Hello lovelies! Today on Charming Reads we are going to be wishing The Summer Games: Out of Bounds, a happy release day, and I’m going to be sharing a review and a few teasers along the way, as we welcome in this new gem. This book follows an olympic gymnast, and it was so swoony and steamy y’all. Let’s jump right in so you can get a feel for this new release!
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.
So now that you’ve gotten a teaser and a synopsis, it’s time to introduce R.S. Grey, and then I’m going to get into the review. This is the third R.S. Grey book I’ve read, and I think every book of hers I’ve read has made me like her even more. Along with writing fantastic stories, she also seems super sweet, so I love getting to spread the word and share my thoughts on her books.
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.
RATING: 4.5/5 STARS
Let me start out by saying that I’m pretty sure this is my favorite R.S. Grey book so far. This book is way steamier than her stories usually are, but I thought it was really well executed, and honestly, the tension between the characters was so great, I couldn’t tear myself away from this book. Seriously, I read this one in one sitting, and I regret nothing. I really liked the characters and their dialogue, and both of the settings were fantastic. Along with that the overall plot was just spot on.
We’re going to talk about the characters first, because I just can’t seem to get them out of my head at the moment. To start we have Brie who was seriously one of the sassiest character’s I’ve ever read about. Along with being extra sassy, she is really compassionate, and throughout the entire novel, she is thinking about her sweet mom and all she can do for her. As a first time Olympic gymnast, and she is training under her new coach, Erik. Brie is so hilarious, and she definitely fights Erik on all fronts. Erik is a lot like Brie, willing to engage with her. As her coach there is some really crazy interactions between them, and a few of my favorite parts were centered around their training.
This book takes place in Seattle at Erik’s gym and then in Rio at the Olympics. The whole situation and setting in Seatle was great. I loved the way Grey set up the places they trained and lived, and then when they got to Rio, the Olympic feel was really well executed. Along with the great setting, the supporting characters seriously rocked. There are four other gymnasts training under Erik, and they are so great, all of them had really distinct personalities, and they blended together really well. Quite honestly, I would love to have more books with them as the main character, because I want to know more about them. The plot of this book definitely kept me hooked. It flowed really nicely, and I thought that their relationship developed perfectly.
Overall, I really really liked this book! If you’re a fan of romances, especially ones with sporty aspects, then I would definitely give this one a chance.