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.
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I love a good underdog…and Brie Watson is the quintessential underdog.
Raised by her single mother – who sacrificed; scrimped and saved to be able to support her daughter’s love of gymnastics, Brie grew up to appreciate the hard work and devotion required to be a world-class athlete.
Now at the pinnacle of her career, the Rio Olympic Games will potentially provide her with stability and financial freedom for both her and her mother. She just never expected or factored in Erik Winters.
Erik is the son of a gymnastic coaching legacy and has been handed to responsibility to coach the U.S. women’s team in Rio. He had big shoes to fill…in the eyes of the media and critics. He also wants to set himself apart from his father.
As a whole, I enjoyed this book. I was looking forward to this one; having devoured the first book in R.S. Grey’s series. In my opinion, this one didn’t have quite the pull into the story for me, but it was entertaining and enjoyable. I totally enjoyed the bickering and the tension between Erik and Brie. The two were so stubborn that neither one was willing to give an inch.
The team dynamic was good too. The friendliness and camaraderie between the girls was fun. With the exception of June. She was a stuck-up and unwilling to join the team; keeping to herself. Ultimately, I figured that she would have been the one to spill the beans on Brie and Erik’s controversial relationship.
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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.
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