Set on You
Author: Amy Lea
Publisher: Berkley (May 10, 2022)
Paperback, 384 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
Curvy fitness influencer Crystal Chen built her career shattering gym stereotypes and mostly ignoring the trolls. After her recent breakup, she has little stamina left for men, instead finding solace in the gym – her place of power and positivity.
Enter firefighter Scott Ritchie, the smug new gym patron who routinely steals her favorite squat rack. Sparks fly as these ultra-competitive foes battle for gym domination. But after a series of escalating jabs, the last thing they expect is to run into each other at their grandparents’ engagement party.
In the lead up to their grandparents’ wedding, Crystal discovers there’s a soft heart under Scott’s muscled exterior. Bonding over family, fitness, and cheesy pick-up lines, she just might have found her swolemate. But when a photo of them goes viral, savage internet trolls put their budding relationship to the ultimate test of strength.
I think the best romance novels are about more than “just” the romantic relationship between two (or more) people. In Set on You, we don’t just get the (delicious, delightful) romance between Crystal and Scott, we also get to go with Crystal on her journey of self-discovery and the difference between body positivity and body acceptance. I love that Crystal is a plus-sized heroine who is into fitness, but the book is NOT about her wanting or needing to lose weight. She goes to the gym and lifts because it makes her feel good, and she loves seeing herself get stronger and stronger.
Definitely read this if you’re into:
*enemies to friends to lovers
*fitness fun and sexy gym-times
*secret cinnamon rolls
*elderly folks in love
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.