Review: A Place In The Sun by R.S. Grey

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5stars

Review

Sun and sand, adventure and passion, loss and love—A Place In The Sun delivers it all as we roam through the cobblestone streets of Vernazza, Italy—one of the five coastal villages which make up the Cinque Terre region of the Italian Riviera.

Georgie Archibald, who some of us have met before, decides to escape her mother’s incessant meddling and grab fate in her hands in hopes of finding true love, or at the very least, enjoy a holiday full of gelato, wine and amazing food.

“…why on Earth are you in Italy?”
“To find love, of course.”

It’s in this rugged fishing town, however, that she meets the reclusive and brooding Gianluca. He’s the most gorgeous man she’s even seen and there’s something about him that sparks fire to burn in every part of her.

“He was romantic looking, the sort of man who breathes passion into life without even trying.”

The trouble is Gianluca wants nothing to do with Georgie—or any other woman for that matter.

As Georgie makes friends and surprisingly settles into a sun-kissed life in Vernazza, her thoughts never stray far from Gianluca. And when she realizes the truth behind his ornery demeanor, she becomes intent on rattling him to the core.

For Gianluca, a life without love seems certain, but meeting the spirited Georgie awakens something he thought was forever dormant. She’s managed to barrel past all his defenses in a way he swore was never possible.

Their tryst was supposed to be temporary, but sometimes fate has other plans and love finds a way amidst loss and hopelessness, especially in a place as charmed as Vernazza.

“It felt like we were starved for each other, like I’d gone years abstaining from men like Gianluca, and now that he was there, holding me, touching me, kissing me passionately, my body didn’t know how to respond. I wanted more.”

I loved this book intensely. There was something so special about it from the very beginning. Something magical and irresistible and entirely consuming. I swooned and smiled, relishing in a slow-burn romance that insisted on its happy ever after. Moving moments anchored Grey’s trademark levity and every aspect of the novel just worked together beautifully. This is the best I’ve seen from R.S. Grey and one you shouldn’t miss.

Synopsis

place-in-the-sunWhen her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away…that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it.

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Review: The Summer Games: Out of Bounds by R.S. Grey

My Thoughts

An irresistible enemies-to-lovers romance
with off-the-charts sexiness and tension.

4halfstars

Synopsis

The Summer Games Out of BoundsI 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.

My Review

There is nothing better, nothing more enjoyable than a good enemies-to-lovers romance. R.S. Grey’s latest packs all that goodness, plus some oh-my-god toe curling sexual tension—definitely her sexiest book to date! Roll all that in with the excitement that is the Olympics, and you’ve got yourself gold.

Brie Watson was headed to Rio. She was determined to win gold, for her mother, for all she’d sacrificed. As a gymnast, she had the potential to bring home at least four gold metals, which meant money in her mother’s bank account. It meant just a little less stress.

She never counted on Erik Winters.

He wasn’t supposed to be her coach and he wasn’t supposed to be an asshole, but from the moment they met collided, fireworks of every kind erupted.

“I HATED ERIK with every fiber of my being.”

Volatile, explosive—their tempers were a match made in hell. Their pride constantly at war with their intensifying desire for each other. Every moment was super charged… for better or for worse.

“He was the coach, I was the gymnast. End of story.”

Somewhere along the way, through the constant bickering and the stolen moments of intimacy, real feelings emerged, making everything more complicated.

But Erik was a question mark. He was hot and cold. He was a one-night-stand kind of guy. And he was Brie’s coach. As they headed to Rio, her focus should have been on what she had to do, but instead, it was on this man who was slowly unraveling her.

“From the first day I’d met Erik, we’d been at war. If we weren’t throwing knives, we were falling into each other’s arms.”

Everything comes to a head in Rio where hearts must decide, where gold must be won. The tension, the emotion, the determination, it all goes down and certainly not without fireworks.

I pretty much devoured this book in a single evening. I couldn’t put it down! Between the angst and the serious chemistry, it was a non-stop swoon kind of book. Delicious, delightful and hot hot hot, The Summer Games: Out of Bounds is one of the funnest books of the summer.

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Review: The Summer Games – Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

My Thoughts

Sexy, funny and fast-paced—
the perfect must-read summer romance.

4halfstars

Synopsis

May-02As 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”.

My Review

R.S. Grey’s novels always feel like a treat—a delicious indulgence that exemplifies why I fell in love with reading in the first place. It’s the fun of reading a great story that makes you giggle and swoon, that has you flipping pages fast because you can’t wait to see what happens next. Plus, with Grey’s irresistible wit, it’s impossible not to fall in love with every novel she pens.

The Summer Games delivers all that wonderfulness in spades. The angst, the chemistry between characters, the humor—it’s impossible not to fall for Andie and Freddie. Their story captures that all-consuming, dizzying high of meeting someone that immediately becomes your every thought, your every heartbeat. Couple that goodness with the very real excitement of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, and you’ve got yourself book gold.

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

When Andie Foster lands in Rio for the Olympic games, she’s ready to soak it all in, to play the best soccer she’s ever played, to let loose and have some much-deserved fun. If that means meeting some cute boys and having the time of her life at some late-night parties, she’s in! After all, the Games were known for all kinds of hookups—fun and temporary and harmless.

And then her eyes landed on swimmer god and all-around hottie-with-a-British-accent Frederick Archibald.

“This Freddie? The sight of him begged a rousing “good heavens” with a polite undertone of “new pair of panties, please.”

Every girl lusted after him, and rightly so. He was both insanely talented and gorgeous. Lucky for her, after running into Freddie at a party, they become fast friends. Yet even from the beginning, it was hard to shrug off the surprising chemistry that sparked to life.

For Freddie, Andie was everything he wasn’t used to. Fun without fuss, carefree, strong, beautiful. He couldn’t stay away from her and it seemed she couldn’t stay away from him either.

Just as Andie leaps into the magic and madness of their connection, however, she realizes he’s entirely unavailable. Even after such a short time, she’s crushed. Her time with Freddie felt like the start of something real, special.

“I wanted to taste madness and I had. It tasted like a hot British swimmer who was currently off the fucking market.”

But things were complicated. Not what they seemed. So Freddie was determined to hold on to Andie. Their relationship is a frenzied push and pull between doing the right thing and following your heart’s desire. Their time was limited however, and what they had was sure to vanish quickly.

“We couldn’t make each other promises because there was nothing to promise. We had moments, tiny, stolen moments that felt wrong more than they felt right. She wasn’t mine and she never would be; I knew that and I felt that every time she was around me.”

We see Andie and Freddie’s relationship take a turn for the worse, even as their emotions intensify. Mix in media and others determined to break them apart, and their situation becomes nearly insurmountable.

“Do  you think this thing between us is real? Or is it just part of the magic of Rio?”

I read the entire book in a single sitting. It’s impossible to put down. Delightfully fun, irresistibly sexy. Grey’s effervescence comes through in bright, snappy dialogue which is nicely juxtaposed with heart-rending moments full of feels.

Don’t wait to read this one—click it, devour it and share it with friends. I assure you, Freddie is your next, favorite book boyfriend!

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Review: Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

My Thoughts

A deeply moving tale of love and loss, hope and resilience.

4stars

Synopsis

Feb-01I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

My Review

“This was our story and happy endings are few and far between.”

With her latest, Author R.S. Grey indelibly proves that not only can her words make us lose it in a fit of giggles, but they can also make us feel as tears threaten to fall. Chasing Spring was an evocative coming-of-age tale of two high schoolers who have gone through more than most should at their age. Theirs is the kind of story that makes your heart ache as all its layers unravel, revealing the rawness of a reticent, but resounding pain. Grey delivers the story in multiple point of views, as we experience the push and pull between our two protagonists. It’s a duel between their past and present, between fighting their pain and relenting to their sorrow.

“My family’s secrets had been plucked, pressed, preserved and put on display”

The last thing Lilah Calloway wants is to go back to Blackwater, Texas. That small town represented everything she wanted to bury, everything she struggled to deal with.  Unfortunately, circumstances made leaving Austin a necessity and she reluctantly goes back home knowing she’d have to face it all again. Making matters worse, her ex best friend, Chase Matthews, was to be moving in with her and her dad.

“He was the golden boy, and I was the lost girl.”

Chase Matthews was Blackwater’s golden boy—good looking, kind, loyal, the town’s talented baseball player. Lilah and Chase had grown up together, their mothers were best friends. But now, Lilah was coming back to town towing a tough attitude, her blond hair dyed black. She planned to ignore Chase and just survive her last year of high school.

As expected, coming home stirred up emotions she didn’t—couldn’t—deal with as ghosts haunted her every waking minute. Loss and addiction had shaped her life, horrible choices scarred her in ways that would never diminish. She feared her own turbulent feelings would make her lose control, following dangerous footsteps she feared to tread.

“What if I’m past the point of return?”

There is so much to Chase and Lilah’s story. As the story reveals what happened, I felt crushed by the gravity of what these two people had gone through. But as somber and serious as the topics explored are, this is also a story of hope, resilience and fighting to grasp onto the love we have in our lives.

Chasing Spring is a quickly read, emotional coming-of-age that both young and adult readers will enjoy.

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