THE SUMMER GAMES: OUT OF BOUNDS by R.S. Grey Release Day Blitz + Sarah's Review!

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.
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The Summer Games: Out of Bounds is the second book in R.S. Grey's series centering around the Rio Olympics. It reads as a complete standalone as the characters from Settling the Score aren't featured in Out of Bounds. 

Here's what we've got:
Forbidden romance: coach and athlete
Age gap: 29 and 20
Angst level: almost painful 
Hotness: hottest book I've read this summer

Brie Watson is a first time Olympic gymnast. She's a bit older than her peers but she's going in with the best chances of winning gold. With a month left before the games, she learns that her coach had to back out and she's got to relocate to Seattle to train with Erik Winter. 

"He was a sweet poison and I was so addicted."

Erik Winter was an amazing gymnast but fell out of the spotlight and is running his own gym out of Seattle. He's the first-time coach of Team USA and is determined to bring the gold back to the states. 

"I was her coach and she was my gymnast. I was the predator and she was the victim. I smiled at the thought."

Ok. I love a good coach/athlete romance. Love it! R.S. Grey did it with Scoring Wilder and that's one of my favorite sports romance reads. Out of Bounds does not disappoint. The hate is hateful and the love is sweet. 

Erik is mean. There, I said it. He's mean and hurtful and I wanted to punch him in the nuts a few times. But when he's sweet, you just want to swoon. Brie is fiery and fierce but she's got a hard time letting go giving into her feelings. 

The level of angst was so high it was almost hard to read at times. I felt for both characters but wanted to scream at them at the same time to get over it and get together already! Honestly. Just do it and love each other and live your happily ever after. I kind of felt the end was just a bit too quick. I would have liked a bit more of a relationship out of Erik and Brie. Other than that, I adored Out of Bounds! Grey does sports and comedy so well and they shine in this book. Oh. Just a heads up: at 52% there's one of the hottest scenes I've ever read. EVER. I wasn't expecting that out of you, Rachel! Go girl! 

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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