Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken

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March 19, 2019 by kissandtellbookblog

Second Chance Romance with a sprinkle of sports by Rachel Van Dyken
Red Card Series, book one

Book Boyfriend: 💋💋💋.5
Slade reminds me a lot of a single David Beckham.  He’s a pretty boy that is the number one striker in the world that comes from the United Kingdom to play soccer in the US.  Slade has always put soccer as number one and this can get in the way of relationships. He’s very close to his family and his dad is his biggest cheerleader.  He is an arrogant ass most of the book because he doesn’t know how to deal with his emotions. Slade places blame on others and has a hard time knowing who he can trust given his celebrity status.  He grows on me toward the end when he pulls his head out of his ass and realizes what is most important in his life.

Strong Female Lead: 💋💋💋.5
Mack has always done what everyone around her has told her to do.  She is an heiress to a billion dollar wine company and has a trust fund with well over 60 million dollars in it.  She also pretty much had an arranged marriage because the man was picked out for her since she was a child. Mack didn’t have a problem with this and thought she loved the guy.  But, he leaves her at the altar and this opens up her emotional “pandora’s box”. She seeks out adventure and a life she wants and not what is expected. Mack kind of acts as a doormat throughout the book and even though I understand the logic she gives, I don’t really like it.  I wish she would have stuck up more for herself or pushed back more. She had her moments but they weren’t enough for me and left me feeling she was a little weak.

Plot: 💋💋💋.5
The plot wasn’t really anything too new.  It was easy to follow and had some unexpected moments but overall, it was pretty predictable.  I liked the growth of both characters but wished it would have happened more toward the middle.  

Steamy Factor: 💋💋
There was some steam but nothing too graphic or made me blush.  Slade is your typical alpha male so that definitely transfers to the bedroom.

Overall: 💋💋💋.5
I thought this was a quick, easy read and I enjoyed it.  Did it have a lot of depth? No. Did it make you feel all the feels?  No. I don’t feel like every book has to be that way. In fact, if they all were like that, I think my emotional bank would be in the negative.  This was a cute book.

Book Summary from author:
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.

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