Title: Pepped up

Author: Ali Dean

 Release date: November 16, 2013

Book details: Book 1 of 6 in Pepper Jones

Pages: 186

Genres:  Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 STARS



Qualifying for Nationals. It’s all I can think about, and I’m willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. I can handle long miles and hill sprints in cross country, but guys? That’s an entirely different challenge.

I’ve kept my feelings hidden from the boy next door all this time. My longtime friend, Jace Wilder doesn’t see me that way. He has the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Our friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and I’m fine with that, or so I keep telling myself.

That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town and bridges the gap. Apparently, I’ve caught his eye and suddenly Jace starts seeing me in a different light. Everything changes, for all of us.

On the trails, my goals are clear. Train, run, breathe, run, win. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple. This battle can’t be won by crossing a finish line, this war is in my heart. 

 My review

This is my first book read by Ali Dean. This is the first book in series Pepper Jones by Ali Dean.

This book is about high school love and love between best friends. I love to read about best friends who became lovers because I believe that their love is real and beautiful because they know each other.

In this book, we meet a Pepper and Jace, two best friends who are like family and they grow up together. They know each other very well and they take care of each other.

Pepper Jones is a high school junior who loves to run and to spend time with her grandma and Jace.  Jace for her is her best friend and the guy she loves in secret. Pepper believes that Jace doesn’t see her as a potential girlfriend so, she learned to be just his friend.

Ryan is a new boy in her class and he is a runner like Pepper and they began to form a friendship. Ryan likes her and Pepper accepts to be with him because she likes him and she wants to be loved.

Jace Wilder loves Pepper and doesn’t want to lose her, so Jace decided to push her away and to be just friends. Pepper, for him, is everything. But, after he sees her in a relationship with Ryan, he realizes that he wants to be with her because he loves her and she is his. 

Jace began to fight for Pepper and their relationship change from friends to lovers. Pepper chose to be with Jace because he is her soulmate. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and to see how their relationship grows.




About the author

Ali hails from Vermont and now live in Colorado with her husband, boy-girl twins, and golden retriever Pancake. Ali has always loved to read, but found that there weren’t enough fiction books out there featuring girl athletes. So, she decided to work on that. Like the heroines in her books, Ali is an athlete, with running and skiing her favorite sports these days. When she’s not pursuing an outdoor adventure, Ali’s less healthy passions include ice cream, coffee, and beer.

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