Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

Title: Settling the Score
Author: R.S. Grey
Release date: 5/2/16
Source: ARC


As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Friday nights 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".


I LOVED R.S. Grey's Scoring Wilder, so I was super excited to see a spin off of sorts and head back into the soccer world! I was not disappointed! I loved seeing Kinsley and Becca and even Liam again, almost as much as I enjoyed the story brought forth in this book.

I will admit it took me a little while to warm up to this book, but I'm so glad that I continued reading as the story that unfolded was amazing and made me happy to have finished. I loved that this book was filled with a bit of everything, romance, drama, humor, and a bit of everything in between. I loved that we delved into the Olympic world and got to see a unique angle for the players and how that added level built on the story.

I loved Andie and Freddie and their interactions with each other. I loved the relationships between the teams, and how we got to see inner workings. R.S. Grey sucks you right into the drama and you can see and feel everything going on which makes the enjoyment of the story that much better.

Andie is an amazing player, that is undeniable, otherwise why would she have made it to this point, but outside of her sport skills, she's not exactly winning medals. She's sort of lost in a new world when she finds herself liking Freddie. Freddie won my heart fast - I just really loved him.

I love how we get to explore the complexities of their relationship, why it shouldn't work, what they are up against, but also, genuinely see why it has to work out. I love that it wasn't a simple girl meets boy and LOVE! The journey for these two makes this story, there's so much more than a simple "we found love", and we as readers get to feel these emotions and watch as it all plays out.

This story gives us a different view of sports romances, but I enjoyed the ride with all its dips and loops, all the little surprises and all the funny moments. R.S. Grey has another amazing story here and I can't wait for more. 

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