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Wild Cards [Hardcover]

Simone Elkeles
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Oct 2013 Wild Cards

Ashtyn's life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister's back at home after ten years - with a stepson in tow!

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802734375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802734372
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,309,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Perfect Chemistry (:)

Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter (School Library Journal)

Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes . . . that keep the pages turning (Kirkus Reviews)

Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day (BCCB)

Praise for Rules of Attraction (:)

Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon (School Library Journal)

Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments (VOYA)

Praise for Chain Reaction (:)

Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel (VOYA)

Elkeles has a talent of writing steamy but real romance like no other author in the YA genre (Pure Imagination blog) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

A sizzling hot romance from America's best-kept YA secret - New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Cards - Simone Elkeles 19 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at Miss Inga Page.

Wild Cards was my very first Simone Elkeles novel. I had heard of her Perfect Chemistry trilogy, but never been too bothered to read them... and then Wild Cards was available to request on Netgalley. Wild Cards follows two teenagers: Derek and Ashtyn. When Derek is expelled from his latest boarding school, he has to live with his stepmother... and her family. However, things don't get off to a fantastic start, and Derek is forced to try and win over the one girl who just will not fall for his charms.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that Derek was really charming, and I loved the way that his Southern accent was portrayed through his dialogue. He had a self-confident air that I really enjoyed, yet he came across as a nice guy from the very beginning - proved as the novel progressed. He is definitely one of my favourite love-interests from a book that I read in 2013. His back-story definitely helped me to warm to him, and also to form a cohesive conclusion as Elkeles successfully tied all of her loose ends together.

I loved the interaction between Derek and Ashtyn, as well as the family dynamics which were portrayed... Derek's grandmother reminded me of Grandmère from the Princess Diaries books - so it was great to have that reminder of a series that I haven't read in over ten years. My favourite scene, which involved all three of these fantastic characters, came towards the end. As someone who suffers from a million allergies, it really made me smile - especially given Ashtyn's refusal to accept that anything is wrong, because she is too determined to maintain her Derek-oriented cold-front.

I must admit that I both really loved, and really disliked, the love triangle in this story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenges Stereotypes 14 April 2014
By Book Angel Emma VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
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 ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 Mar 2014
By Herbie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Simone Elkeles books, she's a talented writer. If you haven't read any of her other books well go buy them now. This book is written in both Ashtyn and Derek's POV, so you feel their emotions and understand the issues they are facing. Ashtyn is the newly appointed girl captain of a male dominated football team. It was a nice change from the norm if I'm honest as it dealt with issues around equality and holding on to your dreams when the odds are against you. Her ex quarterback boyfriend I really didn't like, and was so glad when Derek punched him. Derek's one liner jokes made me chuckle throughout the book. He is such a lovable character yet I did get really frustrated by his constant refusals to get involved or closer to Ashtyn. The story was about these two characters slowly and unknowingly falling in love whilst dealing with their own issues. Read it you will enjoy it xxx
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4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend 7 Mar 2014
By eileen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I actually pretty much enjoyed this book, Ashtyn is one tough little female, making her way in the male world of football, Derek is thrown into her life, when he comes to live with her and her father due to Dereks stepmother being her sister. Right away they are attracted to each other but also irritate each other trying to hide their feelings.
I loved the banter and chemistry between the two, and even though each were dealing with their own issues, Derek was just adorable. Only problem i really had with the book was that i didn't feel ready for it to end. I have read the Fuentes brothers series by this author and i felt they concluded much better with feeling content where they ended, so i'm really hoping there is goin to me more of the Ashtyn and Derek story, it just ended too soon and i felt there was so much more to come for them, it wasn't a cliffhanger but it kinda left me hanging, more please??
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved this book.. read it all within a day. I recommend this book ;) especially if you like the bad boys. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I absolutely loved this book. The characters where amazing and believable. I will definitely look out for this author again
Published 6 months ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching
Bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick loves a good prank, which unfortunately for him is his downfall, as he gets kicked out of his boarding school for a pig related prank. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alisha Bookseller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is yet another great book from Simone Elkeles I really enjoyed it and I couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Camille Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Cards
Simone Elkeles has written another great book! Ashton and Derek have great chemistry and you just want to find your own Derek. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Wooooow
It is just an amazing the book it goes in to so much detail the things that happen in it you just don't expect simone Elkeles is amazing and u think is one of her best books YET... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I was very excited about this book when I heard about it because I love Simone's Perfect Chemistry trilogy. But this book wasn't as good as her other work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Gobbled it up!
I do love a good contemporary read every now and then to cleanse my reading palate. This was a great example, and I read it in next to no time! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jen @ Reading Lark
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work, but still enjoyable.
Simone Elkeles was the very first writer to introduce to me to the wonderful world of contemporary romance, with her awesome Perfect Chemistry series. Read more
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