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The Summer Games: Out of Bounds

Summer Games Series, Book 2
By: R.S. Grey
Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, Ryan Turner
Series: Summer Games, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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I 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.

©2016 R. S. Grey (P)2016 Tantor

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" Out of Bounds was seriously intense... HOT, HOT, HOT!... What an incredibly enjoyable read. Right in time for the Summer Olympic games." (AC Book Blog)

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  • Mary Bonham-carter
  • 02-03-2018

Creepy

The Summer Games Out of Bounds

A young olympic gymnast and a coach come to together to train for the final weeks leading up to the Olympics. Brie is immature, indignant and lacks respect for the authority of her coach. Erik a hot playboy and is cold as ice.

The plot of this book is fairly disturbing, especially considering the recent events of Dr. Lassar of being found guilty of sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts.

IMO Erik crosses the line from alpha male to sexual abuser. He is clearly in a position of power with the immature student/gymnast and his actions are pretty creepy. He is constantly telling her he is trying to control her, messing with her head and treating her like garbage in front of other people. The creepiness begins early in the plot as the 30 year coach initiates a conversation about sex with his 20 year old athlete. Erik clearly sees her as a "girl", (as he constantly reminds her) and his other love interests as woman, yet he continues to engage in sexual activity with her. The most disturbing scene unfolds when Erik prescribes yoga as a means for Brie to gain better trust in her body. The yoga session ends with the coach leading his athlete into sex. Erik's rationalization that this session would help Brie become a better gymnast was way too reminiscent of how Dr. Lassar's justified his abuse to his gymnasts.


I think the author was intending to be sexy and edgy, but the product is just down right creepy. I hope none of the abused Olympic gymnasts ever stumble upon this book.

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  • Noel
  • 03-05-2018

Just ok.

I didn't hate it, but overall I was underwhelmed. Mostly I just found it to be pretty unbelievable. The characters went from hating each other to love with very little relationship development. There was a lot of game playing and lusty teasing but then all of a sudden they were in love? I just didn't buy it. And there were a few cringeworthy moments that definitely didn't make me think love it was more like she was way more invested and he was just using her a lot of the times. I did think the narration was good however and I was able to listen all the way through even though I found myself considering stopping a few times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2019

All-round dissapointment

I usually like the books of this Author, but this one sorely missed the target. Let us get the performance out of the way: I did not like the female narrator at all, that's why I gave only 2 stars, but it was a matter of personal taste.
The story however, was a total NO-NO. The first problem were the characters. I hated the heroine from the beginning for being disrespectful, spoiled and full of herself. She then developed into stupid and immature to the point of behaving like a spoiled child, and not just in her personal life, but her professional life as well, that she was supposedly so good at. Putting your silly personal feelings before your very likely Olympic championship is just beyond stupid, especially that it was not just about fame, but changing her family's life from hardship and poverty. And then, the hero. In the beginning, he was a womanizer, but I could have forgiven him, because he seemed to be trying his best to grow up to his unexpected task with a good portion of performance anxiety that spilled over and affected his behavior. However, he soon became mean, cold and abusive. This is where I lost track of the love story and began to boil. I finished the book because I finish all books, but from about 10% I was irritated, which only grew throughout the story. I don't like when main characters quarrel just for the sake of quarreling. I don't like abuse, and when the main characters share each other with other sexual partners. Later, I didn't understand how after 2/3 of the book of cold sex they suddenly had feelings for each other. She professed her love to him without ever hearing him joke or having a laugh with him! I could go on with my negative criticism and examples, but I already have included too many spoilers. Sorry for that.

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 06-11-2019

Darker than others by author

I enjoyed this story. It was not light hearted like her other novels. So be prepared.


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Others have mentioned the yoga scene. It was hot. But I too am not sure if it enhanced the story. My thoughts waiver between Erik thinking she would enjoy it to him being just plain selfish - I’m not sure which best describes it.

It is kind of long but kept my interest.

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  • bedlambelle
  • 31-10-2019

unlikable main characters

This is the story for you if you like a lot of reactionary, over the top, unnecessary drama in the name of passion. Probably a lot of teens would love this. Despite my annoyance with the immature and unhealthy antics of the main couple the plot moved at a good pace and was interesting enough that I had no problem sticking it out. At one point I did wonder if the author had ever seen a braless woman. I mean how can we accept the premise that the couple had this intense attraction to each other and also believe Eric was oblivious to the fact she was braless? I don't care how baggy the shirt or how small the boobs, unless your chest is concave, gravity will ensure your shirt hangs off your breasts. It's going to be obvious. just saying

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2019

Steamy and fun

I think everyone read someone’s review and then just copied it without reading the book. While the player coach relationship is borderline taboo, they are both adults. It’s not like she’s 16 and he’s taking advantage of her. Clearly they had attraction to each other, and it was completely mutual consent between adults. Anyway, I did find the main character whiny, needy, and frustrating, but hey, that’s dramatic romance for You! Overall it was an entertaining read.

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  • Penjo
  • 25-08-2019

Disappointed

In the end the female lead character became wishy-washy and frankly I just skipped the last 3 chapters because she frustrated me with the way she kept pushing her love interest away even when it was clear he was there for her. she was young, silly and couldn't make up her mind all the way through the book and she was supposedly smart enough and talented enough to win the Gold at the Olympics. I liked other books by this author but this one was a total waste of my time. She was just too silly and childish..that's all I got to say about that.

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  • justin schweig
  • 22-07-2019

More inappropriate than expected...

I want to start by saying i enjoyed the book. Its written well, narrated well, gives you a good picture with a lot of details about the places theyre at... however, this was more explicit than expected. The first book in the series was much "calmer". There is one scene in particular that is very inappropriate for their characters and to be honest kind of pushes the boundary of clear consent. I really appreciate when these books outline healthy relationships. While the characters are meant to be back and forth, I just didnt appreciate that scene. Because of that i took away a star for the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-07-2019

trigger warning

Threre is a very disturbing scene involving a yoga studio and consent. watch out. really was strange in the context of abuse of gymnasts in recent history.

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  • ZeenieB
  • 08-05-2019

creepy...

Older coach, young gymnast - predator alert!!
Plus terrible whiney narration, couldn't finish, this was a big disappointment after listening to Hot Shot Doc by the same author.