Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love figure skating. It's one of my favorite sports to watch, which is kinda ironic considering I live in a country that's never experienced actual snow before and the only ice rinks--and they aren't exactly big rinks either--around belong to a select number of malls belonging to one chain. The closest I've ever come to wearing skates are my old roller blades from when I was in my twenties. I still have them but I haven't strapped them on in years. But back to my love of figure skating. There's a certain mesmerizing beauty to watching artistry and athleticism come together on ice. So, when I read the synopsis to Erin Fletcher's new young adult (YA) romance novel, All Iced Up, which is the Breakaway series starter, I couldn't resist requesting to read and review it on NetGalley. Thank goodness I did because I adored every single bit of it!
The last thing figure skater Lia Bailey wanted was to be paired up with hockey playing phenom Pierce Miller for a skating workshop for more than twenty kids. In the past four years, they attended the same academy and used the same ice rink, yet he had absolutely no clue she existed. He may be part of the National Team Development Program but the guy needs to be taken down a notch or two (dozen). After hearing about a game where the NTDP's loss was blamed on Pierce, Lia decides to teach him a thing or two. She posts on NTDP's forum as "Superfan01", but Pierce appreciates the advice and criticism, and a kinship of sorts starts. Then Lia and Pierce spend more time together and one lunch becomes the turning point. Lia's falling fast for Pierce, but is Pierce falling for Lia or could he be falling more for Superfan01?
This was a totally adorable read. I loved Pierce and Lia and I thought that Pierce being so clueless as to who she was provided for a far more interesting starting point than had they known each other prior to them working together. He may have been the popular guy on and off campus and she may have been the girl who preferred to get lost in the crowd, but they had a lot in common--from their love for family, their dedication to their respective sports, and the pressure to succeed. I was able to empathize with Lia feeling far more confident to say what she wanted to Pierce when she was hiding behind the Superfan01 persona because I've had firsthand experience with something similar. This is the first in a new series, and I'm excited to see who Erin Fletcher is going to write about next. All Laced Up is a fun-filled five-starred read. ♥
Date Read: 12 October 2016
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