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Wild Card

(Rake Forge University #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The game has rules for a reason...

This was it…I could see it in my editor’s eyes. This was the last straw. One more misstep and I was going to lose my coveted internship.

I decided right there in my room, lime-flavored tortilla chips in hand, that I would do whatever it took to write the story of the century.

And I had my target in sight—the undefeated Devil’s baseball t
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published August 12th 2021 by Amazon Digital Services
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
"Happiness is free vodka served in a pretty glass. Ask anyone."

I'd beg to differ, saying that happiness is a glass of fine wine, and Ashley Munoz's books have aged in comparison to that statement. They just keep getting better with time, and I love that each story she writes is nothing like the one before it. Sure she has trademark angst and characters with heart across all of her books (along with gorgeous covers), but this one went beyond the typical sports romance to include so many other asp
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
Wow!! You guys this was a wild ride!! My head and heart have whiplash in the best of ways. This book was nothing like I thought it would be. My expectations were blown out the water and a storm of goodness rolled in full of steam, angst (OHHHH the angst), suspense and chemistry that was so hot!

Mallory Shaw is an investigative reporter at her college. She needs "the big one" of a story if she has any chance of getting the internship she wants and has worked so hard for. She hears about a secret g
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Aug 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
...he was mine and I was going to be his. Even if it broke me to let him in, even if it ruined me. There wasn’t much left of my heart, but whatever there was I’d shove into his massive palm. Then I’d just let him decide what to do with it. Maybe he’d realize that our tattered pieces matched.

Clearly I have been sleeping on Ashley Munoz, because after reading this book, I'm an insta fan. I'm a sucker for a steamy college sports romance, and this one hit all of the spots I had an
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
O M G! I was not ready for this book! This story was by far the steamiest and angstiest book Ashley has written and I was hooked on every single word. From the jaw dropping moments to the sweet moments and everything in between I happily stayed up into the wee hours of the morning because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I literally could go on about the amazing characters and the face fanning spicy scenes but I just wouldn’t do them justice. This book is a must read and my new fa ...more
Keza Campbell
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wildcard was an absolute EPIC Read!

The angst, and freaking suspense left me hooked. I did not put it down until the very last page.

Helps he was smoking hot🔥🔥

Mallory and Decker had such a strong connection, I loved them together.

I really enjoyed the story and it was REALLY well written.

Also this was my very first Ashley Munoz Book and it's so being added to my Fave list.
Lindsay Becs
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG, the perfection of this story was unbelievable!
Not only was this book well written, but you could feel the chemistry between the characters drip off the pages. I had so many moments while reading where I felt that twinge in my stomach from butterflies swarming. I could feel every emotion from these incredible characters through every high and low they encountered.
The only thing wrong with this book was that I had to put it down every now and then to go to work when I wanted to keep reading
Kelly G (Now Accepting Book Boyfriend Applications)
This is one of those stories that is going to have me thinking about them for quite a while! Decker and Mallory were EVERYTHING! I am still just in total awe! Decker surprised me with how swoony he was! OMG I was NOT expecting that level of heart flutters from this guy! But there I was with my hand over my heart and my husband asking me if everything was ok! I was not ready for that! The fact that the meet by total accident is cute all on its own. And I get that they are in college, but the way ...more
Tara Finnell
Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ashley has done it again!

Mallory and Decker bring a different game to these pages.. a wild card! This book will be unlike any other book you’ve read.

Their chemistry will eat your heart out until the very last page. One click this bad boy!
Kelly Sirak Drudy
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love it
D.L. Gallie
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wild card was a wild ride full of twists, turns, secrets, revenge and a connection between two people that just oozed off the pages.

I wanted to slap each of them at times but it just added to the intense and deep connection between these two people.

I was trying to figure out how it was all going to play out and I had no clue which way it was gonna go…I love stories like this. The ending was perfect and I cannot wait for more from this amazingly talented author.
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Angsty love, twists and turns, a big gesture, AND a deep soul connection...sigh...Wild Card brought it all and it was perfect. Ashley Munoz wrote fantastic characters that pulled me in and made me fall in love. Wild Card is a winner!!

Mallory needs a fantastic story for her journalism class to get a chance at an internship and when an idea lands in her lap she finds it hard to refuse the opportunity of a lifetime, but how far is she willing to go to get her story?

Decker wants revenge on the man w
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure where the story was going. Once I got to the grit of the story, I was hooked. I could not put it down as I was unraveling the mystery behind the Devils Baseball Team. The story is sizzling hot with chemistry and mystery.

Mallory is an aspiring journalist who is working toward securing the internship of her dreams. When he pulls her story, she scrambles to find a replacement, one that will get her noticed. Through her sister, she finds out about the car
Shantel Eddy
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything. It was so good that I could not put it down. I took it everywhere. Most nights while reading it, I would fall asleep with my iPad because I tried to fight sleep to read it. This book was very slow burn. All their fights make you want to say "Shut up and get it over with already!" I loved Decker's character so much. His love for Mallory is just the sweetest. Mallory was a complicated person until the very end of the book. She was so stubborn. Her relationship with Taylor ...more
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wild Card is more than a sports romance, it is a story filled with heart, suspense, angst and so much emotion. The steam factor is off the charts and even more satisfying than a home run. The angst at times will have you holding your breath and your heart pounding. Decker and Mallory have vengeance in their sights but feelings, chemistry and a connection might just be a recipe for confusion and disaster. A story that has you gripped to the pages for one Wild ride.
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

This was it...I could see it in my editor's eyes. This was the last straw. One more misstep and I was going to lose my coveted internship. I decided right there in my room, lime-flavored tortilla chips in hand, that I would do whatever it took to write the story of the century. And I had my target in sight-the undefeated Devil's baseball team. they were RFU royalty, and completely untouchable. Their p
Me_myself_and_romance_ Books
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
MY BOOK REVIEW - ♣️ WILD CARD by Ashley Munoz ♣️

I read it, I smashed it and I loved it. Ashley Munoz has done it again. She’s the queen of slow burn with so much emotion. I knew when I first dived into it I was going to love it but that’s an understatement. This is a college sports romance with a twist. Mallory the nerdy journalism student trying to achieve her goal to have an internship. Decker the baseball player seeking revenge.. what could this mean? I guess you’ll have to read it then, rig
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my poor heart..... this book has all the feels going on....from that anxious pain in your chest, butterflies in your stomach to the heat under your ahem-collar😉

Decker and Mallory nearly broke me.

I loved Mallory from the very start, with her quirkiness and strength. I admired her self confidence, especially given her occasional insecurities. I appreciated the fact that she was her own person, oblivious to any of the college gossip and living life on her own terms.
Then we have beautifully brok
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC by Ashley Munoz and was thrilled. I have ready some of her other books and loved them as well.

Mallory is focused on a goal of getting an internship at her dream job, but when her original story gets pulled she focuses on the Devils baseball team “card game”.

Decker had everything set for his future, only for it to be ripped out when his teammate, childhood friend and now rival took it away. Now he is focused on his revenge but Mallory shows up with “the card” in her sisters
This was such a good read and the plot was SO intriguing, like how the author came up with ‘the game’ and each of the rules was amazing!!

I thought Decker was going to be more of an asshole from the first moments we get with him and Mallory. Unexpectedly he ended up being the broken hero we all know and love. Him and Mallory worked so well together, especially when he would have fantasies about his future with someone Mallory was the perfect fit. She was a smart, sweet, and brave heroine. I loved
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
Wild Card is book 1 in the Rake Forge University series. Sports romance love story that began one night when both were not who they were pretending to be. Mallory and Decker were a great couple that had instant chemistry when they first met. They connected on a deeper, emotional level. So much pain and heartache. I could relate to losing a loved one and struggling to keep the memories of who they once were. The angst was real in this one and left you guessing what would happen next. I enjoyed th ...more
Lana-White Hot Reads
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wild Card is not what I was expecting. This story is full of games, secrets and alot of angst!!. Lana~White Hot Reads

Mallory and Decker are on fire. The instant combustible connection is awesome. These two are meant for each other but oh boy do the secrets play a big part as everyone is keeping them. You feel for Mallory and Decker as the game explodes on them and they realize they what has happened. In the end, the game was played well and Decker and Mallory realize they need each other. Can't
Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)
“𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙩. 𝙄 𝙨𝙖𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙨, 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙙𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙞𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙪𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙄’𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨…𝙖 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚.”

Whew. Munoz did not come to play with this one.
Betrayals, lies, secrets, it’s all in these pages.
Decker & Mallory are a flame burning bright, from first interaction. That flame almost gets snuffed a few times, due in part to their own actions, as well as those from those around them.
I was gripped from the beginning, trying to figure o
Aug 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
Wild Card definitely had potential, but the execution was not it. Some parts reminded me of Meghan Quinn's beginning books from the Brentwood Boy's series, so if you liked those books then maybe read Wild Card? I've gotten tired of Quinn's books, but I find myself reading every single one of them. RIP.

Things to know:
🃏The college life representation isn't accurate at all and super cringe. Quinn does it slightly better. At least she did in the beginning books.
🃏The revenge plot was kinda confusing
Maddie (Bookaholic_Dreamer)
Wild Card by Ashley Munoz was truly a wild story, with the title fitting the book to a Tee!

4/4.25 ⭐️

Mallory ‘Mal’ Nicole Shaw a college student has dreamed of being a journalist. But when her initial story leads to her chances at her dream internship with Kline Global (KG) being almost taken away, she knows she has to come up with replacement but what? Cue the Devils Play, which leads her to Decker ‘Duggar’ James and making a deal to get the information she needs to make this story possible. But
Caroline F
Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - a fab read!

"There was a rawness about him, a piece of stone that was probably perfect and wonderful on the inside, but his outside was rough and unwelcoming."

Mallory Shaw needs a good story to get noticed for a much coveted internship. When an opportunity arises for her to follow up on a new lead, she takes it. She will be completely out of her comfort zone, but she really wants that internship. What she finds is a hot guy, some eye-opening clues, and the beginnings of something far
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Ashley Munoz Has Done It Again!
When you make a deal with the Devil you need to prepare your heart and possibly your cold shower because things will get a whole lot angsty and a little steamy.

From the beginning until the very end Decker and Mallory's story had me utterly hooked while wreaking havoc on my heart and emotions. Riddled with emotion, secrets, revenge, and twists and turns their journey was not all sunshine and rainbows. It was heartbreaking, steamy, angsty, suspenseful, and oh s
Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mallory is an investigative student reporter in this new adult romance that takes place on a college campus. Her stepsister Taylor is given a card by the baseball team to essentially hook up with a designated member of the baseball team. Looking for a breaking story to land her an internship, Mallory goes in her place. There she meets Declan a pitcher that devised a plan to take the place of the original baseball player who sent the card. These two have instant chemistry and both have different ...more
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Mallory is on the fast track to losing her internship if she doesn’t do something fast. Word around campus is the baseball team holds secretive card games and only a select few get in. Mallory has a plan to crash and write about it securing her internship. Her plan goes awry when she meets Decker.

Decker is on the war path. Vengeance is his plan. His plan goes awry when he bumps into Mallory. They decide to help each other out but when lines begin to blur, they’ll have to decide what’s more impor
Joy  Avery
Aug 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ⭐'s

     Wild Card is a book I know I won't forget anytime soon. This is my first book by Ashley Munoz and after reading this, I will be devouring her backlist asap.
     This is a new adult college romance. Mallory Shaw is a reporter there who is desperately trying to earn a coveted internship. She finds the perfect story to report on which leads her to meeting Decker "Duggar" James. He is a pitcher on the Devil’s baseball team. His team has a little game they play involving some very interes
Kat Mary
Aug 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Munoz really knows how to pull at my heart strings! I liked Mallory right away. I liked how Ashley wrote the relationships Mallory had in her life with her friends and family. The family relationships were complex and tenuous which I really felt in my heart. Decker pulled me in. Ok, fine.. I am totally crushing on him. I loved their connection. They have CHEMISTRY! Decker’s family situation broke my heart. How he was trying to rally and keep going really showed me his heart and soul. The ...more
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Ashley resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four children. She enjoys hiking, sneaking off to read, and of course, drinking copious amounts of coffee when she finally sits down to write.

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