Book Review: The Summer Games by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Summer Games: Settling the Score
Author: @AuthorRSGrey
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Sports Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: 432 pages
Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis
From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

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”.

Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Grace Review

Sometimes you anticipate a book so much, that it is impossible to live up to your expectations.
Sometimes you finish a book and are thankful that every expectation was not only met, but exceeded.
And that’s what happened with this book.

About one year ago, I begged the romance world for an Olympic book.  Granted I wanted an Olympic orgy.  That isn’t in this book.  But this author did give me a story featuring two Olympians, chasing their dreams of gold, and finding a whole lot more in the process.  I loved every minute of it!

This had everything I wanted out of a Rom Com.
– A likable hero and heroine – Freddie and Andie.
– Crazy good chemistry.
– A villain to despise
– Fun side characters – loved Kinsley, Becca and Georgie.

So let me break down the above points.

A likable hero and heroine
Andie, the goal keeper of the US soccer team, is everything good about a heroine, balancing strength with vulnerability.  She tries to stay away from the British swimmer, Freddie, but he’s in her space so much, it didn’t seem like it was worth fighting.  While to some, he may be taken, all evidence proved otherwise and Andie folded to the temptation.

Damn didn’t begin to cover it.  Damn was a word for ugly peasants.  This Freddie?  The sight of his begged a rousing “good heavens” with a polite undertone of “new pair of panties, please.”

Freddie has a lot on his plate, not only with his performance in the events, but with the obligations he never asked for.  Although he makes a couple missteps that unintentionally hurt Andie, he is 100% honest to her and as mentioned, nothing that happens was his intention.  I also loved his persistence with her, never giving up on what they created.

Crazy good chemistry
From the minute they first meet, I knew they were a good match.  They have a fun vibe about them, along with undeniable heat.  I thought the author did a great job building their relationship among the Olympic activities, putting them in each other’s space often, making it that much harder for them to deny the building feelings.  And when they give in to the temptation, they are HOT HOT HOT!

“My wrist hurts,” she said.
“My shoulder hurts,” I said.
“My lips hurt.”
“I think we ought to do it again.”
She laughed.  “Obviously.”

A villain to despise
Charlotte may be disguised as a sweet and pure heiress,but she’s actually a HUGE bitch.  I was duped like so many others.  She comes off as so innocent.  But not everything is as it seems.  I won’t give away the lengths this woman goes to get what she wants, but I’ll just say, trust Freddie.  He isn’t the bad guy.

Fun side characters
Yes, I may have squealed when Kinsley and Becca from Scoring Wilder are first mentioned. They are ridiculous and hilarious, as always.  But if you haven’t read that book, have no fear.  This book is a standalone, with the bonus of some old friends is you have read their story.

And then there is Georgie, Freddie’s sister.  She becomes a key ally for Andie and also provides a good deal of laughs in the book.  I adored her.

With this upcoming Olympics, this book was perfectly timed and I think captured the spirit of the games well.  I’ll be searching for the real life version of Freddie and Andie when I watch this summer.  Laughs, love, and sports, come together perfectly for a fun romance that I highly recommend!

Side note: I basically forced fellow Shortie, Michelle, to read this, and she loved it just as much. So of course it is SHORTIES APPROVED!

– Grace

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