Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town -- and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be). That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town. When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.
*This book contains mature content.*
Ali is a #1 Amazon sports fiction bestseller. She hails from Vermont and now lives 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.
"Ali Dean is Incredible! This is one of my all time favorite sports YA series. If you haven't read it yet, you are missing out. It is worth the purchase. You will read and reread again and again."- Traci Ganuza (Amazon and Goodreads reviewer)
"I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it. It’s dripping with angst, has strong characters, an edge of your seat romance, and a fabulous running subplot."-Theresa Hernandez on Pepped Up (Adventures in Writing Blog)
"Ali Dean definitely knows how to write a good series. From the first time I read about Pepper Jones (yes I've reread) I fell in love with these characters and the places they will go. I can't wait to see how far Ali takes this." - Meagan Hunt (Bedknobs and Book Babes Blog)
"This author is clearly a very talented writer. Her writing is smooth, and her characterizations are vivid and three dimensional. Pepper is a dynamic, extremely sympathetic heroine. I enjoyed the use of first-person point of view, and I found the window into Pepper's running world fascinating."- Kate McMurry on Pepped Up (Amazon top reviewer)