Monday, August 1, 2016

[Review] The Summer Games: Out of Bounds by R.S. Grey

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.
***4.5 stars***
Out of all of the books R.S Grey has written, I think this is one of my favorites. From enemies to lovers, the desire and never ending battle between Erik and Brie had me loving the book from the very beginning!
Erik, the coach who desires his gymnast. Having walked out on his own chance to compete in the US Olympics, Erik ends up being named the head coach a month prior to the games, but he got more than he bargained for with Brie. I thought he was slightly jerk-ish in the beginning of the book, but soon fell for him. The inner battle Erik had to overcome from his past and the desire be felt for Brie is one of my favorites to date.
Brie, the Cinderella story of the US Olympic gymnastics team. The desire to win gold to give back to her mom who sacrificed so much she could achieve her dreams was heart warming and had you wanting Brie to get what she desired. Erik wasn't on her plan and the desire to keep him away was felt, but giving in was the best decision ever.
This is one of my favorite books for R.S. Grey to date. The drive between these two made you feel for them and love for them all at the same time. If you liked The Summer Games: Settling the Score you don't want to miss this one.

About R.S. Grey
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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