Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)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?

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Ashtyn is one tough girl. She’s the only female football player on her team, and she’s earned the respect of her teammates. They look up to her and will do anything to protect her. Derek is a troublemaker who gets kicked out of school and sent to live with his stepmother, who happens to be Ashtyn’s sister. Living under the same roof is challenge for Ashtyn and Derek because they are both so obviously attracted to each other, yet they resist the attraction every chance they get. They banter back and forth and enjoy every second of it.

Derek does his best to prove he’s the opposite of what Ashtyn is looking for in a guy, and Ashtyn claims she has no interest in Derek. Both are flat out lying. I loved the dynamic between them. Every time they pushed each other away, I wanted to force them back together. I couldn’t get enough of them or this book. I even stayed up late because I was so engrossed in the story, I had to finish the book. Simone has a lifelong fan in me after this one.

If you are looking for a story to pull you in and not let you go, try Wild Cards.


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