Title: Grasping Air
Series: Flipped #2
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2016
We were the seconds after a grip released the bar, body floating through the air with nervous wonder. Would we successfully grab it again, or would we hit the mat, shattered and defeated?
Peyton Adams learned a long time ago that selfish and detached is the only way to be in life. What most people call shameless or obnoxious behavior, she considers key to getting where she needs to go. Most disapproving of all? USA Gymnastics’ golden boy with an eight-pack, Jared Hargrove. After being cut from the women’s team right before Rio, Peyton is back on the post-Summer Games tour. Not only is she the only one without a gold medal, but her history with Jared won’t stay buried for long.
Control and good manners; the two things drilled into Jared Hargrove’s head from birth. As a four-time gold medalist, he’s always obeyed the rules and reaped the reward. Well, except for the whirlwind week four years ago in London when wild-child Peyton Adams finally got under his skin, and into his bed. She broke his heart, and he hasn’t removed the ice wall around it since. Now she’s back to redeem herself to the world of gymnastics, and it seems, to push his buttons more than ever.
After years of resentment and heartache, can they repair a relationship so badly broken that most people wouldn’t even try? Or will they continue to fall, grasping at any last emotion before they finally collapse?
Now that reaching for the gold is over and done with, the USA Gymnastics team is basking in all the gold glory and preparing for the post- Summer Games tour. In the first book of the Flipped series Blind Landing we were introduced to Peyton Adams and Jared Hargrove, there was a story between them and in Grasping Air we finally find out what really happened between these two.
Jared is a four-time gold medalist and lives by his families christian values, he is a great guy and one that you would love to bring home to the family. His too good to be true persona may be too much for one girl, who broke his heart four years ago and is a constant reminder in his life. Now, that Peyton Adams will be replacing another gymnastic on the tour, will he be able to control his hurt, anger and frustrations? Jared's dominate tone and his tender or rough touch had me grasping for a breath.
Peyton Adams's selfish ways will frustrate you, she believes keeping people at arms length is the only way she can protect herself. Payton is not embarrassed at being the center of attention, love is the furthest thing on her mind, since she learned at a early age that love never last. Well, that was one reason she walked away from Jared after a week in London four years ago and their relationship has never been the same since. Her emotions are all over the place while on tour, should she try and at least be friends with Jared? The hard part is also wanting to glide her hands all over his masterpiece of a body.
The connection between Jared and Payton is felt throughout the story, even after I have read 2 other stories before writing this review, my jaw still drops from the sexual chemistry these two share. Carries Aarons does not disappoint me with the story line that made me laugh, angry and I could feel those heartfelt moments. I am hoping for more from this series. This is a 5 star read!!!
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.