I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lace Up by Shae Ross
Series: Pretty Smart Girls,
Published by Macmillan on January 26th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary Women, New Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
Ryan Rose and her fellow Spartans are finalists in a high-profile entrepreneurial competition. They're competing for life-changing money and for their futures. They have a solid plan to win. All they need to do is trounce the competition: rich frat boys from an archrival university. Easy, right?
Jett Trebuchet's first mistake was not realizing that Ryan and her friends were the competition. His second was expressing his unabashed confidence in his team's ability to win. After all, everyone knows the only thing MSU does better than U of M is produce beautiful, easy women...oh, and he almost forgot to say "dumb." And boy, does his team pay for that one.
As each side tries to game the other, something else seems to be getting in the way--attraction. Now Ryan and Jett must keep their teams from getting distracted by the opposite sex...and each other. All is not fair in love and war when it comes to winning this game.
Lace Up is the first book in Shae Ross’ Pretty Smart Girls series. This book is about three women from Michigan State University, and three men from the University of Michigan who compete against one another in an entrepreneurial competition in New York City. Team Ryan (State) and Team Jett (U of M) are competing for a one year contract with a Fortune 500 company, and a $100,000 signing bonus to split amongst the team. What team leaders Ryan Rose and Jett Trebuchet didn’t count on, however, was their intense physical attraction to each other. With so much on the line, these two need to decide which they want more: the money and opportunity of a lifetime, or each other.
I had already read the sequel, Fearless, earlier this summer so I knew I would enjoy this book before I started. The second book focused on two of the other members of Teams Jett and Ryan (Ben and Devi), so this time around I got a chance to know more about how those two met, but also how Jett and Ryan ended up together. Being from Michigan and a U of M grad, myself, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the school pride and competition between the characters. I also got the inside jokes, and local references, which helped to enhance my enjoyment of this series.
Jett and Ryan’s relationship was very well-developed. So much so that I forgot they had only known each other for a week by the end of the book. Their relationship follows a natural progression, so it made the development more realistic than it might have otherwise been. Jett and Ryan’s relationships wasn’t the only one that I found to be well-developed. The relationships being formed between Ben/Devi and Vaughn/Jade also felt realistic, and now that I already know what happens between Ben and Devi, I can’t wait for the third book to see what happens with Vaughn and Jade.
Do I Recommend?
I loved Fearless, and have no problem recommending Lace Up as well. Both books could be read as standalones, but if you’re looking for a good new romance, then you’ll definitely want to read Lace Up first. However, if you don’t there isn’t any worry. Author Shae Ross does a really fantastic job of catching new readers up to speed so they won’t feel lost. As for the sexy scenes, there are a few, descriptive scenes, but Ross doesn’t drag them out, and they can feel a bit more rushed then I’d like. Yet, I’m happy she doesn’t use any of the sex scene descriptive words that make me yak (i.e. moist), so I’ll give her a pass 😉