I absolutely love books with a fitness theme so as soon as I saw the gorgeous cover for this one, I was IN! Anything that inspires me to lace up my runners too is a must-read in my eyes. Check out my thoughts on all 3 books in the series and then why not try your luck in the giveaway?Pepped Up by Ali Dean
Series: Pepper Jones, #1
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Blog Tour
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Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she's willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That's an entirely different challenge. Pepper's never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he's got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town -- and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they're both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be). That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town. When it comes to running, Pepper's goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it's nowhere near as simple. *This book contains mature content.*
My Thoughts on Pepped Up:
Books with sports themes are my magnets and they suck me up every time! I love reading books that focus on running as it makes me want to pound the pavements too. And Pepper LOVES to run, the joy and release that it gives her made me happy as I get that. I’m not a natural runner like Pepper but it’s my therapy and seeing her love for running just fires me up too.
I really enjoyed watching her get psyched up for competitions and even just the daily details of her running regime felt fun to tag along to. Outside of her running ability Pepper isn’t the most confident of girls and her interactions with guys made me cringe a little at times. BUT this is a series that you need to be patient with. You need to give Pepper space to grow because believe me she does.
Her best friend Jace who is the love of her life can be pretty annoying at times. I felt from the get go that underneath the rough exterior was a guy worthy of her but he needs a few sharp edges knocked off him first. It’s always clear how much he cares for Pepper but he doesn’t know the right way to show this. Again he needs time to grow and again he does!
So with interesting character development, a fab setting and lots and lots of drama, I was pretty happy that I had book 2 on hand to dive into.
My Thoughts on All Pepped Up:All Pepped Up by Ali Dean
Series: Pepper Jones,
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Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them
My feels for this one are pretty similar to book 1. The setting was ace and during this book I felt got to understand both Jace and Pepper a lot better. They still both drive me batty at times but I’m firmly on their side. They are teenagers making teenage messes at times but this edge of realism worked really well.
My Thoughts on Pepped Up & Ready:Pepped Up & Ready by Ali Dean
Series: Pepper Jones ,
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epper is finally a senior, and she’s determined to defend her national cross-country title. Although Jace is busy with the demands of college football, he’s still at Pepper’s side, supporting her goals. But is she taking her renewed enthusiasm for training too far?
As Jace and Pepper focus on their athletic ambitions, they discover that Jace’s social status has followed him to college, despite his attempt to keep a low profile. With her boyfriend as an idol on campus, Pepper discovers that she might just be a target to those who find Jace threatening.
Are Jace and Pepper strong enough to withstand the pressure from those who want something from them? It won’t be easy fighting for her title and her boyfriend, but nothing easy is worth winning… or keeping
When I started this book, my heart sunk a bit as Pepper was doing all kinds of crazy training. I knew why she went down this route and I could even understand it a little but I was just waiting for the inevitable crash and burn. As much as my heart hurt watching Pepper do this to herself though I also loved the angle this story took as it felt so realistic. Athletes do push themselves and their competitive edge can blind sight them and I felt this was so well captured here.
Pepper and Jace are also put though the mill relationship wise in this one. They have all kinds of pressure to deal with and there is a little bit of crazy drama-rama going on which I wasn’t a huge fan of.
But despite that I still enjoyed this one a lot. It still remains heavily focused on the running theme and that keeps me reading happily.
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for giving me a copy of these books in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.