Published: June 2014
Genre: Sports romance
Age Category: New adult
Source: Amazon- bought it
What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon 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 weep – 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.”
Firstly, I’d just like to start out by putting in this little side note: disregard the tagline. If you are looking for a book with a bet, this isn’t it. If you are not picking this book up because you think there’s a bet and it’s going to end up like She’s All That and be really messy, pick it up anyway. Because, I can assure you, it’s not like that.
Now, onto the actual review…
I really enjoyed this book. I’d been seeing R.S. Grey’s books around quite a lot lately and when I saw someone wanted to buddy read this in a Goodreads group I’m a part of, I thought, why not? So, I bought it. And, I’m glad I did.
Side note #2: If you like buddy reading but don’t know where to find buddies, join this Goodreads group: YA Buddy Readers Corner (it says YA but it’s for any kind of book). Its specifically made for BRs and it’s the best group I’m a part of on Wattpad. There’s a thread for any books, ARCs and series. It’s great. Now, again, back to my review.
This book was really funny. I’d heard R.S. Grey’s books were funny but I thought maybe one or two smiles. Nope. I laughed quite a bit.
“If only we actually were in Harry Potter. I’d totally crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the unforgivable curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.”
I liked the characters too. At first, I wasn’t too keen on our main girl, Kinsley (who I called Kingsley in my head for most of the book), but after a while I got to like her. But, not as much as Liam and her friends.
Liam was unexpectedly sweet and kind. Being this amazing, famous soccer player, I expected him to be a complete asshole. But, no, he was the complete opposite. I think, he’ll most likely end up on my list.
I really liked Kinsley’s two friends too. She hadn’t known them for very long but they had a really tight relationship. Especially, her and Becca. Becca was really funny. Probably the funniest. I liked when Liam’s friend Penn came into the picture. (Although there was a part with Penn where I wanted to stab him with a pen but I’m not going to spoil.) The only thing I wished is that we got to know Emily better. She was really genuine and I think was a good, long-term friend.
Like a lot of books and movies, there was a mean girl in this: Tara. She was a really awful person and captain of the soccer team. She made the girls do stupid things just because she didn’t like them. She also had a follower: Sofie, who I think was a really weak character (from what we learned) for not being able to stand up to Tara.
The ending to this book was satisfying but I also felt like it was rushed. I wish it were longer and more developed. Also, there was an epilogue to the epilogue which explained what happened to all the characters after the epilogue.
(That’s a hard word to spell, now, spell it as many times as I did. God, my fingers.) It was also rushed and it would have been nice to have a longer epilogue with this included than a redundant, short paragraph.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and the problems I had with it were minimal. I will definitely be picking up more of R.S. Grey’s books.