Release Reviews: Infraction: Rachel Van Dyken

by - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Infraction (Players Game #2)
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Release Date January 9, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

This review contains spoilers to the first book, Fraternize.

Quinton Miller was the man left rejected by his best friend, Emerson when she fell for his team mate, Sanchez. But they all remain friends and work together for the same NFL team.

But when tight end, Miller hooks up with their quarterback's little sister, Kinsey, that has even more potential for damage. Miller finds it easier to bail when things get complicated, so he pushes Kinsey away after their hot night. But things get more challenging when the season begins again and as a team cheerleader she is front and center tempting him everywhere. Especially when her brother asks him to fake date her to protect her from other guys.

Miller is a good guy, but he's broken and afraid of more loss in his life. So it is much easier to try to stay detached and avoid real feelings. But immersed in this situation, he's feeling guilt, loss, fear, and drowning in lies. And also becoming more attached than she should be.

Kinsey's got secrets about her past too...several of them. They shaped her life and made her parents and brother overprotective. But she is resilient, sassy, sweet, and just wants to live her own life. However her life seems to be full for crises. 

Lines become blurred between what is fake and what is real. And all along they are lying to those they care about  especially her brother/his friend and team mate. The potential for anger and hurt feelings is very high.

This also features Emerson and Sanchez from Fraternize, and her brother, Jax. His story is also a big part of this one including him getting a love interest. I was just as involved with them and I was with the main couple and it added more depth to this story.

This has humor and sexy times, but is also full of emotional situations. There are some twists and surprises. It is told in Miller, Kinsey, and Jax's points of view. 

I actually liked this one better than the first book. I enjoyed the characters more now that I am more attached to them. It is a forbidden-friends-little-sister-love story that is  sweet, sexy, and at times sad. But it also inspires you to embrace life and surround yourself with those you love and have each other's back. 

I was gifted a copy
Quinton Miller’s family is his team, and he will do anything to help them. When Jax needs him to pretend-date his sister, Miller doesn’t hesitate to step up. But it won’t be as easy as it sounds to fake date Kinsey, since they did so much more than kiss several months before.

I loved the banter and wit that Kinsey and Miller had even before they started fake dating. These two are just plain comfortable with each other. They enjoy each others’ company and find more sparks the longer they stay together.

Knowing Jax is so protective of Kinsey, I knew this would be entertaining, but I wasn’t expecting the reasons behind his sheltering ways. This story went deeper than I expected, especially as a new player joins the team, stirring up on field stress, and Kinsey’s family faces challenges she hadn’t seen coming.

This is such a fun group of characters because there are so many threads between all of them. Kinsey and Emerson are best friends. Emerson and Miller are also best friends. Kinsey and Jax are siblings. There are so many combinations here that there is always someone willing to throw a person under the bus in the most entertaining of ways.

This was a fun read that picked up Miller and Kinsey’s story (that though not a main line from Fraternize, wasn’t a stretch as Miller worked to get over the disappointment of losing Emerson). I ended up liking this slightly more than Fraternize, mostly because it didn’t involve a triangle.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Fraternize (Players Game #1)
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Our reviews

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. 

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, 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, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

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