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Peek Inside Lace Up

Ryan Rose and her friends are finalists in a high-profile entrepreneurial competition. All they need to do is trounce the competition: rich frat boys from their archrival university. As 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.

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Winner of the Colorado Romance Writers New Adult category in 2016

Let the games begin…
Team Ryan

Ryan 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 Jett
Jett 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 On
As 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.



 This was a book that I wanted to ignore my job, my boyfriend and even food for. Michelle at Book Briefs Top 1000 Reviewer
 ...had me reading non-stop. Megan, Amazon review
Highly Entertaining once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Nicole, Amazon review
 Lots of action and shenanigans along with romance, humor, misconceptions, high emotions, and misunderstandings. JoAnne., Goodreads review
Terrific story filled with humor and aching conflict between arch-rival college competitors. S. Andre, Good Reads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751378
Series: Pretty Smart Girls, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 26, 2015
Page Count: 269
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: opposites attract

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By Cass December 31, 2017

English Review
Team Ryan, 3 girls, must face team Jett, 3 boys, during a competition in New York. The stakes are high because the gain is a job for each member of the winning team as well as money. Their first meeting in the car that leads them to the airport is very funny and I was completely...

To say this review has been a long time coming, would be an overstatement. I've been sitting on it like an egg that I'm waiting to hatch! Not intentionally, mind you, I've just wanted to find the right words. There is a bit of backstory to this review, and I'll try to keep that brief.

... ...more

By Julia December 19, 2015

4.5 Stars
(I got this book for review)
When I got this book I wouldnt have thought Id love it so much.
The blurb sounded interesting but I wouldnt have guessed how good the plot was.
I couldnt stop reading and got sucked right into the story. Plus the writing was pretty awesom... ...more

By Allison January 05, 2015

It's Team Ryan vs Team Jett as two collage trios battle for a contract with a leading fortune 500 company.
As the two groups find attraction among one another, it is a struggle to remember they are there for work and not play.
Will the girls live up to the dumb and easy stereotype, or will they o... ...more

By Iva October 07, 2015

This one is a NA with the smarts! Two groups of three college student each are competing for a chance to work and intership in a big company what would sky-rocket their carriers. A lot of interesting topics and tasks were covered here, I love that the author took the time to...

By Jelena June 01, 2016


It's been a long time coming, nothing intentional, but the REVIEW will up very soon. Will provide a link to my blog as well..

<3 ...more

By Jacob October 03, 2017

This is a great New Adult romance with vivid characters and a setup I enjoyed even if I couldn't take it seriously (the setup, not the romance). The competition is the weakest link, here, and I had a bit of a struggle trying to make it work and finally just gave it up as a background premise I'd... ...more

By Brittany May 06, 2015

I received this from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This was really great. This takes friendly competition to a whole new level. It was a great read. The story was awesome and I loved the book so much. I cried and laughed at all the antics that the author goes through. If... ...more

By Michelle February 20, 2015

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Pretty Smart Girls: Lace Up is a standalone (at least at this time) new adult contemporary romance from Entangled Embrace's romance imprint. This is another one of Entangled's imprints that I all seem to have great luck with. And Pretty Smart Girl...

By Mariℓina January 07, 2015

Finally my first 4 Star for 2015! It was really great. I had an amazing time reading it and i absolutely reccomend it, for anyone who wants to read a nicely written, compelling and layered book but funny nonetheless..

So, there is an import... ...more

By Nadia January 31, 2015

I've said this at least two or three times so far, but I gotta say it again. This was so good! If only every NA novel was this great...

My only remark is that Jett was apologizing all the damn time. It's an admirable trait many lack, to apologize when they've done wrong and I'm not complain...

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Shae Ross

About the author

Shae Ross

Shae Ross was born and raised in Ferndale, Michigan. After graduating high school, Ms. Ross attended Michigan State University and continued her education at Detroit College of Law. Prior to 2014, she spent the majority of her career practicing corporate law, running a successful business and engaged in entrepreneurial ventures. After having one too many stressful days at the office, Ms. Ross began to consider pursuing her lifelong dream of writing. Armed with an English degree, an interest in historical settings and a huge collection of romance novels, Ms. Ross put pen to paper and began converting the characters in her head to ink. She soon found herself happily immersed in a new working world that included heroes and heroines, agents and editors, and a multitude of secondary characters. Ms. Ross' debut novel, PRETTY SMART GIRLS - LACE UP released in January of 2015. The second book in the series, PRETTY SMART GIRLS - FEARLESS will release in July of 2015. She currently writes in the new adult and contemporary romance genres and lives with her husband and three children in Holt, Michigan.

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