Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: 'Lace Up' by Shae Ross

Michigan author Shae Ross attended Michigan State University followed by studies and degree Detroit College of Law. Practicing law and running a title insurance business were not as compelling to Shae as writing. She now devotes her time to her passion of writing steamy romance novels with a twist. PRETTY SMART GIRLS - LACE UP is her debut novel. She lives with her husband and three children in the greater Lansing, Michigan area.

Shae writes in an easy conversational manner - a trait that fits her subject for this novel every well. She has the ability to introduce characters by personality traits as well as language idiosyncrasies (and names!), so that as soon as a new person arrives on the page we have a solid image of the `players'. And players (in both aspects of the term) is what this rapid-fire story is all about.

The narrative is well described by the author's synopsis: `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.'

Shae uses that well polished skill of naming chapters after the person describing one view of the story - Ryan Rose and Jett Trebuchet volley back and forth, keeping the action interesting. The story is unlike most new romance novels - even inserting subjects like pancreatic cancer, business competitions, and other novel ideas - but Shae knows this territory and makes it work well. The erotic scenes are well written and steamy enough to satisfy the Chick Lit devotees. It will be interesting to follow the career of Shae Ross - she seems to have a solid start. Grady Harp, June 15

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