Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication date: June 15, 2014
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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.”
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Scoring Wilder is a sexy, hilarious, coming-of-age romance between an up and coming soccer-star hopeful (Kinsley Bryant) wanting to make the Olympic tryouts, and soccer’s best and baddest star (Liam Wilder).
Kinsley has been cheated on by two boyfriends in a row, but she doesn’t become “woe is me” and I love this about her. She’s one of the few non-annoying female main characters in books aimed for women. Early on we meet one of the seniors, Tara—best described is a word that rhymes with witch—who has it out for Kinsley. Kinsley gets treated like dirt by her, and contemplates speaking out, but also from the start of the novel she crushes on Liam Wilder, and it’s soon apparent they have a thing. Kinsley can’t shake her attraction for Liam, and soon we see that the attraction goes both ways. Everything becomes twisted in the quest to have Liam, to not get him in trouble, or her, and to stay out of Tara’s evil games.
Liam Wilder is helping out with the girl’s soccer team. He’s been in hot water with his sponsors and needs to clean up his act. So here he is helping out when he gets to know Kinsley. Things become intimate and hot with the two of them and their practically forbidden relationship, him being coach and all.
If you’re looking for a light comedy with a sexy side, Scoring Wilder is your novel. I loved reading it. It was easy and addictive, and nothing stupid happened as a plot device in order to keep the story going. Becca, as Kinsley’s sidekick, is funny and keeps the scenes moving, adding much of the comedic relief in the story. The relationship between our main characters doesn’t start up right away, instead there is interest that turns to angst, and angst that turns into many very satisfying scenes.
From about 70% onwards, though, the story seemed to have tied up mostly. It didn’t drag, but I did read that last ~ 1/3 of the novel wondering what would pop out and ruin things because most of it was happy and dandy. It felt a bit strange, because I felt like I would pay later for getting awesome scenes without anything standing between Kinsley and Liam. In the end, other little things were tied up, but the ending did feel a bit … anticlimactic? I enjoyed it, but it still had that sense to it.
Great book overall!
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