Monday, August 1, 2016

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

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:

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. 

Natasha's Experience: 
You're looking at R. S. Grey's hottest book to date! Think "am I living in a sauna or is it just this book I'm currently dying over?" hot. For fans of Bully by Penelope Douglas, you're going to love and devour this push-and-pull, forbidden summer romance.

"This is a game and you don't get to make the rules."

Enter Brie Watson, a young yet exceptionally talented gymnast on her way to becoming a star at the summer Olympics in Rio. Brie is a bad ass, through and through. She's 20 years old and already knows how hard life can be, growing up with her single mother who gave everything and more to ensure that Brie lived a life in which she could thrive as a gymnast. Brie knows that she can't settle for anything less than gold at the Olympics because her next move is giving back to her mom, her rock, the person who selflessly gave and gave to make Brie's dreams her reality. What she wasn’t anticipating was the challenge her new coach would soon prove to be.

"I wasn't just going to bite back. I was going to draw blood."

Erik Winter comes across as coldhearted -- he is ruthless and is usually the most in-control person in a room. Then Brie walks into his life and shatters the illusion of control that Erik presumably has. Erik can't explain just why Brie gets under his skin -- he only knows that she does and that he likes it more than he should. Erik is all kinds of perfect -- he's wildly unpredictable and pushes Brie past her limit in the best way possible.

"I was playing with fire. No, I wasn't just playing with fire; I was rolling in it. I was so confident I wouldn't get burned that I didn't realize how deep into the flames I'd fallen."

Brie and Erik go through a series of constant games where they take one-upping to a new extreme. I can't even explain how incredible it was to witness the electricity between them -- they could create enough fire to burn down a city.

"It was easy to blame Erik for the darkness I felt when I was near him, but my fantasies were all my own. He wasn't poisoning the well; he was drawing from it."

The game they play with each other start to feel less like games and more like reality – and just what will happen when the game ends? Who will surrender to the onslaught of very real and very dangerous feelings they’ve been experiencing?

"Because while it hurt to fall, it was agonizing to be dropped. I couldn't hear him say he didn't want me anymore."

Side note: when a song is mentioned in a scene, pause what you're reading, pull up said song and continue the story. The soundtrack adds so much emphasis to the story and I 100% recommend listening to the Spotify playlist made specifically for this story -- it's the equivalent of reading with a perfect cup of coffee.


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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. Ahhhh I'm putting this gorgeous book on my TBR because of your review <3

  2. I have to check this book out. I LOVED Bully by Penelope Douglas!! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  3. This book sounds amazing, I need to read it ASAP

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