The Summer Games: Settling the Score | Review

May 2, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 9 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Summer Games: Settling the Score | ReviewThe Summer Games: Settling the Score
by R.S. Grey
Series: The Summer Games #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: May 2nd 2016 by Self-Published
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Author

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”.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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This book was amazing! I totally loved the Olympic setting, with a lot of sports and even soccer matches that were described so well, it was very easy to follow what was going on and understand every aspect of the game.

He was intriguing. Frederick Archibald was an entity unto himself. […] There was definitely something about Freddie Archibald, and if I were going to make a list of sexy athletes in Rio, it’d start with him.

I have to start by saying that I loved Andie. She was strong and very independent. She knew what she wanted out of the Olympics and she thrived hard for it. When she met Freddie, she didn’t know all the complications that followed him and let me tell you, it was a major complication! I felt bad for both Andie and Freddie because the attraction there was off the charts! The sexual tension between these two was beyond sizzling and I needed something to happen ASAP!

I’d work my ass off on the field, but in my free time I was going to make memories that would last a lifetime. And, sure, if Freddie Archibald somehow worked his way into those memories, then so be it.

Freddie was hot and with a freaking British accent, people! Commence swooning in 3..2..1.. Go! *swoons then melts on the floor* Don’t worry about me. I’ll continue my review while melted. *ahem* As I was saying, Frederick Archibald is a god. And he is so caring, thoughtful, hot, an athlete (bless his body), sweet, responsible, did I mention hot? Reading about Andie and Freddie had me with a major grin on my face. There were so perfect for one another! Give me more of this beautiful couple!

Damn didn’t begin to cover it. Damn was a word for ugly peasants. This Freddie? The sight of him begged a rousing “good heavens” with a polite undertone of “new pair of panties, please”.

When these two met, and Andie felt an attraction towards him, she knew she had to focus on soccer but she wanted a little fun on the side. When she found out about Freddie’s complication, View Spoiler »she distanced herself because she didn’t want to be in that situation. Freddie never gave up though. He knew he wanted Andie and he set out to have her. But did Andie made it easy? Tsk tsk. Not at all. She was struggling so hard to stay away but there’s only so much a heart can take.

“You’re confident and you’re funny and they don’t know that, Andie. You’re more than what they see.”

This complication aggravated me and irritated me to no end and it led me to lower my rating. My reading experience with this story was fantastic until this complication turned into an even worse complication. It really frustrated me because there was so much drama behind it that could have been done without. Still, I kept reading because it’s R.S. Grey and yes, I loved everything else. This story was filled with witty banter like no other! I highlighted way too many hilarious quotes and I was only on 8%. Seriously, by then I already had 12 quotes!

Overall, a hilarious story with a strong cast that you will stay on your mind (and hearts) for a while. Especially Freddie. You will never forget Freddie. I should start a Freddie fan club. I’m serious! It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited for a male character in a book. If you read my previous reviews, you know I barely rave about a male so this is insane! I really liked him!

Another overall, just because I can. (See what I did there? I’m channeling Rachel!) This series started off with a bang and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Give me all the books!

About R.S. Grey

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.

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  • You got me with the great banter and all the highlighting! This sounds so fun, even with some aggravation.

    • I didn’t put my favorite quotes because to understand one, you need the previous quote haha And I don’t want to spoil. But seriously, by 8% I had highlighted a lot! Let me know if you read it! I’d love to discuss it with you.

  • OK this sounds so great with the main characters (I LOLed way too hard at the “bless his athelete’s body” part of your review) and the chemistry, but oh gosh the drama llama. Do you think I’d be able to get past that part of the book or is it better if I stay away, given what you know about me?
    In any case, I’m glad you had fun reading this one, Gen!!
    Lovely review!

  • Ooh British accent!! Love that!! This sounds cute. I am curious about the complication now. Great review!!

  • I highlighted SO MUCH of this as well! As you know, I totally adored this!! I know what you mean about the “complication” getting to be a bit much though, I can definitely see where you’re coming from with that one. Glad you enjoyed this one too! 🙂 (I’m surprised you didn’t include that shocking condom usage quote too. LOL!!!!!)

  • Sam

    Just started reading it this morning. Totally loving Freddie!

  • Ok so I confess that until I read your review I had no idea that this had an Olympic setting — that sounds totally amazing and I have heard that it can be CRAZY in those villages! Great review, definitely want to read this!!

  • oh drama is never fun but I do love the Olympic Setting—that is so NEAT!!

  • I clicked on the spoiler (I had to) and this may be too dramatic for me…