Series: Breakaway, #1
Published by Entangled: Crush on October 10th 2016
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Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey.
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…
This very cute and earnest story is easy to blitz through, filled with a warm, adolescent energy that is…well, a far cry from the type of books I’ve been indulging in. And it’s a refreshing change, focused on different sports on the ice as well as two people coming together from opposite directions in more ways than one.
Lia and Pierce skate through the pages with a realism that I can’t fault, and I enjoyed every bit of the buildup of the tension between them. But as much as I liked Pierce’s enthusiasm in the way he tackled life – and failing at times – it was easier to get frustrated with Lia’s inability to own her identity and to go for what she wanted.
‘All Laced Up’ is a fun one nonetheless, pitched perfectly for its genre with an ending that doesn’t promise more than it should beyond the blissful snapshot of teenage crushes and dreams on the cusp of becoming reality.