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Wild Cards

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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 Illinois. 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. Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. So when her older sister comes home after abandoning her ten years earlier, with her hot new stepson in tow, Ashtyn wants nothing to do with either of them. Then she comes up with a plan that would finally give her the chance to leave, 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 get the future she wants?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 521.63g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • WALKER & CO
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802734375
  • 9780802734372
  • 138,400

About Simone Elkeles

SIMONE ELKELES is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series, and How to Ruin series. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Simone 2008 Author of the Year. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama. You can find her at www.simoneelkeles.com.show more

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Fans will be clamoring for this promising start to a new series. Booklist for Wild Cards Elkeles' ability to write deliciously steamy love scenes...will keep her fans coming back for more. Kirkus Reviews for Wild Cards Witty banter, unconventional characters, a heart-melting romance and a charming ending make Wild Cards a winner. Romantic Times for Wild Cards Smoldering doesn't quite do justice to the romantic banter. School Library Journal for Perfect Chemistry Teens with a taste for romance will eat this up like ice cream on a hot day. BCCB for Perfect Chemistry Elkeles pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes...that keep the pages turning. Kirkus Reviews for Perfect Chemistry Elkeles once again delivers a steamy page-turner bound to make teens swoon. School Library Journal for Rules of Attraction Engaging characters, two of whom share a love that cannot be denied, along with more than a few humorous moments. VOYA for Rules of Attraction Fans of the series and other females will gobble up this exciting, suspenseful novel. VOYA for Chain Reaction Elkeles has a talent of writing steamy but real romance like no other author in the YA genre. Pure Imagination blog for Chain Reaction "show more

Our customer reviews

This was a fun and tense contemporary romance. I connected with both characters, and the dual narration gave me access to their thoughts, reasoning, and emotions. Ashtyn is amazingly tough in the physical sense since she is a female football player. She has faced so many challenges to do what she began to get her father's attention but ended up falling in love with. She's proved herself to her teammates and they trust her and protect her, accept her as one of theirs. I love the easy but deep friendship she has with the guys, especially Vic, who never failed to make me smile. Derek is a hot cowboy type, who has a lot of pain underneath the surface. He is harboring a lot of guilt in regards to his mom and football, so he quit. After that he couldn't seem to stop getting in trouble, which leaves him following his stepmom from California to a new town--Chicago. It is hard watching him try to fit in, and still keep who he is. The tension and chemistry between Ashtyn and Derek is palable, and I love every minute of it. They are both holding each other at arm's length though which sometimes I just wanted to smack them and tell them to get on with it. I really appreciated the family aspect of this one. While neither side was perfect, there were members that I liked. I appreciated that Derek's dad was a navy man, and even though his absence was hard, he is doing it for a good cause, and even though Derek has issues you can tell that his dad did his part when he was home. I love little Julian, he is such a sincere and well done The ending did feel a little rushed, but I am eagerly awaiting more from these characters. Bottom Line: Sparks and tension between the main characters kept my attention.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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