New Release from Carrie Aarons



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?

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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

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.

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Grasping Air is an enjoyable enough read. The plot isn’t overly predictable and the love story is good.

I have mulled over my opinion about the book for a while now and I have to say, I can’t give a high rating when I dislike the main character this much. I found Peyton to be an spoiled brat with serious skewed views on life. I get that her mom drank and that fact made her childhood difficult. But I only understand that because the author basically said exactly that. There was no physical abuse but some mental. I need more than that if you want me to buy this. I was more put off at how far down her nose Peyton looked at her mother for cleaning houses. Her being an alcoholic wasn’t the big issue in Peyton’s mind. The woman worked her ASS off to make ends meet and give her daughter a way out – gymnastics – and the ungrateful brat just complains about having to help her mom clean other peoples’ houses on holidays instead of celebrating. Dude, that’s life. Not everyone gets the day off. Suck. It. Up.

Jared was a fine leading man. Angry enough to be believable, tender enough to make up for being an occasional jerk. I can respect that his rigid personality is just how he is.

Some of the events in the story didn’t make sense to me. Especially the “big scary thing” toward the end. I don’t know gymnastics well enough to say it isn’t possible, but I can’t imagine everyone just stood around and watched it happen.


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