My rating: 5 of 5 stars
FRATERNIZE is book one in the Players Game series from Rachel Van Dyken and is a friends to lovers/love triangle/sports themed romance. I love RVD and anything she writes but I WAS wary reading this one because I don’t really like the love triangle trope (just not my thing). HOWEVER, I needn’t have worried because RVD managed to take potentially heavy topics and create a romance that’s fun, light, relatable and REAL. Choosing between two gorgeous athletes and dealing with body image and self-esteem issues could have made for a depressing story but NOPE! I absolutely ADORED Emerson…WOW! What a beautiful character inside and out! As a BBW myself, I could totally relate to Emerson and the desire to fit in, the pain of low self-esteem and the need to prove herself. She wasn’t perfect, she had flaws but that’s what made her AWESOME. I was torn between the two love interests, Miller and Grant because they both had winning qualities but I don’t want to say too much about them. I don’t trust myself not to give away spoilers if I start gushing about one or the other!! Overall, this is another winner from RVD and I’m so happy I put aside my assumptions to read this one (ALL NIGHT LONG)! Told from dual POVs with a sweet ending. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Fraternize, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!!
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.
“The best.” His lips grazed my ear. “Curves, know this,” His breath was hot on my neck, “If you need to cry, I’ll hold you until you’re done. Sometimes the only way to get over things, is to walk through them, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own.”
My breath hitched in my chest. “Does that mean you’re going to walk with me?”
“That’s all I’ve wanted since meeting you.” He pulled back and gripped my hand. “You know, other than sex.”
I laughed, “You’re ridiculous, you know that right?”
“But, I did just make you laugh, when minutes ago you were crying. I hate those tears, Curves. Never want to be the cause of them, ever.”
“Don’t make promises you can’t keep.”
“I’m not.” He said it so sternly that I sucked in a breath. “I think I need to use that hand now…maybe on your chest, possibly that shirt.”
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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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