Book Review: Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles + Giveaway

Wild Cards
Wild Cards #1
Author: Simone Elkeles
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports
Release Date: September 24th 2013
Review Source: Walker Books for Young Readers
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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?

This is actually the first book I've read by Elkeles and let me tell you she does not disappoint! I absolutely love the fact that she decided to write Wild Cards as a dual point of view book because you get a better insight of what's going on in their minds.

Derek has just gotten kicked out of private school and now has to go move in with his new step mom. Only thing is, she's decided to move them halfway across the country to her childhood home in Chicago. This is where we meet his new drop dead gorgeous step aunt Ashtyn has just been named captain of her high school football team. Her boyfriend isn't exactly thrilled about it, so he rebels and joins their rival team. This is heartbreaking for Ashtyn because everyone she's cared about has walked out of her life without a backwards glance. Derek isn't looking for a commitment or looking to stick around, but things seem to play out in a way they never expected. Can they find a middle ground where they both don't hate one another or will they always be bickering?

The chemistry between Ashtyn and Derek was out of this world, they truly compliment one another. They connected so easily and the bickering that goes on between them is absolutely hilarious! I do wish that Elkeles would have made Wild Cards a bit more longer. I feel like the ending was too abrupt and could have definitely benefited if she would have written a few more scenes. It wasn't rushed, yet I felt like there was more story to tell.

Wild Cards is made out to be about football and some even compared it to Friday Night Lights. That really isn't what you get with this story. Yes there is some football thrown in there but not enough. You get to meet some amazing characters with strong personalities, hilarious dialogue and some very steamy scenes. Overall I truly enjoyed Wild Cards and will for sure be picking it up when it comes out.

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