BOOK REVIEW: SUMMER GAMES: Out of Bounds by R.S. Grey

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.
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I’ve read my fair share of R.S. Grey books and a couple of things I could always count on are her sassy characters and incredibly sweet story lines. So to say I was blindsided by her latest release, Summer Games: Out of Bounds is an understatement. Holy cannoli, was this book majorly HOT, HOT HOT!!! There were many times after reading certain scenes that I found my mouth hanging wide open. I couldn’t believe the heat that burned through the pages. This is by far, R.S. Grey’s raciest book to date.

There wasn’t a time in this book that my blood pressure was at normal levels. Take for instance, the protagonists. Their personalities and temperaments alone had me pulling my hair out of their roots. Brie defined the quote “though she may be little, she is fierce.” Her looks defied her personality. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, to break the rules in order to get her way. Sure, you’d see bit and pieces of her hotheadedness here and there but it isn’t until Erik that Brie just completely loses all sense of control. Forced to train under a new coach for the summer Olympics in Rio, Brie never expected that he would look the way Erik Winters did. The connection between them was instantaneous and together, they were combustible.

Comparable to Tom and Jerry (is that showing my age?), Brie and Erik got off on pushing each other’s buttons. The more they fought, the more their attraction grew. It was seriously frustrating, yet at the same time really dang hot. There were a couple of “hottie tottie” scenes in this book that left me reeling. Let’s just say that I’ve never wanted to take a Yoga class as badly as I did after reading this book. It was so off the beaten path, I thought “this has to be a wet dream sequence,” but nope… It really happened!

Though I could fully appreciate the new direction the author took with this book, I couldn’t quite get on board when it came to both Erik and Brie. I will say, that the author hit the nail right on the head with Brie’s character. Her young age showed brightly through the all-out tantrums she would throw and man, Erik was mean during so many times in this book. I wish that he would have pulled back a bit a little earlier into the book rather than at the very end of it. It just wasn’t enough time for him to fully redeem himself in my opinion.

With the actual summer Olympics in Rio coming up in a few days, this series will definitely make you a little more excited and a lot more curious about what really goes on in the Olympic Village. If the “hottie tottie” scenes that are on this book come close to real life, then my regret for my lack of athletic talents is legitimately genuine.

Looking for a hot read with a whole lot of the forbidden??? Then this one is for you!

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.

 

All of It by Kim Holden Book Blitz

Title: All of It

Author: Kim Holden

Release Date: Nov 24, 2013

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Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation.

On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN–a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there’s something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Before long she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true–until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything.

It’s not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

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Dimitri’s face is peaceful and angelic as he rises to help me put my coat on. “Thanks for coming over tonight, Ronnie. You don’t know what it meant to me. I feel like this is the first time I’ve been able to breathe in months.” He lifts his hand, but hesitantly stops just short of brushing my cheek. He smiles and lowers it. “Can I walk you to your car?”

My heart is soaring and my palms are sweaty. “I’d like that.”

We walk slowly down the long driveway, our bodies so close that our arms brush against each other. I think back to the first day of school and smile; personal space is so overrated.

He opens the driver side door and stands behind it at a safe distance so as not to make the situation awkward. I throw my bag through onto the passenger seat and stand with one hand on the door and the other on the steering wheel. When I look up at him he’s staring down at me. His eyes glitter in the streetlight.

It’s at that moment that my life comes into focus, like flipping a switch. The entire world tilts back onto its axis. Call it an epiphany; the rare type of realization that changes your life absolutely. I need this man in my life. I need him like I need air and water. He is part of me—my past and my future. Since the day we met I’ve given my heart to him … piece by piece. And it’s at this exact moment that I realize he has all of it. My heart is no longer mine; it belongs to him and always will.

I can’t help but smile.

He returns the smile—his beautiful smile. “What?” he asks softly.

“Thank you for being you, Dimitri.”

Not much escapes him and I know from the look in his eyes that he understands. He nods humbly. “You’re welcome.”

I duck down into the driver’s seat and look back up at him. “Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow.” I don’t know if it’s a question or a declaration, but it’s hopeful.

He winks. “You can count on it.”

Slowly he shuts the door and moves to the sidewalk. I wave and pull away, watching him in my rearview mirror as he begins to fade into the distance. He stands there glowing under the streetlight like an angelic statue. When I turn the corner, he’s gone.

Life is sometimes … an epiphany.

Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I’m fairly certain it’s an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Haim, Manchester Orchestra, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars).  I also love dreaming. Big. Writing a few years ago was an elusive dream until I grabbed ahold of it with both hands and refused to let go. Keep following YOUR dreams. Be brave and do epic!

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