So first off I’m going to start with the good news, this book was really enjoyable. Entertaining, Witty, Laugh out loud moments, and dreamy southern boys, are just a few words I’d use to describe Simone Elkeles Wild Cards. The bad news however is that this book doesn’t really offer up anything out of the ordinary, it’s pretty mainstream contemporary romance. Enough said. So if you’re looking for a new groundbreaking book, I would be cautious about picking this up. However Simone Elkeles knows how to write contemporary and write it well.
So the story starts off with our main male protagonist Derek, being kicked out of boarding school and having to move across country to Chicago with his stepmom and her 5 year old son back into her old family home. Enter Ashtyn, our female lead and high school football player. Ashtyn just so happens to be, Derek’s stepmothers younger sister.... (confused yet?)
Ashtyn is a rather intriguing character, the fact that she’s a girl who plays football is scandalous enough, but the fact that she get’s voted team captain creates a whole new array of problems, including her quarter back boyfriend leaving the team and joining the opposing football squad. Learning Ashtyn’s motive behind playing football gives her character depth, and you can clearly see that she is passionate about football.
What was most enjoyable was the witty banter between the two main characters. It’s pretty obvious from the start that they find each other attractive, but it’s enjoyable watching each of them torment the other. At times the romance can appear rather clichéd, but if you’re a softy like me and don’t mind some of the more corny monologues, you’ll melt in your seat, and fall for Derek.
Overall this was an enjoyable book, which served it's entertainment purpose very well. If your looking for a light fluffy read, that is hard to put down then this is one to check out :)
Things I loved about the book:
- Great one-liners. Especially in a particular scene where Derek takes Ashtyn on a date to go synchronized trampolining. Needless to say Derek in a leotard is rather comical.
- While still remaining a mainstream romance novel, the female lead was different and unique. You don't get female footballs in books very often.
Things I didn't enjoy so much about the book:
- It was on the short side, and there was a lack of actual football playing in the book, mostly just talk of it.
My rating: 4/5