Title: Grasping Air
Series: Flipped #2
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2016
We were the seconds after a grip released the bar, body floating through the air with nervous wonder. Would we successfully grab it again, or would we hit the mat, shattered and defeated?
Peyton Adams learned a long time ago that selfish and detached is the only way to be in life. What most people call shameless or obnoxious behavior, she considers key to getting where she needs to go. Most disapproving of all? USA Gymnastics’ golden boy with an eight-pack, Jared Hargrove. After being cut from the women’s team right before Rio, Peyton is back on the post-Summer Games tour. Not only is she the only one without a gold medal, but her history with Jared won’t stay buried for long.
Control and good manners; the two things drilled into Jared Hargrove’s head from birth. As a four-time gold medalist, he’s always obeyed the rules and reaped the reward. Well, except for the whirlwind week four years ago in London when wild-child Peyton Adams finally got under his skin, and into his bed. She broke his heart, and he hasn’t removed the ice wall around it since. Now she’s back to redeem herself to the world of gymnastics, and it seems, to push his buttons more than ever.
After years of resentment and heartache, can they repair a relationship so badly broken that most people wouldn’t even try? Or will they continue to fall, grasping at any last emotion before they finally collapse?
Grasping Air is a second chance romance story with an Olympic style twist.
Peyton and Jared have a history, and though thing ended badly with them, there really wasn't much known about it to others beyond the career side. They parted on bad terms, so when they find themselves on tour with each other again, things are bound to get interesting.
Both of these characters are strong people with their own determination, they've learned from their past how to behave in a manner that lets them get by. But it isn't really conducive to having a healthy relationship outside of their careers.
Grasping Air took me on a journey filled with emotions, that left my heart flipping to see what would happen next and how things would work out for these two people. There was such a push and pull between these two though their chemistry and connection was undeniable. Though at times I was a little annoyed with some of their behaviors or didn't understand certain actions, it all came together as the story progressed and I fell deeper in love with the characters and their story.
These two had a lot to work through, a long -term grudge, their own inner demons, and the hate they held for each other. Being forced on tour together really worked out in their favor though and they found that the love they had for each other hadn't just disappeared even as they wished it had at times.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.