Risky Play (Red Card, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Published by Skyscape on March 19, 2019
Genres: Second Chance, Contemporary, Romance, Sport
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Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.
What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.
Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.
Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.
“I’m going to keep you,” I said to myself, my voice carrying across the wind like the universe heard my promise and was going to help me keep it no matter what. I felt it in my soul.”
~ Slade thinking of Mack
If I’m being completely honest, it took me about half the book to get behind these two being together. I enjoyed the book from the start but actually rooting for the couple took some time.
“How was I supposed to win her if I wasn’t even allowed to play the game?”
The “meet-cute” aspect of this story was spot on. I loved the chemistry of that moment and their little vacation together. If things would have kept going as good as that stuff was I think I could have rated this more. Afterward, I think this book took two steps back and then came back to as good as it was in the beginning.
“Fight for me.
I closed my eyes.
I wanted someone – someone to fight for me.”
Rachel is one of my favorite authors, I devour her work. I started reading her about a year and a half ago. Since then I have read all her new releases and devoured her backlist. Some books blow me away, and some books are just really good. Then some are like this one, they are good books but a few things didn’t work for me. No matter what, I still never regret reading any of them. They are all worth the price of admission. I’m looking forward to more from this series.
“She’d hugged me, touched me, and didn’t do it for herself. It was for me. In fact, everything she did was for me.”