Goodreads Rating: 4.08 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Publication Date: May 2nd 2016
Publisher: Self published
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.
I buddy read this book with my dear friend Rachmi — click her name to read her review.
I decided to read another R.S. Grey book by picking up her another sports romance novel,Settling the Score. This book can be read as a standalone but I recommend you to read Scoring Wilder first as the main characters of that book have appearance here.
The story takes place in Rio de Janeiro, 5 years after Scoring Wilder and it’s about Andie Foster. For years, she focused trained hard to make it in the American Soccer team as a goalkeeper. Olympics is a huge event for athletes and also a needed vacation for on Soccer. When Freddie Archibald, a Duke and British Olympic Swimmer stumbles her path, she’s drawn to his charms and sexiness.
It seems the feeling is mutual, Freddie finds Andie alluring and irresistible. The chemistry between them hits off with sizzling moments but it’s quite complicated. Freddie is engaged to someone but he wants to break it off to be with Andie. Being with her publicly will stir more drama and they will both absorb the impact. Aside from breaking his record and getting medals, he wants her heart.
I like this book but I have mixed feelings. I have no complains on the writing style because it’s good and engaging. The romance is fine but not off the charts, and the story is entertaining. However, there is something that bothered me:
* The wrist injury: Andie sustains a minor wrist injury and she’s been enduring it for years. She got a medical clearance to play in Olympics but it’s worrisome she’s feeling a dull to sharp pain. That’s not a minor injury to me and her pain scale is 7/10 but keeps telling it’s 3/10 just to play the games? I understand her determination to play for U.S. and she complied with her therapy sessions in Rio but she went against the medical advice. It’s risky and irresponsible. She shouldn’t have underestimate injuries, if she’s not careful enough, her Soccer career will be over.
Despite my issues, Caroline Montague is a great antagonist.I’m entertained with this two-faced shark and her manipulative, crazy attitude. She’s Freddie’s ex-psycho fiancee. Also, Freddie’s younger sister,Georgie Archibald is the funniest and sassiest side character!. I think these two somehow uplift my rating and they are really entertaining. This is a good novel but not the best one.