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?
Wild Cards begins with showing us a little bit about each of the main characters before they meet. We see Derek get kicked out of boarding school, and is forced to move to Chicago with his stepmother. While Ashtyn is starting to have problems with her boyfriend, and her new job as captain on the football team at school.
While these seem to have a major attraction to each other neither one of them is willing to give into it. They want to hate each other, but it doesn't seem to be working out very well.
The main thing that bothered me at the beginning was how Derek was kind of spending time with Ashtyn's friend. And Ashtyn was sort of just using her boyfriend, and when that was over she was pretty much miserable all the time. That sort of bothered me, and bored me having to read through that part of the book. But after about half way through it the book got super interesting. We get to learn that Derek is keeping a few things from Ashtyn, and he's not as courageous as he likes to make every one believe.
Over all I really enjoyed the book. It was awesomely written, and had lovable characters. And not just Ashtyn and Derek either. They were awesome, but Derek's "grams" was totally awesome as well! I'm really glad I gave this book a chance, and I am looking forward to more in this series as well.