Title: Wild Cards
Series: Wild Cards #1
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: 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?
I was intrigued by the idea of this book, but to be honest – I really didn’t have high hopes that I would enjoy it. I mean c’mon – a female football player who falls for the bad boy?
But I was oh so wrong.
I couldn’t stop reading!
Wild Cards had just the right amount of drama, angst, and swoon-worthy love.
At it’s core, this is really a fairy-tale romance told within the context of a Contemporary YA.
You’ve got a bad-boy who is deeply hurt and needs to be “fixed” by the love of a woman.
You’ve got the tough girl exterior that’s just hiding the fact that she wants to be held and loved and taken care of.
The two butt heads and spend a lot of time fighting their undeniable chemistry.
And in the end – well, it’s a fairy tale romance. It ends exactly the way you would expect it to.
It also appears that this is the beginning of a series. I’m not sure if that means we’ll get to see more of Derek and Ashtyn in the next book or if it will be more like Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series – where each book is about a different couple. I expect it’s probably the latter. We might even get a book about asshole Landon! I’d like him to get a chance to redeem himself.
What Others Are Saying:
- Dark Faerie Tales: This was a steamy young adult contemporary with fun characters, laugh out loud moments, and a heartfelt story. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
- Moonlight’s Gleam Bookshelf: I did feel like there was something missing from Wild Cards that Simone Elkeles’ other series Perfect Chemistry had. I think in part it was because there were some characters that were mentioned that we never met. Like Derek’s dad, Ashtyns mom, and Nick. These were seemingly important characters that never showed up.
- Mostly YA Book Obsessed: Simone’s writing reminds me of Katie McGarry’s. It’s real, it’s raw, it pushes the limits of YA, they can write such amazing characters and they know how to bring the swoon!