#MBreview “Settling the Score (Summer Games #1)” by R.S. Grey

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Synopsis:

From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

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”.

Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

My musings…

There are so many reasons I ultimately loved this book, but this review will read as a hate-to-love romance trope.

I love R.S. Grey! I have never been disappointed with a book written by her, and I loved Scoring Wilder (obviously I was excited to see more Kinsley, Becca, Liam, and Penn, although Penn wasn’t in it, only briefly mentioned). But when this book started, I wasn’t loving it. I personally felt like Freddie was selfish. Here was Andie in all her cute, sporty glory looking for a good time while she went for the gold at her first Olympic Games, and Freddie pursues her even when he knows he shouldn’t. I won’t tell you why he shouldn’t to avoid spoilers, but his reason isn’t the typical romance hero reason. I felt like at times he didn’t put her needs and desires above his own. He also mentioned the gap between her thighs quite a few times, which I thought was a weird detail to focus on, but I guess everybody has their thing. There was a lot of push and pull at the beginning that just prevented me from really connecting with Freddie. I didn’t dislike him, but I didn’t really love him either.

That being said, my feelings changed dramatically at about the half way point. Freddie finally became the hero I wanted him to be when all the s*** hits the fan. He stakes his claim and fights for what he wants. He started thinking about Andie, and he started trying to figure out how to solve their conflict while not ruining their reputations and lives. It was at this point that I completely connected with him as a character. I found myself gasping at twists in the story, my heart aching when the characters were hurt, and joyous with the resolution. Oh, that epilogue made my heart so happy!

Additionally, the secondary cast of characters was great. Becca and Kinsley offered plenty of laughs, and Georgie offered her own hilarious brand of antics to the story (I secretly hope she gets a story). Liam was a sweet as ever, solidifying what a great BBF he is.

At the end of the book, I conceded that R.S. Grey had written another fantastic story that makes me anxious to get my hands on the next book. Hopefully, we will get to see glimpses of the previous characters in the book as the series continues.

Amazon: Settling the Score

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