Nov 6, 2017

Review | Fraternize (Players Game, 1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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-sext 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 stay bout her dream and her heart.


Going into this book, I had no idea what it was about. I was instantly drawn to the cover and through caution in the wind. I'm so glad I did!

This is my first Rachel Van Dyken book and I must say I was NOT disappointed! I loved the writing, it flowed well and I didn't find myself having to reread passages as I often do with other books. The characters are relatable and of course, the football players are HOT!! Not only in looks, but personality as well!
I loved Emerson to begin with. I loved the fact that she was on the plus size side, even though I personally would consider her average size, but for being a cheerleader, I get it. Even with all the confidence that she has, she is still like everyone else and has her own hang ups and insecurities.

Miller, well what's not to love. At first I didn't like his attitude, especially when it came to Emerson but as things were revealed, I understood why he felt and acted the way he did. Talk about major miscommunication on the highest level! Even though he had such strong feelings, I admired his decision with how he dealt with his competition for Emerson and loved that he was respectable and seemed to be genuine in wanting what was best for Emerson, even if that wasn't him.

Grant. Grant Sanchez...OMG!!! The fact that he has the reputation of being a player, made his pursuit of Emerson even more interesting. I love when the cocky jock finds a woman who will make him want to be better, change his ways and not walk away. 

It's entirely possible that I may have given a little too much info in this review, but I needed to express why I loved these characters. They are all strong in their own sense and I loved how there were some twists and turns that weren't completely expected.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series and will definitely be getting my hands on Rachel's other books, because this was a great book and I'm sure she has many more gems that I have yet to discover.

*Realease on January 9, 2018*

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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