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This book is typical RS Grey and typifies every reason why I love her books. She produces great characters every time who have fabulous chemistry and she keeps the tension alive until the end which so many authors don't do. The downside of that is that it leads to many late nights for me, but it is worth the exhaustion felt the next day. I won't go into a plot description here as a lot of the other reviewers already have. I will say that I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to the next one in this series.
Andie is the goalie for the USA Soccer team, and the book starts with her team arriving in Rio for the summer games. She is passionate about her career as a soccer player, but she also wants to have fun while experiencing Olympics for the first time. And it is on her first night, when she goes to an Olympic village party, that she meets Freddie--a British swimmer, who won gold medals in the previous Olympics.
When Freddie and Andie meet, they are not completely free. Freddie's mom had announced his betrothal to a woman back in England. But from the very beginning, we know that this is not something that Freddie chose, and that it is due to feelings of family responsibilities. Typically, when I see this kind of story line, I get frustrated because the character who is in an unwanted engagement or relationship stretches it out for longer than necessary because they feel too guilty to end things. That was not the case here. Once Freddie knew he had feelings for Andie, he fought for her--and he was always honest. There is still "other woman" drama, but at least this time I could root for both the main characters without feeling like one of them was at fault.
They're both likeable, and I really enjoyed seeing them fall in love. And there's a lot of fun and funny moments between them. However, the "side" characters often stole the show. Kinsley and Becca from Scoring Wilder are pseudo big sisters to Andie--and they're great! But my favourite was probably Georgia--Freddie's zany younger sister, who is loyal and funny, and sweet.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants angst in their romances, but hate angst that is self-induced. :)
This book was yet another fun read from R. S. Grey. Just like "Scoring Wilder" the main focus in this book was on soccer, but this time the main character was 21-year-old Andie. The only difference was her main love interest Freddie. He was not a soccer player but a famous and popular British swimmer – he basically was the Michael Phelps of England (but I’m pretty sure that Freddie looks way better than Michael Phelps – but that’s just my personal opinion :D). Anyways, the book was really fun and just like "Scoring Wilder" the was no troubled past or angsty situations. There were still problems the two characters needed to face, but they had to do with different people. I really liked Andie and Freddie together, I also thought Georgie was a fun character. The only two people I didn’t really like were Kinsley and Becca. I loved them in "Scoring Wilder". Their friendship was without question great in both books BUT for most of the book Becca and Kinsley really pissed me off. They were so annoying and I couldn’t handle them. They were super super goofy and behaved like they were 12. I know, I am their age and I don’t always act age-appropriate either, but these two had something really annoying going on
If you really want a cheesy and fun new adult novel, then this book is for you. Plus point: the book is set during the Olympic Games in Rio. Wohoo!!
R.S. Grey creates the perfect setting for two athletes who excel at their respective sports have now made it to the Olympic Games in Rio to find love... The book is funny, sexy, engaging, frustrating at times and overall fun to read. Andie Foster is a fantastic heroine; she’s lived a regimented life since starting her push to join the Olympic Soccer team, which means that she’s had little time for anything else, so not only is Rio a place for her to bring home the gold, but it’s also a way for her to live a little…that is if her motherly figures, Kinsley and Becca, allow Andie out of their sight for more than 5 minutes. Freddie comes from a very high society lineage; we're talking English Duke, though he wants no part of it. His passion is swimming, not dealing with the responsibilities that were thrust on him. This is where the forbidden romance thread begins between Andie and Freddie. They are both immediately smitten and feeling overwhelmingly drawn together, but it's a temptation that they know they shouldn't succumb to. The Summer Games: Settling the Score by RS Grey is exactly the type of story and writing that I've come to expect from this author. I always come away with a smile on my face because despite the drama her characters face, Grey writes their story in a way that also allows them to experience laughter, attraction, and heat. Overall I found The Summer Games to be a light and pleasant read with plenty of humour to put a smile on your face. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fast and fun Sports Romance that's a little different than what you'll find in the genre.
I found The Summer Games difficult to connect with in the first 20%. The narrative seemed to lack fluency, imo. I guess the setting, (Rio's future Olympic Games), would have been hard to create. Any Olympics is an enormous event and the athlete's village would be frenetic. Kinsley and Becca (Scoring Wilder) have roles in The Summer Games, but I felt their dialogue with Andie was a little silly rather than funny. There were a lot of characters to reconnect with, or get to know from scratch...all of these points in that first 20% made it hard to focus on the plot. Sorry, but that's my honest opinion. However, things got moving, eventually. Then, the story became more fluid and the exposition began. I started to see the issues, the two main characters and plot began to developed and Freddie and Andie's journey built up to the conflict/climax/resolution stage. It was a reasonably good read, but not one of the author's best.
Enjoyed this book which can be read as a standalone but follows on well from Scoring Wilder. Set a few years after Scoring Wilder, with some of the characters from that playing small but enjoyable roles in the book. The mains, Andie and Freddie, are fresh and sweet characters in their own ways. The nasty Caroline is suitably evil. At first I found the whole bit about Freddie being a duke to be a bit ridiculous, but the writer doesn't overdo it or make too much out of it so in the end it works quite well in the story.
The Olympics setting is fun and topical, although once the real Rio games are over it might get a bit old pretty quickly! But overall, a sweet romance, well worth a read.
A fun & exciting story of 2 athletes in love & the drama that unfolds. Everyone is always interested in the drama & gossip of the elite Olympic village, since so few get to experience it, this is your sneak peak. I thought it was a fun novel with the right amount of drama.