Monday, May 2, 2016

Release Day Review: The Summer Games: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Fridaynights have consisted of blocking shots rather than taking them. But now that she's landed in Rio, she's ready to see for herself if the rumors about the Olympic Village are true:

  • The athletes are all sex-crazed maniacs...
  • The committee passes out condoms like candy...
  • The games continue long after the medals have been handed out...
As Andie walks the line between rumor and reality, she's forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent—too bad he's unavailable in a way that "it's complicated" doesn't even begin to explain.

In other words: off limits.

It doesn't matter that he has abs that could bring peace to the Middle East and a smile that makes even the Queen blush; Andie fully intends on keeping her focus on the soccer field. But the Village is small. Suffocating. Everywhere Andie goes, Freddie happens to be there—shirtless, wet from the pool, and determined to show her a whole new meaning of the phrase "international affairs".

Natasha's Experience:
For a non-sporty person, I sure do love sports romances. Especially if they are written by the wickedly talented R.S. Grey. Not only do you get a hefty dose of what kind of mischief probably occurs during the Olympics, you also get to meet and fall in love with Frederik Archibald, a swimming god with a British accent. What did we do to deserve this kind of pure bliss?

"I wanted to taste madness."

Andie Foster is buzzing with a kind of energy that only the Olympic games can create – she’s 21 years old and she is ready for whatever Rio decides to throw at her. What she isn't counting on is befriending the kind of guy who knows exactly how to throw her off her axis. She is incredibly ambitious, determined to do right by her team and show the world just how brilliant of a soccer player she is. But what happens when she starts playing some serious games with her heart on the line?

"We had moments, tiny, stolen moments that felt wrong more than they felt right. She wasn't mine and she never would be; I knew that and I felt that every time she was around me."

Andie and Freddie become friends, but their chemistry can’t be controlled – they are battling the need to be more than what they can afford to be, for a million of spoiler-ish reasons. Agh, the way these two circle around each other will seriously have you considering a) taking up some sort of sport, regardless of your arthritic knees (why yes, I am a grandma) and b) booking a ticket to Rio to find the kind of love (magic?) that these two find themselves in the midst of falling into.

"I needed her more than I needed my next race. The water was soothing, but Andie lit me on fire."

THE SUMMER GAMES: SETTLING THE SCORE is the kind of addictive sports romance that will leave you breathless – thanks to the A+ quality humor and the twists that you won’t see coming. Spend an afternoon being transported to the lush paradise that is Rio and you won’t want to come back to your reality. Honestly, if I could live in this world – being best friends with Andie, Georgie (Freddie’s younger sister who will have you laughing out loud because she is seriously hilarious) and just ogling the perfection that is Freddie, I'd be the real winner here. 


​About the Author

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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  1. Do I have to read scoring wilder first? or can I skip it

    1. You don't have to read SCORING WILDER first -- this book is a standalone romance! Some characters from SCORING WILDER are in this story but it's not necessary to read first!!

  2. I would rate this book a B-. Entirely great, however somewhat outlandish. I see that plot lines like this that set a story in an off the beaten path place make me suspicious. I think about whether the creator does this to make the subtle elements of the evil occasions less demanding to overlook. Got the feeling that this school, far up in NY, was not part of this present reality. Hollows sounds like a spooky territory. Maybe this loans a specific persona to the setting that I am releasing as immaterial. Else, it was a quite decent read since I'm generally intrigued by mental subjects, esp if kids are included. Much obliged for setting this up,,Jessica!