New Release … 5+ Star Review: Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken – The Players Series – Book 1

Fraternize, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is LIVE!!


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.


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Michel’s Review

Holy Smokes!  Rachel Van Dyken has a new series, The Players, that is going to change the game.  Fraternize is the first book in The Players series and it is a solid five star book that will leave readers wanting MORE!  Yes it ended on a cliffhanger and I’m dying for the next book but I must say what takes place in this book is unlike anything Rachel has written.  A love triangle that keeps the readers hearts ricochetting from one moment to the next.  The ride is exciting, unpredictable, and emotional.

Emerson Ryder has achieved her dream, she has become an NFL cheerleader.  She is not the typical cheerleader with the perfect body.  She has curves and embraces her body shape wholeheartedly.  The demands of professional cheerleading go beyond practices and games, there are rules and they are written in a manuel.  From the dietary restrictions, surprise weigh ins, behavior modifications, the manuel rules her life.  One of the biggest and most serious rules is no fraternizing with the football players.  Emerson can accept and abide by these rules except the fraternizing one.  A guy from her past is a player on the Bellevue Bucks and they have a steamy and stormy history.  It also doesn’t help that there is another player that has staked his claim and set his sights on her.

Miller Quinton was her childhood best friend and first love.  Their relationship took a dramatic turn when circumstances beyond their control changed the direction of both of their lives.  Their communications were broken without explanation.  They both blame one another but neither knows the truth about what happened.  Assumptions led to heartbreak and hard feelings.  Now they are once again in each other’s lives.  Do they leave the past alone or do they start a new chapter in their story? Miller was Emerson’s greatest love and greatest heartbreak.  She loved him with her entire heart and still has feelings for him.  Should she let him become a part of her life or leave the past alone or does she move on to what’s being offered in her present life?

Grant Sanchez is the captain of the team and has set his sights on Emerson.  Grant is drop dead gorgeous,charming, and a notorious player.  He’s in full pursuit of Emerson, wearing her down one charming smile at a time.  Beneath the charming surface lies a man who is thoughtful, kind hearted, respectful, and considerate.  Emerson is falling and the only thing holding her back is Miller.

Emerson has a dilemma, does she embrace a new future or repair the broken past and embrace a new chapter?  The choices are impossible because each man is equally deserving of her love.

Let me tell you, I fell hard for both men.  I thought I had my heart set on one man until I hit the next chapter and then my heart was beating for the other man.  I still can’t choose and am anxious to see what comes next.

I’m not a fan of love triangles but can honestly say Rachel Van Dyken knocked it out of the stadium with Fraternize and I’m waiting to see which man wins the championship!


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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