Author: Erin Fletcher

All Laced Up by Erin Fletcher

All Laced Up by Erin FletcherAll Laced Up by Erin Fletcher
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.


Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher

Pieces of You and Me by Erin FletcherPieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher
Series: Pieces of You and Me, #1
Published by Entangled: Crush on April 18th 2016
Pages: 200
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Five years.
That’s how long I’ve been gone. Since I left my best friend—the girl I loved—behind.
Five seconds.
That's how long it takes to realize I am completely, utterly, screwed. Because now that I’m back, my childhood crush has turned into so much more.
Rylee has changed. We both have. And now I’m drawn to her in a completely different way. To her smile. Her touch. To reliving old memories and making new ones. To the happiness she’s always given me that I haven’t felt since I left.
But her friends are hell-bent on keeping us apart. My dad is one drink away from destroying both of our lives, and maybe I am, too. It’s only a matter of time before I have to leave again, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I never get a choice.
The one choice I can make? Stay away from Rylee. Because if I don’t, I’ll break her heart—and mine—all over again.

‘Pieces of You and Me’ tells a story of how young lives and friendships are affected in troubled homes. Chase Walsh’s unexpected return in this case – five years since he’d upped and left due to familial circumstances out of his control – proves to be the perfect opportunity for him and his former best friend to pick up the broken pieces of their friendship. And with it, there lies the possibility of something more as both teenagers find their feet in their rapidly expanding world of career and college choices.

There’s the prerequisite level of teenage angst and rebellion that’s entirely expected and the voice/tone of their reflects this perfectly. But Chase’s and Rylee’s anxieties seem more muted than writ large, more mundane than exceptional – for instance, the day-to-day narrative as they tried to hide their newfound relationship from their friends while exploring what they have together – and I found myself looking for a ‘plot direction where there didn’t quite seem to be one up until the conflict truly hits at the three-quarter mark of the book.

This was a quick read nonetheless and a decent look at the fickle nature of friendships; I only wish I could say I’d been more invested in it.