Settling the Score Review

May 11, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

Settling the Score ReviewSettling the Score (The Summer Games, #1) by R.S. Grey
on May 2nd, 2016
Pages: 432
Also by this author: The Summer Games: Out of Bounds
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From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
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".
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

This is a sweet and sexy sports romance that was fun to read. The protagonist was one of the funniest characters that I’ve seen in this genre so far this year. I’m not a huge soccer fan at all, but the author made me really care about the sport and what it means to Andie and her fellow teammates. I am a fan of the Olympics and I loved that the book took place during the games. Though I’ve never even played a sport seriously in my life, I have always dreamed of going to the Olympics because of all the hot guys and the friends and memories that you make. I love that R.S. Grey is making a whole series out of this and focusing on different sports and characters. I seriously can’t wait for the next book to come out in August.

As I said, I loved the female main character in this one. Andie was just a hilarious and witty character and I loved her opinionated voice. Though I’ve never played a sport like Andie, I still appreciated her passion and love for the game. Even when she’s injured, she doesn’t stop goalkeeping, because it’s her job and it’s what she loves to do. Have I mentioned yet that she’s just straight up hysterical? She makes so many smart pop culture references. She’s just a total smartass in the best way and at the best moments in time. I can’t completely describe it, but take my word for it, this is an incredible character that I loved.

Freddie is a hot famous swimmer who also happens to be a Duke that is set to betrothed. First of all, I love that the love interest is a swimmer, because there’s nothing hotter than swimmers. He’s set tons of Olympic world records and he also has stolen the hearts of pretty much every girl in America and in the U.K. Oh yeah, have I mentioned that he happens to be British? That’s basically the icing on the cake of the whole swimmer thing. The Duke thing is much more complicated and a little bit sad, but it’s intriguing to read about nevertheless. Freddie is extremely swoony to say the least. He’s not a perfect guy, but he knows how he feels about Andie. I thought it was a little quick for him to be so sure about his feelings towards her, but that’s okay.

The relationship between Freddie and Andie is a very complicated one from the beginning. I wasn’t a fan of the insta-love between them. It would’ve been nice to have more buildup of the relationship. For example, there was no friendship going on at all. I mentioned this in one my last reviews, but I get that not every couple is going to have a friendship first. However, in my opinion, most relationships do build on that friendship and bond between them before they can take it a step further and be in a real relationship. I also understand that the book takes place during only one month, so it can be hard to cram all that within these pages. That’s just something that I enjoy seeing as a reader. I won’t reveal much about the complication that goes down because some of it borders the line of being a spoiler, but let’s just say that it’s filled with twists. It makes you long for a happy ending for this lovely power couple.

A special (and not so good) thing about Settling the Score were some of the supporting characters. It will be particularly entertaining for those of you that have read Scoring Wilder. Becca and Kinsley are Andie’s teammates and they take her under their wings and see her as like a little sister. Liam is also featured as Kinsley’s husband and also as an assistant coach for the team. I loved the relationships that all of them had with Andie. It was equally funny and endearing. On a not so great note, you’re going to automatically hate Caroline. She’s known Freddie for most of their lives and they are set to be betrothed. Anyway, all of the drama involving her really bothered me. It just didn’t feel necessary to me. There was so much to enjoy about this book, but the direction that the plot goes in with this character rubbed me the wrong way.

Overall, this was a seriously steamy sports novel that had funny and memorable characters. I think that some of the plot would have been better left out. I’m not a fan of characters that only exist to cause pain to the main characters and are just plot devices and have no true purpose. Then again, that’s just something that stood out to me personally. I feel torn about giving a rating to this, but I think a three rating is the most fitting. I found it to be entertaining but some of it just seemed like a total soap opera. The tropes and plots that occur are a lot of what I do my best to avoid as a reader.

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