Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: Sept 12, 2017
Format: paperback ARC
Source: Thomas Allen & Son
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. (Goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.*
So we all know September means football season (at least for those who are not CFL savvy). This book came out at the perfect time for it! I love me a good sports romance and this was no exception. The characters, the story, the football. It was everything.
As this is a romance book, I guess it’s most important to address the romance. I JUMPED SHIPS SO MANY TIMES I FELT LIKE I WAS WORKING OUT! I couldn’t decide for the longest time who I properly shipped and I kinda loved it? All I know is that I’m next in line for whichever boy is free by the end of the book. They were both amazing, swoon-worthy, and hot. The chemistry is so well-written as well I almost felt like I was the one living these steamy scenarios.
Another aspect I loved about the book was the relationship between the male leads. The whole team was a brotherhood but the dynamic between Miller and Sanchez was so freakin intoxicating. I wanted so desperately to be part of their crew. I enjoyed their jawing as much as I enjoyed the romance in this book and it really added a whole other layer to both the story and the writing.
The football sections were well done. We saw the day-to-day of both the players and the cheerleaders without it being mundane or too much. As a sports fan I don’t mind an overload of it in my sports romances but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea so I think it’s just enough to give the vibe but also not bore non-fanatics!
Overall, I absolutely freaking adored this book! I immediately raced to Goodreads to check if there’s a companion…there is! I honestly cannot wait. (DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS FOR IT…YOU WILL SPOIL YOURSELF FOR THIS BOOK HAHA. It actually happened to a couple people I know.) If this book sounds like it’s up your alley pick it up ASAP. As soon as I heard what it was about I was on board and it did not disappoint. Actually, it was even better than I expected!
And now, without further ado, the playlist and a quick note from Rachel Van Dyken.
The above songs were the inspiration for the entire book, I added them as I wrote, and took some away as things changed, but for the most part, each song follows the love story and should give you a clue or hint as to what happens 😉
I had XO by Young Divine (Feat LC GUNN) on repeat for basically the last half of the book 😉 If I could just a theme song for the book it would be this one right here! Enjoy!
Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the tour!
Sept. 11 – Burning Impossibly Bright | Player Card #1: Miller Quinton
Sept. 12 – Between the Spine | Excerpt: Prologue
Sept. 14 – My Slanted Bookish Ramblings | Excerpt: Chapter One, Part 1/2
Sept. 15 – Booking It With Hayley G | Excerpt: Chapter One, Part 2/2
Sept. 18 – BookCatPin | Player Card #2: Grant Sanchez
Sept. 19 – This is the Story of My (Reading) Life | Excerpt: Chapter Nine, Part 1/2
Sept. 20 – Cupcake and a Latte | Excerpt: Chapter Nine, Part 2/2
Sept. 21 – Brains, Books & Brawn | Playlist
Sept. 22 – Padfoots Library | Guest Post
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