Release Day Blitz, The Summer Games by R.S. Grey

Title: The Summer Games: Out of Bounds
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Aug 1, 2016
I despise Erik Winter.
He’s arrogant and cruel—a man I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy—and by some twisted turn of fate, he’s my new Olympic gymnastics coach.
I’ve had to contend with gruff coaches in the past, but Erik is far worse. His stern demeanor complements a body built for intimidation, and his reprimands come from a mouth so cunning, I know it could strip me of my defenses—if I let it.
Though each of us would love to be rid of the other forever, we are bound to each other by need and necessity. I’m his rising star, his best shot at proving himself to his critics. And without a coach, I have zero chance of winning gold in Rio.
The easiest way forward would be to wave a white flag and make peace with the man I’ll be sharing close quarters with for the foreseeable future, but he is intent on war.
Fine. By. Me.
If he pushes me, I’ll push back harder. If he wants to test me, to play with my head, I’ll show him just how many boundaries I’m willing to cross. Because I know it’s not a choice between winning or warring—not if you can have them both. At the end of it all, I plan on leaving Rio with gold around my neck and his icy heart in the palm of my hand.

BOOK REVIEW

Another fabulous sports romance set in the Rio Olympics from RS Grey. It’s also a complete standalone within a series. In this book we have the women’s gymnastic team who is presented with a new coach just before the Olympic Games. While most of the girls go along with what Erik demands of them and don’t take it personally, Brie has a low tolerance for his meanness doesn’t shy from confrontation.

Can I just say that I’ve never had such an intense dislike for one of Grey’s male characters as I did for Erik. He was rude, he was mean, he was an a-hole. But it was one of those hate to love/love to hate things because I simply could not get enough of him and his boorish behavior. I think Erik would have broken a lesser person than Brie but she was so strong and determined that she refused to buckle under him and good for her! I absolutely admired that about her.

This book did not deliver what I expected. I expected it to be low on angst, high on humor and what I got was the opposite. And that was more than ok! For one, who wants predictable? And two, humor wouldn’t have worked whatsoever for this couple. Brie and Erik live to argue, fight, and makeup. Their backgrounds have brought them to this point in their lives and they were not all happy times for either. The chemistry in this book was ridiculous and the fire and stubbornness they both had within was explosive! I think this story was perfect for the characters and I think Grey nailed it and delivered her hottest book yet! If you’ve not read this author previously, you must. And why not start with The Summer Games?!

*arc received in exchange for honest review.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

 

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