Author: Shae Ross

Rush by Shae Ross

Rush by Shae RossRush by Shae Ross
Published by Entangled: Embrace on May 9th 2016
Pages: 240
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three-stars

Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem...she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both our futures...
They’re changing the rules...
College Quarterback Preston Rush is living the dream. He’s leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a ‘first round draft pick’ label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he’s scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she’s in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning.
The always shooting-for-perfection Priscilla Winslow can’t believe her good deed has cost her a soccer career. Even though she knows it isn’t Preston’s fault, she can’t forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it’s all she can do not to kiss him.
When everything crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all.

Dressing up as Little Bo Peep no Halloween Night brings consequences that Priscilla Winslow isn’t able to deal with, or understand, especially after having done the selfless deed of rescuing the college’s star quarterback – and spending the night in jail for it. Preston Rush on the other hand, understands full well just what he has gotten her into but to fix this issue will require every bit of moral fibre and courage to do so, while risking everything he wants and at the expense of his family that’s falling apart.

‘Rush’ isn’t the typical NA, college-age, sport-related book and for that reason, it has already gotten me cheering. As memorable as the last unforgettable book I’ve come across (the first in a long while), Shae Ross provides an insight into the booster-player relationship I know nothing about and a slow-burn, realistic romance that springs up from a crisis that has been years in the making. I liked Preston’s surprising steadiness – he’s a fixer by nature – more than I could tolerate Priscilla’s tendency to jump to conclusions and distrust so easily and was more than regretful when he didn’t exactly get what he wanted or needed at the end. There isn’t quite a HEA or any guarantee of success beyond winning a sports game and we’re left contending with a Happy-For-Now situation that did leave me wanting.

Yet so far removed from the glitzy, hook-up lifestyle into which so many sport-romances tend to go, ‘Rush’ stands out because of its strongly-carved, not-quite-stereotypical protagonists, its supporting characters and the uncertain future that’s charted out – as well as the high stakes – of an athlete on the verge of going pro.

three-stars

Fearless by Shae Ross

Fearless by Shae RossFearless by Shae Ross
Series: Pretty Smart Girls #2
Published by Entangled: Embrace on August 17th 2015
Pages: 266
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one-star

Devi Dalton won't let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she's taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she's desperately trying to resist. If she's going to succeed, she can't afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.
Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they've reunited in New York, he's not letting her push him away again. They're more than friends-always have been-and he'll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay...one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.
But every fighter has a weakness. Ben's is Devi. And this time, she'll need more than just her favorite "Fearless Red" lipstick to protect her heart if she lets him in...

Personally disappointing to me, the moment I learnt that it was going to be a story (the kind I absolutely abhor and find distasteful) where a one-night stand comes back to haunt the couple in question. Academically, I know this tries to mirror reality, but of the sort where the consequences way outlasts an unwanted and reckless summer fling? No, thank you.

The issues here are clearly mine and mine alone, of course, which I feel I need to add as a disclaimer. My sympathies lay wholly with Devin and a lot less with Ben, whose profession of wanting to forget Devin led him into a drunken (rebound) affair with someone as dislikable as Jillian (which I just found unforgivable even if they weren’t together). Poor excuse and even poorer taste there, despite it all being a mistake.

This unfortunately, isn’t a story where I’ll paste a smile on my face and say I liked it, because it was the exact opposite, as much as I adore Shaw Ross’s brand of writing.

one-star

Lace Up by Shae Ross

Lace Up by Shae RossLace Up by Shae Ross
Series: Pretty Smart Girls #1
Published by Entangled: Embrace on January 6th 2015
Pages: 266
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four-stars

Team RyanRyan 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?
Team JettJett 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.
Game OnAs 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.


Inter-collegiate rivalry tackled with the savviness of ‘The Apprentice’, with some romance thrown in for added spice.

This was an incredibly fun read and I was surprised to find myself liking Jett more and more as the story went on, most probably because he doesn’t conform to the typical stereotype of the college player despite the frat-boy vibe. Ryan (what’s this with the girls having male names anyway?) was equally fun and the girls’ antics right at the beginning made me want to buy popcorn and pom-poms.

For this alone, Pretty Smart Girls is a cut above the staid range of New Adults book that have saturated the shelves for a long while.

four-stars