BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: Settling The Score (Summer Games #1) by R.S. Grey

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Title: The Summer Games: Settling the Score
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 2, 2016
As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Fridaynights 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”.
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 Sometimes you just need something short and something sweet tied with a whole lot of angst and R.S. Grey’s Settling The Score was just that kind of book. Taking place five years after her hit, Scoring Wilder, she takes us into the Olympic village alongside some of the beloved characters from Scoring Wilder with the addition of her new protagonists. The drama that ensues even before the games have begun may just be as entertaining as the games themselves.

Taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil we see all sorts of great looking athletes step in and out of the pages. Frederick Archibald however, is THE athlete that catches everyone’s eye. An English swimmer with both the face and the body to make you trip on your own two feet, he manages to disarm our very sweet heroine, Andie Foster—the US Women’s Soccer goalie. Fresh faced with a highly renowned talent, she becomes the apple of Frederick’s eye as well. But because certain circumstances are keeping them apart, the angst level in this book is extreme. Reaching that infamous, “throw your Kindle/book across the room”, extreme. I felt like she was able to do that by giving us a villain worth loathing. The chemistry between Frederick and Andie is palpable. An undeniable connection that makes the circumstances that much more unfair. I found myself wishing page after page for them to finally find their way to one another free of drama and obstacles. However, Ms. Grey definitely makes us work for it; she makes us suffer alongside Fredrick and Andie, through much of this book. With a copious amount of patience for a promise of a happily ever after, she allows you to work through the torment, one page at a time.

With R.S. Grey’s signature style intact, she’s created a brand new set of characters whom you cannot help but root for. I was so happy to get my Kinsley and Liam fix and be able to see how life after Scoring Wilder has turned out for them. I really enjoyed this book – a quick, fun read with a hair pulling plot line, you get the best of both worlds. The Summer Games: Settling The Score is definitely one you need to add to your TBR list.
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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