so many different emotions. One of the reasons I love Ms Blue’s work so much is because she has a vast desire to make the reader come out of her stories with some sort of connection…Love, mushiness, infatuation, deeply desired lust…all of the above and more is the gift she is giving with this book and I can not thank her enough.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Della

    All tennis star Viva Jones needs to win the US Open title for a second year in a row is to win her service point. Grand Slam titles are hard to come by and after twenty years of playing the game Viva is a serve away. Mentally and physically prepared Viva serves an ace or thought she did until line umpire Gabriela Mendaro calls a foot fault on her serve. The game unravels from there for Viva. A second close call made by Gabriela and a potential career ending wrist injury to Viva. Fifteen months la All tennis star Viva Jones needs to win the US Open title for a second year in a row is to win her service point. Grand Slam titles are hard to come by and after twenty years of playing the game Viva is a serve away. Mentally and physically prepared Viva serves an ace or thought she did until line umpire Gabriela Mendaro calls a foot fault on her serve. The game unravels from there for Viva. A second close call made by Gabriela and a potential career ending wrist injury to Viva. Fifteen months later in rural Queensland Australia Viva rescues a broken down Gabriela just miles from Viva’s home town. Viva has not rebounded back from the “questionable line call” or an injury sustained in that match. Due to the Code of Conduct set for umpires in the elite tennis world, players and umpires cannot be friends or anything more as it brings into question the umpires impartiality when making calls on the court. Cheyenne Blue has given the sport story genre a wonderful twist with one of the main characters being an umpire. Truly genius from the mental pep talks Viva gives herself to the systematic thought process Gabriela runs through for every decision. Cheyenne Blue eases us into rural Australia whenever Viva returns home. This ability to surround the reader with the subtleties of Outback life makes you feel like one of the locals. Code of Conduct is my new favourite sports theme novel and I highly recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    5 stars With her great Girl Meets Girl series and this excellent sports novel Cheyenne Blue has become one of my favourite romance authors. I absolutely loved Code of Conduct. The characters are beautifully written, the plot interesting, the romance lovely and I found it an utter delight to read. Recommended to all fans of romance novels especially for those who love tennis. eARC by Ylva Publishing

  23. 5 out of 5

    V

    Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue is a lovely romance set in the world of women’s professional tennis. We follow Viva Jones as she nears retirement due to injury. In a strange twist of fate, she finds herself coming to the aide of the line referee who she believes cost her a Grand Slam win. I’ve never read a sports romance between a player and a referee so this was quite interesting. Gabriela is rising in the ranks of the ITF and trying to make it to the top echelon of referees. The one thing tha Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue is a lovely romance set in the world of women’s professional tennis. We follow Viva Jones as she nears retirement due to injury. In a strange twist of fate, she finds herself coming to the aide of the line referee who she believes cost her a Grand Slam win. I’ve never read a sports romance between a player and a referee so this was quite interesting. Gabriela is rising in the ranks of the ITF and trying to make it to the top echelon of referees. The one thing that she simply cannot do is get involved with a player because that could cost her everything. So what are these two women supposed to do when their animosity turns into something that is off limits? I liked each of these women. They are both passionate about the sport of tennis. Viva’s father at one point tells Viva that just because one person’s passion isn’t as glamorous as hers, it is still their passion and deserves the same respect. Viva has lived in the limelight of her sport and is considered to be Australia’s darling and it looks like that attitude may keep her from ever finding a mate. The author really lets the reader into Viva’s whole thought process and while things may be clear as day for us, we watch Viva slowly work things out at her pace. Gabriela is very relatable in her quiet strength and conviction because underneath that very formal exterior is a woman who is looking for love like so many others. This book is really heavy on the tennis, which I thought was fascinating. I watch the sport, but I felt like I got a good education about the strategy and behind the scenes aspects. The author also does a great job of bringing Australia to life. The book takes place in the biggest cities and the smallest of towns and paints a beautiful picture of the country. There were times where I wanted to take each woman aside and give her a good talking to, but if they didn’t make some poor decisions where would the drama be? This was a solid romance that I definitely recommend. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Fleppy85

    I'm by all means not a fan of tennis. Somehow, this kind of sports has never appealed much to me, BUT I loved the last books of Cheyenne Blue and I love Australia so these two points are more than enough for me to read the book. And I loved it. Viva, is an Australian tennis player, who loves spending time with her family in the outback of Queensland when she's not busy playing matches all over the world. An injury in her right hand forces her to step back from professional tennis just before the I'm by all means not a fan of tennis. Somehow, this kind of sports has never appealed much to me, BUT I loved the last books of Cheyenne Blue and I love Australia so these two points are more than enough for me to read the book. And I loved it. Viva, is an Australian tennis player, who loves spending time with her family in the outback of Queensland when she's not busy playing matches all over the world. An injury in her right hand forces her to step back from professional tennis just before the new torments start in Australia. Gabriella is an umpire. Not just any umpire, she's the one who called two-foot faults on Viva when she was trying to defend her US Open title. Saying, Viva is not her biggest fan is an understatement. Yet, it's Viva who gives Gabriella a ride after her car breaks down in the Australian outback. Unfortunately, the only bar that offers guest rooms is fully booked. Players and officials can't mix so Gabriella staying with Viva in one room is impossible, plus Viva still holds a grudge against the umpire. Nevertheless, she takes Gabriella with her to Brisbane and when Gabriella forgets her bag in Viva's car, they need to meet again - and this time they go out for a coffee, which leads to "coffee" at Viva's place. The only reason why Gabriella agrees to their passionate night is because Viva tells her she wants to retire the next day, but then her agent talks her into doing the first three torments - all of them in Australia - as a farewell tour, highly promoted with TV cameras following her to her parents, talking to people, who live in Viva's village and becoming a commentator for other tennis matches. Not only that, Viva also wants to continue playing doubles. Gabriella leaves disappointed, but somehow their short affair becomes a rumour and Gabriella fears about her job. She wants to stay away from Viva but it's very hard. Can they find a way to be together without Gabriella losing her job and Viva missing tennis?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    This book is about love and the game of tennis. Romance and sport theme novels are always a draw for me. I particularly enjoy it when an author can weave these two elements throughout the book. Ms. Blue has been able to do this. The main characters are Viva Jones and Gabriela Mendaro. Viva is a grand slam winner who is approaching the latter years of her career. Gabriela is a silver badge (refers to ranking system) official. The story opens two years earlier with Viva competing for another grand This book is about love and the game of tennis. Romance and sport theme novels are always a draw for me. I particularly enjoy it when an author can weave these two elements throughout the book. Ms. Blue has been able to do this. The main characters are Viva Jones and Gabriela Mendaro. Viva is a grand slam winner who is approaching the latter years of her career. Gabriela is a silver badge (refers to ranking system) official. The story opens two years earlier with Viva competing for another grand slam title and Gabriela is a line judge. It is during this time that Gabriela made a foot fault call on Viva twice. Viva’s concentration is rattled, and she ultimately loses the match and title. In her mind, she blames Gabriela for this loss. During this match Viva also sustains a wrist injury. The book then moves forward two years with Viva facing continue wrist pain and contemplating retirement. During the break between tournaments she is at her family home in Australia. Gabriela is vacationing in Australia near Viva’s home when her car breaks down. Viva happens to come upon Gabriela and helps her get assistance. It is during this time that the spark of attraction ignites. From this point on, we are witness to the push and pull of their romance. Because of the code of conduct established in tennis, officials and players are not supposed to socialize, let alone have a romantic relationship. It is this element that causes problems for the two. Of course, players’ jealousy and paparazzi do not help with their relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed, and the plot flows easily. With regards to the plot, it is one that is very believable. In addition, I gained a better understanding of the system that tennis officials go through to earn their rankings. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I was given this ARC in return for a fair and honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Cheyenne Blue is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. Code of Conduct is a wonderful book. I think this is the first time I’ve read a book about someone at the end of her career. This gives a good insight at the conflicting emotions that someone might have. In this case, it’s a tennis star, Viva, who suffered an injury and has to make a decision whether or not to quit completely. The back and forth she has seemed completely real to me. Early in the novel, Viva is battling on the court an Cheyenne Blue is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. Code of Conduct is a wonderful book. I think this is the first time I’ve read a book about someone at the end of her career. This gives a good insight at the conflicting emotions that someone might have. In this case, it’s a tennis star, Viva, who suffered an injury and has to make a decision whether or not to quit completely. The back and forth she has seemed completely real to me. Early in the novel, Viva is battling on the court and fuming over what she perceives as bad calls from the lineswoman. She blamed the official for her loss but the next time they meet, Viva has to rescue Gabriela, the official, when she finds her stranded on a deserted road. That brings in another thread, the life and concerns of an umpire. I haven’t seen this perspective before either, so it’s an interesting book for this look at sports and officiating. The other characters flesh this out nicely. I particularly liked a scene near the end with another player who was not quite as bad as Viva and friends thought. The romance proceeds slowly as the women struggle with their careers and their attraction to one another. The twists and turns and back and forth make this a fun and absorbing read. I also enjoyed the references to Martina, since she is the one who led me to appreciate tennis. I recommend this book. I received an ARC from Ylva for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    This is another wonderful romance by Cheyenne Blue. I love the way her characters become real to the readers, and Viva and Gabriela became very real to me as I read this book. The author obviously did a great deal of research on the inner workings of pro tennis. She artfully infuses a beautiful romance inside the inner workings of pro tennis with a very unlikely pair of lovers. One brief moment changed everything, but none of it can be allowed to go any further because of who they are within the This is another wonderful romance by Cheyenne Blue. I love the way her characters become real to the readers, and Viva and Gabriela became very real to me as I read this book. The author obviously did a great deal of research on the inner workings of pro tennis. She artfully infuses a beautiful romance inside the inner workings of pro tennis with a very unlikely pair of lovers. One brief moment changed everything, but none of it can be allowed to go any further because of who they are within the world of tennis. If you love tennis, you will enjoy this book. If you know nothing about tennis, you will still enjoy this story.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Sandra Golz

    This is another great book written by Cheyenne Blue - so far it is absolutely my favourite from this author. It's the story of Viva, a successful tennis player who's body is finally failing her, and Gabriela, a silver badge tennis umpire with a good chance to become a gold badge. Both women fall for each other which is absolutely not easy … actually it is kind of a no go. This story is a slow burn romance that reveals its own suspense. It's all about this great chemistry between the protagonists This is another great book written by Cheyenne Blue - so far it is absolutely my favourite from this author. It's the story of Viva, a successful tennis player who's body is finally failing her, and Gabriela, a silver badge tennis umpire with a good chance to become a gold badge. Both women fall for each other which is absolutely not easy … actually it is kind of a no go. This story is a slow burn romance that reveals its own suspense. It's all about this great chemistry between the protagonists and about their "we shouldn't be together" but the attraction … you know … they need to be together. And the Tennis matches are gorgeous as well. Ever since watching The L-Word I love Tennis and lesbians. What a great combo! And so it is in this book. It's very good balanced and it was a joy to read it. If you like slow burn romances then this is your book to choose!

  29. 3 out of 5

    Judy

    Oh I did so enjoy this story. Tennis (the one sport I have any interest in) a city and country I know well, rivalry and a bit of slow burn romance, life changing decisions. A great sit down and read on a long weekend story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I am up way past my bedtime because I could not put this book down. The story is riveting and the characters are realistic and enjoyable. The personalities mesh well, the tension and chemistry is captivating. Tennis is not a sport I normally watch, but in this setting I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is just enough to be exciting without it taking away from the romance. I will read the book agian just to spend more time with Gabriela and Viva. Highly recommended.

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