Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: SCORING WILDER by R.S. Grey

Title: Scoring Wilder
Author: R.S. Grey
Standalone
Publication Date: June 15, 2014
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What started out as a jokeseduce Coach Wildersoon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam wilder. He's a professional soccer player, America's favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

A face that makes girls week - check.
Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) - check.
Enough confidence to shift the earth's gravitational pull - double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits. Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. "Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you'll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.") But that just makes him all the more enticing...Besides, Kinsley's already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term "team bonding."

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)
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"She believed she could, so she did."

Scoring Wilder was an amusing and fun read. There just wasn't as much depth to the story and characters as I would've liked. It was incredibly cute though. And I did think that R.S. Grey did a wonderful job writing realistic first-year university students with how they speak and act. Most times, I imagine these stories are set in some alternate universe but for Scoring Wilder, I could definitely see myself bumping into these characters on the street, like they were written as part of my world.  It was probably due to all the movie and celebrity references, which I absolutely loved (that Harry Potter themed hazing was very creative lol)!

Kinsley's dream is to play in the Olympics. A rising soccer-star, she enrolled into her first year of university where she plays first-string for the ULA women's soccer team. She quickly becomes best friends with two of her teammates, Becca and Emily. They made for some hilarious dialogue (especially Becca)! Kinsley was sarcastic and driven. Her inner monologues had me giggling. After having been cheated on by two boyfriends, she wants nothing more than to focus on improving her soccer skills. That is, until Liam Wilder steps in as the assistant coach.

I wasn't a fan of Kinsley's but I was cheering and swooning over Liam like a mad woman (I have a weakness for soccer players). It was instant attraction between the two but both are hesitant to start any sort of relationship besides coach and player. Plus, there's a no fraternizing rule that the head coach made. Liam was charming and funny. And his gigantic sweet tooth was endearing. It didn't take long for them to give in to their attraction though.

"Kinsley: What if there are photographers?
Liam: I'll make sure there aren't any.
Kinsley: Did you just make me an accomplice in their murders?
Liam: My bad. Delete this text."

I really enjoyed their scenes together but I would have loved it had I known why they were so into each other. Yes, they both play soccer. And yes, they both kick-ass at it. But what else? When their relationship was at risk, Kinsley pretty much ran away. To be honest, I wanted her to grovel some more before Liam took her back. Once they were officially together, the sweetness and cheesiness was great and I was back to loving them.

Oh, I musn't forget about Tara, ULA women's soccer team captain. She's the villain of this story. I actually thought she felt threatened by Kinsley in terms of her soccer skills. Tara was always focusing her bullying on Kinsley and her friends. It only got worse when Liam took an interest in Kinsley. Turns out Tara had a thing for Liam but he turned her down. She frustrated and annoyed me to no end.

Overall, if you're just looking for a book that's light with some steam and tons of laugh out loud moments, I'd give this one a shot.

"I'd say I like you more than regular M&Ms, but you're going to have to really step it up 
if you want to beat out peanut M&Ms."

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Becca
She was a fantastic secondary character!
I actually liked her much more than Kinsley.
Funny, loud and outgoing. 
I especially loved that you got to read about her blooming romance with Penn.

Drive-in movie
"I hate not being able to take you on real dates, so I wanted to make it special,"
he admitted, then followed with, "I also just really like candy."
I need a Liam Wilder in my life, period.

9 comments:

  1. I had very similar thoughts! A fun, swoony, low on angst romance that was missing more depth. But I like that I was able to breeze right through it, and the couple separates for only a few short pages. I just wish there would be at least a novel about Becca and Penn - I loved their romance! Great review, girl. :)

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  2. Haha this sounds like a fun read I love the humor in just that small quote. Liam sounds like someone I do need to meet! >.< I also have something with sports players in general but just in books - I was never the jock loving type IRL. I hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds like a fun, humorous read! :)

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  3. tbh, I don't know why people prefer footballs players because I love soccer players so much more. This sounds like one of those perfect kinda sweet but nothing heavy reads. Perfect for when u just need something light and fun. I might just add it to my list. :) Great review, Jennifer!

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  4. I haven't heard of this one and while I totally get it why you like it as I like cute stories from time to time, the lack of depth is what bothers me a lot. So I don't think that this one would do it for me. Still despite that issue I'm really glad that you liked it. Great review, Jennifer :)

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  5. Every now and again I need a light contemporary with a bit of *wink wink* action LOL. It's a nice break from the dystopias and the thrillers. Plus, they make perfect beach reads, so maybe I'll take this one to Mexico with me in December? :)

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  6. It's unfortunate that there wasn't more character depth, but nice to hear you enjoyed this over, Jennifer! Great review. :)

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  7. That's exactly how I felt with Boomerang by Noelle August. (I mean ok, it was Veronica Rossi and her writing partner, so on paper I should have loved the hell out of it, but noooope.) It was amusing, but lacked depth. I'm glad that it was realistic and portrayed well though! SOCCER HIIIIIII *GIVES A BIG EUROPEAN-ISH WAVE* (is that even a thing? well, anyway, SOCCER HOLAAA!!) I especially like that it has a woman playing soccer! Haaa! He's her coach omg. I SWOON YES. I'm already annoyed with Tara tbh but whatever. I'm glad you loved it so much and hahah!!! PEANUT M&M'S MAN. BESTEST!! <33

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    1. pffft sorry I was reading peanut M&M's when I was writing so much. WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY *gives herself a glare* is that I'm glad you loved it as a whole :D

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  8. This book sounds interesting. I've never been much interested in books that feature sports before-because sports and I clearly don't get along.I am too clumsy for anything:)-but after reading Catching Jordan, I am thinking of trying out another book in that genre.
    Sometimes secondary characters are even more amazing than the main ones, right?

    Mishma @ As the page turns

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