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Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Monday, October 7, 2013
Summary: 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?
 
Review: I thought Wild Cards was a quick, decent read with some interesting characters and a sweet romance. The book is told from two POVs, Derek and Ashtyn, both of whom are dealing with some issues and who are brought together by Derek’s father marrying Ashtyn’s sister. Ashtyn was an interesting character she’s a tough girl who plays on the football team at school and holds her own with a bunch of guys but is a little na├»ve and has a lot of insecurities. Although at times her insecurities started to grate on my nerves a little overall she is a cool chick who knows what she wants and what she doesn’t. Derek on the other hand has an over abundance of confidence but is dealing with fallout from his past. Derek was probably my favorite character because he was hilarious and turned just about everything into an innuendo. The plot is a little contrived at time and is a little weak in parts with how things just so happen to push Derek and Ashtyn together or apart.  
The best part about the book was the slow build of Derek and Ashtyn’s relationship there wasn’t any insta-love or Ashtyn did not fall all over herself for Derek. At first they dislike each other but eventually something starts to grow between them and it is hot. I really enjoy romances with a little bit of an antagonistic beginning so I enjoyed that aspect a lot. Overall the book is a solid story with good characters.
 
Rating: 3/5 Diamonds
 
Reviewed by: Jennifer
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