Set on You
Author: Amy Lea
Pages: 384 pages
Published: 10th May 2022
Rating: 5 Stars
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, 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.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a fun read with a great message about body positivity and respectability.
Crystal has a wonderful arc over the course of this novel and I loved how she used her influencing to be a great role model. She is a curvy fitness influencer and personal trainer. At the beginning, she seems very secure in herself and has built up her career by ignoring trolls and loving her body. Scott is a hunky fireman who is new to the gym Crystal attends and their relationship, if you could say that, begins when he steals her favourite squat rack. From this point on, a lot of tension flows between these two characters as they continue to meet, and Scott continues to get in the way of Crystal at the gym.
“I didn’t know you were still interested.”
“Seriously? I only text you a million times a day.”
The last place Crystal expects to meet Scott is her grandma’s engagement party, the very grandma she didn’t even know was dating! This unexpected meeting encourages them to spend more time together and get to know each other. In the lead up to the wedding, many sparks are flying between them!
‘I think about you all the time. Every day, all day. All I ever want to do is be with you. Even if we aren’t doing anything at all.’
I loved the romance and the tension between Crystal and Scott was great, but the best part about this book was the body respectability message. After a picture of Crystal and Scott goes viral, Crystal realises she was ignoring the trolls in an unhealthy way and wants to show others that her journey isn’t always easy. This book shows the importance of being kind, being healthy, and that conforming to society’s roles isn’t necessary. Scott is a super sweet character, who appears slightly arrogant at first, but you quickly learn that it’s a facade. Their relationship grows over the course of the novel as they deal with family relationships, and their idea to stay friends for the first few months.
‘I would have waited forever for you.’
Set On You has a great message about acceptance and self-love. It was a steamy romance read and I couldn’t put it down! The banter and tension between the two was fantastic. This was a great debut book and I loved it!