I love how Wild Cards challenges gender stereotypes with Ashtyn being the talented kicker on a football team; more than that she is a born leader, she is non-judgemental that is to everyone apart from Derek :)
Derek is certainly what I would class as deep, he cultivates a certain image to act as a barrier. Deterring people from getting to close. Following his mother’s death, Derek has been effectively punishing himself, stepping away from the things he loves and not allowing anyone close enough to form attachments. The grief Derek feels over losing his mother is poignantly portrayed within the narrative.
Ashtyn has deep-seated abandonment issues due to her mother’s exit from her life and her father’s subsequent withdrawal. You can appear needy under the surface as she has lacked that emotional connection all her life. She is in fact one of the strongest characters I have encountered.
Both Ashtyn and Derek’s perception, especially regarding each other, is clouded by their personal issues. No matter how deep the connection and attraction they feel for each other. Tragedy has shaped them, however they are letting it define them. It’s more like fate/destiny that Ashtyn and Derek’s lives collide due to the fact that Derek’s stepmom is non other than Ashtyn’s older sister. Can they get past their issues and take a chance?
While the romance is an integral part of the plot, Wild Cards is more focused on the individual character development rather than the romance. The peripheral characters are exceptionally quirky and add a touch of humour to the overall story.
I did feel as if the resolution of certain aspects was a little rushed but no-the-less swoony ;) I can’t say I ever thought I’d enjoy ready about football, lol, but I guarantee you Wild Cards changed my mind ;) Issues, romance and football – who could ask for more ;)