Scoring Wilder

Scoring Wilder

by R. S Grey


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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."

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ISBN-13: 9781499707977
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 337,458
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Scoring Wilder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Rebecca_Berto More than 1 year ago
Scoring Wilder is a sexy, hilarious, coming-of-age romance between an up and coming soccer-star hopeful (Kinsley Bryant) wanting to make the Olympic tryouts, and soccer's best and baddest star (Liam Wilder). Kinsley has been cheated on by two boyfriends in a row, but she doesn't become "woe is me" and I love this about her. She's one of the few non-annoying female main characters in books aimed for women. Early on we meet one of the seniors, Tara—best described is a word that rhymes with witch—who has it out for Kinsley. Kinsley gets treated like dirt by her, and contemplates speaking out, but also from the start of the novel she crushes on Liam Wilder, and it's soon apparent they have a thing. Kinsley can't shake her attraction for Liam, and soon we see that the attraction goes both ways. Everything becomes twisted in the quest to have Liam, to not get him in trouble, or her, and to stay out of Tara's evil games. Liam Wilder is helping out with the girl's soccer team. He's been in hot water with his sponsors and needs to clean up his act. So here is is helping out when he gets to know Kinsley. Things become intimate and hot with the two of them and their practically forbidden relationship, him being coach and all. If you're looking for a light comedy with a sexy side, Scoring Wilder is your novel. I loved reading it. It was easy and addictive, and nothing stupid happened as a plot device in order to keep the story going. Becca, as Kinsley's sidekick, is funny and keeps the scenes moving, adding much of the comedic relief in the story. The relationship between our main characters doesn't start up right away, instead there is interest that turns to angst, and angst that turns into many very satisfying scenes. From about 70% onwards, though, the story seemed to have tied up mostly. It didn't drag, but I did read that last ~ 1/3 of the novel wondering what would pop out and ruin things because most of it was happy and dandy. It felt a bit strange, because I felt like I would pay later for getting awesome scenes without anything standing between Kinsley and Liam. In the end, other little things were tied up, but the ending did feel a bit ... anticlimactic? I enjoyed it, but it still had that sense to it. Great book overall!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Scoring Wilder is a very nice mix of romance and fun. Kinsley is such an outgoing but down to earth person that you fall in love with her instantly. As an up and coming soccer star with Olympic potential, she is focused on her soccer career until the day her path crosses with Liam Wilder - professional soccer player, playboy, and all around super hot stuff. But he is strictly off limits. This doesn't stop Liam and Kinsley from completely falling for each other - which leads to a lot of trouble. The mean girl makes life impossible, and when the media gets wind of it, neither of them can get out of the spotlight. These are all difficult things to throw at a new relationship, and they have a hard time dealing with it at times. I really loved the pace of this story and the way the plot evolved. From hiding their relationship to having it in the media spotlight - each step of their journey was a new learning experience in life. I hated that I couldn't read this all in one sitting. There are so many reasons that you should read this, that I can't list them all. It's a coming of age, sports, celebrity, romance that never goes overboard or gets boring.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Scoring Wilder has been on my radar from the moment I first saw it's cover and read the synopsis months ago.  I'm a big fan of the game, but not a big fan of most taboo relationships, so I was a little uncertain about how I would feel about the story.  However reading it allayed all my fears.  I do think the blurb is a little misleading.  It makes it seem like Kinsley is trying to play with Liam's emotions to win a game when that's just not true. I wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did while reading this book.  There were moments that had me in stitches.  The book was emotional, but not in the teary way you're probably thinking.  I say emotional because there were some, "Awww..," moments and others where I was just plain pissed off. So emotional in a way a lot of different emotions were engaged. I really liked Liam and Kinsley and while I did want them to be together, I didn't want it to be at the expense of anyone's dreams or career.   The book is fast paced and you won't be able to put it down.  I loved how the story equally focused on Kinsley's soccer dreams and the possible relationship between her and Liam.  I do wish there had been more about the actual achieving of said dreams, but maybe Ms. Grey will appease her fans by writing a novella about them.  I can only hope, right?  I would love to see more of Liam and Kinsley in the future.   My first R.S. Grey novel was wonderful.  I'm now really eager to check out her back list and see if her other books will resonate with me the same way Scoring Wilder did.  If you're in the mood for a great story, lots of laughs, and some great chemistry between the main characters, I'd strongly suggest you read this book.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
Scoring Wilder was hilarious from the first page to the last. Overall Rating: 4 Stars for the overall story & 5 Stars for the funny Kinsley was flippin' hilarious. I loved her as our heroine. She is only 19, but I felt like she was much more mature than some of our 19 year old heroines. Plus her inner dialog is great. In some places she reminded me a lot of Drew from Tangled. They could be related. Kinsley isn't a sex fiend, but the way she looks at things and analyzes her surroundings in her head was hilarious just like Drew. Liam Wilder, our hero was just super sweet. I loved him and the fact that he never waivers. He doesn't have any of those 'dick' moments you'd expect a famous athlete to have. I just loved Liam, he's in a tough spot and trying to make the right choices, but he also has to follow his heart. It was so give and take and I felt for him, but loved that in the end he made the right decision, even if that meant risking it all. Scoring Wilder had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion while reading. Our new mattress definitely passed the 'no motion transfer' test because on our old one I surely would have woken Matt up. I guess I can attempt the wine glass test on it after all. Though that isn't to say the read was all giggles, there is some drama in Scoring Wilder. There comes a point when I was so mad at Kinsley, at times it took her forever to take action. I wanted to yell at her, "hurry it up woman, get on the phone!". I just knew her procrastination was going to screw it up in the end. It's drama, but it's the right kind of drama. The good angsty kind that sucks you into the story. I read until 3am when I physically just had to put the book down. I mean hell, even I need sleep on occasion. I really liked this story and our main characters. I was reading right along, laughing with them, internally yelling at Kinsley (with love), but at some point I realized nothing was happening. It's a great love story and I would recommend it to so many people in a heartbeat, but don't expect any read drama (no one is kidnapped, darn it) and it never gets too angsty that you think you're heart is going to stop. Yet, the story is both refreshing (the comedy) and sad (the angst) at the same time, a great combination. Scoring Wilder is a funny romantic book. If you're looking for a good laugh I'd highly recommend you one-clicks this one today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it is like a forbidden love in the beginning. I loved the thrill of the possibility of them almost getting caught. I think I also enjoyed it so much because I too play soccer, but that is just an added bonus:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Definitely had those laugh out loud moments and the storyline kept me intrigued!
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — OMG, I think this author is a match for me!! I love her sense of humour, her characters are just sassy and fun and remind me of people I love! I also couldn’t help but think of the one chick from the Traveling Pants movie…not sure if that was inspiration, or just me. There were so many areas where things might not have worked for me, but somehow they did. I’m not a sporty person at all, so I worried I wouldn’t have a connection to Kinsley. But no problems there! We may not have a lot in common, but she was just so very down to earth and hilarious, you couldn’t not love her! I adored her friendship with both Emily and Becca, but especially Becca. Those two were just hilarious together. I was also concerned with the blurb and the intention that is implied in seducing the coach. I feel like that isn’t accurate with the story that I read, so if that’s concerning you and keeping you from diving in (as it was for me, even though everyone I know recommended this one to me), then I would give it a shot. Maybe I’m on crack, but I don’t remember there ever being an intentional seduction. It was more like they met, there was attraction and fascination, and then perhaps Kinsley didn’t follow the rules quite as much. But it wasn’t conniving or anything. There was a part of me that was concerned I wouldn’t like Liam, b/c he is older than her (6 years when you’re 19 can be a lot), and occasionally I could feel their age difference, but I could also feel their chemistry and I appreciated that while they didn’t resist their attraction as much as they maybe should have, especially given his position of authority, it never felt taboo or anything. It just was what it was. I never felt like the thrill of doing something frowned upon ever entered their minds, and actually that was something that neither of them enjoyed about their relationship, it just was what it was. And it didn’t go on too long either. Since it was single POV, Kinsley only, I didn’t feel like I really got to know Liam that well. It really was more the story of Kinsley’s journey in many ways. But what I saw of Liam I actually really liked. He was funny, kind, adorable, driven…honestly I had a hard time understanding who he was *before* he met Kinsley…the supposed bad boy. But the impression I got was that that was a bit of a media fabrication. The chemistry between them was fantastic though, I really felt it. I definitely enjoyed their steamy scenes. I appreciated that the kinds of conflicts they ran across in their relationship felt authentic to their age and the life that they live (being soccer stars). When Kinsley had a crisis over Liam’s reputation, and her own difficulty trusting, it felt real and expected and I appreciated how it played out. Did things move a bit fast? Yeah, but I don’t know if I cared that much. I REALLY appreciated the secondary characters in this book. I felt like they really played a prominent role. I LOVED Becca as I mentioned. I really liked Emily too. I loved Coach Davis and some of the conversations Kinsley had with her. I like both Liam and Kinsley’s mothers. I liked Penn (even if I thought he got off a bit easy). I thought the villains were a bit over the top, and while I was fairly satisfied with the ending for Tara, I was more bummed that there wasn’t as much closure with Josh. The soccer also felt really well done, and now I just feel even more admiration for elite athletes. So yeah, this one was a total
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I enjoy it when the guy does quite a bit of the chasing. I’m giving it 5 stars because it made me laugh…and also because Liam is super freaking adorable. The book was pretty good pacing wise. I didn’t feel like anything was slow, or unnecessary. Kinsley did a little too much overthinking though. I don’t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book, so major props for that aspect. Yes, some of it was over the top ridiculous, but it was still hilarious. I also really liked how just because there were relationships going on, friendships didn’t suffer. They were still a priority. Kinsley was a pretty good main character. There were a couple instances she annoyed me, but I tried to put myself in her shoes in those situations to understand her a little better. Becca was hilarious, and a great friend. I really enjoyed Emily’s character; I felt like she’d be the person I’d probably befriend out of all these characters. She’s more shy and mellow than the others. Now for the boys. Penn was adorable…for the most part. I think he’d be a great book boyfriend, but the main focus of the book is Liam, and I can see why. I want to marry Mr. Wilder right now haha. He was so thoughtful, sexy, and when he decided he wanted something, he went all in. I could keep listing like a million reasons why I love Liam, but you have to read to find out more about him. Honestly, he’s one of the really good guys. For so many freaking reasons. One thing that made the book a little less enjoyable was the fact that the editing service that was used missed things here and there. Typos, misuse of apostrophes, indenting complete paragraphs instead of the first line, inconsistencies, etc. Most people might not notice these things, but they made me pause, and pulled me out of the story when I came across them. But I still loved the book, so I highly recommend people read it. I know this author has written quite a few books, so I can’t wait to see if any of the other male love interests live up to Liam Wilder…
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey 5 glorious stars! Characters: Kinsley: Looveeee this girl. Can she be my bestie please? Liam: Can I have Liam under the Christmas tree this year please Santa?! Becca: Becca was soo funny. I loved seeing her come out of her shell and experience different things. Quotes: “She believed she could, so she did.” “He bent down so I could hear him over the music. “What are you doing here?” he asked with a hard tone. Okay. Not the best first line. Something like, you look beautiful, have my babies would have been a little bit better.” “I know what it means to value the person you’re with.” “When I was with him, there were no consequences” Overall: I’m obsessed!!!! You guys, this book was AMAZING!! This is the first book I’ve read by R.S Grey but I GUARANTEE you it will not be my last. GAHH! I have so many feels after finishing this!! I cannot even form a coherent sentence. I literally feel like I could start over on page 1 right this second. The relationships, the friendships, the team work, the romance, etc. was just perfect. Everything flowed so smoothly that I didn’t want to put it down (stupid eyes making me take breaks!!!). Liam is such book boyfriend goals! He just shot to the top of the list folks. He’s caring, passionate, hardworking, and just such a sweetheart. You would think being top athletes would go to their heads but it truly didn’t. Liam and Kinsley are so down to earth. I feel like I could be besties with either one of them. Kinsley was my absolute favorite. Trust me that isn’t easy to say because this book is STACKED with awesome characters. I haven’t laughed this hard from a book in a very long time. I found myself grinning like a fool and laughing OUT LOUD more often than not. Kinsley’s kooky thoughts were along the lines of what I would think if I were in that position. She was such a delight to read. The friendships in this book were great as well. I always fear in romances that the friendships fizzle out as soon as a love interest pops up but that wasn’t the case here. Becca and Kinsley remained super close as well as Liam and Penn. Kinsley wasn’t about to put off her friendship just because she entered a relationship. I also loved how Liam cared for Becca too. He genuinely cared about her feelings and even went as far as to check up on her when a situation happened. I enjoy books where the boyfriend and the best friend get along. I truly cannot say enough about this book. I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you all run out and pick up this book to see for yourself how amazing it was. This is going to the top of my Christmas list!!
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One word... AMAZING!
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
It was a fun, easy, entertaining read. You will totally fall for Liam....
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I never wanted the book to end! I loved reading about the romantic relationsip of Liam and Kinsley. Thr character of Liam is exactly what every girl dreams of having in a guy. I loved that the author did a double epilogue. I enjoyed it very much but then again I love romantic books like these
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love wilder and wished I was his kinsley....
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Loved the whole book.!!!
jules_g More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic and funny. I never wanted it to end! Soccer + romance just can't be beat!
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Scoring Wilder was a great, light and sexy new adult read from one of my new favorite authors. R.S. Grey has given me two fantastic books in a row now and I can't wait to see what comes next.  I loved Kinsley and Liam. These two were so perfectly matched it would have been a crime to keep them apart. They had a ton of chemistry and passion, both for the sport and each other. Their relationship might have been forbidden, but it was far from wrong. It was wonderful to have a famous sports player who wasn't a total manwhore, too, regardless of what the media and tabloids had to say. We all know they skew things and what happened during this book illustrated that well.  Scoring Wilder had its fair share of hot, sexy moments, but it had just as many sweet and swoony ones. It was the total package. I truly couldn't put it down once I started. Liam was the epitome of a sexy, swoony book boyfriend and Kinsley was a strong and likable heroine. Throw in Kinsley's humor and the focus on the friendship between her and Becca and I really couldn't ask for more.   I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
s0177378 More than 1 year ago
great book loved every minute of it, the characters were great. didn't care for the second epilogue could have left it out for more spin offs 
AnneR24 More than 1 year ago
Dear Author R.S. Grey: I want to marry Liam Wilder. I want him to be mine. I want to lick his abs, have hot, sweaty sex with him,  and bask in his sweetness and love. Well, I'd want to be his "one" if Kinsley wasn't so perfect for him...  but since she is, I hope they live happily ever after--and Tara gets her face stomped on by an elephant.  With great affection for your humor, Anne Seriously, this book was hilarious! I laughed out loud and at first my family looked at me like I was crazy, eventually they just kept rolling their eyes. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down... it was so bad that I didn't want to even go to the bathroom! This was my first book by this author and it will NOT be my last. I've already started buying up the backlist. Great storyline, sexy characters, hot sex, amazing humor, fast-paced... this book has it all.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
“When I was with him, there were no consequences.” Scoring Wilder was THE book of the Summer for me. I did not put that book down once. Not one time! It was the perfect mix of sweet, sexy, and funny. I loved every single minute of it! Freshman Kinsley Bryant is new to her college soccer team. She has hopes and dreams of someday making it to the Olympics. Yes. She is THAT good. Her love life? Not so much. With her not so great past with men, she is almost ready to swear off men for good. Until Liam Wilder. Liam is pretty much sex on a stick. Known for being a bad boy and womanizer, Liam also plays professional soccer. From the moment he meets Kinsley, his world stops.  But there’s a small (BIG!) catch. He’s her coach. A relationship with him beyond soccer player and coach is absolutely forbidden. Kinsley knows that her main focus should be soccer and getting into the Olympics tryouts. Liam knows that he needs to be the soccer team’s coach to put his image back into good graces. He knows what a relationship with Kinsley would do to her image and to hers. But as we all know the heart never listens to the brain. Stupid heart. “He was the northern star. I had no choice but to become enveloped in his brightness and let it coax me toward him. Wanting him was an unconscious impulse, like taking my next breath.” The connection between Kinsley and Liam is undeniable and incomparable.  Finally a hero and heroine with genuine chemistry! It was so much fun getting to know them. To watch them fall irrevocably and hopelessly in love. As much as they try to fight their desires, the pull between them is too strong. They know the consequences of their relationship, but what does the heart know about that? Absolutely nothing. The heart only sees love and desire. Love goes where it belongs, no matter the circumstances. No matter the boundaries.  As I write this review, I am still reeling over Scoring Wilder. It has been a very long time where I found myself completely lost in the story. Real life was put on hold indefinitely until I finished. It was funny, it was quirky, it was genius! I laughed. (SO HARD!)  I swooned. I absolutely could not get enough. Every single character added depth to the story. The banter, the wit, the dialogue was just amazing. It was also quite sexy. Liam Wilder. He is beyond words. You feel his inner struggle with his feelings over Kinsley. You want nothing more than to root for him. To root for his happiness. It seems like he has always been coaxing through life. Until Kinsley. With her, he is living.  Scoring Wilder was such an amazing and refreshing read! It was flawlessly written. It was so different than the angst and drama filled romance stories lately. It was SO much more than that! It didn’t need any extra drama or angst to build up the story. THAT is how good it was. It reminds us that your heart will always want whomever it desires. That love isn’t easy, but SO worth it. Take risks. Take chances. Love waits for nothing. I am such a huge fan of this author. This story has shown me how multi faceted she is with her writing. That she can make you laugh until it hurts or make you FEEL until its so hard to breathe. If you are a fan of this author, Scoring Wilder is a must! And if you are not, it is time to rectify that problem. She is not an author to be missing out on. 
Jamie_Carollo More than 1 year ago
So I knew that R.S. Grey was a talented author. Her book, With This Heart, is by far one of my favorite books EVER! I knew that I'd like this one before I even read it. What I didn't know was how much I'd LOVE IT! R.S. Grey has a way of writing that not only pulls you into the story but makes you want to stay there! I'm not kidding when I say I wanted to climb into my Kindle and live with the characters, I loved them that much. Kinsley-oh my gosh. I loved her. Add her best friend, Becca and you get one hell of a duo. They are hilarious with one another! Kinsley is on the ULA girls soccer team (along with Becca) who has caught two of her boyfriend cheating on her. She's had it when men. That is until she meets her new soccer coach, the uber hot and talented Liam Wilder. Liam is a soccer star himself and a well known womanizing bad boy who is volunteering to help coach Kinsley's team. Their attraction, although they try to fight it, is strong and even though they know it can end their careers, they can't stay away. Will they get caught? What happens when you add a vindictive/jealous soccer team captain who has it in for Kinsley? Will there be a happily ever after or is Kinsley's bad luck with men streak still alive? If you can't tell, this one gets 5 stars for me and I recommend it to EVERYONE! I know I will read ANYTHING by R.S. Grey, I don't even have to read the synopsis!