Review: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

Posted November 12, 2018 by Lorna in Audio Book, Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey
Settling the Score

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Series: Summer Games #1
Genres: Sports Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 12, 2016
Length: 10 hours, 46 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package

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The Delight

Now I know it’s almost the holidays, but let’s let summer have just one more story before we wrap up hot weather until next year. The Rio Olympics is the backdrop as a female American soccer player meets and falls for a British swimmer-a star athlete and owner of a pile of gold medals already. Of course, true love doesn’t run smooth, but it sure was a fantastic listen getting to the happily after ever end.

Review

The fun part of reading so much contemporary romance now is that there is so many out there that are new to me. After reading paranormal books almost exclusively for several years with only the occasional romance, contemporaries are like a breath of fresh air. So even though this book has been out for two years, I thought it was worth reviewing now for those that missed it when it first came out.

Andie Foster is a first time Olympic hopeful and is ready to party in Rio while she is at it. After spending years training, she wants to let her hair down a little. She meets Freddie Archibald, a famous British athlete, the first night she is there. She is just one of all the females that are enthralled with the mega handsome man. Freddie is pretty much smitten at first sight. It’s not long into their dating(the next day?) that she finds out that he is betrothed(their word, not mine) to marry aristocrat Carolyn who is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Because Freddie inherited the title of Duke, he doesn’t have a lot to do with picking who he marries. His mother announced that they were going to get married and he is livid about it all. Of course, Andie is seen as the bad girl trying to break up the famous couple when word gets out about her and Freddie seeing each other. The British press is relentless. This was not the Olympic dream that Andie signed up for! And Carolyn is not necessarily the sweet woman she seems to be.

My favorite things about this listen were the characters. Andie is in her early twenties and is very spirited. She’s like the beautiful athletic girl next door and gets painted as a slut and a homewrecker by the press. Freddie is a rich, handsome athlete with a body to match. All this and he’s down to earth surprisingly. Caroline was the perfect villain. I kept hoping she would come to a bad end. Sorry, not sorry! Andie’s two best friends were perfect as married(not to each other) soccer players, as well as being her Olympic roommates who just wanted what was best for Andie. Freddie’s younger sister, Georgie, was at times the much needed comic relief and I really had fun with her character.

The author captured all the fun that you just know the athletes are having while far from home. We are treated to scenes in the Olympic village, the athletes food court, their housing, and all the training facilities. Since I love the Olympics, this really enhanced the read for me. I could picture all of it-especially having watched the Rio games in the first place. We also read about some of the Rio sights along the way.

Narration was good. I particularly enjoyed the female narrator-Amanda Dolan. She was pretty perfect for Andie. She had to change back and forth between an American accent and a British accent throughout the read and did it perfectly. The male narrator-Shaun Grindell was good and of course, had the British accent. I don’t remember him doing an American accent, although I’m not sure(I apologize if I am wrong). Anyway, narration was a solid 4 star for me.

All in all, I had a wonderful time with this one and could barely stop listening. I highly recommend this to adult contemporary romance readers age 18+ as per the author. It’s not erotica, but there are some pretty steamy scenes, and thankfully nothing that was just filler. It’s part of a duo, but is a standalone.

Highly recommended!

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Sophia Rose
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This looks like a good one, Lorna. I love that its set against the Olympics for a backdrop. The pair of them sounds great and I’m all for a good villainess. 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

It is a good one! I had so much fun listening. I’m starting to really like this author!

ROP
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Glad you liked this one so much Lorna. Like you, I’m a serious fan of the Olympics and look forward to seeing all that amazing talent and hard work. Cool to see it as part of a love story too! Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

Lorna
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Lorna

It was really fun with the Olympics as the setting. I’ve only read a few by this author, but I’ve really liked them. Happy Monday to you as well, thanks. Hugs back at you.

Bookworm Brandee
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Yay! I had a great time with this one as well, Lorna! I reviewed it sometime in the last year or so. I thought the setting was so well done. I’d never given any thought to what the athletes do while “on location” at the Olympics. 😉 Andie and Freddie were awesome together though. And I liked how Grey even incorporated workouts and competitions into the story. It felt realistic. 🙂 I, too, enjoyed the narration. Lovely review, my friend!

Lorna
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Lorna

Yes, I loved the Olympics as a setting too. I didn’t even mention the competitions and I should have. I am glad you enjoyed this as much as I did Brandee. Listening was fun too.

Melliane
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I haven’t tried this book but I love this author!

Lorna
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Lorna

She is good isn’t she? You should try it!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This author is completely new to me, so I love that you are having fun exploring contemporary romance!

Lorna
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Lorna

When I first joined GoodReads, she was one of the first people to friend me. Back then she wrote a mystery series. Now I see her romances everywhere and the ones I’ve read have been really good.

Lover Of Romance
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Yeah I like contemporary quite a bit too especially since there is so much to choose from. I am glad that you enjoyed this one, still want to try out this author though and I haven’t read a soccer romance…YET

Sam@WLABB
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I adore Grey’s books, and this one was fun for so many reasons. Loved being in the Olympic village, loved Freddie, AND there were appearances from Scoring Wilder characters. I loved the epilogue too.

Northwoman
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I love the Olympics. I visited some of the sites before it happened in Rio because m brother’s wife is from Brazil. We visited her family for a couple weeks and did some sight-seeing. Great review. Anne – Books of My Heart

herding cats
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Sounds like a nice mix of characters 🙂 Fun setting, too!