Title: All Laced Up
Author: Erin Fletcher
Series: Breakaway #1
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Publication Date: October 10, 2016
Blurb: When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh.
But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing.
Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…
All Laced Up fell right in line with the YA Romance novels I have been reading lately, and it was recommended to me a long time ago – so I decided it was next up on the list. I fall into patterns, like most of us do of course, but also I choose these straight up YA-Fiction/Romances a lot because the escape I’m looking for is one that is simple, easy, sucks me into the story and out of reality. Likewise, I tend to stay away from heavy books because life is so heavy on its own. I know usually there are really great stories in them, and I would love them, HAVE loved them, if and when I read them – but I kind of have to be ready for it, you know. Mentally I have to want to be in that place. But, I digress…I fall into patterns, and some other patterns I fall in to tend to be sports themed romances, or fairy tales, or even dystopians or girlpower books. Historical romances as well, maybe even a little bit of steampunk thrown in there.
What I Loved: This is exactly what I was looking for, when I started reading. Sweet romance, sweet characters; some but little conflict and a sappy smile at the end. I always enjoy reading a little bit about the sports, and the passion that the characters have for their chosen sport. A lot of times it makes me want to try it myself. Not this time though, I don’t think I’d do very well with hockey!
I really loved how Pierce actually was pretty much as oblivious to Lia as she thought that he was, though she really went through lengths to make sure it was true for him and many others. However, when he laughed about the whole water bottle story, that sealed it for me; I pretty much loved him from that point on. He was this small-town superstar that had no idea he was embodying two different personalities. Lia was as well, so the whole online persona thing was a fun way to bring this all together.
But my favorite moment between Lia and Pierce is when they skate together. ONE TIME they skate together, that is weird to me since they are both skaters…but what a fun, YA/Teenagey scene!!! Books need more fun and laughter and play and a little less of the wall-to-wall seriousness.
Not So Much: This was another book where you can pretty much predict everything from the moment you pick up the book. That is okay. I mean I wanted a simple fun read, that’s what I got. But I do love it when the author throws me for a loop now and then. Also, we got ONE really good moment where Pierce blocks Lia in his arms in the ice ring, I kind of wish he had a little bit more of that in him.
The Verdict: Another winner for me! I’ll be searching out more of Erin’s books when I need that silly smile of a happy book for sure. This book was perfect for YA’s – I wouldn’t mind if my 12 year old daughter read it.