The Summer Games: Out of Bounds
Synopsis: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.
Having been a former gymnast myself, I was truly excited to get my hands on this second book in the series. It’s a completely new set of characters from the first books and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
Brie has captured basically every award you could amass in her gymnastics career. She’s been a gold medalist at Worlds. But there was one stage she hasn’t stood on. The Olympic stage. She’d worked through pain and injuries to get where she was. She’d watched her single mom suffer to put her through private lessons and get her to where she is today. She can’t fail, it’s not an option for her. But when a sudden illness of the coach of the US Women’s team, changes the trajectory of her plan, Brie can do nothing but stand tall and show what she’s made of. What she doesn’t bank on is that her new coach, could make her crumble. Their first meeting, not so nice, and puts Brie on immediate defensive with the beautiful but insensitive man, that is now her coach!
I have to say that I loved the back and forth banter between Brie and Erik. I loved that she wasn’t willing to take his crap and really stood up to him from the beginning. I actually even loved Erik he was a tortured soul, and part of that at the hands of a family member. I won’t go into detail on that you’ll have to read it yourself! However my issues with the book stemmed from the execution. When I read the first book in this series about a soccer player we had a lot of details about the games, and how she competed. But in this second book I think Ms. Grey failed to deliver on the sport itself and make me feel Brie’s passion. She talked about her going through routines but I never truly felt like I was living with a girl that was married to her sport, not like in the previous book. I also failed to connect to why Erik was so drawn to Brie. Other then the mention of how beautiful she was and how she looked like a celebrity, I just didn’t feel that draw. There were a few moments where I was completely perplexed with the direction the story took. I found that some of it was repetitive. I got why they were not able to be together but some of the moments to me didn’t connect or make sense.
Overall I did enjoy it, I liked the banter and their back and forth I just wish that I felt the connection to her sport more and his desire for her. It was still a well written book, Rachel’s writing has a way of making me hang on till the very end! I did love the Epilogue, though I kinda wanted just a little bit more and maybe a tie in with a future Olympic Team for them. It’s a solid read with a few really steamy moments that will make you squirm in your seat, and be a little on edge with the angst between the characters. I would still recommend it for others, it just wasn’t the same quality I have come to expect from this author!