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.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Amy Lea’s upcoming Set on You has been getting so much early praise and so many spots on anticipated books lists. I’m here to report that the hype is very much deserved!
Set on You follows curvy fitness influencer, Crystal, who has built a mini empire between her personal training sessions and large following on Instagram. Crystal unfortunately gets a ton of negative messages from Internet trolls & her family constantly questions her on her career choice & its sustainability. Crystal has had her last straw when firefighter Scott steals her favorite squat rack at the gym one day. Competition and sparks fly — even when Crystal and Scott realize at an engagement party that their grandparents are getting married. With their grandparents’ nuptials coming up, Crystal and Scott agree to work through their issues…and try to ignore their feelings for another.
Set on You was such a fun & unique read, especially given Crystal’s career and background. As a curvy and Asian influencer, Crystal gets love and even more hate on her Instagram, which ignites a ton of self-doubt about herself and even over her relationship with Scott. Set on You was the type of read that didn’t have the clearest conflict, other than Scott and Crystal trying to work out their feelings for one another, but I loved their banter and relationship development so much (& the book definitely delivers on the steam). I also loved the dynamics with their family, especially given that Crystal’s grandma and Scott’s grandfather are to be married. Crystal’s sister, Tara, is also a book influencer – do I see a companion novel following Tara coming??
Set on You has messages of body positivity & being healthy & curvy or plus size, but the book also debunks messages about body positivity, especially towards the end of the book. I really liked the idea that body positivity shouldn’t mean that people are happy with how they look 110%, with Crystal ultimately promoting the idea of body acceptance by the end of the book.
Overall, Amy Lea’s Set on You was a really strong contemporary romance debut & unique for its focus on fitness and the idea of body positivity & acceptance. I’m looking forward to see what Amy Lea does next!
Set on You comes out on May 10th
This review is based on an advance review copy provided by the publisher. By no means did receiving this ARC affect my thoughts or opinions.
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