Monday, May 2, 2016

Release Day Blitz & Review! The Summer Games: Settling The Score by @AuthorRSGrey!

Settling The Score (The Summer Games #1)
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Published: CreateSpace
Source: Author via Southern Belle Promotions

My Rating:
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".

The summer Olympics is a glorious time, every four years when the best of the best from countries around the world converge to show their excellence in their give sport. It is also a time when we get to see attractive individuals plastered over our TVs for weeks during the sweltering summer. Swimmers, gymnasts, soccer players, and so on. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.

R.S. Grey took that premise and ran with it in her new series, The Summer Games. The first book, Settling The Score, is about Andie Foster, a rookie on the US Women’s Soccer team and her first Olympic trip in Rio. She is ready for all the new experenices that go along with being an Olympic athlete; the parties, the games, the debauchery that is the Olympic village. What Andie didn’t count on was meeting the Duke of Farlington a.k.a Britain’s bad boy of swimming a.k.a Frederick Archibald, or Freddie to most. In my head, Freddie is as hot as Ryan Lochte without the douchey personality.

A chance first meeting when underwear is already being exchanged, Andie and Freddie can’t stop the natural chemistry that pulls these two athletes together. Andie needs to focus on the games and an existing injury and Freddie has to not only live up to his dead brother’s legacy but handle all the strings that came along with his new title. There are too many reasons why these two shouldn’t be together, but sometimes you can’t fight the laws of attraction.

What I loved about this was I felt transported to Rio. I felt like I was in the pool with Freddie or on the field with Andie. The comic relief that Kinsley and Becca, Andie’s roommates and mentors, provided was refreshing. And if you’ve read R.S. Grey’s Scoring Wilder, it was amazing to see the return of these characters. Another plus was all the unresolved sexual tension that eventually comes to a head. R.S. Grey doesn’t drown you in the smut but she weaves things in such a tasteful way that makes you feel you’ve read the filthiest thing ever. The first kiss between Andie and Freddie?! Beautiful and steamy.

This is an action packed, adrenaline soaked sports romance that gets the gold medal from me.

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.

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