Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.
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.
I’m really bummed that I didn’t love Out of Bounds as much as I loved the first book in this series, Settling the Score. While I still enjoyed the writing and the Olympic storyline, I had a problem with the love story in this one.
The romance in Out of Bounds was a slightly taboo one. It was a coach-athlete love story. This would bug me if it wasn’t for the fact that Brie was 20 and Erik was 27. They were both adults. It felt more like a workplace romance than a student-teacher relationship. What bothered me about Brie and Erik’s relationship was the way Erik took advantage of his coaching position. Erik put Brie in situations that were completely inappropriate for a coach to do. (If you’ve read the book, think yoga session.) I don’t care what Brie needed to work on. His methods were wrong. He took advantage of her trust. It bothered me.
The situations Erik put Brie in weren’t my only frustration with the book. I couldn’t figure out why Brie was attracted to Erik other than his looks. He was a complete jerk all of the time. I never felt a true connection between the two of them that wasn’t sexual. When they declared their love, I didn’t swoon. I was just kind of like, huh…I don’t get it.
That being said, I loved Brie. She had her insecurities, but they were overshadowed by her strengths. She stood up for herself and was a nice person. Her relationship with her mom was so sweet. Brie was also the glue that held her gymnastic team/friends together. Their hijinks were my favorite part of this book.
If Erik had he been a sweet guy instead of a complete jerk, I would probably have been in love with Out of Bounds. Luckily, I enjoyed Brie, her friends and their Olympics storyline enough to like it.