two people who look to each other in eyes.Pep Talks.TITLE:PEP TALKS

Author: Ali Dean

Release date: July 26, 2015

Book details: Book 4 of 7 in Pepper Jones

Pages: 168

Genres:  Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 STARS


College isn’t all fun and games, and it gets lonely at the top. Thankfully, I have Pepper. She is the last person I would ever dream of hurting, but when I realize she has the power break my heart, I do the only thing I know. I push her away like I did back in high school, back when I thought she was better off without me. One thing’s becoming clear, I’m not better off without her. I need her. What have I done?

I thought everything would fall into place when I started college, instead everything is falling apart. Uncertain of my coach’s expectations or my place amongst new cross country teammates, I’m struggling to redefine my running goals and prove myself. My steady relationship with Jace should be a source of comfort, but his unexplained behavior throws everything between us off track. Running may be the only way to help me get through it, but I’m not running away, not from this new team or from Jace. This freshman is headed for the finish line, and nothing is standing in my way.


I received this book for an honest review. Thank you, Ali Dean!

Pep Talks is the fourth book in series Pepper Jones by Ali Dean. I read the first three books on this series and you can found my reviews of this series here, here and here.

In this book, Pepper Jones started college and for her, this is an important  change. She missed her friends and her teammates from her high school  and she felt lonely.  She had Jace and she was happy with him but for her was hard to make new friends and accommodate to college and her roommates.

It’s you Pep, it always has been. Football is fun and it might be my career someday, but you? You’re it for me.

Jace and Pepper are still together at the start of the book and they are in love. Until Annie, mom’s Jace left him again and Jace was devasted.

Jace loved his mother and for him was important to have his mother on his life and he felt loved and happy.  When he realized that his mother will not come back, he shut down his feelings and pain and pushed Pepper away.   He loves Pepper and he realized that Pepper has the power to destroy him so he left her to protect himself and to protect Pepper from him.

After their break up, both of them didn’t see each other a while because was too painful for both of them. Pepper realized that she can have fun and friends without Jace and she can live without him  and Jace realized that he made a mistake  when he pushed Pepper away because Pepper loves him and will not leave him like his mother.  Their feelings for each other are still there and they only have to fight to be together again.



A woman with black hair. Pep TalksAbout 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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