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Fraternize: Players Game, Book 1

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New York Times best-selling 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.

©2017 Rachel Van Dyken (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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    Georgina 10-19-17
    Georgina 10-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderful story"

    I waa looking for a light story and find an amazing book with great characters and banters...I loved

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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 10-17-17
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 10-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Nothing like I expected, so much better!"

    This was my first book written by Rachel Van Dyken, but it won’t be my last. I loved the writing style and how the story was presented. It grabbed my attention, I actually only started listening to it because I had a spare 30 minutes… and I got lost in it for 3 hours, I was so engrossed. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, who was going to get the happy ever after.


    So, I bought this book without reading the synopsis, something I rarely do, because, well, I’m picky. Then I read the synopsis and kinda deflated, I don’t like humiliation at the best of times, but especially if centered around weight. I just can’t. Of course, I had already started listening to it, so I figured I’d give it a chance. HOLY CRAP!!!!! This book was NOTHING like I expected. I can’t say that a love triangle is the type of trope I’ve ever sought out, but in this instance, it was done so well that I couldn’t help but love it. Both guys had something about them that was charming and lovable. Clearly, I’m not going to be able to say too much about the book and events because that would be a huge spoiler and you really don’t want this spoiling. You want to have this play out for you and stay on the edge, not knowing who Emerson is going to end up with.

    These characters are fantastic. I love them all so much, they each bring something fun and compelling to the story. The banter between them is so fun.

    Emerson is my spirit animal, I don’t know how she chose. I couldn’t even decide for her. I was so torn. She’s strong, stronger than I think she even gives herself credit for. She had a dream and even though she could have given it up, she didn’t. She kept fighting.
    Sanchez was everything you thought he’d be and nothing you thought he’d be, I wanted to dislike him, I mean, come on, he’s a cocky football player who makes a bet every season on getting a cheerleader into bed and he’s set his sights on the ‘bigger’ girl. He’s an ass, and he turns that around so quick I think we get whiplash. You watch the change in him and it’s really quite beautiful. You can’t help but sit there and hope he doesn’t get his heart broken. I was rooting for him to get the girl.
    Miller, sigh, I loved him, I got mad at him and I fell for him all over again. He’s so sweet, to begin with, every girl needs a friend like Miller, but then he’s so angry when he first encounters Emerson again and you really don’t know why, but as time goes on that attraction is undeniable and you’re sure they’re going to kiss and make up. And, yeah, I was also rooting for him to get the girl too. I wanted the second chance romance.

    The relationship between the three main characters is compelling and you really don’t know which way it’s going to go until close to the end, and then a twist is thrown in to try and throw you off course. Here is a little spoiler, this book does not contain a lot of sex, if you’re hoping for the ‘players’ to be getting it on every chapter, I’m sorry, but this isn’t that book. Sexual tension, yes, heaps and heaps of sexual tension. This is a book that is very much character driven, my favourite, it’s about how each of them deals with, accept and move on from the past. It’s a story about friendship. Another thing I love about this book is that the guy that doesn’t get the girl doesn’t settle, he doesn’t get a runners-up prize so to speak.


    This is the first performance I’ve heard by Summer Morton, but it will not be the last. I thought she was a fantastic choice for Emerson and handled both Miller and Sanchez really well too. I’m always nervous when I’m introduced to a female narrator, I’m so picky about what I like and male voices performed by a female are always a toughy, but I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more.

    Jeremy York was as wonderful as ever. I could listen to him for hours, oh wait, I did. He really brings the emotions of the characters to the forefront. Although I did like all of the different voices, he was just so perfect as Miller it’s hard to comment on the others. Miller’s character experiences so many different emotions throughout this book and Jeremy brings each and every one of them to live and gives them a sense of realism that is hard to match.

    So, as mentioned above I was super excited that Aiden Snow was narrating this book. In fact, he was the main reason I ran to audible. There I was listening away, tapping my fingers and doing the whole ‘Aiden, Aiden, where is Aiden’ speech in my head. Aiden Snow turns up in chapter 34, yes, you read that right, chapter THIRTY-FOUR!!!! I want to be mad about this, I want to curse the author and audible for not warning me about this. However, listen to chapter 34 and tell me that was not one of the best chapters in this book, not just the performance, but the emotion, that chapter alone sums up this book and why I’m not so mad. Aiden Snow is the perfect choice for Grant Sanchez, he has that deep, gruff sexiness going on that just fits the character. The way he conveyed the emotion the characters were experiencing was wonderful and effective. Did I mention sexy-time also ensued? And dammmmmmn, yep, the perfect voice for that. Trust me, even though Aiden narrates 4 chapters it actually enhances the story hearing those chapters from Sanchez’ POV and in a different voice.

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    Deborah Boyd 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Just....Wow!"

    This is an excellent book that highlights friendship, love, loyalty, and faith. It is an extremely funny, sexy, and a bit thrilling and I can't wait till the next book cones out. A must read!

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    VKGiamp Minnesota, USA 10-09-17
    VKGiamp Minnesota, USA 10-09-17
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    "A love triangle done right."

    I love the main character, Emerson is a beautiful woman. She is the type of girl I wanted to be in my early 20's strong, soft, and comfortable in her own skin,even if it isn't a size 6. Every larger girl KNOWS that they can still be athletic and gorgeous but few embody it like this character.

    The guys, not sexy and smart. What is not to love.

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    Ana's Attic 10-06-17
    Ana's Attic 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unique Love Triangle"

    4.5 stars
    I picked up Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken when I saw there was a plus-sized cheerleader. I own a bunch of Rachel Van Dyken's books, but have never read her, so I grabbed this quick! There is a love triangle in Fraternize, but different than you are used to, and there is NO CHEATING.

    "Six years ago, I’d kissed a football player and lost my heart. Five seconds ago, it felt like, maybe, I had been given a part of that heart back, and it felt good, really good."

    I usually talk about the book a little in my own words here, but I am afraid to give something away, because I want you to be surprised as well. So here is the blurb:
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    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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    "But I was lacking one thing. The ability to squeeze my body into a size two, four, six, or eight. Who do we appreciate? Food, damn it!"

    I loved that Emerson was a bigger girl and that it played into the story just the right amount. They didn’t harp on her weight, nor was it ignored. It was the reason two guys were attracted to her, but also the reason the girls were mean. I loved that Sanchez called her "Curves".

    Holding a sandwich against my lips like it was better than sex. Which, let’s be honest . . . close tie.
    “I won’t tell,” he whispered. And suddenly, my brain wasn’t just lusting after the sandwich. I took one bite. A huge bite. Too big for my mouth. Miller’s eyes heated. It was dirty McDonald’s foreplay. I chewed.
    He made a noise in his chest before visibly adjusting himself and letting out a curse.

    Now here is the thing. This book kept me guessing the whole time. I didn’t know who I wanted her with, and I didn’t know who she would end up with. I loved Grant Sanchez. He was sexy, cocky, funny, flirty and an all-around good guy. Miller was her first love. They were best friends in school and I loved reading about their high school friendship and romance, and there was still chemistry between them.

    "So, what's it going to be? You going to be my friend and hers? You going to be a good teammate and help us win the championship? Or will we war?"

    To make matters worse, both of the guys share a floor in the building. Two penthouse apartments, one guy in each! Eek! So no matter who she is with, she can bump into the other, or even hear the other! At the beginning, you kind of want to hate Sanchez, but you just can’t.

    "The guy was insane! Like a psychotic, wiggly hot worm that worked its way into your life and refused to let go. I relived his stupid kiss about as many times as I relived Miller’s heated look.
    I was in deep."

    I’m not even sure I am thrilled with the outcome of the story, but I am thrilled that the book kept me guessing the whole way through. I’m excited the other guy gets his own book next. DO NOT read the blurb for Infraction until after you read Fraternize!

    Likes:

    •Kept me guessing the whole time.
    •I wasn’t sure who I wanted her with.
    •I loved that she was plus sized and still a pro cheerleader.
    •It showed some football practice and how they work hard, a lot of sports romance barely mention it.
    •I loved her friend Kinsey.
    •Neither guy was white.
    •Really showed the team dynamics.
    •Though she was a pretty confident woman, I loved that she had very realistic insecurities.
    •You know she really picked right in the end, and you don’t really feel bad for the other guy.

    Dislikes:

    •I would have liked more from Sanchez’s POV.
    •I wasn’t sure who I wanted her with. (This is actually a like and a dislike. It kept me on my toes and surprised, but I felt like I should be rooting for someone).

    The Narration:
    There were 3 narrators. I’m not a big fan of Jeremy York, who played Miller. He kind of sounded like an old man to me, but Sanchez, played by Aiden Snow….YUM. Summer Morton was absolutely perfect, and I was thrilled to hear a voice that isn’t in 90% of the other books I read. I loved that there were 3 narrators. (Rating explanation: Miller is a 3, Summer is a 5+++ and Aiden a 5, so I will rate the narration a 4 in total)

    The Down & Dirty:
    Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken was a unique surprise! I picked it up because I like books with plus-sized heroines, but ended up with a very unique love triangle where I wasn’t sure who I wanted her to choose, and it kept me guessing for much of the book. Fraternize was fun with very likable characters, and leads us perfectly to the next in the series, which I have to read, because the other guy needs his HEA!

    Rating: 4.5 Stars. 3.75 Heat, 4 Narration

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    Lilta08 09-28-17
    Lilta08 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Touchdown!"

    Touchdown for Rachel Van Dyken!! What a great book, not exactly how I saw it going at first which makes it even better! I can't wait to read more of the Players Game Series!

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    Liz Thompson Naperville, IL 09-28-17
    Liz Thompson Naperville, IL 09-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen!"

    I loved experiences this story in audio version! The narrators brought Grant, Emerson and Miller to life!

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    LM 09-21-17
    LM 09-21-17
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    "No joy."

    I have enjoyed this author's work in the past. Not this time. Boring characters in a silly story. I regret that I paid $1.99 for this.

    Credit -worthy? No.

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    Shelley Haase 09-20-17
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    "Rachel Van Dyken has an amzing new series!"

    Rachel Van Dyken has once again written a story that completely held me captive. I could not put this book down, when I was forced to, I thought about it until I could find out what happens next. There were so many twists and turns I didn't see coming. I laughed, I cried and I felt every emotion as each character experienced them. Rachel developed such believable characters I was so excited to realize I would learn more about them in future books to come. I love the world she created in this story and never wanted to leave it.

    Emerson has finally made her dream come true. She is a professional cheerleader, despite the odds stacked against her for being a plus sized person. Her hard work and dedication has paid off. In recent years, her life had begun to fall apart, but now her future has hope, until her ex-best friend shows up. When the past, present and future collide for Emerson, there was no way of knowing how it would turn out.

    PS - Summer Morton, Jeremy York and Aiden Snow do a phenomenal job of narrating this incredible story. They completely bring the world Rachel created to life. I feel further in love with these memorable characters, due to their performances. Based upon this performance alone, I will gladly listen to other books any of them work on as well.

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    J.L. Mead 09-19-17
    J.L. Mead 09-19-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Worst book I ever listened to...."

    But then I half way thru why I don't know, I was hopeful. Then I was done. Went right to the last chapter. I have to say this is the first time I ever went to the last chapter in an audiobook.

    The only thing warrants any praise are the male narrators. They deserve 5 ratings. This the 3. The female, if you can't say anything nice....

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