BOOK REVIEW: Set on You by Amy Lea

BOOK REVIEW: Set on You by Amy LeaSet on You by Amy Lea
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A gym nemesis pushes a fitness influencer to the max in Amy Lea’s steamy debut romantic comedy.

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, they 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.


Set on You was a heartwarming debut!  With a fun take on the enemies to lovers trope, I devoured this book in two sittings.  And this slow burn romance had humor, romance and heart in the pages, making it a fabulous combination!  If you love adult romance and enemies to lovers, you may want to have this one on your tbr!
“What’s your name?” The words tumble out of my mouth before I even  register what I’m saying. Why do I care to know his legal name? Squat Rack Thief suits him just fine.
I hold my breath, awaiting his answer. 
Amused, he opens his mouth, but no words come out. Instead, he just strides away.
Crystal Chen was a curvy fitness influencer whose content was uplifting while also trying to smash gym stereotypes, which I loved.  After dealing with a bad breakup, Crystal kept running into a man at the gym who not only ruined the videos she was recording, but seemed to antagonize her at the same time.  It was hate and lust at first sight.  But after multiple run-ins at the gym, Crystal and Scott ended up meeting at their grandparents engagement party.  Saying they were both shocked was an understatement!  And that moment led their relationship down a different path, where I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!
The universe is officially conspiring against me. I must have done some seriously messed-up shit in a past life.
My first impression of Scott Ritchie was that he was a a complete and total douchebag, ha!  But when Scott got Crystal back in that first chapter, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t help but be intrigued by him!  Especially when we saw that he could be nice……just not to her lol.  I should have hated Scott, for Crystal’s sake, but that wasn’t happening.  He made me crack up way too much.  And the more we got to see who firefighter Scott was, it was impossible not to fall head over heels in love with him!
It might be evil, but I want to break him. I want to watch him lose all restraint.
Crystal was strong willed and tried her hardest! I absolutely loved how she was so positive about her body and health, but it shocked me that she could be so negative about males and love. So because of that, her little faith or trust in men definitely made me nervous if she would let Scott in all the way. And while she did stumble at times, it was heartwarming to watch her grow by the end of this novel.
I walk ahead a few paces, forcing my mouth into a neutral state. I’m  smiling like a child at Disneyland and I refuse to let him see it. I’m  enjoying non-hate-filled banter with him far more than he needs to know.
Crystal and Scott together were addictive. I loved the games they played with each other, they were laugh out loud worthy and it made their enemies to lovers romance so much fun! And when they did get physical, oh wow, it was smoking hot. But as the story progressed, mistakes were made. So I was happy to see that apologies happened and allowed me to forgive and move on. I also loved how we got to read Crystal’s Instagram posts and see a few of the comments on each of her posts. And I absolutely loved both of their grandparents with my whole heart. They were so adorable!
There’s a fragility in the way he’s looking at me, truly at me. As if  he’s inviting me in, allowing me to see into the depths of his soul.  Every guy I’ve ever been with would already have my pants off right now,  but he’s treating me like I’m something to be cherished, savored.
Set on You was a wonderful debut! With enemies to lovers, steamy scenes, fun banter and wonderful side characters, this story was fabulous! While I did have some hiccups with Crystal, I was so happy that by the end of the book we got to see how far she had come and grew! Plus we were given an epilogue that gave us a happily ever after! I closed this book excited to read whatever Amy Lea releases next!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  1. Sam@WLABB

    I agree, Scott did not make a great first impression, but he was a sweet man. I liked the romance so much in this book.
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    • Jen

      I’m so glad he was so much more than that first impression ♥! Oh yes same!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Hooray for a plus-size heroine that doesn’t hate her body, but instead embraces it and celebrates it. That alone is a huge win!
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    • Jen

      YES YES YES! I loved that so, so, so much! I loved the message this story gave!

  3. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    Okay the fact that one part had you laughing so hard makes me really want to read this one! Laughing like that is a favorite of mine for a romance story. Great review!
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    • Jen

      I love when romance stories can make us laugh out loud, hard! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!

  4. Belle

    Nice review! I don’t know why I haven’t read Set on You. I read Exes and O’s, the second book of this series, and loved it. Now I want to read this.

    • Jen

      Thank you! I still need to read Exes and O’s, here’s hoping I love it as much as you!

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