Series: The Summer Games #2
Also in this series: The Summer Games: Settling The Score
Published by Self Published on August 1st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.
I despise Erik Winter.
He’s arrogant and cruel—a man I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy—and by some twisted turn of fate, he’s my new Olympic gymnastics coach.
I’ve had to contend with gruff coaches in the past, but Erik is far worse. His stern demeanor complements a body built for intimidation, and his reprimands come from a mouth so cunning, I know it could strip me of my defenses—if I let it.
Though each of us would love to be rid of the other forever, we are bound to each other by need and necessity. I’m his rising star, his best shot at proving himself to his critics. And without a coach, I have zero chance of winning gold in Rio.
The easiest way forward would be to wave a white flag and make peace with the man I’ll be sharing close quarters with for the foreseeable future, but he is intent on war.
Fine. By. Me.
If he pushes me, I’ll push back harder. If he wants to test me, to play with my head, I’ll show him just how many boundaries I’m willing to cross. Because I know it’s not a choice between winning or warring—not if you can have them both. At the end of it all, I plan on leaving Rio with gold around my neck and his icy heart in the palm of my hand.
I hate these kind of books. The ones you’re for sure you’re going to love and then you come out of it feeling very meh. I’m more disappointed than anything after reading The Summer Games: Out of Bounds, because I had such high hopes going in and I was only let down the more I read. Before going into Out of Bounds I was thinking something along the lines of, “Oh, yay! Another R.S. Grey book to love.” I came out of it thinking, “What did I just read?”
Out of Bounds begins really well. I was hooked to the story, and I was for sure I was going to fall in love with this book. At first the tension between Brie and Erik was off the charts hot and I couldn’t get enough of it. But then everything changed. Erik started acting like the biggest douche on the planet and Brie started acting childish. I kept thinking, “Things will get better.” Only they didn’t. It only got worse.
Brie started off as a strong, independent gymnast who I instantly liked in the beginning, by the end of the book she turned into a whiny, childish character I couldn’t stand. Erik was a jerk in the beginning, and I thought he was a misunderstood jerk-and he would change, but he went from being a misunderstood jerk to an asshole douche canoe whose actions only got worse by the middle of the book. He didn’t have any redeeming qualities at all by the end of the book, in my opinion.
Possible spoiler incoming, read at your own risk. There is a scene at the 52% mark that a lot of people have mentioned having a problem with. I’m right there with them. It’s not that it was a f/f/m scene, I don’t have a problem with f/f or f/f/m. Different strokes for different folks, and all that jazz. I won’t deny that the scene wasn’t hot, because it was. My problem with the scene is that it came outta nowhere and felt like it was added for the sole purpose of shock value. It added absolutely nothing to the story. The book would’ve been fine without it. It added zip zap zero to it. And I only ended up hating Erik more after because he was even a bigger jerk than he had been before after it went down. So there’s that.
My biggest problem was the characters. If they had any redeeming qualities and acted their age, I think I would’ve liked this a whole lot more. The writing was decent, but the character development needed a lot of work. I hate that I feel disappointed by this book, but I do. The beginning had a lot of potential, and it just crashed and burned the more the story went on. This could totally be a case of it’s not the book, it’s me so don’t take my words to heart. Everyone reads differently and you might like Out of Bounds, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.