Settling the Score (The Summer Games #1) – R.S. Grey | BOOK REVIEW

Title: Settling the Score (The Summer Games #1)
Author: R.S Grey

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Synopsis

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”.

Review

I’ve read every single one of R.S Grey’s book so when she announced there was going to be a new book, I was beyond excited! and expected, it was a great quick read for me.

“When the flame is lit, let the games begin”

 Andie is twenty-one year old from the States who goes to Rio for Olympics with her soccer team. Although she focuses all her energy for the game, she’s also looking forward to live a little. She has heard rumours about the Olympics and she wants to see it for herself. Although it is a little hard for her as her teammates, Kinsley and Becca act as her chaperone, especially after her mum asked them to take care of her.

“Damn didn’t begin to cover it. Damn was a word for ugly peasants. This Freddie? The sight of him begged a rousing “good heavens” with a polite undertone of “new pair of panties, please”” 

Frederick ‘Freddie’ Archibald is a swimmer from Great Britain who is knows as the bad boy of swimming and attracts attention wherever he goes. He’s been swimming for a long time, but when his father and his older brother died, everything changes for him. He becomes a duke and has all these responsibilities passed on to him. Including being betrothed to Caroline, who was supposed to marry his older brother. Freddie knows that he wanted to break it off but decided to focus on the Olympics first.

When the two first met, there was an instant attraction from both parties. Freddie liked how Andie is different from the girls he has met back home. They both are pretty stubborn in acting upon their attraction as Andie is aware of Freddie’s betrothal. She doesn’t want anything to do with Freddie if he’s still with Caroline. Freddie decided to break the betrothal but was too late because the girl comes to Olympic Village as chaperone to Freddie’s younger sister, Georgie.

Georgie is a delightful character. I thank her for existing because Freddie needs her to tell him the truth and to get his shit together most of the time. Without Georgie, Freddie would be really really lost. Fingers crossed there would be book about Georgie at some point. On the other hand, Caroline is horrible. I couldn’t remember if I ever felt this annoyed and angry at a character because she is just awful.

Another thing I love about the book is how the characters from her other books makes an appearance and cameo in this book. Like Kinsley, Becca, and Liam are from her book Scoring Wilder and they are still hilarious as ever. I also noticed Lorena Lefray, from her book The Allure of Julian Lefray, mentioned as the designer for the State’s ceremony outfit.

“I’m here to win gold, not hearts”

Although I enjoy all the sweet and sexy moments in the book, I wish Freddie was more there for Andie when was being bashed on the media. I understand the reason why he does what he does, but still. I also wished we got to meet Freddie’s mum

Settling the Score was a great read that made me laugh and swoon. As most romance novel, the love story was quick but the troubles they went through makes the story flowing and it’s paced nicely. It’s a real page-turner for sure. If you’re looking for a witty, charming read, I highly recommend this book!

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