I’m not afraid of a little competition, Kinsley. I play to win.
Scoring Wilder is fun, sexy forbidden romance with a bad boy hero who will melt your heart. Be prepared to swoon over Liam Wilder!
The heart-melting hero I mentioned was a sexy, tattoo-covered, world-famous professional soccer player with a bad boy reputation who fell hard for the heroine, Kinsley Bryant. Kinsley was training as hard as she could to try out for the Olympics and had just come off of a string of two bad relationships that had pretty much squashed her trust in men but when she and Liam met… the sparks flew. Problem was, he’d just signed on to be her new coach and their relationship was totally forbidden… 😉
Liam and Kinsley had a great dynamic — didn’t matter if they were fighting, flirting, butting heads, or making love, everything about them together was so much fun to read about. I loved the whole “forbidden romance/ sexual tension” vibe… especially when you could tell how hard Liam was trying to be good and not get involved at first…. of course that didn’t last long, but it did lead to some pretty funny scenes.
“What are you doing here?” he asked with a hard tone.
Okay. Not the best first line. Something like, ‘you look beautiful, have my babies’ would have been a little bit better.
Ohhh, and this…
“I glanced back towards Liam. His hands were clasped together behind his head and he looked like he was about to punch something. I guess that was a good sign?”
I really loved every minute of Liam and Kinsley’s time together. They had crazy chemistry and I couldn’t stop smiling!! It was all hot then cold and wild then controlled as they tried to navigate the ups and downs of their forbidden relationship. There were so many huge consequences to them being together publicly and yet…. somehow it was just worth it 😉
“This feels wrong. Should it feel wrong?”
“No, it’s not wrong,” he clarified simply in his controlled tone… “It only feels wrong because we’re having to sneak around… I’m sorry our relationship is such a fucked-up mess.”
“Hey! It’s OUR fucked-up mess, okay?”
Liam really was the kind of guy I couldn’t help help but fall for… a reformed bad boy who played all his cards right with the girl he was falling for. I mean sure things were rocky at first since they were for forbidden to be together and there was so much at stake if they were caught but I loved the way things worked out. He was a bad boy but a good guy. He was open, honest, committed, sweet, sexy, and just all kinds of awesome. Bucket loads of swoon!!!
“Be with me. Be mine.”
Kinsley was a very refreshing heroine. The whole story was told from her POV and she was strong, self-assured, and was working her butt off to make her Olympic dreams come true. This girl was no doormat. Nope, she was fun, fiesty and totally on top of her life.
There was also the thrilling aspect of dating a professional athlete. Liam was a celebrity of the sports world and, as an up-and-coming player, Kinsley’s life was also in the spotlight so they had to deal with the both the fun and uglier sides of fame as well as focusing on their professions and relationships.
“It feels weird thinking about you being my boyfriend,” I admitted sheepishly.
“Why?” he asked.
“I mean, I just watched one hundred thousand people chanting your name. Isn’t that crazy?”
I did have a few complaints here and there (like, I found the first quarter of the book a leeeeetle slower than I would have liked) but overall, I really enjoyed my read. It kept a smile on my face and had me swooning like crazy over Liam. Oh and I looooooooooooved the ending!!! We got not one, but TWO amazing epilogues. Liam really went above and beyond. I won’t spoil anything but prepare to SWOON!! Turns out America’s bad boy was also the biggest sweetheart you could imagine.
If you’re looking for a more light-hearted romance, try this one out!!
Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone New Adult romance.