NEW & REVIEW: Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

Players Game Book One

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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.



Lighthearted and with an angst brought forth by a mild love triangle, Fraternize was unexpectedly fun and unique in the direction it took. Without relying on the usual tools for a love triangle situation, RVD paved her own way in telling the story of a curvy cheerleader, her just-returned first love, and the new footballer. The relationships in the story were unlike anything that was expected, and happily surprised me with the lack of contention and hatred that is always abundant when two men want the same woman.

Fraternize employed two very different men who each played to a different part of Emerson, pulling on the strings of the reader and making it incredibly difficult to choose between them. The pull to each of them was strong, but unique, and yet Emerson never fell through the cracks, instead retaining the center focus of the story–her past, her career, the struggles involved with it, and her future. It became about who could enhance her going forward, and I fully enjoyed watching her find that answer. Can’t say that I was correct on guessing who she ultimately chose, and I admittedly had a moment of not being okay with it, but in seeing where he’s going to go, I’m looking forward to the next story in the series. Anyone who enjoys light and fun contemporary romances with some heat will love this story.

**I don’t recommend reading the blurb for the second book until after finishing Fraternize because it does give away who does not get the girl**



Players Game Book Two

Release Date: January 9, 2018

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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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