Posts Tagged: Contemporary Romance

Jan 22

Review * Rebound by Noelle August

Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Rebound by Noelle AugustRebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published by William Morrow on February 10, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: Bounce
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three-stars
Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.

But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.

 

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Kimberly


Jan 15

Review * Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * Open Road Summer by Emery LordOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on March 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O'Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. Her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah's 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of healing hearts and break-up ballads.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in this growing genre, Emery Lord's gorgeous debut hits all the right notes of contemporary romance.

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Kimberly


Jan 12

Review * Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Perfect Couple by Jennifer EcholsPerfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #2
Published by Simon Pulse on January 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: The Biggest Flirts, Most Likely to Succeed
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four-stars
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

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Kimberly


Jan 05

Review * Make Me Lose Control by Christie Ridgway

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Make Me Lose Control by Christie RidgwayMake Me Lose Control by Christie Ridgway
Series: Cabin Fever #2
Published by HQN on December 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Take My Breath Away, Can't Fight This Feeling, Keep On Loving You
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four-stars
As live-in tutor to a headstrong teen, Shay Walker has her hands full—and the girl's absentee father doesn't help matters, either. All Shay wants is to let loose and indulge in a birthday fling with the hottest stranger who's ever caught her eye. But her one-night stand turns out to be Jace Jennings, her student's long-distance dad…and now he's taking up residence—at his lakeside estate and in Shay's most secret fantasies.

Jace isn't exactly a family man, but he's determined to do his best by his daughter—and the first step is forgetting how hot he is for her teacher. But close proximity and their heated connection keeps Shay at the forefront of his mind—even as it's obvious she holds her heart in check. So does Jace. Until they both realize that losing control just might mean finding forever.

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Kimberly


Dec 04

Review * Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Biggest Flirts by Jennifer EcholsThe Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #1
Published by Simon Pulse on May 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Perfect Couple, Most Likely to Succeed
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four-stars
Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…

What I Thought…

• Biggest Flirts is my first Jennifer Echols book, but it will most certainly not be my last!

• Biggest Flirts fills all my requirements of a good contemporary romance. It’s cute and fun with a bit of seriousness thrown in.

• Tia and Will coudln’t be more different. Tia is the partyer who wants zero responsibility for anything. She’s pretty smart but hides it. She throws her drum solo on the first day of band camp just so she isn’t section leader. Tia is a really good friend though and wants what’s good for other people, more than she wants for her self.

• Will is totally different. Having just moved from Minnesota he’s the new guy, but he wants to be successful and to do things. He’s having a hard time adjusting to having to spend his senior year at a new school. He has a few issues too, but mostly the issues in Biggest Flirts are Tia’s.

• I loved all the secondary characters in Biggest Flirts and I’m excited to see them get their own story in future books. Sawyer was probably the most interesting, you can tell that he is hiding a lot behind his I don’t care attitude. Kaye and Harper were fun and really good with Tia. I can’t see what is in store for the three of them!

Overall Biggest Flirts is a cute contemporary romance and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!

Kimberly


Nov 20

Review * Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly HarperSnow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Series: Bluegrass #3
Published by Pocket Star on September 22, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Time: 6 Hours 7 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?

What I Thought…

• I have been waiting for Kelsey’s story. I loved her in My Bluegrass Baby and was disappointed that she wasn’t featured in the second book. It was worth the wait though.

• Kelsey has been dating the king of losers for a few years now and after he finally breaks up with her she decides that is enough is enough and she will not take him back. She doesn’t tell anyone this though because she knows that no one likes him and she will probably be told “I told you so.”

• Charlie is all sorts of adorable. He’s got a head for math and struggles in some social situations. We know from the previous books that he has a bit of a thing for Kelsey, but as she is with someone else he will not pursue her.

• Watching Kelsey and Charlie before Charlie knows that Kelsey and Darrell broke up is agonaizing. He gets close, then backs away, then gets close, etc. You can feel that both Kelsey and Charlie are torn over their situation.

• There is another guy thrown into the mix, but it didn’t turn out to be quite the love triangle that I was worried it would be. For which I am very grateful!

• Kelsey, Charlie and the gang get stuck on a mountain resort during a ridiculous snow storm for like 2 weeks? Maybe a bit more, not sure that part was specific. It was a bit over the top, but the ridiculousness is part of the reason why I love Harper’s books so much.

• I also love that we get to see the whole gang together and their relationships with each other. There are also some super sweet moments between Sadie and Josh.

Overall I loved Snow Falling on Bluegrass and it’s the perfect winter romance read!

Kimberly


Oct 30

Review * What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie HarteWhat to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #4
Published by Casablanca on November 4, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: The Troublemaker Next Door, How to Handle a Heartbreaker, Ruining Mr. Perfect
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four-stars
Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it . . . until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he's not sure he can handle...

What I Thought…

• This is the final book in The McCauley Brothers series and that makes me sad. I love series that focus on families or friends that are close and this one is one of my favorites. They are sweet and sexy and fun and What to Do with a Bad Boy is no exception.

• Admittedly I was a wee bit nervous about this one. Del is quite a different girl from Abby, Vanessa and Maddie. She’s got tattoo’s, a fierce attitude and owns an auto body shop. She definitely has a sweet side, especially when it comes to Colin, Mike’s son. Del has a great, supportive dad, but her mom did a number on her when she was little, and that is Del’s biggest issue to get over.

• Mike is still brooding over the death of his wife, six years prior. His mom has decided that it’s been enough time and over the course of the first three books in the series and this one she has been throwing women at him left and right. I loved how Mike’s grief was dealt with. You can’t put a time limit on grief, nor can you tell someone it’s time to stop grieving and while his family thought that it was time for him to move on, he still worked through everything at his own pace, with Del’s help.

• Colin is one of the most adorable six year olds ever. His uncles have taught him to be mischievous and daring, much to Mike’s dismay, and he’s picked up a few other things from Del’s brother. We get his point of view a few times throughout What to Do with a Bad Boy and they were all so perfect. His quest for a brother was super cute.

• Del and Mike were such a great match. Not only did they have attraction, but Del was completely different from his wife, and he desperately needed that to bring him back from his grief. They knew how to push each others buttons and pull things out of each other that needed to be talked about.

Overall if you like contemporary romance I can’t recommend Marie Harte enough!


I’m excited to be able to present you with an excerpt of What to Do with a Bad Boy. I hope you check it out!

Excerpt

He leaned down, so that his nose was all but touching hers. “Sweetheart, you couldn’t handle what I’m really made of.”
Stupid Del wanted to drag his stubborn mouth closer for the kiss she could all but taste. From the look in his eyes, he wanted the same. Mike might not like her much, but the man wanted her. She could feel the chemistry between them, and it burned.

Self-preservation reared its head, and she ducked under him and hustled to the door leading to the hall. She opened it and waited. “Don’t let it hit you in the ass, Mike.”

He chuckled as he sauntered to join her. “You’ll watch what you say around Colin?”

“Yep. When I see him Wednesday night, I promise to call you a buttwipe instead of an asshole. Fair?”

He sighed. “Guess it’ll have to do. For now.” To her shock, he dragged a rough finger down her exposed neck. “Nice hair, by the way. I like the braids pulled back. Shows off your pretty neck. No tats here, sweetness?”

She didn’t know what to say, frozen by the combustible lust and confusion drowning her system.

He stared into her eyes again, gave a satisfied smile, then left.

She watched his fine ass leave the building, heard a few choice remarks from the guys in the garage who also watched him leave, and yelled at them to get back to work. Then she slammed into her office and plopped her butt in her chair, staring without seeing at the mess on her desk.

She rubbed her neck over the spot he’d touched and tried to be madder about what he’d done. What he’d called her.

Sweetness?


 

MH3-cropped200About Marie Harte

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit www.marieharte.com and fall in love.

 

Kimberly


Oct 27

Review * In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * In Your Dreams by Kristan HigginsIn Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #4
Published by HQN on September 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: The Best Man, The Perfect Match, Waiting On You, Anything For You
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five-stars
Emmaline Neal needs a date. Just a date—someone to help her get through her ex-fiancé's wedding without losing her mind. But pickings are slim in Manningsport, New York, population 715. In fact, there's really only one option: local heartthrob Jack Holland. Everyone loves Jack, and he won't get the wrong idea…. After all, Jack Holland would never actually be interested in a woman like Em. Especially not with his beautiful ex-wife creeping around, angling to reunite ever since he rescued a group of teens and became a local hero.

But when the wedding festivities take an unexpectedly passionate turn, Em figures it was just one crazy night. Jack is too gorgeous, too popular, to ever end up with her. So why is she the one he can talk to about his deep, dark feelings? If Em is going to get her dream man, she'll have to start by believing in him…

What I Thought…

• One of the reasons why I love Kristan Higgins so much is that she always gives me so many feels, and In Your Dreams was no exception. There was so much going on with Jack and Emmaline and they were so perfect together, yet not perfect and I just couldn’t stop reading!

• Emmaline is added to my already long list of Higgins’ heroines that I want to be BFF’s with. She’s similar to me in a lot of ways, but different too.

• I’ve been looking forward to Jack’s story for awhile now and he was just as good as  I expected. He’s been through a crap marriage and suffers from PTSD over a rescue that went wrong but also went right. I thought Higgin’s did a fantastic job with this aspect of the story.

• Emmaline and Jack both have crappy ex’s. Emmaline’s ex changed a lot and as he changed so did his feelings which sucked for Emmaline at the time, but she was much better off for it. Jack’s ex was despicable and leads me to my only complaint about the book. She was redeemed too quickly for me. She was a thorn in Jack’s side as well as immature and bratty.

• Watching Jack and Emmaline come together gave me so many feels. There was tension and a whole lot of sweet.

Overall Higgins’ does it again and writes a swoon worthy contemporary romance that you won’t want to miss.

Kimberly


Oct 07

Review * Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie HarteRuining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte
Series: The McCauley Brothers #3
Published by Casablanca on October 7, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: The Troublemaker Next Door, How to Handle a Heartbreaker, What to Do with a Bad Boy
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four-stars
It's Not Easy Being Right...

Vanessa Campbell is a CPA by day and a perfectionist by night. She's fit, successful...and decidedly lonely. She can't stop thinking about the youngest McCauley brother, Cameron. He's just like her: smart, attractive, and usually right—except when dealing with her.

...But Someone's Got To Do It.

Cameron McCauley likes Vanessa a little too well. She's a blond goddess with a razor-sharp tongue. She hates to be wrong, just like him. But she can hold a grudge and is stubborn to a fault—also like him.

A past misunderstanding has them rubbing each other the wrong way. Cam is dying to shake Vanessa up—get her to let loose. But if he succeeds, can his heart handle it?

What I Thought…

• I absolutely LOVE this series. It’s sexy and fun!

• This was by far my most anticipated book in the series. Cameron peaked my interest in The Troublemaker Next Door and I was eager to see what would happen with Vanessa as they share a lot of the same characteristics.

• Vanessa and Cam have been dancing around each other for awhile and finally decide to give each other a chance (with rules, of course). Things are going along fairly well and then things start to get rough.

• Vanessa has this insane need to be right about all things. Admitting she is wrong is just something she cannot do, even when she knows she was wrong deep down. She sticks her nose where it (kind of) doesn’t belong and Cam and his brothers aren’t too pleased. If she would have talked to Cam about it first it probably wouldn’t have even been a thing, but of course, she didn’t.

• Cam seems like he is very laid back and go with the flow, but he’s actually seriously organized with a life plan. I loved his interactions with his brothers. He’s the youngest and they love giving him a hard time. He’s also very accepting about his relationship with Vanessa (which is quite the change of pace from the guy who is in denial about his feelings).

• There is a bit of a surprise at the end, but if you were paying attention you’d probably pick up the clues throughout the book. Even though in the book others felt that Vanessa was a bit in the wrong for how she handled it, I could see where she was coming from. Cam was more of an issue here for me, handling it like he did, but even his actions were believable.

• Cam and Vanessa’s relationship had quite a few ups and downs, but I loved seeing them work through them.

Overall Ruining Mr. Perfect is a perfect lay back and relax contemporary romance.


I’m excited to be able to present you with an excerpt of Ruining Mr. Perfect. I hope you check it out!

Excerpt

“Colin,” Cam tried again. “You know dumping water on someone in the shower is a no-no. And especially Ubie’s new girlfriend.” Ubie—short for Uncle Brody. Brody Singer, the blond “adopted” McCauley who had grown up as part of the family

“But he told me to do it.”

Cam blinked. “He did? Well, you should never—”

“Dad thought it was kind of funny after he yelled at me.” Colin gave him a sharp nod, then added with a smirk, “Dad said he used to do that to you, and that you cried like a girrrl.” Considering Colin’s anti-girl phase, that was a high insult.

“Is that right?” Cam frowned, remembering being the butt of too many jokes while growing up. “Mike has no idea what he’s dealing with. You think your dad’s tough? Watch Uncle Cam.” Knowing he shouldn’t encourage the mischief in his nephew’s eyes but unable to stop himself from the unspoken dare, Cam hurried to the kitchen, found a large glass and filled it with ice-cold water. Considering the freezing January wind outside, Mike would be basking in a hot shower to warm up. Cam grinned, looking forward to his brother’s howl of misery.

Colin trailed him like a puppy. “Oh wow, Uncle Cam. Are you going to get Dad?” He clapped.

“Shh.”

“Oh, sorry.” Colin’s big grin showed a missing front tooth.

Cam walked down more ugly brown carpet that looked as it if had been vacuumed to death—Mike and his obsession with cleanliness—and tiptoed into the big guy’s room. He made sure he had a clear exit. If his goliath big brother caught him, he’d be toast. Fortunately, he could move like a gazelle.

Gliding into the master bathroom, he readied himself. One, two…three. He yanked open the curtain and tossed the cold water at…Vanessa Campbell?

He stared in shock at the sexiest woman he’d seen in a long, long time. Naked, her creamy skin glistened with water as she gaped at him in horror. Which quickly turned to anger.

“Cameron McCauley!”

“Oh, wow.” He couldn’t look away


 

MH3-cropped200About Marie Harte

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit www.marieharte.com and fall in love.

 

Kimberly


Oct 03

Review * Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Reviews 3 ★★

Review * Wild Cards by Simone ElkelesWild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Narrated by Amy Rubinate, Kirby Heyborne
Series: Wild Cards #1
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on October 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Time: 8 Hours 53 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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two-stars
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?

What I Liked…

Derek

Without Derek I’m not sure I would have made it through Wild Cards. He was what every high school wants in a high school boy. He had some humor, some feelings and a whole lot of hotness. He was inappropriate at times, but if you know any teenage boys it doesn’t seem farfetched that he would behave that way.

Brandi

I was a little put off by by Ashtyn’s sister Brandi at first. She’s a little flighty and she abandoned Ashtyn and her father about 7 years prior. But the more I got to know her the more I liked her, especially because she was so determined to be a good step mom to Derek, only 8 years younger than her.

The Step Relationship

I have a soft spot for step brother & step sister falling in love books. Derek and Ashtyn aren’t step brother & step sister but rather step-nephew and step-aunt, but the concept is just the same, and it worked for me here.

Derek’s Grandma

Derek’s grandma is a bit of a snob and doesn’t have a great history with Derek’s no deceased mom, but I really liked her. She pushed people and encouranged people do things that they were unwilling to do before.

What I Didn’t Like…

Ashytn

Ashtyn rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. For being a female football player she wasn’t nearly as tough as I thought she would be. Everything about her relationship with her ex boyfriend Landon (??? Seriously, I can’t even remember if his name) irritated me. He was such a asshat and she was all “maybe I just need to give him space”. No, you do not need to give him space, he can’t even congratulate you on being captain. He should have been dumped way sooner.

Football

Guys, I LOVE football. And because I love it I know a lot about it. I’m not overly picky, and I can be forgiving, but there were a few football related things in Wild Cards that drove me nuts. Ashtyn is voted captain of her football team. This is great and all, but there is no way she would be voted the sole captain, not because she is a girl, but because she is a kicker. Plus there are usually multiple captains on a football team, where she could have been one of many, but not just the sole captain.

Ashytn’s Dad

He is the worst kind of parent, the one that doesn’t care. After Ashtyn’s mom left and they got divorced he’s been on autopilot. He doesn’t go to her games. Apparently he does no kind of cooking, ever. There is so much that could have been done with this part of the story, but nothing was. He was just kind of “there” and then some things happened at the end.

Sugar Pie

Worst. Nickname. Ever. And it’s all over the place.

The Narration

I think if I had been reading Wild Cards I probably wouldn’t have been as annoyed by Ashtyn as I was listening to it. The narrator for Ashtyn seemed to be extra whiny. The narrator for Derek was great, except when he said Sugar Pie, it had an excessive drawl to it that I didn’t care for.

Overall…

If you are looking for a football themed contemporary stick with Catching Jordan. That one is amazing!

Kimberly