Genres: Sports Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 12, 2016
Length: 10 hours, 46 minutes
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.
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.