Title: Wild Cards
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: January 2nd 2014 (Originally: October 1st 2013)
Read it in: Over time
Source: NetGalley for Review
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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.
Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?
Sadly, I tried to read this book during my move from my home to my new home by my university, so I ended up putting it down about 30% of the way through, even though I was loving it! Then I tried to start reading it again, but I was getting used to my lectures and my new lecturers all over again, that once again I ended up having to put it down – I was getting frustrated with my lack of time to read!
I then a few nights ago thought enough was enough and started reading it again. I was finished within 3 days. And boy did I love it. I don’t know what it was about this novel, perhaps it was just because it was a romance without any paranormal or saving the world going on. It was refreshing. Despite the rather quick ending (which I wasn’t happy with, I loved the ending, just not that it ended it quickly!) I really enjoyed it. It was a great break from what I usually spend all my time reading, and I can happily say I absolutely loved it.
I enjoyed both characters: Ashtyn was a refreshing teenage female as she played football but still wanted a long lasting relationship – I loved it. She was witty as well as sensible – her mood swings were understandable instead of stupid which was great. Then of course there is Derek. If you read this and don’t fall in love with Derek there is something wrong with you. He’s charming, and stupid and witty and just everything that is right. Of course he has his issues! But he tries to over come them… Which is adorable.
I loved the story, all of the characters were great, and the love was cute. I can’t fault this story just because it was my cup of tea in a weird way. I really just enjoyed everything. It was a lovely read, and a short read really. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a short read and romance.