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.
R.S. Grey has written another delicious sports romance with this one. Brie's life revolves around gymnastics and she's in it to win it. Her trip to the Olympics is more than a dream come true, it's a way out of her current life, not just for her, but also her mother who's given up much to get her to this point. A shakeup in coaching staff causes Brie a bit of confusion and could change the direction of her future.
Erik's struggling with issues upon taking over Olympic Coaching of the US Women's gynamastics team. Amid his father's disapproval, he's been awarded the job and is soon to be stuck with 5 young women under his watch and teaching. But Erik finds himself drawn to one of them, knowing he can't and shouldn't really do anything about it, there's too much at stake.
I love the tension between Erik and Brie in this book, their chemistry is off the charts and is palpable to almost everyone around them, even when they are fighting against it with everything they have. The banter between them just spurns things on further, and you are left waiting for them to implode.
I love the element of the forbidden romance in this book, it really adds a bit of extra drama to the mix. The bonding of the team of girls adds another layer to the dynamics of this book, as some of them are closer than others and can see more of what is going on than Erik and Brie may want seen. There is quite a bit of back and forth between these two which not only build anticipation, but also gave us time to get to feel these characters, to really understand their drives. I loved that this was slow burn romance, it almost was like watching hate turn into love.
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.