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.
Pub Date: August 1st 2016 | Page Count: 442 pp
Rating: 4.5 Stars | Settling The Score | Sports Romance
A few adjectives for OUT OF BOUNDS: gripping, intense, scorching. Brie and Erik will take you on a roller coaster ride. They had that kind of dynamic that is just simply a pleasure for me to read, they truly loved to hate each other, it’s the most salacious kind of game to play in a romantic relationship and these two were pros at it.
Leave it to Rachel to create an incredibly driven and passionate athlete. Brie is not only kind, caring and selfless – not with Erik though – but tenacious and persistent, she knows how hard life can be and in Rio her eyes only see gold.
“I loved Erik. I loved him and it was possibly the most impractical realization to have the night before competing in the Olympics.”
Erik knew exactly what buttons to push with Brie and vice versa, he’s the biggest prick and loves every second of it so don’t get him wrong. They were constantly battling with their feelings for each other like their life depended on it and so you can get a pretty good picture of this enemies-to-lovers-but-still-enemies story and how that came to play in every single interaction between them.
“I’d seen his chest already. It was broad and tan muscled, and objectively speaking, most women would have found it very appealing. I was too busy mourning the loss of my Abe Lincoln to care.”
What I mostly loved about OUT OF BOUNDS is that the relationship between the characters was not that easy to read, normally there’s a stablished rhythm in romance novels, but Brie and Erik step out of what we know and what we’re used to and their whole relationship development was so deliciously infuriating you wont be able to resist them.
“I wanted to be sexy for Erik. I was trying to see what he saw when he looked at me. I shivered at the thought. Fuck him.”
Thank you to the author who kindly provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.
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