The Setup
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.Thanks, Mom.

The Setup Details

TitleThe Setup
Author
ReleaseSep 10th, 2020
Rating
GenreContemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Romance, New Adult, Sports, Academic, College, Baseball, Soccer, Humor, Contemporary

The Setup Review

  • Meghan Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    THE SETUP is NOW LIVE: mybook.to/TheSetUp ✓ Friends to lovers. ✓ Soccer queen meets baseball stud muffin.✓ One HECK of a massage scene.✓ Forehead kisses that will make you swoon.✓ Baseball, romantic comedy with LOTS of HEAT.Lincoln Castle is being set up by his mom, only problem is, the girl wants nothing to do with relationships. Going back to Brentwood just got so much harder. THE SETUP is NOW LIVE: mybook.to/TheSetUp ✓ Friends to lovers. ✓ Soccer queen meets baseball stud muffin.✓ One HECK of a massage scene.✓ Forehead kisses that will make you swoon.✓ Baseball, romantic comedy with LOTS of HEAT.Lincoln Castle is being set up by his mom, only problem is, the girl wants nothing to do with relationships. Going back to Brentwood just got so much harder.
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  • Halle Reads
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 🌟unpopular opinion/rant/review to comeThere were def parts I enjoyed but way too many faults I just can't ignore. (view spoiler)[Spoiler AlertI HATE this book!!That is all. (hide spoiler)] 1.5 🌟unpopular opinion/rant/review to comeThere were def parts I enjoyed but way too many faults I just can't ignore. (view spoiler)[Spoiler AlertI HATE this book!!That is all. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    Meghan Quinn adds another lively, charming, and heart touching Brentwood baseball novel with this tale of two dedicated athletes, Indie Mayhem and Lincoln Castle, who despite having a perfect friendship can’t let themselves fall for each other because of their unique paths. ♕ Plot: In The Setup, we meet Lincoln Castle, pitcher extraordinaire. A super nice guy who is bound and determined for Mayor League Baseball. And Indie Mayhem, a soccer super star who is also focused to go pro once Meghan Quinn adds another lively, charming, and heart touching Brentwood baseball novel with this tale of two dedicated athletes, Indie Mayhem and Lincoln Castle, who despite having a perfect friendship can’t let themselves fall for each other because of their unique paths. ♕ Plot: In The Setup, we meet Lincoln Castle, pitcher extraordinaire. A super nice guy who is bound and determined for Mayor League Baseball. And Indie Mayhem, a soccer super star who is also focused to go pro once she graduates from college. When their mother’s plot together to set them up over summer break, the two meet, connect and reluctantly start hanging out when school starts. As the two solidify their everlasting friendship, can the overwhelming desire they hold for each other stand the test of time? ♕ Hero: Lincoln is the best kind of hero: a gorgeous twenty year old man-boy who’s in touch with his feelings and wants to be there for his best friend and help her shine. Meghan Quinn knows how to write heroes! I fell in love with Lincoln. He’s an absolute sweetheart who’s focused not only on his career but his friends, especially the sexy woman helping him achieve greatness. ♕ Heroine: Indie is a self-possessed heroine who is determined to seize the life she wants but it also plagued by her parent’s drama which spills over to her own life.♕ Sexiness: Even though Linc and Indie hit it off right from the start, this a delicious slow burn for both which I utterly loved. ♕ Feels: There were so many high points in this story, I’d have to narrate the entire book. I laughed so hard my belly ached, I fanned myself, I awed and smiled, I was brought to the edge of tears. It had everything I love about romance. So why the 4 stars? There was curve ball thrown almost at the end which I felt was unnecessary. All in all though, this was a fantastic read which I highly recommend. The Setup is a standalone college romance from by Meghan Quinn. It is a sexy standalone romance, told from both points of view with a happy ending.Amazon -> https://amzn.to/3h2JsmD* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *Stalk me on FaceBook ♕ Instagram ♕ More reviews
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    I Floved This Book! Just absolutely loved it. From the main characters to the secondaries which there were a few. Indie and Lincoln are juniors in College and both have meddling moms who think that they would make the cutest couple and try their hardest to achieve that. This is not just a college romance, it is an epic love story that involves trust, loyalty, honestly, commitment and love. Indie is quick witted, smart and a great athlete. She is on the women's soccer team at Brentwood and has mo I Floved This Book! Just absolutely loved it. From the main characters to the secondaries which there were a few. Indie and Lincoln are juniors in College and both have meddling moms who think that they would make the cutest couple and try their hardest to achieve that. This is not just a college romance, it is an epic love story that involves trust, loyalty, honestly, commitment and love. Indie is quick witted, smart and a great athlete. She is on the women's soccer team at Brentwood and has moves that Lincoln has noticed. Linc is the pitcher on the baseball team and is set to leave college before senior year as a first draft pick and head off to the minors. They have an incredible year together that forms a bond that will be hard to break. I adored Lincoln, just loved him. He was so attentive and supportive of Indie and her achievements, just as much she was for him. He was talented in many areas but his greatest attribute was his devotion to his boys, his moms and especially Indie. The banter between them was funny and had me giggling out loud along with them. I am not an ugly crier with books, but I came damn close with this one, on a few occasions. Their love story was one that I felt was organic and dealt with Indies baggage in a natural way, instead of rushing them to their HEA. But when they finally got there, I did have a sigh of relief that she understood what her emotions and deep feelings meant. I knew all along that Lincoln loved Indie, even if he wasn't aware of it from day one, but he was quicker than Indie realising what they had together. Another thing that I loved, was we got a cameo from Maddox Paige, and it help set the time frame between the books. I want to go back to these secondary characters for just a bit, as many of them are going to be in standalone books coming up. I am desperate to know what is happening with Asher and his yellow dress gal. Of course the same goes for Scarlett and Hutton. Then there is Hartley and Alice, there is definitely more to that story I need to know. I am ready to go back to Brentwood, and witness the next amazing couple.
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  • ABookLover73
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE SLOW-BURN STARS for Indie and Lincoln 💖💙💖💙!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟OMG!!!I LOVE IT!I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!This is one of my favorite books this year!Whenever I want to read some good sports romantic comedy, I know I can never go wrong with Meghan's books because they are always the right choice.Her writing style is simple and fun which is why reading her books is a real pleasure and time with them always flies by quickly.It was the same with this book!I fell in love again with reading books about baseball pla FIVE SLOW-BURN STARS for Indie and Lincoln 💖💙💖💙!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟OMG!!!I LOVE IT!I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!This is one of my favorite books this year!Whenever I want to read some good sports romantic comedy, I know I can never go wrong with Meghan's books because they are always the right choice.Her writing style is simple and fun which is why reading her books is a real pleasure and time with them always flies by quickly.It was the same with this book!I fell in love again with reading books about baseball players.In her series about baseball players, I don’t know which book is better because each one brings something new and has a story that’s hard to forget."The Setup" is a sports romantic comedy with friends to lovers and slow-burn tropes.Indie is one of my favorite female characters because with her badass attitude she immediately showed Lincoln that there is no joking with her.Lincoln is a male character that I fell love already in the prologue. He’s a charming and fun guy with who’s never bored.Indie and Lincoln are a couple made in Haven!Their relationship is amazing, always filled with funny situations and constant teasing, but also with the fire that smolders between them from the very beginning until it finally turns into a real explosion.If you love Meghan's previous baseball books and you also love her writing style, then this is the book you need to read the next!!!Highly recommended!!!
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  • Denise Hoover
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh if that was not just the cutest, sweetest book I have ever read!! I freaking LOVED it! We are brought back into Brentwood baseball with Lincoln and Indie’s story. If you’ve followed along with this baseball series, you know ALLLLLL about Brentwood, the Rebels and those sweet as hell guys. But even if you haven’t followed the baseball series, you don’t have to read them to pick up Linc’s book. And trust me, you gotta pick up this book! Oh Lordy! This somewhat enemies, to friends, to lo Oh my gosh if that was not just the cutest, sweetest book I have ever read!! I freaking LOVED it! We are brought back into Brentwood baseball with Lincoln and Indie’s story. If you’ve followed along with this baseball series, you know ALLLLLL about Brentwood, the Rebels and those sweet as hell guys. But even if you haven’t followed the baseball series, you don’t have to read them to pick up Linc’s book. And trust me, you gotta pick up this book! Oh Lordy! This somewhat enemies, to friends, to lovers book is pure magic. When Lincoln and Indie get set up by their meddling mothers, they had not a clue what they were in store for. While back in Brentwood for college, Lincoln and Indie create this amazing bond with each other. A bond that makes you so envious and a wee bit jealous at times. Then as Brentwood baseball players do, they get called up into the minor/major leagues. I loved the tale and how Meghan Quinn gives you a more realistic approach to their story. It’s not a one time, wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Well... not in the way I’m sayin’... you get a deeper view from each of them, and to see them mature. The epilogue was epic in my opinion, made me laugh out loud and at the end made me say “that may have been the cutest book ever!”. I needed this and you do too! We even got to see a little Maddox and Cory and hear about Knox and Carson! *sigh* I was abruptly (and thankfully) pulled out of my book funk! I know I’ll be telling all my book friends about this one! Heed my advice and do the same, it’ll set you up for some happiness.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I freakin loooooooved this book!!! Meghan hit it out of the park with this one!!! I loved Lincoln so much!!! This book will have you bustin a gut and reaching for the tissues! As usual I was sucked in from the very beginning! I couldn’t put it down! I selfishly didn’t want this book to end! I could of read another 400 pages of Indie and Lincoln! This book right here is why Meghan Quinn is one of the best rom-com writers ever!!! I would absolutely recommend this book!!!Received an arc for an hone I freakin loooooooved this book!!! Meghan hit it out of the park with this one!!! I loved Lincoln so much!!! This book will have you bustin a gut and reaching for the tissues! As usual I was sucked in from the very beginning! I couldn’t put it down! I selfishly didn’t want this book to end! I could of read another 400 pages of Indie and Lincoln! This book right here is why Meghan Quinn is one of the best rom-com writers ever!!! I would absolutely recommend this book!!!Received an arc for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Alcazar
    January 1, 1970
    OMG … so first things first … Today is the 11th, not the 10th, and this book released yesterday, not today. WHY AM I SO EXTRA? *blink*Okay, let us review … You know a story is going to tick off all your boxes when reading the blurb, you just can’t help but laugh for minutes at a time. I mean … amirite?! The Setup delivered for me in spades! I’m reading over my reading notes right now and just laughing like a lunatic! Meghan is seriously talented with the romantic comedy shenanigans! She does OMG … so first things first … Today is the 11th, not the 10th, and this book released yesterday, not today. WHY AM I SO EXTRA? *blink*Okay, let us review … You know a story is going to tick off all your boxes when reading the blurb, you just can’t help but laugh for minutes at a time. I mean … amirite?! The Setup delivered for me in spades! I’m reading over my reading notes right now and just laughing like a lunatic! Meghan is seriously talented with the romantic comedy shenanigans! She does such a good job of blending both the serious and the humorous that you barely realize hours have past and suddenly, you’re done reading. I haven’t read every word she has ever published, but my experience with her writing has been near perfection. She takes me to a place that is enjoyable, relatable, and realistic; sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes so full emotion my heart could burst; always such a perfect blend!Indie and Lincoln couldn’t have been more realistic if they were real people. Their approach to life was written perfectly and I love every choice Meghan made for them. Their journey unfolded with great pacing and I just enjoyed the heck out of this book!Download your copy TODAY exclusively in Amazon!!Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2EmIjsuAmazon UK: https://amzn.to/3j36omZAmazon CA: https://amzn.to/31ker90Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/3hntJzA
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  • Alley Ciz
    January 1, 1970
    I love that we got to go back to Brentwood with Lincoln’s book. I loved Lincoln and Indie’s friendship but watching them dance around each has you itching with the tension. All the Easter eggs for future books and Meghan’s classics humor will have you dancing in your seat.
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  • Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS!✨NOW AVAILABLE!✨ The Setup by Meghan Quinn was another hit! Back to Brentwood we go and I must admit upfront that I absolutely love this world Meghan has built and the antics of these characters–I could not stop laughing for one minute! Setup on a date by their meddling moms, Lincoln and Indie first meet in their twenties. Both go to Brentwood and are dedicated athletes. Indie is so much fun to be around. She's sassy, in control, and doesn't swoon over the infamous Lincoln Castle. She 4 STARS!✨NOW AVAILABLE!✨ The Setup by Meghan Quinn was another hit! Back to Brentwood we go and I must admit upfront that I absolutely love this world Meghan has built and the antics of these characters–I could not stop laughing for one minute! Setup on a date by their meddling moms, Lincoln and Indie first meet in their twenties. Both go to Brentwood and are dedicated athletes. Indie is so much fun to be around. She's sassy, in control, and doesn't swoon over the infamous Lincoln Castle. She has her priorities straight and she does not do relationships. Lincoln, on the other hand, is immediately smitten by Indie. With time he is able to work his charm and the two become fast friends.The Setup was sweet and sexy with drama and angst that stirs things up. Slow burn and frustrating at times–your feels will go off! These boys are worth reading about!! I'm looking forward to *hopefully* getting books for Lincoln's football buddies. *Edits were provided by the author.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • gretareadsromance
    January 1, 1970
    The boys of Brentwood are back! Lincoln Castle is in the hot seat in The Setup and wow is his story a good one! Lincoln is a Ken doll looking pitcher with the draft on his mind when meddling Moms introduce him to Indie. Indie plays soccer but as they both keep their circles small have never met before. In true Meghan Quinn fashion the burn is slow with these two. What starts off as friendship has you on the edge of your seat to see who will turn it into something more.Lincoln is such a fabulous The boys of Brentwood are back! Lincoln Castle is in the hot seat in The Setup and wow is his story a good one! Lincoln is a Ken doll looking pitcher with the draft on his mind when meddling Moms introduce him to Indie. Indie plays soccer but as they both keep their circles small have never met before. In true Meghan Quinn fashion the burn is slow with these two. What starts off as friendship has you on the edge of your seat to see who will turn it into something more.Lincoln is such a fabulous character. He doesn't have much drama and has two hilarious Moms that have the best job. He plays around but isn't a player and it seems when he is in your corner he will be there cheering the loudest. Indie has quite a few secrets and she holds them close. I loved how driven she was even with everything going on in her life. The time lapses kill me and their story had my heart in my throat. Loved the book and loved Lincoln and Indie. Their timeline fits perfectly with the other stories from this series and I like when other characters come back for cameos (also The Mother Road!). After reading there are a few more characters I hope we get the stories of as well. The secondary characters in this series always have me laughing. Great read!
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly this is my least favorite book of this series, I did not enjoy this book at all about 70 percent I skipped to the last chapter, not because I wanted to know the end but because nothing happened in the story and I felt that they were Knox and Emory 2.0 with some variations, It did not feel original, even the way they meet again and reconcile is practically the same 🤷‍♀️, and the separation time ahhh first book wowww that's new, second mmmm again but it works, third time ehhh really nop n Honestly this is my least favorite book of this series, I did not enjoy this book at all about 70 percent I skipped to the last chapter, not because I wanted to know the end but because nothing happened in the story and I felt that they were Knox and Emory 2.0 with some variations, It did not feel original, even the way they meet again and reconcile is practically the same 🤷‍♀️, and the separation time ahhh first book wowww that's new, second mmmm again but it works, third time ehhh really nop no funny anymore 🤪.I really don't like Indie and the last chapter aghhh "you weren't there when I needed you most" really when you said jump Lincoln asked How High, at that point and honestly most of the book wasn't rooting for them, and again that final chapter make me mad and it felt rushed and superficial, even the epilogue was the same, and I think that part of the story deserved more. 🤷‍♀️So as I said this book is my least favorite of the series, I still love Meghan Quinn, but this book just didn't work for me and I hope the nex baseball boy hooks me on this series again. ⚾⚾
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  • Amy Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️I cannot profess to be an authority in all things Meghan Quinn. I’ve recently started reading her stories, and I’ve fallen in deep. Eventually, after reading other ARCs and reviewing them, I WILL read her entire book list because she writes a brand of romance that both amuses and entertains me. Hidden in the lines of hilarious dialogue and sometimes absurd storylines lies a depth that surprises me every single time. Imagine taking a journey that feels light and happy Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️I cannot profess to be an authority in all things Meghan Quinn. I’ve recently started reading her stories, and I’ve fallen in deep. Eventually, after reading other ARCs and reviewing them, I WILL read her entire book list because she writes a brand of romance that both amuses and entertains me. Hidden in the lines of hilarious dialogue and sometimes absurd storylines lies a depth that surprises me every single time. Imagine taking a journey that feels light and happy. You knowingly run that journey because it makes you feel good. Then, there is a quick turn and that lightness and happiness is replaced with a knowingness about life: that life isn’t always easy and light and happy. Yet, it isn’t always bleak either. When you read a book such as Quinn’s, you’re reminded that life is made up of moments of light and dark. That your focus is key to determining if you will remain in the dark or choose the light. In Quinn’s novels, thankfully, the light always wins out. Her newest book, The Setup, illustrates this concept beautifully. What seemed like a light romp of romance for a cocky, yet empathic hero such as Lincoln and a fiery, insightful Indie became a master lesson in Quinn’s writing depth. Thus far, The Setup is my favorite Meghan Quinn romance.What makes Meghan Quinn’s newest book a 5-star read?1) For one, Quinn’s ability to shift between humor and gravity is impressive. I didn’t see the last third of her book coming. What began as a seemingly quick read turned into a story that I didn’t want to put down. I won’t tell you this book’s secrets, but you should know that this journey is not a straight one. However, that was my favorite part of this book. I loved that what I thought I was getting was replaced with what I needed to read. I love that storytelling surprise.2)Quinn’s characterization of Lincoln and Indie is everything. I think the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” comes into play through the development of Lincoln. He is not like her other baseball heroes. Lincoln’s ability to empathize and “see” Indie is the reason you fall for him. He is not perfect in this, though. And this causes some of the strife of The Setup. I think it’s also fairly true to life. Additionally, I adored Indie. This is a woman who has set her course, and while she wants Lincoln permanently in her life in some form, she must also choose her own dreams. There are moments when you want to yell at her to be reasonable and just fall, but Quinn does a beautiful job in showing us her “whys.” Together, these two are fated, and you can’t help but hope for their happy ending. Quinn deftly invests you in her characters in The Setup.3)The ancillary characters are romance gold. From Lincoln’s moms (oh, meddling moms are key to romance humor) to his roommates to Scarlett, Indie’s roommate, Quinn is able to weave in humor and wisdom when her characters need it. As I was reading the story, I found myself pining for the stories of Lincoln and Indie’s friends. I’m hoping we will read them in the future because Quinn has piqued my interest through their development. They made this story so full and yet wanting. As those voices quieted in the last third of the book, I found myself missing their influence in the lives of Quinn’s hero and heroine. That shows Quinn’s prowess at character development. 4)The story of The Setup is such a keen reminder that life is not linear. It would have been easy for Quinn to write a very linear, typical romantic chronology. However, to be frank, her readers would have been bored. Instead, Quinn wrote the story that we all needed even though the light falls away at some point and the darkness prevails for a time. Thankfully, the dark is never bleak in a Quinn romance, so there is the reward of the perfect ending for Indie and Lincoln here. I honestly didn’t realize that the story Quinn wrote was the story I needed in the end. From start to finish, she had my heart. I think the crux of The Setup is a life’s journey. It isn’t straight, and it takes us down paths that we never expected for ourselves. However, if we are honest, and if we are open, we will find the path that is fit for us. This is definitely the case for Lincoln and Indie. And in the end, Quinn reminds us why her romances both engage and challenge our thinking about life. For me, The Setup was one of the best romances I read this month.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Why do I do this to myself? Honestly, I know every time that Meghan Quinn is going to write two characters I'm going to fall in love with, then she's going to rip my heart out and throw it into a blender, and STILL. Still EVERY TIME I come crawling back for more. I must be a glutton for punishment. Lincoln is one of the best heroes Meghan has ever created, and I don't say that lightly. He's funny, he's smart, he's loyal, he's supportive, he's honestly 100% incredible. And as a result, I wanted t Why do I do this to myself? Honestly, I know every time that Meghan Quinn is going to write two characters I'm going to fall in love with, then she's going to rip my heart out and throw it into a blender, and STILL. Still EVERY TIME I come crawling back for more. I must be a glutton for punishment. Lincoln is one of the best heroes Meghan has ever created, and I don't say that lightly. He's funny, he's smart, he's loyal, he's supportive, he's honestly 100% incredible. And as a result, I wanted to slap Indie in the face about 890893201 times throughout this book because she just would not lock that sh*t down. But I get it. The girl had baggage and it wasn't something you could easily get over. Lincoln and Indie together were hilarious, and fun, and filled with so much slow burn tension that they were incredibly steamy when we hit that little milestone. From their meddling moms (and the website building), down to the donuts and silly competitive wagers, the two of them were just downright enjoyable. I also thought it was interesting that, we have another Brentwood baseball player on our hands, but barely talked about the baseball aspect. This is one of the first times where the baseball took a backseat and our heroine and her (soccer) career were front and center. I thought it was nice how the baseball was still woven in, but we miss a lot of it because a bulk of our story takes place in the beginning of the school year when baseball isn't playing, just training. Obviously, once Linc participates in the draft that changes, but we still got through a lot of the book where you only see him training, and the heroine isn't the one attending games and cheering the hero on; it's reversed. I really enjoyed that, intentional or not. One thing I didn't love? A plot twist involving Indie towards the end that seemed a little unnecessary and a bit wrong. I get that it can happen, and I understand that Indie was always in this weird headspace, but it just didn't feel RIGHT and it made me a little angry that it was kind of lobbed in there. I got over it, but I wasn't thrilled that this particular situation was used as a plot device. It felt cheap and I didn't enjoy it. I also know that Meghan throws in realistic timelines towards a reconciliation, so I brace myself for that every time, however this one seemed to be moving along fine and then BAM. HEA and we're done. With Indie and Linc, although it was inevitable, I thought they would have talked or worked at it a bit more at the end. I don't know, it felt a little rushed. I still liked it, and I appreciate how much time it took for them to find each other again, but after that is where it felt too easy. But maybe that's the point? Being with each other was always easy for them, so why not end that way? I don't know. I'm less upset about that than I am the Indie plot twist. Regardless, 90% of this book had me either in stitches or in tears, as is Meghan's way, and I absolutely enjoyed it. Scarlett was a freaking riot, Hutton, Hartley, and Rusty were aces, and the inclusion of a former hero tying the worlds together, was just *chef's kiss* and I loved it. Another book well done by Meghan Quinn. Now give me Holt's story, dammit. I miss him.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4, You're my person, Stars!The Setup is a laugh out loud, entertaining romance.The Setup follows the story of Lincoln and Indie. From the moment I met Lincoln and his moms, I was in love. Not only did Lincoln have an unbelievable bond with his moms, but I just loved his moms meddlesome ways. They just wanted their boy to be happy and the lengths they went through to find him happiness just brought a smile to my face. In the end, all of the meddlings worked because if it wasn’t for Lincoln’s mom, 4, You're my person, Stars!The Setup is a laugh out loud, entertaining romance.The Setup follows the story of Lincoln and Indie. From the moment I met Lincoln and his moms, I was in love. Not only did Lincoln have an unbelievable bond with his moms, but I just loved his moms meddlesome ways. They just wanted their boy to be happy and the lengths they went through to find him happiness just brought a smile to my face. In the end, all of the meddlings worked because if it wasn’t for Lincoln’s mom, Lincoln would have never met Indie….Some things you should know about Lincoln. He’s a terrific athlete. He’s a great friend. He’s loyal and supportive. Definitely, someone, you’d want in your corner. And then we have Indie, who is also an athlete. So, she gets Lincoln and understands the pressures of the game. She’s guarded when it comes to letting people get close. But, if she lets you in, you’re golden. For Lincoln, meeting Indie was a complete game-changer. Their relationship was the true definition of SLOW BURN. I loved how simple things were and how these two just fit. Their friendship was one for the books. They were each other’s person. But, deep down, their friendship was always destined to be more. The chemistry and passion between these two just sizzled. The closer they got, the more they were going to burn. I thought I was going to die waiting for these two to take the next step, but all that waiting just made it sweeter.While I love Indie and Lincoln together, there was one thing that really bothered me. Indie and Lincoln’s story experiences quite the time jump towards the last 15-20% of the book and I just HATED it! They were separated for soooooooo long!! Their lives took them in different directions, but they tried to hold on to their “friendship”. There was some conflict towards the end that just killed me. I hated it. I wish I wish, I wish I could go into more detail, but since I can’t you’re just going to have to pick up this book for yourself to see what I’m talking about. My only other complaint was the ending. It felt so rushed and after everything that Lincoln and Indie went through, I wanted, no needed more.The Setup was an entertaining and captivating read. I was glued to the pages and couldn’t wait to see how Indie and Lincoln’s story would play out. Yes, there were some moments that made me absolutely batty and left me wishing for more, but even with all of that, I loved every second of their journey. This book made laugh and swoon and it frustrated the heck out of me. And for me, that makes it one heck of an enjoyable read! I had a lot of fun getting swept up in The Setup and can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us readers next.*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Stacie R.
    January 1, 1970
    My heart. This book seriously pulled at my heartstrings. Lincoln and Indie are hands down my favorite of Meghan’s baseball couples (and that’s saying something because Maddox Paige may be fictional but I’m pretty sure I was in love with him lol). Lincoln and Indie have some of the funniest banter, but some of the most heartbreaking moments as well. Lincoln is seriously the sweetest guy. When he’s your friend, there is no one more loyal, and no one that you can count on more. He doesn’t take his My heart. This book seriously pulled at my heartstrings. Lincoln and Indie are hands down my favorite of Meghan’s baseball couples (and that’s saying something because Maddox Paige may be fictional but I’m pretty sure I was in love with him lol). Lincoln and Indie have some of the funniest banter, but some of the most heartbreaking moments as well. Lincoln is seriously the sweetest guy. When he’s your friend, there is no one more loyal, and no one that you can count on more. He doesn’t take his friendships lightly, and when you become his friend, it’s a big deal. The way he cared about Indie (and the way Meghan described it) was beautiful. He only wanted the best for her, even if that meant it wasn’t him. The push and pull between the two of them, I don’t think I have words for how much I loved it. And Indie, that girl is seriously one so complex, and I love it. She gave as good as she got, I love that she fought for what she wanted. She’s fiercely independent, but she truly has a heart of gold. The journey that she took to find herself, I felt like I was on that journey right along beside her. Meghan Quinn has once again taken a hero and heroine and made me fall in love with them. She writes in such a way that it makes these characters seem real, and makes me want to be their friends! And Lincoln’s roommates/best friends, OH MY GOSH, these boys cracked me up, Hartley, Hutton, Rusty, Asher, even Deacon, seriously get them all together and I was laughing out loud. I need each and every one of those boys to get a book of their own! And Scarlett, Indie’s best friend, that girl is my spirit animal, no filter, says what she means and doesn’t care who hears it. She’s hilarious and an amazing friend to Indie. All of these secondary characters in this story added so much to this book! One of my favorites reads of 2020!!
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  • booksiflove
    January 1, 1970
    Wooohooo the Brentwood boys are back! I love them so much! Indie & Lincoln meet for the first time in their break over summer because their mom’s are meddling. As it happens to be, they both attend Brentwood , they are both athletes - Lincoln is a pitcher and Indie plays soccer - both on their way to make it to the pro’s.They form a friendship, a tight best friend friendship, which later turns into with benefits. Their chemistry is high and off the charts, but it’s also slow burn. I was on pins Wooohooo the Brentwood boys are back! I love them so much! Indie & Lincoln meet for the first time in their break over summer because their mom’s are meddling. As it happens to be, they both attend Brentwood , they are both athletes - Lincoln is a pitcher and Indie plays soccer - both on their way to make it to the pro’s.They form a friendship, a tight best friend friendship, which later turns into with benefits. Their chemistry is high and off the charts, but it’s also slow burn. I was on pins and needles until they kiss for the first time!! All. The. Feels!!! Everything sounds perfect right?! But not everything is good just because it looks good. You need to look closer. I can’t say more, as it would be a huge spoiler. Circumstances have it that Indie & Lincoln go separate ways, even tho it hurts. Can they overcome all obstacles and be together?!Oh man, all the feelings again from Meghan Quinn!! I think she makes it her mission to have us readers sobbing in heartbreak 😭. I was full out crying while reading cause I totally felt for Indie and Lincoln. I wanted to smack them to come to their senses!! The book was funny as hell, I loved Lincoln’s mom’s. They are hilarious. This is an amazing best friend to lovers including sports story!! I absolutely loved it, and can say it’s a must read!!!And never forget: “𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿,”I kindly received an arc from the author and voluntarily left a review
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  • Basic
    January 1, 1970
    Wow wow wow. Up and coming baseball hottie and smart assed sexy soccer star equal one black out, star seeing experience!! Lincoln Castle and Indie Mayhem suffer from meddling mom’s. After a horrific summer break being set up on date after disastrous date these two get ambushed and set up together. While it wasn’t a match made in Heaven like their moms hoped for it was something else neither of them saw coming. Meghan Quinn creates such amazing worlds and characters, full of sweet, caring, funny Wow wow wow. Up and coming baseball hottie and smart assed sexy soccer star equal one black out, star seeing experience!! Lincoln Castle and Indie Mayhem suffer from meddling mom’s. After a horrific summer break being set up on date after disastrous date these two get ambushed and set up together. While it wasn’t a match made in Heaven like their moms hoped for it was something else neither of them saw coming. Meghan Quinn creates such amazing worlds and characters, full of sweet, caring, funny handsome men (hello real world complex!) and lean and fit, smart mouthed, strong women, it’s so easy to get lost and forget the real world exists. The Setup in no exception and I loved every minute of it!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    I was eagerly waiting for The Setup to drop into my kindle. True to form, it was another successful addition to the Brentwood baseball series. I absolutely enjoyed this cute, sweet and hilarious sports romance which hit me with so many feels. I laughed, I cried and I swooned as I witnessed Lincoln and Indie’s story unfold. I loved every minute of this heartfelt friends-to-lovers new adult romance.I was delighted that Linc and Indie brought us back to Brentwood University. Lincoln and Indie were I was eagerly waiting for The Setup to drop into my kindle. True to form, it was another successful addition to the Brentwood baseball series. I absolutely enjoyed this cute, sweet and hilarious sports romance which hit me with so many feels. I laughed, I cried and I swooned as I witnessed Lincoln and Indie’s story unfold. I loved every minute of this heartfelt friends-to-lovers new adult romance.I was delighted that Linc and Indie brought us back to Brentwood University. Lincoln and Indie were both elite athletes who were determined to go pro. They were not looking for love because they didn’t want any distractions to get in their way of their dreams. However, fate had other plans for them as their nosy meddling mothers set them up. As they spent time with each other on campus, unexpected feelings started to grow.I loved the easy and honest connection that the couple shared. They understood all the hardship every aspiring athlete had to endure and all the sweat, blood and hard work they had to put in. They respected each other’s dedication and helped each other better themselves in order to reach their dream of become a professional athletes. I felt their camaraderie and friendship which lead to lots of fun adventures.Linc and Indie were stuck at the “are they or are they not” situation for a long time. Their journey was bumpy and filled with lots of laughs, tears, sacrifices and recognition. I was heart broken and I felt their turmoil and despair in finding their "person" but at the wrong time of their life. Luckily, my heart was mended with the most fitting epilogue which took place at where it all started.Another favorite part of the book was that we got to watch Linc and Indie grow. Since their story started at Brentwood, we were by them at all their special moments, from realizing they were in love for the first time to their first experience of success, we saw how each event shaped them to be the person they were.The story also introduced another crew of interesting characters and Meghan hinted that there will be a spin-off series soon. I was jumping up and down for that news.I absolutely enjoyed this fun, heartfelt and swoony sports romance. If you haven’t read any of the Brentwood baseball books, what are you waiting for?!I volunteered to provide an honest review of an advance complimentary copy of this book.Follow Me: Maggie’s Escape Book Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
    January 1, 1970
    Original review: A Novel GlimpseNote: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.4.5 StarsMEGHAN QUINN! Where did this story come from because I want more! Seriously. The Set Up was perfect in so many ways.The Set Up began in a hilarious way. From that initial meeting, I knew I was going to fall in love with this story and the characters. Lincoln was every bit as swoony as Maddox from The Change Up. Those were big shoes to fill and somehow Meghan Quinn outdid herself coming up with Lin Original review: A Novel GlimpseNote: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.4.5 StarsMEGHAN QUINN! Where did this story come from because I want more! Seriously. The Set Up was perfect in so many ways.The Set Up began in a hilarious way. From that initial meeting, I knew I was going to fall in love with this story and the characters. Lincoln was every bit as swoony as Maddox from The Change Up. Those were big shoes to fill and somehow Meghan Quinn outdid herself coming up with Lincoln. To top it off, she created the perfect match in Indie. The fact that Indie was an athlete as well made her chemistry with Lincoln even stronger. I loved how they pushed each other to excel while developing a cool friendship. If they were real, I would so want to be in their circle.Oh, that "friendship"... It was such a ride! Lincoln and Indie might not have wanted their feelings for each other to be known, but their chemistry was undeniable. I smiled and laughed so hard while they tried to figure things out. Quinn's trademark humor shined big time in this book. I don't know how she comes up with the stuff she does, but I appreciate it. She took a friends to lovers romance and made it something special with all that humor.Since I've been talking about friends, it's only right to mention Lincoln and Indie's friends. You're going to love them! They added some of the best moments to the story. I loved the way they all interacted and how I could feel the bonds they had.The only thing I still don't know how I feel about in this book was the dramactic event. It felt shocking. I should have expected it based on how each book in this series is set up and by who I knew Lincoln to be based on The Change Up. Somehow, I had forgotten. I was so wrapped up in how everything started and went down along the way that I forgot what I already knew. I just didn't enjoy that part. It made me sadder than I wanted to be. I guess it did fit in with everything, though. I can't fault that too much. It's probably more of a "me" or mood thing.I absolutely loved being back in the Brentwood college sports setting. This book did not end my love of the characters, sports, and school. I have not gotten enough of it. I hope Meghan Quinn will continue to give us hilarious new adult romances set in this world. There are some roommates from this book who's stories need to be told.
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  • Aundi-Musings of The Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    5 Friends with Benefits Crowns Meghan has hit a home run with this slow burn, friends to lover’s romance that will hit you with a line drive straight in the feels. The boys of Brentwood are back in a big way and I am loving every minute of it. Indie and Lincoln are spectacular with a chemistry that is sizzles whenever they are together and a connection that is strong you can feel it burn from the pages. This all started because of two meddling moms, and I have to say I died for this. Linc 5 Friends with Benefits Crowns Meghan has hit a home run with this slow burn, friends to lover’s romance that will hit you with a line drive straight in the feels. The boys of Brentwood are back in a big way and I am loving every minute of it. Indie and Lincoln are spectacular with a chemistry that is sizzles whenever they are together and a connection that is strong you can feel it burn from the pages. This all started because of two meddling moms, and I have to say I died for this. Lincoln’s moms are amazing and the perfect amount of funny and embarrassing that any child can fully appreciate. They want their son to be happy and to them that means a girlfriend. Indie’s mom is the same, thinking that the only way she will be happy is if she finds a man. Enter the awkward first meeting that turns into a soul deep friendship that the two of them didn’t even know they needed. Lincoln and Indie are similar in so many ways. They are both driven and athletic with strong goals in mind for their futures. They are headed in different directions so they know that whatever comes of their friendship won’t last after Lincoln gets drafted and Indie ends up wherever she does for soccer. But the strength of their bond and their deep rooted desire for each other will not be silenced and they inevitable fall into a friends with benefit’s type situation. Meghan has captured my heart and soul with this book. Watching as Indie goes through her experiences and finds the strength that she needs in Lincoln will tear your heart wide open. I was consumed from the minute I opened this book until the very last page. You can tell from the start that these two are meant for each other they just needed to get their lives together for that to happen. And seeing some of the old school guys come through was a highlight for me, I miss Maddox something fierce. This book was an absolute delight to read, the dynamics between the characters and the flawless way the Meghan writes will keep you utterly entertained. Without a doubt Lincoln and Indie are a top Meghan couple for me!!! Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary copy
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    When you are cracking up before the end of page 2, you know it’s going to be an awesome read! And The Setup from Meghan Quinn was definitely a great addition to go with all her baseball books! Indie and Lincoln were just an addicting couple to read about and they were simply wonderful.I just adored Lincoln so much! He was just so sweet and loyal and just a really great guy. I don’t know if I can come up with one flaw that he has. I loved the relationship he had with Indie and how it grew so natu When you are cracking up before the end of page 2, you know it’s going to be an awesome read! And The Setup from Meghan Quinn was definitely a great addition to go with all her baseball books! Indie and Lincoln were just an addicting couple to read about and they were simply wonderful.I just adored Lincoln so much! He was just so sweet and loyal and just a really great guy. I don’t know if I can come up with one flaw that he has. I loved the relationship he had with Indie and how it grew so naturally. They really built a solid friendship that meant the world to both of them and the two of them together were just too cute. The chemistry they had was some of the best I’ve seen with these baseball guys of Meghan’s and again……I loved them together so much.So ugh……that’s why it absolutely pains me to say this, but this hands down was a 5 star read for me, right up until the end. There was one big thing with Indie that made absolutely no sense to me, especially after everything we had come to know about her. It just didn’t fit with the story to me and seemed completely unnecessary. I know there’s got to be some sort of “big” moment – but, I really, really didn’t like what happened. There were still plenty of moments that I absolutely enjoyed……I laughed (oh Maddox…..that one line kills me!)….I swooned and laughed some more. Definitely a great story, but the ending definitely left a bitter taste in my mouth.
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  • Escape into a Booksite
    January 1, 1970
    *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story, and I sped through it fairly fast. Lincoln and Indie meet because their Mums try to set them up, always meddling in their love lives over the summer. Things are a bit frosty at first between them, but once they start a friendship, you can see how well suited they really are.In loved watching them get to know each other, and even though they fight it, there is amazing chemistry between them. Also the way *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story, and I sped through it fairly fast. Lincoln and Indie meet because their Mums try to set them up, always meddling in their love lives over the summer. Things are a bit frosty at first between them, but once they start a friendship, you can see how well suited they really are.In loved watching them get to know each other, and even though they fight it, there is amazing chemistry between them. Also the way they understood the others love for the sport they played, and how they supported each other with those sports. Throw in some really fun secondary characters, in terms of their friends, and Lincoln's Mums, and this makes for a really fun book.I had a fairly good idea for most of the book, what was going to cause the inevitable issue for our couple, but things still played out differently to what I expected.This is probably one of my favourite books in this series from Meghan, and I can't wait to see what comes next in this world. Loved this one, highly recommend.Review also on my blog - The Setup by Meghan Quinn Follow me on:FacebookTwitterInstagram
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  • Aimee Crant-oksa
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun read! I love sports romances and Meghan Quinn does it so well. Meddling moms, a st up and fun loving banter, The Set Up had it all. A fun premise filed with great characters, fun writing and a perfect friends to lover story.Lincoln is a baseball player at Brentwood College destined to make it to the big leagues. Indie is a soccer player and wants nothing to do with a relationship. Jilted from her parents rocky relationship, and focusing on her sport and school work, Indie doesn't have What a fun read! I love sports romances and Meghan Quinn does it so well. Meddling moms, a st up and fun loving banter, The Set Up had it all. A fun premise filed with great characters, fun writing and a perfect friends to lover story.Lincoln is a baseball player at Brentwood College destined to make it to the big leagues. Indie is a soccer player and wants nothing to do with a relationship. Jilted from her parents rocky relationship, and focusing on her sport and school work, Indie doesn't have time for much else.When two moms decide to set up their kids, an amazing friendship awaits. These two together had such chemistry, fun conversations and sparks. Lincoln was so much more than just a baseball player. Raised by two moms, he has such a sensitive side. Indie was so afraid of feeling more, she kept Lincoln at arms length. But together these two complemented each other so well.I just loved how this story developed as you got to know these two so well. You had to root for them. They went through their ups and downs and had to grow as characters.I definitely recommend this friends to lovers, sports romance. Meghan Quinn fans will devour it!
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    And there you have it......did you have any doubt? I didn’t! Why you ask? Well because it’s Meghan Freaking Quinn!That’s right.....The Setup earns 5 stars from me because of soooooooo many reasons: the humor stands out (I know that I’m going to get this every time I open one of Ms. Quinn’s books. The humor came from so many “people”: Lincoln and Indie, of course, but throw in their mom’s and oh Lordy!!! Get ready to laugh out loud!Another reason for the 5🌟.....get ready.....because I am breaking And there you have it......did you have any doubt? I didn’t! Why you ask? Well because it’s Meghan Freaking Quinn!That’s right.....The Setup earns 5 stars from me because of soooooooo many reasons: the humor stands out (I know that I’m going to get this every time I open one of Ms. Quinn’s books. The humor came from so many “people”: Lincoln and Indie, of course, but throw in their mom’s and oh Lordy!!! Get ready to laugh out loud!Another reason for the 5🌟.....get ready.....because I am breaking out the tear rating. I got teary eyed over half way through, sooooooo.......The Setup is getting a tear rating of 5 tears!!If you haven’t already figured it out, I adored Linc and Indie! Their story was so refreshing, I enjoyed the twist on who was damaged and who was the savior of sorts. Another fabulous story from Ms. Quinn; and if you haven’t already guessed, the PB will he added to my Meghan Quinn Bookshelf.....yes, I have a shelf devoted to ALL of her books!
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the most frustrating books I've ever read.It started okay, it was funny, I liked the banter between the characters, but than I got to the end and I almost dnf. I have problem with this author books cause she did the whole 5years or 8 years later in the prevous books and I hated it here. Didnt like Indie at all, she was stupid, selfish,a true hypocrite who didn't want a relationship but goes and gets pregnant and than engaged to a different guy, where is the logic in that????How c This was one of the most frustrating books I've ever read.It started okay, it was funny, I liked the banter between the characters, but than I got to the end and I almost dnf. I have problem with this author books cause she did the whole 5years or 8 years later in the prevous books and I hated it here. Didnt like Indie at all, she was stupid, selfish,a true hypocrite who didn't want a relationship but goes and gets pregnant and than engaged to a different guy, where is the logic in that????How can you even love someone but have sex with different OW and OM, they rarely saw each other in that period, they didnt even talk on the phone for months and years. That ending was so abrupt and not even realistic at all.I usually like her books but this one was just awful.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Didn’t care for Indie. Not a fan of the “friends with benefits” plot. I also didn’t realize this would be a college heavy, new adult story. It has to be done really well for me to buy in and this wasn’t.And the time jumps at the end, over those. It feels like an easy way out, a rush to end the book without giving us the actual story. It lacks closure and I end up not believing the HEA at all. Edited this to add, the last 20% was horrible. Each time jump got worse and worse. Why is this couple ev Didn’t care for Indie. Not a fan of the “friends with benefits” plot. I also didn’t realize this would be a college heavy, new adult story. It has to be done really well for me to buy in and this wasn’t.And the time jumps at the end, over those. It feels like an easy way out, a rush to end the book without giving us the actual story. It lacks closure and I end up not believing the HEA at all. Edited this to add, the last 20% was horrible. Each time jump got worse and worse. Why is this couple even together?! Very disappointing book.
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  • Lindsey (Linz Readz)
    January 1, 1970
    We all know I'm a sucker for friends to lovers romances and I really enjoyed the majority of this story. Lincoln and Indie's story is a laugh out loud, entertaining romance and I absolutely loved their meddling mothers. This story is the definition of slow burn and I loved how deep their friendship grew. I was dying for them to take the next step in their relationship!There is one part towards the last end of the book that I didn't like. I wish I could go into more detail about this but I don't We all know I'm a sucker for friends to lovers romances and I really enjoyed the majority of this story. Lincoln and Indie's story is a laugh out loud, entertaining romance and I absolutely loved their meddling mothers. This story is the definition of slow burn and I loved how deep their friendship grew. I was dying for them to take the next step in their relationship!There is one part towards the last end of the book that I didn't like. I wish I could go into more detail about this but I don't want to spoil anything. Overall, at the end, I wanted a lot more but definitely needed a little bit more. Grateful to have received a complimentary ARC copy to honestly review.
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  • Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Swoon! Lincoln Castle has finally arrived!!About The Setup:The Setup is a friends to lovers, romantic comedy told from both Lincoln and Indie’s point of view. Baseball heartthrob meets the vixen of soccer.On the outside you’d think Lincoln Castle has the perfect life. He’s a well known college baseball pitcher looking his draft year in the eye. His dreams of playing professional baseball are a huge possibility, he has his small circle of friends, and he has the sport groupies eating out of Holy Swoon! Lincoln Castle has finally arrived!!About The Setup:The Setup is a friends to lovers, romantic comedy told from both Lincoln and Indie’s point of view. Baseball heartthrob meets the vixen of soccer.On the outside you’d think Lincoln Castle has the perfect life. He’s a well known college baseball pitcher looking his draft year in the eye. His dreams of playing professional baseball are a huge possibility, he has his small circle of friends, and he has the sport groupies eating out of the palm of his hand. What more could a man ask for… Indie Mayhem needs a good season in order for her dreams of going pro to come true. Her main focus is to kill it on the field and in order to do that, she needs a clear mind and sharp focus….When you add two overzealous matchmakers in the form of their mother’s to the equation. You get complete chaos… and a love meant to last lifetimes.My Thoughts:I think Lincoln Castle just ran off with my heart!! Holy hell this book was one hell of a journey, but that’s what I have easily come to expect from Meghan Quinn! Every new book is a new adventure into a world full of laughs, crazy antics, and heart string pulling moments. There is never a dull moment, that’s for damn sure.I’ve made it my mission, with this series, to go into each book with a blind notion. I try as hard as I can to avoid spoilers and teasers. I want to take in the stories with nothing but my own thoughts in my mind and I feel these relationships are best experienced firsthand and without bias. So far, my mission has been successful and I’ve come to love each and every character within this series of standalones that much more. Baseball is my absolute favorite sport! There’s nothing better than getting lost in a baseball romance for a few hours. Lately though, I’ve been really enjoying soccer romances. To be honest, I don’t remember ever sitting back and watching a soccer game, nor have I ever really cared for the sport…. Let’s just say I have horrible gym flashbacks. I still fear the dreaded soccer ball to the face scenario that played out a time or two… I’ve come to the realization, I really enjoy soccer in romances! I love the shown dedication and time it takes to achieve your greatest potential. There’s a sense of discipline within these novels that I rarely see in other sports novels. Indie’s dedication to the sport is inspiring.Lincoln and Indie may just be one of my favorite couples to come from this series of standalones. I loved everything about these two! From their endless banter, the sexy innuendos, and the slow burn vibes. Lincoln and Indie have the makings for a great love story! I’m not going to lie, the slow burn drove me near to insanity! The sexual tension was off the charts, and there were moments I legit shouted at my kindle. The chemistry is so hot with these two. It’s undeniable! But what’s better than an explosion of lust is watching two people slowly get to know one another, form a friendship, and build it up to a little more than friends. I love the excitement that goes along with watching two people slowly getting to know each other and quickly becoming the best of friends. The camaraderie between Indie and Lincoln is an important factor of this novel. These two were meant to be best friends first and all it took was two meddling mothers and a blind date for them to see the potential. She was the person he needed at that time in his life and vice versa. It was refreshing to witness two initial strangers meeting and over a series of months forming a bond that becomes unbreakable. The timing of every situation was on point.Lincoln’s moms made this novel that much more epic!! I found myself laughing the most when Lincoln would go back home and spend time with his moms! I found myself laughing even harder when Indie was brought into the mix with open arms. I loved how they all seemed to, endearingly, gang up on Lincoln. It made for some hilarious moments.Lincoln and Indie in each other’s natural element made for some of my absolute favorite moments! When Lincoln can’t reach his goal, to pitch ninety five miles per hour, Indie easily narrows down his problem. His legs simply aren’t strong enough to produce the fast pitch. So with Indie by his side, they hit the gym and work together to achieve his dream. I couldn’t get enough of seeing these two helping one another out. I loved the friendship, the endless banter, and seeing them grow closer with time.There's more to The Setup than endless banter and hilarious moments. There's also an angst underlying where Indie is concerned. You see, this girl is the keeper of a deep family secret. A secret that is slowly crushing her soul, jading her heart, and giving her a darker outlook on how she wants her life to be in the future. With this situation, comes a lack of communication, and a fear of getting to close and having your world self destruct all around you. My heart broke for Indie and all she'd been bottling up.With that being said, I'm going to close this review by saying I highly recommend The Setup to all those who love friends to lovers, endless banter, and competitive sports romances. Indie and Lincoln have all that and so much more!! I need more!!!________________Find me here:The Staircase ReaderInstagramFacebookTwitter
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 5 StarsPlot: Slow burn best friends to loversHero: Lincoln, a sensitive, funny baseball player. Doesn't sleep around and if focused on entering the draft.Heroine: Indie, a strong-willed, sarcastic athlete, devoted to making it to the pros for soccer. She's anti-relationships due to her family and focus on her career. Meghan Quinn has done it again...As a fan of Meghan Quinn's books, I was pretty excited about the latest installment of the boys from Brentwood. I wasn't sure about Lincoln Rating: 5 StarsPlot: Slow burn best friends to loversHero: Lincoln, a sensitive, funny baseball player. Doesn't sleep around and if focused on entering the draft.Heroine: Indie, a strong-willed, sarcastic athlete, devoted to making it to the pros for soccer. She's anti-relationships due to her family and focus on her career. Meghan Quinn has done it again...As a fan of Meghan Quinn's books, I was pretty excited about the latest installment of the boys from Brentwood. I wasn't sure about Lincoln since we had only really met him in The Change Up, but I think that's part of what made this book so good. As a fan, I can admit that I was getting a little bit bogged down with all of the characters from the Rebels and Bobcats getting paired up in the last few books. It seemed like everyone was getting matched with people connected to each other. There's a point where I was losing track of who was related/best friends with who. And when you get to that point, the book itself starts to lose some of its interest. But Meghan Quinn had the perfect solution to ultimately refresh this series. She took it back to Brentwood University, but brought us all new characters. There were of course connections to the previous books and nods to some of her other works (I see you with the comment about bonfires at college parties). Overall, the new characters and bringing it back to the college setting really was a breath of fresh air.As for those characters, Lincoln and Indie were so unique and interesting. Lincoln was a caring and funny lead who balanced out Indie so well. Indie felt like a perfect strong and independent woman without constantly saying she was. The way she acted and thought made her character really embody the mindset of a competitive female athlete. Together they complimented each other so well. Each of them had their goals and they made each other better throughout the book. Their give and take comedy and sass had me smiling the whole way through. Overall, this was an amazing book that I'm positive I'll be rereading. I'm definitely hoping to get more stories about the new characters introduced, especially from the Brentwood football team (do I hear a new series???)As for the plot, I loved the way this story began. Everything about the way their relationship progressed seemed organic and realistic. This story was a success mix of slow burn, friends to lovers and friends with benefits. Which seems weird to try and explain, but everything about it worked. Not to mention, that's how a lot of relationships progress now. I loved that they both recognized they were in different places in life and on different paths, yet they never tried to force one another to fit into their path. (view spoiler)[Honestly, the way they were there for each other through success (Lincoln getting drafted, achieving 95, Indie's home games) and their lows (death of her father, honestly everything with her parents, his struggles in the minor leagues, etc.) showed how strong of a couple they were going to be. That's one of the biggest problems I had with the Locker Room. When Knox and Emory broke up for what felt like no reason, they were supposed to stay friends, but never did. The Set Up finally gave me what book 1 could've been. It just solidified that their relationship was strong enough to handle long absences, time apart, time without talking and the other challenges in life without them turning on each other.If I had to complain at all about this book, my problem would be with some of the chapters at the end. I felt like the author should've fleshed out Indie's abusive relationship a little bit more or chosen a different situation. I felt like it was mentioned and then forgotten so they could finally get together. I also could've done with a couple more chapters at the end, but that's just me being greedy for more.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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