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.”
A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)
But just before she stepped inside, I heard the same sexy voice that I’d heard the previous night— the voice that said, I’m sexy and I know it.
Every single girl froze and we turned in unison. Liam Wilder was standing a few feet away wearing workout gear and a friendly smile. Of course his friendly smile could easily be misconstrued for a take-your-panties-off smile, so it’s a wonder we all managed to mutter shocked hellos. I guess he’d pulled up in the parking lot a few minutes after we did. I peered behind him and saw a black Mercedes SUV parked in the spot closest to the field house. A photographer was snapping pictures on the other side of the fence. Jeez, they wake up this early to get pictures of him?
“Oh, hi Liam.” Tara smiled wide.
I shot Becca a gag-me face.
“You guys should probably call me Coach Wilder while we’re at practice,” he admonished. I had to fight to keep from cracking up. The shocked look on Tara’s face was absolutely priceless, but it still wasn’t enough to make me forget the awkwardness of the situation.
I couldn’t look up at him. The last time we’d spoken, I’d literally asked him to show me his tattoos, which we both knew really meant I wanted him to show me his soccer balls. Hah. I’d have to tell Becca that one later. I tugged her and Emily forward without acknowledging Liam and headed for the conference room. Thankfully, Coach Davis was there already and Liam didn’t follow us in.
Patricia’s 4 Star Review
There is something to be said for a story that made me laugh as much as it made me swoon over the hero. This book is full of serious competitors, witty comments, intense chemistry, sarcastic humor and of course some sweet and steamy romance.
Kinsley Bryant has not had the best run with relationships. Her most recent devastation came in the form a friend turned boyfriend who proved that friends can break hearts too. She is resolute in her decision to focus on reaching her goals. A chance encounter with the sexy Liam Wilder at a party the night before her first day of practice just may be the wrecking ball to Kinsley’s resolution.
Liam Wilder is a sexy force to be reckoned with. With a history of being soccer’s sexy bad boy, his agent has guided him towards a more straight and narrow path. He is intense and focused on cleaning up his public appearance when Kinsley Bryant shows up at a party in his house. The attraction is present immediately, but any relationship is off limits because he will be her coach and that would be highly frowned upon in the public eye.
While they fight it fiercely in the beginning, it does not take long for desire to win them over. But there are obstacles thrust into their way time and again. These two take quite the journey down drama lane that leaves them with plenty of bruises and heartache along the way. As if broken hearts are not enough to deal with, all this drama could wreak havoc on Kinsley’ goals. They must decide if what they feel for each other is strong enough to withstand whatever may come their way and the wake it will leave in its path.
I don’t often take the time to appreciate the side characters in a story, but Becca was so much more than just a side character. She is the incredibly funny yet naïve teammate to Kinsley. They became best friends almost instantly and I admired their relationship. They worked hard together, they played hard together, and their banter was laugh out loud funny. She was a confidant to Kinsley when she needed it most and I appreciated the ease of their relationship and the loyalty she gave to Kinsley. I think everyone needs a Becca in their life.
This story was chalked full of laugh out loud funny moments and I had a serious grin on my face for a large part of the book. There was plenty of drama to keep me turning the pages while the angst was relatively mild. Liam Wilder most certainly made me swoon with his intense yet patient ways. He and Kinsley were perfectly suited for one another on so many levels and I loved watching them fall for each other. Where Liam was serious, Kinsley was silly and that created a unique balance to their relationship. I find a similar balance exists in my own relationship, only the roles are reversed.
Overall, this is a light and funny read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I am a lover of books, chocolate, good TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.