Friday, May 6, 2016

REVIEW: The Summer Games: Settling The Score


Shel: I can't believe that this is my first R.S. Grey novel. What the hell is wrong with me? I should've started reading her novels a long time ago. Let my stupidity be a lesson to you all. READ HER BOOKS. BUY  HER NOVEL especially if you like romance and comedy and with a side of angst and sexy times. Court: RIGHT. We see her name a lot, and are just now reading one...and now! We're big time fans. Of course. Shel picks the best books for us to read. Always. So, I honestly wasn't surprised!

Shel: As noted, I haven't read any of her other works but I know enough about her books to know that her fans who've read Scoring Wilder will absolutely love Settling the Score because of the references to Kinsley and Becca and their men. I don't even know much about them and they delighted me--they're freaking hilarious and the exact kind of annoying best friends everyone needs in their life. Their humorous moments plus some seriously funny moments with Andie + Freddie and Thom and Georgie made my weekend. Grey's light touch when it came to her comedic moments were perfect--not too heavy handed and not so subtle that I missed the jokes. Comedy is hard to write and it takes talent to do it well so kudos to Grey for every funny moment she put in there. Court: OMG they were over the top weren't they! We got Scoring Wilder in our arsenal too, so I'm excited to read that...but Becca and Kinsley were super over protective, but lovable so I was able to forgive them for it! I can't even tell you how in love with Georgie I am over everyone else. The story was made even that much better because of her, and her British-isms (which, as an American, don't judge me for saying that...but y'all...don't be daft...I love that) and how much she loved and helped her brother. It really brought him down to earth as a character knowing that he was just like the rest of us, and had a great, while annoying, little sister. Loved! The whole aspect of the Olympic games, and everything these kids (I can say that now that I am 27) were going through...whew, the pressure was immense, but they were bound and determined to shine, and I loved the journey of seeing them do so.

Shel: Don't be fooled by my obvious crush on her comedic skills. R.S. Grey threw some angsty curve balls in there that had me taking breaks to just catch my breath before I dove back in. Caroline had me all sorts of pissed and crazy! And let me not forget to mention that the sexual tension between Andie and Freddie was H-O-T. Court: NO JOKE! I thought she was going to kill us there for a minute. It was tough, and OMG some people are just cray cray, and the media is if that is what being famous entails, I am glad I am not! The writing was stellar, and addictive-so again I had a late night reading this book! But "no ragrets" yo..haha.

Shel: With the humor, angst, and sex, you may think I've forgotten about the backdrop: the Olympic Games. But I haven't. As a matter of fact, I know absolutely nothing about soccer but the sequences of the team on the field or training were really wonderful--they were exciting and fatiguing and had me all sorts of excited to watch the games this summer!! Court: Me either. We are soccer newbies together, but Andie could make me enjoy it a little bit more, and probably if I saw a game live. It was a fun element added to the story, and in my limited knowledge, very thorough and knowledgeable.

Shel: There's so much to enjoy about this novel and I'm excited that there will be another book in this series (and a whole slew of novels in her catalog that I need to get my hands on!!). If you're looking for a really well written sports romantic comedy this is the perfect one to read now! Court: *raises hand* yes, sports rom-com's are our favorite...and I am hoping every minute that Georgie's story is next!

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 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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