Blog Tour + Review - Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

by - Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

Book Details

by Rachel Van Dyken 
Release Date: September 12th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About the Book

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.


“The best.” His lips grazed my ear. “Curves, know this,” His breath was hot on my neck, “If you need to cry, I’ll hold you until you’re done. Sometimes the only way to get over things, is to walk through them, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own.” My breath hitched in my chest. 

“Does that mean you’re going to walk with me?” 

“That’s all I’ve wanted since meeting you.” He pulled back and gripped my hand. 

“You know, other than sex.” I laughed, “You’re ridiculous, you know that right?” 

“But, I did just make you laugh, when minutes ago you were crying. I hate those tears, Curves. Never want to be the cause of them, ever.” 

“Don’t make promises you can’t keep.”

“I’m not.” He said it so sternly that I sucked in a breath. “I think I need to use that hand now…maybe on your chest, possibly that shirt.” 

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My Review

Ratings: 3.5 no fraternizing stars!

For a plus-size, Emerson yearned to achieve her dreams of becoming an NFL cheerleader, even more so after she had a fallout with her best friend in high school whom she lost her virginity to. Heartbroken and alone, she had never been more goal-driven in her life, especially with the things happening at home. What she did not expect was to be caught up in Grant Sanchez's world. He was funny, incredibly flirty and determined to make her his - not to mention he was the best receiver in the NFL. Just when things are looking up, her best friend returns, and so are the old feelings that never really went away. 

Let me start off my review by saying that I requested this book because it's a Rachel Van Dyken's book (love her so much!) and I was hoping that she could change my mind about love triangles (it has been my reading pet peeve ever since I outgrew my Twi-hard years). I have avoided any novels with love triangles in them like the plague but decided to give it another try. 

Unfortunately, while I adore the characters and the beautiful writing, I still couldn't get past the whole idea of having two guys fighting over you. It's not you Rachel, I swear. And Fraternize left me with a mixed feeling in my gut. 

On one hand, I devoured the book in a sitting. The moment it landed on my Kindle and it was 12 a.m, I forego any thoughts of sleeping because Rachel's writing does that to you. The same happened to me when I was reading Steal and I knew I couldn't sleep without knowing the ending! Emerson's story pulled me in from the start and I fell in love with the characters almost instantly. The humor was genuinely funny and I laughed out loud on a few occasions, besides, I honestly couldn't think of anyone who has the comeback skills to level Sanchez.

On the contrary, love triangles aside, the only other problem I had with the book was the characters' ages. I had a hard time adjusting to the fact that the characters are in their mid to late twenties as they sometimes behaved like college students and not, well, adults. But maybe that's just me. It was after 12 a.m. after all :p

I love the writing but the story just wasn't my cup of tea. I'd definitely want to read the rest of the series though because 1) It's Rachel Van Dyken! and 2) that epilogue is a freaking cliffhanger!

For fans of angsty romance with love triangles, I highly recommend you to check this one out!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Social Butterfly PR and the author. Thank you for the reviewing opportunity!

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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