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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." --Book Briefs

"...had me reading non-stop." --Megan, Amazon

"Highly Entertaining! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down." --Nicole, Amazon

"Lots of action and shenanigans along with romance, humor, misconceptions, high emotions, and misunderstandings." --JoAnne., Goodreads

"Terrific story filled with humor and aching conflict between arch-rival college competitors." --S. Andre, Goodreads

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 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 important entrepreneurial competition and the finalists are 2 amazi ...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 complaining about ...more

By Yelena 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

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 jus ...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 you ...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 w ...more

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.

I read the seco ...more

By Julia December 19, 2015

4.5 Stars
(I got this book for review)
When I got this book I wouldn´t have thought I´d love it so much.
The blurb sounded interesting but I wouldn´t have guessed how good the plot was.
I couldn´t stop reading and got sucked right into the story. Plus the writing was pretty awesome and had a good flow.
A ...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 our ...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 ...more

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 for t ...more

By Megan January 06, 2015

For some reason, I was a little weary going into this book. Whenever it's a competition between guys and gals, well let's just say I get a little competitive. Usually the guys team are made up of a bunch of jerk holes who undermine the girls and the girls make fools of themselves trying to prove tha ...more

By Jaime September 07, 2015

I definitely picked up this book because of the University of Michigan/MSU rivalry aspect of the story (Go Blue), but I finished it because it was a great story.

I can't say that I was all swoons and smiles throughout the book because Jett made a lot of stupid choices and managed to make me mad more ...more

By Brittany January 07, 2015

*ARC kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

4/5 stars

I really enjoyed Pretty Smart Girls! When I first started reading it I figured it would be pretty stereotypical, but it was anything but that! I loved the characters individually, and how well they meshed together as a group ...more

By Louise January 11, 2015

Pretty Smart Girls Lace Up was a highly entertaining read from the beginning. Shae Ross's New Adult novel centres around Ryan and her team of girls going toe to toe with Jett's team of boys in an entrepreneurial competition where the stakes are high and both teams of budding professionals are determ ...more

By Up All Night Book Addict October 17, 2016

I know this isn't what authors want to hear, but this is one of the cutest books I have read. Sorry, I said cute. I am not sure how else to describe it in one word!

This is one of those books where you aren't sure what exactly to expect. All is fair in business and war.... Or is business, war?

I bree ...more

By Jessica February 09, 2015

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review!

I had A LOT of fun reading this book. From the beginning, it was sassy and hilarious and sexy and FUN! I cant even begin to tell you how amusing some of the shenanigans these kids into! So we have a competition between two ...more

By Melissa August 30, 2015

I received my advance review copy of Pretty Smart Girls Lace Up a few weeks ago, but I just had my first opportunity to open it up and take a look at what was inside over this weekend. Once again, author Shae Ross did not disappoint! The romance in this novel is steamy, but allows the reader enough ...more

By Dísir January 29, 2015

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 ...more

4.5 stars!!
First off I would like to start off by thanking the author Shae Ross for sending me an ARC of this book! In return I will give my honest review.
This was such a cute and well written story. The main couple in this story was Ryan and Jett but I felt like all 3 couples were. I knew them all ...more

By Heather December 23, 2014

Jett he knows how way around the rules, "I'm forbidden from asking you out while the competition is going on, but the week is coming to a close." He's smiling at me as if he's about to hand me a trophy. "I want to take you out after the competition ends." He's a generous man as well, "hey, if we can ...more

By Khulood March 06, 2015

I read this book in one sitting! Stayed up till 5:30 AM to finish it, and it was worth it. It is one of the first NA novels that I enjoyed fully. The characters got to actually know each other and go through a lot before falling in love.

The story was fun to read with some serious moments, but all i ...more

By Avidlyreading January 04, 2015

●ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review●

Both Jett and Ryan are on opposing teams competing to win a 100k employment contract. Both endured losses in their lives and, even though they're very competitive, they put this aside long enough to fall in love. It is an endearing story, ...more

By Nicole December 31, 2015

I received an ARC for an honest review. This is the first book I have read from this author I enjoyed this book very much it was highly entertaining once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The story has a nice flow to it. I enjoyed the rivalry and banter between the two teams. It's a fun read ...more

By Charlotte January 29, 2015

Not typically my go-to genre, however once I got into the book it became a really fun read. Love ALL of the female characters in the book, they're all so relatable. Shae Ross does a fabulous job of describing each character thoroughly and immediately. I was able to have a visual of all the players f ...more

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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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