Check out the book review by She Reads Romance Books of the latest tennis sports romance book by Ashley R. King, The Wilde Card.
What started out as a one-night stand turns out to be more with this professional tennis player and the woman who knocks him off his feet and puts his career back on track.
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I was so excited to read a sports romance that featured a tennis player!
Alex Wilde is a professional tennis player who’s lost his way with a grudge to burn. Simone Warner is a divorcee and CEO who’s ready for a change. They meet one night in Canada at a party and have a one-night stand that neither can forget.
To the surprise of both, Alex travels to the United States to train with a new coach just as Simone resigns from her CEO position and tries out coaching, reuniting the two lovers.
This book has such a hot start!
Alex was suave and seductive and just what Simone needed to get out of her rut after her disappointing marriage. Fast forward to Alex arriving in Atlanta and Simone surprisingly coaching him and the story sort of waned a bit. Alex and Simone fall in love and try to ignore it given their coaching relationship all while he’s trying to figure out his game.
I only wish Alex kept his initial alpha-like personality instead of morphing into a love sick puppy. You also have to just believe that Simone had this overnight transformation from business CEO to professional tennis coach.
If you can get over these changes, go with the instalove and just enjoy their come hither looks then it’s a decent read. I was just hoping for a bit more so found myself skimming the middle.
The drama with Damien, Simone’s ex, seemed pretty standard to bring in some conflict but even that was smoothed over pretty easily.
I really enjoyed the actual tennis parts of the book. This was my February 2022 Romance Book Reading Challenge selection which was to read one sports romance and I’m glad I picked it. I’d recommend it to sports romance fans for this aspect alone.
This is my first book by King and I found her writing to be top notch so I’d recommend it as a fun, light read.
*Thank you to Netgalley. All opinions are my own.