I stumbled upon this book while prowling on Amazon and the synopsis looked really good, it had great reviews and a great rating (4.1) on Goodreads as well so it made me add the book to my kindle library. I’m a sucker for sports romance, but haven’t read anything with soccer-elements yet. It also was my first read of this author and with Scoring Wilder she definitely made me want to buy all of her other books as well! Let me tell you about this beautiful sports romance story which got a 5 star rating..
This story-line definitely gives you everything and more you’d expect from a sports romance story..
Nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant may have shit luck when it comes to the love department; however, she is one rock star of a soccer player. Now a freshman in college, Kinsley has a bright future ahead of her in the soccer world as well as a shot at trying out for the Olympics. Her life is right on track and she is focused. Nothing is going to stop her from accomplishing her goals, even the bitchy seniors who seem to have it out for her. That is until Liam Wilder walks into the picture. The tattooed bad-boy soccer star has Kinsley thinking about the forbidden, something that is throwing her way of course.
Twenty-five-year-old Liam Wilder is a walking talking ad for all that is sexy deliciousness. As a professional soccer player, he has definitely lived in the fast lane for a few years. His womanizing and bad-boy ways have caught up to him and no one will touch him with a ten foot pole for publicity ads. He has to clean up his act and a great way to do that is to help coach the ULA girls soccer team. At least this was a great idea until he meets Kinsley. With so much at stake, why does she have to be so tempting?
First of many positive things about this book:
+ the HUMOR! This book is full of it and it made me laugh out loud many times – like really hysterically laughing, lol. I absolutely adore stories with humor. A lot of new adult/contemporary books contain lots of humor thanks to the amazing authors out there but not many have a knack for getting me over the edge and this is one of the very few books which made me laugh out loud, so kudos for that! Especially Kinley’s mind is a joy to be a part of and I really need you guys to read a couple of quotes to see what I mean..
“He’s my coach. My off-limits coach.
He’s like chocolate and I’m like pickles.
They shouldn’t be mixed…
“His hand had to be resting two inches above my shorts.
This was about five inches above my vagina.
So…yeah, he was basically touching my vagina.”
+ the CHARACTERS are a joy to read about. Not only Wilder and Kinsley, but the minor characters as well like Becca, Emmy and later on Penn and many more characters. Some characters I hated outright but they also added something real to the story. In this setting, that college/professional sports setting, some jealousy – and the way people act when they’re jealous and have some power to use – was to be expected, just like it would have been there if this was real life. There were a couple of characters.. *cough*Josh*cough* that gave a new meaning to the word asshole,but to me he was an addition to the story despite his terrible character. And Tara: hell reserves special seats for people like you hehe. But other than that, I really loved the characters 😉 They’re diverse character wise , funny, supportive and lovable so you’ll definitely won’t be disappointed on that front.
Wilder is something special alright… Talk about drool worthy book boyfriends. Damn, this character just made me purr like a kitten throughout the book, really. lol. Wilder is the bad boy he’s known for but at the same time he’s surprisingly caring, extremely understanding, off the charts sexy and therefore the Perfect book boyfriend.
Kinsley is funny, strong, smart and a really lovable character. What I loved about her was that she wasn’t running away from her problems…she was facing them head on and tried dealing with them.
+ LOW ON ANGST, which I thought was a positive thing for this story. At some point I was so freaking scared something terrible was going to happen, because in books like these there’s always that one specific moment when everything just falls apart and your heart is being torn out. There’s definitely some level of angst throughout this story, but on a more ‘real’ level I should say? The course of this story felt more real because of the lesser angst. Books like these normally have a tendency of being a little ‘over the top’ and this story was a bit more ‘down to earth’. So that was definitely a big plus I think! It brought a really believable feel to the romance development, because relationships in real life don’t always have to overcome major tragedies like you read so much of in contemporary romance/new adult reads.
“My daughter has talked my ear off about you for the past few weeks now,”
she admitted and then I was the one with flushed cheeks.
Liam’s cool gaze slid toward me.
“She’s exaggerating. I hardly mention you at all,” I winked.
Liam glanced back to my mom wearing a cheeky half smile.
“That’s not surprising to hear.
You’re daughter is definitely in love with me, Mrs. Bryant.
She hasn’t told me yet, but she will soon.”
+ the WRITING is flawless. This book reads fluently and like I said earlier; it made me laugh out loud many times and there haven’t been many authors who were able to do that to me. This author really knows how to write a well developed romance story and I love the sports elements in the book – I’m a sucker for sports romance..
– The one thing I missed though was the presence of chapters from Wilder’s POV. Wilder is a character you can’t get enough of and I really think it would’ve be an amazing addition to the story if we’d be able to read everything from his POV as well. I guess I’m too much accustomed to the fact these kind of books are mostly written from both the main characters POV’s. But despite his POV not being written, this books is really flawless to me and deserves it’s 5 star rating!
This was an addictive, sweet, romantic and fun read from beginning till end. Once you start reading this, you won’t want to put it down. I read it in one sitting, says enough doesn’t it ;)? I highly highly recommend you pick this one up. Especially if you’re looking for something light and fun then this is the perfect read for you! I laughed, swooned and laughed again and was left with a big fat smile on my face after reading this book. Scoring Wilder is more than just finding love but having the courage to defend your love, never give up your goals, and true friends have your back no matter how shitty things get. This book definitely needs to be on top of your to buy/read list!
So yes, safe to say I LOVED this book and I can’t wait to read more of this author.
Have you read anything by R.S. Grey yet?
If yes, I’d love to hear what you thought about it.