Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 12th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.
Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…
No fraternizing with the players.
Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.
Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.
It’s been a long while (to me it seems) that I’ve read a really good sports romance, but Rachel changed all of that with Fraternize! Holy hotness! This book is amazing on all levels. She pulled at my emotions and had me rooted for everyone involved. I laughed, I cried, and I definitely wanted more of…well…everything!
Fraternize is the first in a brand new series by RVD called Players Game. It’s a great opening novel and, like I said, I genuinely couldn’t get enough of all of the characters. Each one was likable in their own way and had me wanting all of them to get the HEA they deserved. I’m also a football girl at heart so this book was right up my alley! With that being said, there is a love triangle in this book so readers beware. That specific quality to a book is usually something I can’t get past; the author walks a fine line there with me, but RVD managed it gracefully. I felt that the book, the characters, and their emotions were all very real.
“No matter how damaged your heart may be, it never loses its ability to choose again, to try again, to want love even after loss. How could something so wrong feel so right?”
Emerson has just made her all time life dream a reality. She worked her rather curvaceous butt off and did it. The only problem?? She’s forced to interact with and face a long lost love that has more than his fair share of demons. RVD made me want to be Emerson’s bestie. She is a character I immediately connected with. She’s strong willed, determined, and has this fire about her that you can’t help but notice.
Miller and Grant….ugh…..what to say! Both of these men are all alpha in their own way, but I have to admit Miller was something you can’t help but want to root for the entire book. I didn’t want to fall for Grant, but he went and made me anyway. And it was totally understandable how Emerson got wrapped up in the past with Miller because of their unfinished business and with Grant because he represented a clean future. Aghhh..my heart was pulled in some many different directions with this book!!!!
“Everyone hates me.” He grinned.
“I take it as a compliment. We only hate the good players. It’s how football works.”-Grant Sanchez
Overall, this book had everything. Drama, high strung emotions, laughter, and yes….football. RVD definitely did not disappoint with this new series. I can’t wait for the next installment!!
Meet the Author
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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