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Wild Crush

(Wild Cards #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,718 ratings  ·  254 reviews
When the only girl you want is the one you can't have...

Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don't make a move on your best friend's girl. It’s a Guy Code that Vic lives by. It doesn't matter that he's had a crush on her for years. Monika Fox is off limits.

Monika has a secret of her own and when a tragedy throws her and Vic together, the only boy she trus
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by NLA Digital LLC
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Read InAGarden Simone Elkeles tweeted that the American title is Wild Crush with a release date of 9/22/2015

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Jennifer Kyle
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Oct 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
10/12/13 - I NEED THIS BOOK NOW.

08/08/14 - Still waiting for news... Any news at all.

12/30/14 - IT HAS A TITLE.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vic in summary:
Nov 15, 2011 marked it as to-read
Victor. Victor. Victor. Pleeeeeease be about Victor!
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Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

I was starting to doubt that I would ever get to read another book in this series when no dates could be seen anywhere, but finally, it came and it made me really happy. I love Simone Elkeles' writing so much and I couldn't wait to read more from this world.

This book reminded me from time to time of Perfect Chemistry though the relationship between the two main characters wasn't anything like Alex and Brittany's, their backgrounds were quite similar to
I loved Wild Cards and automatically assumed I would love Wild Crush too. However I was disappointed and left quite unsatisfied with Wild Crush. While Wild Crush was easy to read, the story was bland and lacked originality. The development of the relationship between Vic and Monika was near non existent! I don't want to be told that they had known each other for a while and suddenly realised their feelings. I want to be shown! Chuck in a flashback or something! Give me the initial butterflies!

Half of the book was the main characters pitying themselves. NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED! That was it. They just felt sorry for themselves, and both characters were stupid af.

WTF? Simone wrote Perfect Chemistry... how could she produce THIS? What's wrong with the world? The only reason why I FORCED myself through it is because Simone is my home girl. But this crap will not fly. It was literally:

Vic: poor me
Monika: poor me
Vic: I love you but I can't be with you
Monika: Me too. I hate myself
Vic: I hate m
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok


Nov 30 2015
Disappointed. :( The build up was goos but the ending feels rushed. I really liked the characters but the plot and the stories didn't bond well.

But yey for Alex's appearance. Hehehe
Anatea Oroz
I always say, whenever you read a Simone Elkeles book, you just have to finish it in one sitting. It was true with Wild Crush too, but what is different with this one, it was disappointing. Like, really really disappointing.

Simone usually always writes about hot Mexican bad boys, and we have Victor here. But she didn't make me swoon about him, she didn't make me wish he was my boyfriend. Until now, she always managed to do that.

This book just felt blah on so many levels. I didn't really feel
Mar 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
I need my hands on this book. Immediately!
Rebecca Elizabeth
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't connect to the characters at all. I felt like everything was really fast paced and I didn't understand the feelings the characters were having. I don't know... I've struggled with contemporary books lately. So it could just be me.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was o.k. After Perfect chemistry I just can't get the same fix from Simone's Elkeles books. The story felt rushed.
DNF I'm can't remember what %.

There nothing wrong with the book. My taste has changed.

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Well, maybe because I expected much from this book that it couldn't match up .. I wanted to feel sympathetic towards Vic but he was a grade A jerk .. I wouldn't want to be near someone like that Ew.. I liked that we get to see Alex again <3 .. I felt my heart flutter when I saw my favorite boy well and happy with his wife Brittany :D .. but overall this was boring ...more
-0.00000000000000(infintity)1 'Yes My Hopes For Good Writing Have Been Crushed' Stars! before you decide to read my review, you must know there are many SPOILERS

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When I had read Wild Cards, it was comparatively better than her other series. Sure if I re-read it now, I'd have even lower opinions to be honest, but still. I was looking forward to Vic's book and when I heard it came out, I was all,


In I a naïve little shit because Yasmin, as already stated,
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
liked the book. but loved the first one more.
Jennifer Brown
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick listen! This was more of a cutesy-ish young adult romance than this author's normal stuff. There was still quite a bit of drama, I just usually expect more violence-ish type stuff (if that makes sense). Monika and Vic drove me crazy at points. I wanted to slap them and yell "just spit it out". Of course it all played out well in the end, but still. Plus an old character pops up (even just for a little scene) :-) This is one of the YA authors that I try to read all of her works and ...more
Debra Elsner
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore Ms. Elkeles's books. They are stories about struggles that young adults go through in high school. In book 2 of this series, we are back to the gang we met in Better than Perfect. Victor Salazar and his best friend Tray do everything together. Even love the same girl, not that Tray knows that. Nor does Monika. Victor has spent his life put down by his controlling father, told over and over that he is worthless and is stupid. After years of hearing this, he almost believes it all. Everyth ...more
I seriously loved this authors' other series "Perfect Chemistry".. so why don't i love this series?! Gaaah.. the characters are so damn irritating!

I swear all i kept saying was..


Isa was the only saving grace in this whole entire goddamn book! I hope she gets her own story...
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet romance. I really love this author - she has a way of writing romance that makes me connect to the characters and it's not too fast or too cheesy - it's just right. This one was a bit heavier than I was expecting but it was a solid story that I enjoyed a lot! I definitely need to read her other series.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review up on my blog:

Simone Elkeles is one of my favorite authors!! In high school I read her Perfect Chemistry series and absolutely feel in love with her writing. Sadly over the years I have drifted from her books, however this past week I found myself pick ing up her books and falling in love with the writing a characters all over again.

Victor and Monika have so many secrets and feelings that they keep to themselves but when tragedy strikes they find the
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
So Intense....
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very emotional, and raw, between the secrets that are hidden behind closed doors and Vic fighting for the love of his love, I really loved it. You get to see how Monika feels and Vic and their thought process on what the right thing to do is. The only downfall about the book is that the ending was very rushed and it could have been longer. I really love Simone Elkeles work and the fact that Alex Fuentes mad an appearance in this book was amazing!
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

See, I remember the first time I read one of Simone Elkeles' books. It was Perfect Chemistry and I was hooked. I read the whole series, then I discovered Leaving Paradise, do I read that too. I wanted more... so I read Wild Cards. And, daaamn, I was surprised that I still liked her books so much. After some time, I stopped waiting and waiting for a sequel. And then, when I least thought about it, there it was, publishing date staring proudly at me from the screen. And I just knew I had
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Being honest, I had high expectation for this one. This novel wasn't bad nor amazing. It was GOOD. I love Simone Elkeles so my standard was pretty high. Personally, this is my least favourite novel she wrote. However, I did love the characters. I love Monika. She is sweet, fierce and bad-ass. And Vic...there is no words to describe him. He might look fierce and scary, but inside he has a huge heart and is always loyal. Both main characters bring out the best in each other which is why they go we ...more
Jordan Frank
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. You see the battle or feelings that both Vic and Monica had for each other. Then the emotional feeling that you feel as a reader for about half the book. It was nice seeing appearances from Ashtyn and Derek. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out and seeing who the next couple is.
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elkeles is one of my favorite authors. her books are usually always a spot on great read for me!
this book was ne different... the characters, the setting, the plot - just awesome.

If you haven't read this author... what are you waiting for?
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Vic and Monika are two friends separated by secrets and friendships. As they face tragedy, they find themselves and maybe even each other.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nowhere near as good as the first one.... But still an engrossing book :):)
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Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of ...more

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