Erin Fletcher’s ALL LACED UP is an amazing start to the Breakaway series. Figure skater Lia Baily is forced to teach a skating class with rising hockey star Pierce Miller. She is not looking forward to dealing with the egotistical hockey player, but soon discovers that there is more to him then she previously suspected. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for young adults. It takes place in Michigan.
I liked both Lia and Pierce. Lia is a good teacher and is very knowledgeable about hockey. Pierce is a talented hockey player on USA Hockey’s U18 National Team Development Program. Both characters have some issues that they need to overcome to get back on track with their sports. They help each other and become stronger for it.
Both Pierce and Lia have wonderful families. Pierce is a great big brother to Carson. Carson has sensory issues. I love how patient Pierce is with him and how he understands him. I also appreciated how Lia and Carson interact with one another. Lia still mourns her father’s death. I respected that her uncle is around to help out. I liked how Lia’s brother Adam grew up in the story.
I thought the website aspect of ALL LACED UP was clever. I respected that Pierce was open to the constructive criticism. I enjoyed how Lia’s and Pierce’s online relationship developed. It was an interesting situation that was well resolved.
I like Mr. Kozlov. It is great that people like him are around to help support young athletes and people in the community. I like that both Lia and Pierce help him to try to save the ice rink.
ALL LACED UP is a heartwarming story that I could not put down. Erin Fletcher does a great job with both her character development and plot. Both are believable. I loved the characters. They had problems to conquer and grew throughout the novel. I loved the ending. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.