Author: Missy Johnson
Release Date: September 3, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended for: tennis fans, those who like to see a cocky man put in his place…or in your place 😉
About Wildcard Volume 1:
** This is part one of a three part serial. Part two will release on the 16th September and part three on the 30th September. Part one is a 25,000 word novella **
That’s the number of women I’ve shagged in the last twelve months.
I’m Ryder Stevens.
Don’t pretend you don’t know me. I’m a god.
I’m hot, I’m British and I take what I want. I’m also the number one ranked tennis player in the world. But it’s my off court antics that gain the most attention. I cruise through life, running from one scandal to the next. Hell I can’t even take a piss without the world knowing about it.
Rules? Who gives a shit?
Rules are there to be broken and I’m the king of breaking them.
But even the king can be bought to his knees. I’m sidelined with an injury that changes everything.
And suddenly I’m left thinking that maybe my life isn’t so perfect after all…
Ha! For once, I’m not going to feel guilty writing a short review. Since this is a serial novella, it’s super short so there’s not much to review yet. 🙂
This book started out hilariously – I’ve injured myself in some really awkward and/or embarrassing way, but Ryder’s injury beats them all.
And this may make me sound like an asshole, but I kind of get where he was coming from where people felt like he wasn’t respecting the game of tennis. School always came easy to me until college, without trying hard. To make it interesting, I figured out ways to challenge myself: do homework on the bus, not study just to see if I’d still pass, etc.
So drinking the night before a huge match isn’t disrespect or equating to not liking tennis – he was just switching things up to keep it interesting.
Then he got injured in a hilarious way. And then when he tried to “get back on that horse” (or let the horse get back on him), the other hilarious thing happened. Oh my god. So funny.
But what knocked it down a star for me was the insta-connection he felt to Scarlett and her son. I understood feeling judged by them or whatever, and maybe even wanting to impress them or prove them wrong, but not the emotional connection and stuff.
I feel like a lot of the beginning of his relationship with them was glossed over, as well. You go from like the first time they spoke in one chapter straight to a few weeks later where they’re talking all the time. I think an important time was skipped over.
So of course something was going to go wrong. As far as I could tell, their relationship was just skimming the surface.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, though! How is Ryder going to get himself out of this one? And will he return to tennis? 🙂
*An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review
About Missy Johnson:
Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.