Title: The Set-Up
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 10 Sept 2020
Synopsis from Goodreads
I’ve fallen victim to a heinous act.
An act so vile, so downright dirty, that I’m not sure as a twenty-year-old man I’ll ever recover. Brace yourself, because what I’m about to tell you might have you gasping in secondhand horror.
Ready? Here it goes . . .
I’ve recently become the pawn of a meddling mom.
Yes . . . A MEDDLING MOM–who’s been trying to set me up all summer.
Now, I understand it’s not a crime for a mother to want her child to fall in love, but when she makes it her relentless MISSION, the heinous act should be classified as a misdemeanor at least.
Of course, my mom, the evil matriarch in the devil’s leggings, made her final stab at finding a girl for me days before I went back to college.
And I hate to admit it, but she saved a doozy for last.
A titan in black skinny jeans.
A boss of nonchalance.
And a girl who would not only turn my life upside down, but do it while juggling a soccer ball, looking effortlessly gorgeous around campus, and is one hundred percent against relationships. Of any sort.
The SetUp is partly adorable with a dollop of frustration leading to a neatly packaged dose of swoon.
Lincoln and Indie initially meet thanks to meddling moms with more than a little romance in mind. Although Indie and Lincoln both go to to the same college they haven’t crossed paths prior to this fix-up. Despite their initial annoyance at their parents, Indie and Lincoln hit it off on all levels. Both competitive athletes, they have so much in common as well as understanding the demands of their sport and academic lives.
Although both Lincoln and Indie are not in the right place for a relationship, they easily slip into a close friendship with a simmering undercurrent of attraction. However, as time progresses their friendship also acts as a barrier to progressing their relationship further.
Following their dreams of pursuing their chosen sport at a professional level adds to the obstacles between Lincoln and Indie putting a strain on their friendship. The emotional distance between Lincoln and Indie takes an emotional and physical toll on the pair jeopardising their relationship on all levels.
At times it is difficult to follow the path of Lincoln and Indie’s relationship because of the heartache they generate. However, Meghan salvages the tale when physical distance is overcome allowing the emotional distance to be eliminated.
While I didn’t like the time Lincoln and Indie spend apart, I did understand that it helped shape them into the people they were supposed to become and ultimately lead to a secure future.