TITLE: Scoring Wilder
BY: R.S. Grey
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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.”
Okay, let me share my thoughts in a classic What I like-What I don’t Like way.
What I Like…
1.) Great Friendship: I really like the friendship between our heroine, Kinsley, and her friends, Emily and Becca. Emily and Becca are so opposite, like Becca is this virgin but very open-minded and Emily is this innocent, always blushing but has an active sexual relationship with her long-distance boyfriend. LOL. I agree with Kinsley when she said the three of them evened out each other. Even the friendship between our hero, Liam and his best friend, Penn is good. One proof is when Penn did something that normally isn’t OK, Liam acknowledged his friend’s mistake but didn’t abandon him in any way.
2.)The Romance: it’s insta-love but I didn’t mind it. I think it is better it is insta-love rather than a slow-burn or a nomal-paced romance because Liam has a past. He’s the typical celebrity athlete who has a woman in his arms whenever he appears in public. When he met Kinsley, I loved the dedication he has for her. I even swooned so many times on how much he loves her. I mean, Kinsley loves him too, of course, but Liam’s action are more swoon-worthy.
The romance is forbidden, of course with Liam being a coach and Kinsley, a player in the team. And wow, they really made “forbidden romance” a very enjoyable read because…well, let’s get to the next point…
3.)The Steam: Oh My God. This is really steamy. At first, when the romance is as forbidden as the sun and the moon being together, the intensity of their attraction is superb. I was literally holding my breath at some scenes because they might get caught. And that’s while I’m biting my lower lip and also while smiling. Yeah, I looked stupid during those scenes.
And then when their romance is somehow not as forbidden anymore, they even turned the steam even higher. There are so many descriptive sex scenes so I don’t think teens should be reading this. You know what, I really think teens shouldn’t be reading this because they might get the idea that they can get away with playing with fire — the forbidden romance, people. You know what I mean?
Now let’s get to the next part of this review.
What I didn’t like or want more of…
1.) Unrealistic antagonist: Don’t get me wrong, having a mean girl as the antagonistic still works but in Scoring Wilder, it’s so unrealistic. Tara is in Kinsley’s team and a senior. She’s ahead of Kinsley and somehow that gives her the right to conduct some terrible and humiliating hazing for Kinsley and her friends. I get it the first time she did it, but then she did it few times again and aside from that, Tara also did some mean-girls-things outside practice. Tara is one of those one-sided character. She’s just a plain villain. And the only reason stated is because of Wilder. Like, seriously, these girls are all aiming to pass an Olympic tryouts. I’m not an athlete but I have an idea about the things athletes do to achieve their dreams. I’m pretty sure, Tara, despite being a mean girl, did all her best to be one of the star players of the team. And it’s just so unrealistic that she would risk her career because of a guy, a petty jealousy. That’s stupid.
2.) The team: Tara is not the only one who’s not acting like a real athlete, so does Kinsley. She mentioned, verbally and in her inner monologue, how much the Olympic means to her and that she knows to get involved with Wilder will ruin her life and yet…Jesus Christ, I’ve never seen her truly invested in the training because her mind is always on Wilder, usually about doing naughty stuff with Wilder. Her mind is always on Wilder. I get it, this is romance fiction but still, don’t pretend she’s focused on being an athlete when it’s only by words. Also, like I said, I love the forbidden romance, Wilder and Kinsley really made this an amazing forbidden romance read but I just hoped there’s less of Kinsley thinking about Wilder while training. It only makes me think she’s too young which is my next point.
3.) She’s a teenager still: The story opened with Kinsley as 18 and then she turned 19 not long after the first scene and that’s when she met Wilder in person. I don’t and will never underestimate young love. I love young love, okay? I also don’t mind that she’s 19 and Wilder is like 25. It’s okay for me too. For me, age doesn’t matter when it comes to love. But what matters to me is their actions. While reading, and enjoying it, the fact that Kinsley still has “teen” in her age and so close at throwing her dreams away. I’ve read other stories who have these huge dreams and fell in love with people they’re not supposed to fall in love with and yet they can focus on their dreams. Kinsley can still be in love and in lust and still focus her mind on her trainings.
RATING: 4 Blissful pages with Lilies
Okay, my dislikes and likes are equal in number but please don’t think that this is a terrible book. My rating of 4 stars is a proof of how much I enjoyed this book despite my issues with it. I can say that R.S. Gray did it again. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know that I’m a new fan of hers. I’ve been reading her books since last month. I just find her books to be so romantic. I highly recommend her works if contemporary romance is your genre.
Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.