Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Fraternize Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

Today I'm pleased to be the next stop on Rachel Van Dyken's Fraternize blog tour. All throughout the tour we've been sharing reviews, excerpts, and playlists, and today I'm proud to be also sharing my glowing review and the second part to the chapter nine excerpt!


by Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape through Thomas Allen & Son
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.


I absolutely adore swoon-worthy books, and Rachel Van Dyken's Fraternize is most definitely a swoon-worthy title! As the first in her brand new Players Game series, Rachel sets the bar high with the wonderfully relatable Emerson, who not only was instantly identifiable in snark and personality, but whom was also completely lovable beyond words. The title was actually recommended to me by Ambur of Thomas Allen & Son, and with such promising praise, and a promise of plenty of sexiness, I knew it was a must read!

What more could I say about Fraternize, besides the fact that it was one of the most perfect romances I've read in the longest time? It was a breeze to read and felt like a strong and heartfelt tale right from the get-go. Fraternize's lead, the wonderful Miss Emerson, was a God-send. She was real not just in appearance but in temper and humor, and I couldn't help but love her over dramatization over the simplest of things. Besides completely falling for Emerson, I also truly enjoyed the introduction of Miller and Grant, Emerson's love interests in Fraternize. I can't say I've had good experience with novels that have a focus on a love triangle, however I felt it was very well done by Rachel Van Dyken. It wasn't the center of Emerson's story, in fact there were other things that were a lot more important to Fraternize's development than the love triangle, however I did feel like it was an added delicious bonus that made me swoon on more than one occasion. Speaking of love triangles, both Grant and Miller were phenomenal male leads. And although I adored Grant far more than Miller (sorry, not sorry?), I found both men to be well written and complex characters who not only challenged Emerson in completely different ways, but were also a wonder to read.

All in all, Fraternize was perfect. I don't throw the word "perfect" around when it comes to books, in fact I can often find several things wrong with a title despite awarding it a 4 or 5 out of 5 rating, however Fraternize left me with no disappointments, questions, or even hopeful wishes. It was a wholesomely satisfying and sexy read, and I'm completely sold on Rachel Van Dyken's Player's Game series. I expect only wonderful things from Rachel and cannot wait to dive into Infraction, which is expected to hit book shelves early next year.

5 / 5 Cupcakes


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!


Haven’t read part 1 of the chapter nine excerpt yet?
Check out yesterday’s post to find out how this flashback fits in!


Emerson POV continued.

“Why are you here?”
“Forgot my cell.” He grinned wider. “How was the first day, Curves?”
“Frigid,” I answered in a bored tone.
“Doubtful.” He dipped a finger in the water, flicked some in my face, then gripped either side of the tub. His large body loomed over me, casting a near shadow in the dark. “Even the word sounds awkward coming from your mouth.”
“You’re in my space.”
“I’m big. I’m in everyone’s space.”
“You’re not making the next few minutes easy. I can’t exactly escape. Is this how you trap all your friends?”
“Only the ones I really like.” He winked, leaned back and pulled out a chair, then propped his feet up on the rim of the tub. “Tell me you’re naked under all that ice.”
“Sorry to disappoint.” My teeth chattered again as I rested my head back and cursed. “How many more minutes?”
Sanchez whistled, his green eyes flashing to the timer. “Four.”
“It’s only been six minutes!” I didn’t mean to yell.
He burst out laughing. “Let me help you take your mind of things.”
“Wow, you screamed my name, and it’s only our first date.”
“We aren’t dating!” I was yelling at the best receiver in the league, a gorgeous celebrity. He was talking about distracting me, and I was yelling. Maybe because my heart didn’t flop.
It didn’t flip.
Nothing moved.
No butterflies.
Just awareness that he was hot.
And I was freezing my ass off.
“Three minutes.” He knelt by my head. His hands cupped either side of my face like he was inspecting me. “What do you say, Curves?”
“To what?” My icy tomb was starting to numb my brain because I seriously had no idea what he was talking about.
“To warming you up a bit,” he said before silencing my protests with a searing kiss that did wonders for my current state of mind.
I kissed him back.
Because his kiss was the type you had no choice but to respond to, it didn’t ask permission, it made you curious, and it promised to give you answers if you kissed back.
So I did.

Our tongues met with a frenzy of heat that I was seriously not prepared for, and when his hand slid behind my neck, pulling me closer, I went with it.


Tourwide Giveaway: 

The winner will receive 1 copy of Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken.

Giveaway details:
  • Canada only (full rules found in the T&C on Rafflecopter)
  • Giveaway ends on September 28th at 11:59 am EST
  • Winner will be drawn randomly through Rafflecopter, contacted via email & will have 48 hours to claim their prize

Next Tour Stop:
Sept. 21 -Brains, Books & Brawn | Playlist
Sept. 22 Padfoots Library | Guest Post

Past Stops:
Sept. 11Burning Impossibly Bright | Player Card #1: Miller Quinton 
Sept. 12Between the Spine | Excerpt: Prologue
Sept. 13Bookish Wanderlove | Instagram: Pattycakess20 | Teasers
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. 19This is the Story of My (Reading) Life | Excerpt: Chapter Nine, Part 1/2

This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accept in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

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