Hardcover: 342 Pages
Published: October 1, 2013
Series: Wild Cards
1. Wild Cards
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in
. Derek’s counting the days before
he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with
someone else's family drama. Illinois
Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?
Derek Fitzpatrick and Ashtyn Parker are two very different people. Like oil and water they just don't mix. Derek went to private school until he got expelled for pulling one too many pranks. His father is in the military and his mother is too young to give a shit. Derek does what he wants, when he wants and where he wants. Ashtyn is one of the only female football players out there. She lives with her father and is dating the current quarterback. Now that she has become the captain of the football team, her life is changing drastically.
Surprisingly, when Derek and Ashtyn meet there is noticiable chemistry, but Derek happens to be Ashtyn's older sisters (Brandi) step son. WHATTTT!!!! I found it so hilarious how these two pestered, annoyed, and irritated each other and were living under the same roof. They both have feelings towards each other, but have their reasons for keeping them hidden. However, as things start to heat up at school and Derek starts to take an interest in Ashtyn things start to get interesting.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I like how Ashtyn was the only female football player on the team and that she had enough guts to be one of the guys. She took their shit and fought right back. That is why she is the captain of the football team and has earned respect from her teammates. The overall romance between Derek and Ashtyn was slow and cute. I liked how they got to know each other and then fell for each others personalities. So a definite thumbs up to this book!!