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.
This is the second book I've read by R. S. Grey. I first became introduced to her work ahead of a signing I attended in June and I really enjoyed The Allure of Julian Lafrey. However, I enjoyed this book even more. I've been reading a few Olympic based books recently, what with Rio coming up soon. I love sport romances, and gymnastics is slightly different from the usual.
The main thin I loved about this book was the fire in Brie. Her stubbornness and temper made me laugh a few times--especially the leopard print leotard with a tail. She challenged Erik and I really enjoyed watching their battles of will. There was a great spark between them and it was fuelled by their tension.
As for the story, in general, I enjoyed it. The chemistry and relationship was balanced well with the sport element and it held my interest well. I thought it could have been cut down a little as there were some parts that I skimmed and felt were repetitive, but for the most part I couldn't put it down.
Overall, another good read by this author. I haven't read the first book in this series so it can be read as a complete standalone, but I will definitely be back reading.
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