First impression: In the mood for a New Adult
Last impression: Finally over..
Format: Kindle e-book / 402 pages
Publishing Info: June 15th 2014 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None
What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.
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.”
- The character development was pretty good. The main character, Kinsley, was honest and funny. I loved that the book started the summer before college when she had just moved into the Rookie soccer house on campus. The reader is able to watch her develop friendships rather than picking up in the middle of a character’s life/high school career.
- The humor between characters in this book was certainly my style. Like Boomerang, this was a fun and sexy New Adult book that I enjoyed. I don’t like the ones that are too angsty. Kinsley and Becca’s friendship was on point for me. I kept highlighting funny parts because they sounded exactly like my friends in all of their interactions.
- I loved the three main characters: Kinsley, Becca, and Liam. That dynamic really worked for me and we learned a good amount about each of their lives. There could have been a little more characterization but there was enough to work with and really enjoy the three of them.
- Yes, this book was sexual as hell. So much swooning over Liam Wilder, holy shit. I don’t normally read New Adult so I’m always surprised about how much sex is actually in the books, but this one wasn’t all about that. There was a good balance.
- The biggest thing I liked about this book was how readable and entertaining it was. I just smiled a lot and enjoyed myself. Sometimes that’s all you really need from a book!
- Some of the humor was kind of cheesy. I think that boils down to a small issue with writing style. At times it totally felt like I was in a 19 year old’s head… but other times I got secondary humilation about how weird her thoughts were. Some of it just wasn’t believable to me.
- I thought the dynamic between Kinsley, Becca, and Emily was weird. The book starts with the three of them until slowly Kinsley and Becca start their own little best friendship. Emily claimed she didn’t feel left out, but it seemed like they kind of abandoned her once certain things in the plot got going. That was another thing that wasn’t entirely believable to me. I kept waiting for a huge blow-up with Emily but she seemed totally fine with being constantly ditched and/or made fun of by her friends. Another character that didn’t make sense was Tara – she really hated Kinsley that much that she would go through all of that trouble? That part wasn’t explained enough for me.
- The pacing was completely off. A lot of the predictable parts you knew were going to happen occurred within the first half of the book. This left the second half to just linger a little too long on the characters, their relationships, and what happened next. It totally dragged on for me; I would have ended the book at the 70% mark on my Kindle.
- The ending was pretty ridiculous. It was entertaining and cute I suppose, but it felt overworked and unnecessary.
Overall, this book got four stars from me. It seems like the negatives and positives were pretty equal, but it really just boils down to how entertaining the book was. I liked the characters, loved their relationships, and swooned a lot. This is the kind of New Adult that I really enjoy. The last 30% of the book was kind of unnecessary and dragged on, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading it. The friendship between Becca and Kinsley was extremely realistic; their sense of humor together was really relatable to me and my friends. The dynamic between those two and Emily didn’t make much sense and some other characters fell flat. Regardless, this was a fun and sexy book that I’m certainly glad I read. (And it only took me a day to read!)