Gold Medal Summer Olympics Reads

Posted August 7, 2016 by Kim in Just for Fun / 3 Comments

Gold Medal Summer Olympics Reads

I’m not the only one who is totally obsessed with all things Summer Olympics right now, right? Y’all know I love sports and there’s just something special about the Olympics. (And especially the flag bearer from Tongo. Excuse me while I book my next vacation.) I love the variety of sports showcased and I get sooooo wrapped up in the competition. This year I’ve also gotten wrapped up in a couple Olympics-themed romance books and I thought I’d share my finds with you. Plus, I can’t get enough of books like this so I’m hoping maybe you have recommendations for others I should check out!


First up, obviously, is R.S. Grey’s Summer Games series. These were both so freaking good. (And, if I’m honest, they started my current obsession.)

Gold Medal Summer Olympics ReadsSettling the Score by R.S. Grey
Series: The Summer Games #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 2, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

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".

This one was funny, swoony and sexy. Loved the characters and all the girl power!

Gold Medal Summer Olympics ReadsOut of Bounds by R.S. Grey
Series: The Summer Games #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

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.

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.

Out of Bounds was H.O.T. I mean, it had funny moments, a great love/hate relationship and some swoons… but damn. Hot yoga, indeed.

Gold Medal Summer Olympics ReadsScoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 15, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley's already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

Ok, so I *might* be cheating just a little here, but I can’t NOT mention Scoring Wilder here. Not with Kinsley and Becca playing a major role in the first Summer Games book. Plus it’s just a great book.

Thank you, R.S. Grey, for feeding my obsession. 

I’ve not finished this one yet, but it’s another new adult romance. But this time it’s with a swimmer. Rawr.

Gold Medal Summer Olympics ReadsEdge of Glory by Magan Vernon
Series: Friendship Texas #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 20, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

"Welcome to Conti's. I'm Lia and I'll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh".

I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar… and I just made an idiot of myself.

The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team... they didn't say anything, they didn't even blink.

"Uh… I mean…"

I couldn't even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.

What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it's just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?

If you like your romance a little steamier, you can check out the special Summer Olympics serial Tessa Bailey is sending out in her e-newsletter. Sign up for that here.

I also have two YA books on my list of possibilities…

Gold Medal Summer Olympics ReadsThe Flip Side by Shawn Johnson
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

It’s even written BY an Olympic gymnast!

Gold Medal Summer Olympics ReadsYou Will Know Me Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Publication date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl," (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.

I’m not a huge thriller fan, but this one does sound pretty good.

Gold Medal Summer Olympics Reads


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3 responses to “Gold Medal Summer Olympics Reads

  1. Ohh these are SO fun! And thanks for the Tongo flag bearer, I might join you to fight over him, mmmkay? 😉 Also, I had NO idea that the book by Shawn Johnson was fiction! I always just assumed it was a memoir or something, now I need to check that out for sure! Curious about You Will Know Me, too! And The Summer Games sounds like a VERY intriguing series! Thanks for sharing these, especially Mr. Tongo 😉