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WILD CARDS | Simone Elkeles
Wild Cards AKA Better than Perfect by Simone Elkeles
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 Wild Crush by Simone Elkeles

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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. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, 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 win it all?

ISBN: 978-0802734372
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  • 2013 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee
Brazil: Editora Globo
France: La Martiniere
Germany: CBJ Verlag
Norway: Gyldendal
UK: Bloomsbury Walker UK

“Award-winner Elkeles is very adept at creating three-dimensional characters and setting them up to make life-changing discoveries about themselves in believable ways. Fans will be clamoring for this promising start to a new series.” —Booklist


“Elkeles’ ability to write deliciously steamy love scenes for those in the early stages of their own sexual journeys will keep her fans coming back for more.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Wild Cards was good..great even! It was fun, funny, and really cute. I really liked it! Give it a try when you got the chance. Borrow it, buy it. However you see fit but I do think it is worth the shot. :)” —Girls On YA


“Elkeles scores a touchdown with her series starter. Told in alternating points of view, undeniably the strongest character is Derek, a snarky, bad-boy hero who earns his place in the 2013 hall of best fictional boyfriends. Witty banter, unconventional characters, a heart-melting romance and a charming ending make Wild Cards a winner.” —RT Book Reviews (Rating: 4 stars)


“What Simone Elkeles excels at is
creating tension and heat.” —Good books And Good Wine


“In Wild Cards, both the premise and the hero are irresistible.” —New York Journal of Books


“It’s easy and so enjoyable to breeze through this novel to discover if Ashtyn and Derek find their happily ever after. Be sure to pick up this book for your next beach day, or whenever you need a lighthearted reminder what young love is like” —Romance Reviews Today


“Another great story from Simone and I can’t wait for part 2 in the Wild Card series!!”—Bestsellers & Beststellars


“Wild Cards is a wonderful first book in a new series. It1s an entertaining and engaging read that has just enough humor and romance in it to keep you entirely immersed in the story and you won’t want it to end I may have kept pushing the turn button on my Kindle hopeful for more. Wild Cards is one book that you don not want to miss.” —Christy’s Book Addiction


“Wild Cards was a wonderful read and left me content with a smile on my face. It was funny, witty, cute, romantic, and empowering. The book is a melting pot of every good feelings that you would want in life.” —Literary Assassins


“Another favorite from Elkeles for me! I can’t wait to see the rest of the series! They are going to be AMAZING! I hope! I loved this one to bits and pieces! Winner!” —Princessbookie.

“Overall this is one fabulous Simone Elkeles read. I LOVED the football plot line, the romance, and the closeness Ashtyn and her team have. They’d do anything to protect her, and she’d do anything for them. I loved that. If you’re looking for read that is real, gritty, hot, and combines sports with a sizzling chemistry, pick up WILD CARDS.” —Mundie Moms


“Simone Elkeles has been one of my favorite writers ever since reading Leaving Paradise and Perfect Chemistry. Her new book, Wild Cards, is a lot of fun, and a must read for Elkeles fans” —Heather Anastasiu


“Short story long, WILD CARDS was a schmexy, fun read and you should absolutely check it out when it hits shelves on October 1st. Until then, if you like gritty Contemporary YA and you haven’t read her entire list yet, you’ve got homework to do!” —Left To Write


“A novel about a girl and boy finding themselves and working to forget the past, Wild Cards is a truly exceptional novel that is honestly one of the best that I’ve read.” —Rampant Readers


“Needless to say, I loved this book. Simone Elkeles has written yet another YA romance that hooks you from page one and refuses to let you go until the very end. After reading this one, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for me not to love every single thing Simone Elkeles has ever written. And I’m perfectly happy with that :)” —Peace Love Books


“I am super excited to get my hands on book two and read more of Derek and Ashtyn’s story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romantic contemporary reads.” —Dark Faerie Tales


“I’ve read several books by this [Simone Elkeles], she’s a pro at writing sharp, introspective teens with great chemistry.” —Red Hot Books


“I will admit to only
reading one of Simone’s
Chemistry—a while
back. But what I do
remember, is that I absolutely
loved it. Elkeles has a talent for creating addictive characters that you can’t help falling for and a story worth reading in one sitting. Wild Cards is certainly no exception.” —CS Maxwell


“Wild Cards is the kind of book that will not allow you to do anything else but read it. Say bye to: bathrooms breaks, sleeping and working.” —Bookkittyblog


“I just adored this story. Elkeles managed to capture the emotions and craziness of being a teenager falling in love while dealing with family issues and finding oneself. It’s a sweet, well paced, and utterly charming read. I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. Definitely a keeper.” —Seduced by a Book


“WILD CARDS is a great story that kept me hooked from the moment I read it.”
—Fresh Fiction


“If you’ve enjoyed Simone’s Perfect
Chemistry series I think you’ll totally fall for Wild Cards.” —Living Fictitiously


“Simone Elkeles is just an amazing Author and her books just belong to my must-buy-must-read list. I love her contemporary stories and I love her happy ends. When I found out about her new series about Football players I was barely able to hold back from jumping up and down. Ever since watching Friday Night Lights I am a HUGE fan of American Football!!” —Bewitched Bookworms


“The unraveling layers makes for a good read, and you will root for Derek and Ashlyn to work out their issues – the way you root for all of Simone Elkeles’ couples to overcome external forces and internal doubts to experience unexpected love. Wild Cards has an original plot, believable characters and a fun romance.” —The Book Beacon


“…Wild Cards is another notch in Ms. Elkeles’ winning YA belt.” —I Swim for Oceans


“This not only lived up to my expectations of what I expect from Elkeles but it surpassed it. I don’t think there was a single thing I didn’t love about this story.” —My Guilty Obsession


“…I loved every second. Simone has become another contemporary author that has made it to my list.” —Books with Bite


“Wild Cards is a good, quick romance that I am certain fans of Elkeles’ books will love.” —Rainy Day Ramblings


“Wild Cards is yet another example of why I believe that Simone Elkeles is Queen of Teen Steam – steamy romances for young adults.” —Kate’s Couch


“It was fun, sexy, a little bit mysterious, and a great way to spend an evening.” —Rather Be Reading



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