Book Review: The Summer Games: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey!

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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This author is now officially on my auto-buy/drop-everything-else-and-read list! Earlier this year, Rachel had me weeping a river of tears while I read Chasing Spring. But now, I am on the best kind of book high thanks to The Summer Games! :D I'm literally bouncing in my seat, you guys, so hyped to talk about this book! It was amazing. AH-MAZING. The setting. The characters. The action. The drama. The only other thing I needed was some popcorn! ;)

From the very beginning, The Summer Games was humming with an addictive energy. I was lapping up Rachel's fabulous writing, power-flipping through pages because I wanted more more more. She really brought these characters to life and grabbed my attention instantly, never letting go. This is the kind of book that just sucks you in for an exciting rollercoaster ride, and from start to finish, you'll be hooked!
It looked like move-in day on a college campus. Athletes spilled out of cars and vans, sporting their national colors. Everyone was weighed down by their suitcases and duffel bags, tired from hours of travel. We were all there to work hard and represent our countries in the games, but now that we were all mixed together, there was an undercurrent of excitement in the air.
In alluring Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, we get a taste of what life is like for these young and fit athletes in the Olympic Village. It's a vibrant melting pot! Alongside teammates and new friends. With parties as stimulating as the workouts. Rachel captures the adrenaline, the physical and competitive aspects of the sports world, and combines it with a distinct, youthful new adult vibe.

At the center, there's Frederick "Freddie" Archibald--the British, record-setting swimmer who turns heads everywhere he goes. Then there's Andie Foster, the rising soccer star who has trained all her life to get to this stage. To win gold. She plans on fully basking in what Rio has to offer, on and off the field. When these two athletes' paths cross, though, an undeniable flame is lit, and it changes everything!
Her skin was still flushed from the workout and when I looked up, her smile was back but subdued, hanging at the corners of her mouth, ready to spring free if only someone could unlock it. I wanted to be that person.
As the story is told through dual point of view, there's this perfectly building heat between Andie and Freddie, and it reaches epic, Olympic-level proportions! I loved each and every steamy exchange between these two! They had a thrilling chemistry that I just couldn't get enough of. The heart-pounding attraction and the wide-eyed anticipation. I only wanted to sit back and enjoy the hot, HOT show! *props chin on hands* *dreamy sigh*
I needed her more than I needed my next race. The water was soothing, but Andie lit me on fire.
But as with any good show...There's also drama, and scandal, and big twists, oh my! As Andie and Freddie fall for each other, there are other factors that threaten to keep them apart. It felt like I was watching a good ol' soap opera--complete with a villain that made me want to punch my Kindle screen, and oh yeah, did I mention big twists?!--but I loved how it all unraveled! I just couldn't put this book down!
Andie was a wildcard...a wisp of smoke; if I tried to grasp her too tightly, she would slip through my fingers. My only hope was to keep the fire burning.
It wasn't all high heat and high tension, though. There were also some great laugh-out-loud moments and cute blush-worthy scenes. This book definitely has an interesting cast of characters, and I loved all of the dialogue. (TEAM GEORGIE!) (And side note: Summer Games does include characters from another book by the author, but this can be read as a standalone. I loved Andie's teammates Kinsley and Becca, even without reading Scoring Wilder!)
"This heart, Andie..."
She let go of her bottom lip and inhaled a shaky breath.
"I want this heart all for myself."
I had an absolute blast while completely devouring this book! While reading in bed, I would literally giggle and kick my legs into the air. There was even a point where I had to pause, just roll over, and squeal into my pillow. It was such a fun, sexy, exhilarating read, and after the rollercoaster, there's sweet satisfaction at the finish line! (Seriously, look up the word 'exhilarating' in the dictionary, and this is what you'll find: 'making one feel very happy, animated, or elated; thrilling'. The Summer Games checks off all of those boxes!) We all know by now how much I adore romantic comedies and new adult. The Summer Games was a fantastic blend of the two, all wrapped up in a sexy and sporty package! New Adult, sports romance, AND rom-com lovers alike should swoop this up!


I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

​ 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.