Pepped Up (Pepper Jones Series book 1)
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.
All Pepped Up (Pepper Jones Series book 2)
(This is the second book in the Pepper Jones series. The following description contains spoilers for Pepped Up, which should be read first.)Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them.
Pepped up and Ready (Pepper Jones Series book 3)
(This is the third book in the Pepper Jones series. The following description contains spoilers for Pepped Up and All Pepped Up. It is highly recommended that you read the books in order.)
Pepper is finally a senior, and she’s determined to defend her national cross-country title. Although Jace is busy with the demands of college football, he’s still at Pepper’s side, supporting her goals. But is she taking her renewed enthusiasm for training too far?
As Jace and Pepper focus on their athletic ambitions, they discover that Jace’s social status has followed him to college, despite his attempt to keep a low profile. With her boyfriend as an idol on campus, Pepper discovers that she might just be a target to those who find Jace threatening.
Are Jace and Pepper strong enough to withstand the pressure from those who want something from them? It won’t be easy fighting for her title and her boyfriend, but nothing easy is worth winning… or keeping.
I really don’t know where to begin with this series, because I LOVE IT! I have read them each multiple times. The first one I fell in love with, than I just became obsessed with each one. Ali Dean has a 4th book coming out and then a 5th one in the series sometime next year. If you haven’t read this series you need to. She now has put the first 3 books in a collection.
Let me tell you why I love this series.
1. It is YA Sports. I always enjoy books that have a sports theme; I have become kind of biased.
2. Pepper is an awesome heroin. She is strong, independent, determined and completely likable. She also has flaws. She is stubborn and sometimes to wrap up in her own drama that she misses what is going on around her.
3. One word “BUNNY.” Pepper’s grandma, who is not your typical cookie baking, wearing an apron kind. She is more the, mismatched, smoking pot and encouraging alcohol consumption. Besides all that she is completely lovable.
4. Jace Wilder. Hot, Hot and HOT! You can feel Jace’s concern and love for Pepper through each book. There are times you love him and hate him. Which is a typical boy/man.
Those are just a few. Besides the storyline and the characters, I believe Ali Dean’s writing is incredible. I have read now my share of YA authors and by far she is one of the better ones. She has writes believable situations with realistic reactions from each character. The dialogue is fun, and plus it takes place in Colorado.
Enough of my Soapbox.
I don’t really want to go into the next one, because then you will know what happens in the first, but trust me, read it and you won’t be sorry.