Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Title: Scoring Wilder
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: R.S. Grey
Release Date: June 15, 2014
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
What started out as a joke—seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the orison, 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 form 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 wines, 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.”

Until now, I’ve always avoided reading self-published book, unless it was by an author I knew and had previously read. But every so often, a self-published book will appear on my radar after seeing many other bloggers raving about it. That’s what happened with R.S. Grey’s Scoring Wilder, and I can say that I don’t regret having read this particular self-published book.

Kinsley Bryant is ready to be a part of the ULA women’s soccer team and to prepare for the upcoming Olympic tryouts. After what just happened with her boyfriend, she wants nothing more than to focus on soccer and her new team. But that proves to be difficult when she comes face to face with Liam Wilder, America’s soccer bad-boy and all around hottie. Kinsley figured she can deal with Liam if she only sees him at parties, but when he turns out to be her new coach, things get tricky. Neither one of them can deny their attraction for the other, but they know having a relationship off the field is completely out of the question. But Kinsley is determined to get to know her new coach, on and off the field. And Liam is more than willing to help Kinsley…with soccer and other things.

So here’s the thing. I tend to avoid self-published books. Like, I don’t think I’ve actually really read one before this one. It’s not that I have anything against them per say, but there are so many other traditionally published books out there and some people I know have had bad experiences with them. So all that to say that I tend to be wary of self-published books. But in the past few months, R.S. Grey’s Scoring Wilder kept popping up in my Twitter feed as fellow bloggers were reading it and then raving about it. After having seen so many good reviews of this book, I thought I should give it a try. It is after all a story I would be all over if it had been traditionally published. And I am so glad i got myself a copy of this book, because I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. Once I started reading, I couldn’t seem to put it down. I loved the way this story played out, the role soccer played in it all, and the romance was just the way I like it. And the best part of this story was definitely all the relationships.

I loved Kinsley right from the start. This girl doesn’t let anyone give her crap and she’s not afraid to stand up for herself, as she demonstrates right at the start of the story. But I also loved Kinsley because she was just a girl who was pursuing her goal and happened to fall for someone she wasn’t supposed to along the way. And from the way she describes Liam Wilder, I can’t exactly hold that against her. Because I would have done the very same thing she did if I was spending any given amount of time with Liam. But Liam also wasn’t exactly who I expected. From the initial description I got of him, I figured he would be kind of a jerk and a player. But that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Liam ended up being sweet and kind, while also being absolutely swoon-worthy. And it should go without saying that I loved Kinsley and Liam together. They just gave me a lot of feelings. But beyond just the romantic relationship, I loved all the friendships in this story, whether between Kinsley and some of her teammates, or between Liam and his own best friend. It was great to see all those relationships play out and come together.

If you’ve been considering giving Scoring Wilder a chance, I would tell you to absolutely go for it. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this story and though I’m still wary of self-published books, R.S. Grey is an author I will definitely be keeping my eye on.

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