Title: Scoring Wilder
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Sports
Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Length: 9 hours 53 mins, 315 pages
Rating: 5 stars
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.”
This book has been sitting on my TBR list for a looooong time, but I never even considered it on audio. So seeing it on audible, along with the high ratings on narration (which is VERY important), I 1-clicked this book faster than a knife fight in a phone booth.
This book came at the perfect time. First, I’m a bit obsessed with sports themed romances, and there have been so many good ones lately, that I am stuck on the trend, and loving every minute. Second, I’ve been down in the dumps personally (cry me a river, right?), so I needed something that wouldn’t bring my mood down even further. Not only did this book help me stay out of the woe-is-me phase, but I became so invested in the story, I wouldn’t just listen to it on my daily commute, but I listened, while making dinner, cleaning, and while doing blog posts. True story. I couldn’t get enough of Liam and Kinsley.
This book tackles the teacher/student theme from a different angle, with Liam being Kinsley’s new Assistant Coach. It is laid out early on that any relationship with Assistant Coach Wilder is forbidden. Does that make him all the more tempting? Of course. But there are some things at stake the slow the couple’s relationship, more than the warning. For Liam, he’s lived the bad boy lifestyle for longer than his sponsors care for, and they want him to clean up his act. For Kinsley, her life goal is to make the Olympic soccer team, and with her current Head Coach being part of the selection committee, a tryst with Liam could cost her a spot on her college team, and destroy her Olympic chances.
But the temptation and attraction between these two runs deep. Of the two, Liam tries the hardest to resist Kinsley, by ignoring her, but Kinsley plays dirty, making her impossible to ignore.
From the first word, I adored Kinsley’s spirit. She gets cheated on, and makes jokes. She gets hazed by her teammates, led by the Queen Bitch Tara, and still manages to take it without complaints. And she fights for what she feels she deserves, a spot on the team and a spot on Liam’s lap.
Liam is perfection, no doubt about it. He easily jumped onto my BBF list. He’s dedicated both to his sport and a place in Kinsley’s heart. A match made in heaven. Sure, I had my doubts that he would screw up, and either follow the path of Kinsley’s previous boyfriends, or have the media portray something along those lines. And while the moment almost comes to be, he is so quick to easy Kinsley’s fears, that the drama never really takes form.
Although this book is relatively light on the angst as compared to my other reads, Tara attempts to bring it in spades. She has an immediate dislike for Kinsley, for reasons beyond normal. Is Kinsley prettier, better at soccer, or is it that she got the guy? Probably all of the above. But Tara’s anger goes to the extreme, trying to take down Kinsley at every turn. Luckily, Kinsley doesn’t stoop to her level, and smartly finds a way to end it, which I had to applaud.
Aside from loving Kinsley and Liam, this story has a great cast of supporting characters:
Becca and Emily – Kinsley’s teammates who support her from day one, even though the unnecessary hazing they faced.
Head Coach (sadly, her name escapes me) – She was great at giving Kinsley guidance and while she pushed her for success, I didn’t see it as favoritism. She does what is right for the team.
Kinsley and Liam’s Moms – Yes they both rock!
Performance: 5 stars
My immediate thought when this audio started: this narrator sure is spunky. Her enthusiasm poured from my speakers, and immediately made me smile. Her casting was perfect for this story, capturing the youthful energy of a 19 year old.
The energy of her performance not only is entertaining, but made me that more invested in the story. I felt that she totally embraced the story and could sense she enjoyed performing it.
I know some people don’t like when a female does a male voice (but trust me, it is worse in the reverse). I personally think that if the narrator is good, and able to use different voices for the characters, it works out better than having female and male narrators. That’s how I felt with this audio performance. Her voice for Liam was downright sexy. She also nails Tara’s uppity bitchiness, and Liam’s Mom’s British accent.
Overall: 5 stars
Is there any doubt at this point how much I loved this story and audio?! Then let me make it clear, I loved, loved, loved, everything about this story. It is exactly what I needed: something light, fun and sexy. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. This story made me forget all about that guy Beckham. Now it all about Wilder! (great last name, btw)