Book d : Settling the Score (The Summer Games #1)
Author d : R.S. Grey
Pages d : 432 (Paperback)
Genred : Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published : May 2nd, 2016
about SETTLING THE SCORE
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”.
I wanted to love this book… I really did. But,… NAH. R.S. Grey is usually right up my alley, but this book just felt way too forced.
Things I didn’t like:
> Do they play sports… like AT ALL??
> If you’ve never really been around boys, why would you suddenly throw your panties at them?
> Literally, do the Olympic Games even happen though?!
> Of course the star swimmer is also royalty
> Let’s just throw in some random phone sex
> Even though they’re staying away from each other
> Because that makes sense
> Of COURSE the woman you’re betrothed to would blackmail you
> And why not go along with the blackmail?
> Not defending the woman you love, eh?
> Is that another plan to protect her?
> Just BE TOGETHER or DON’T be together
> Make up your mind & go win some gold
> Because isn’t that the reason ya’ll are here?
Guys… I just couldn’t. And I seem like I’m the odd one out, and I’m sorry to give this a bad review. I really felt like this book was forced, it seemed unnatural, and on top of that, very predictable. But let me sum it up for you, in case you want to try it for yourself.
Andie Foster is our main character, a soccer extraordinaire who’s spend her whole life chasing a ball, but never a boy. Enter in the Olympic Games in Rio, and she sees it as her chance to come home with the gold, and to maybe hit up a few parties. Her family seems uninterested in her Olympic career, but super interested in the money it could bring home. Her friends are obviously those on the team, and she spends most of her time either hanging with them or avoiding them.
Of course, every Olympic girl needs her Olympic guy to fall head over heels for. Bring in Frederick Archibald, who is swoon worthy at every turn, holds status in England, and is a famous swimmer with a hot British accent. His character seems hot and cold, one minute he’s pinning over Andie like she’s the only girl he’s ever laid eyes on, and the next minute, he’s pretending that she doesn’t exist.
The passion between them isn’t really there, at least not for me. I just couldn’t get into why they’d be having phone sex if not only days before that they weren’t speaking and were both moving on to find new people. It was too much back and forth for my head to properly enjoy and I just wanted to shout at the pages that it all seemed a bit absurd.
I’d recommend a lot of other R.S. Grey books over this one, this one did not spark my interest in continuing to read her work, but I know deep down I’ve loved her writing so onto the next!
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including four #1 bestselling romantic comedies. She loves yoga, chocolate, reality TV, and cold weather. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs. Visit her at RSGrey.com or on Instagram: @authorrsgrey.