Saturday, 13 July 2019

Review: Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken


So, Mr. One-Night Stand ... We Meet Again.
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RISKY PLAY
by Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 19th, 2019
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]

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.
  


Rachel Van Dyken has never led me astray, so when I learned of the first novel in her brand new series, RED CARD, was going to be hitting shelves I was down to dive right in. Awesome author - check! Trusted swoony romance in store - check! Interesting female heroine and a nerve-wracking dreamboat hero - double check! It's fair to say that Risky Play, the first in Rachel's brand new series, had everything I was craving for in a contemporary romance.

Even one-night stands deserve a second chance.

Mackenzie has always been the good daughter, the one her family could trust to make every right decision, including marrying her child hood friend whom she inexplicably trusted. Sadly, nobody expected to see the groom bail mid-wedding. Fast forward several month's later, Mackenzie's had enough of living by the rules and being "a good girl", and she treats herself to the honeymoon she never had in Mexico. There she meets Slade, a world famous soccer player who's also trying to get away. One thing leads to another and they immediately hit it off. Sadly, they part ways without a word from Slade, but fate has a funny way or reuniting the two again.

First and foremost, I have to say that I loved Risky Play, the first book in Rachel's RED CARD series. I loved the writing, I loved the chemistry, and I loved the swoon-worthy romance. I'll even go as far as to immediately say that Mackenzie was flipping amazing. She was the kind of heroine I enjoy reading, a fierce woman trying desperately to come out of her shell, and become exactly who she wants to be. However, with that said, I had to try extremely hard to even tolerate Slade. Oh boy! He was immediately rough around the edges, intolerably awful to Mackenzie, and just a down-right scum bag. Even so, it completely matched his own personal story and struggles Rachel had him go through, and although difficult to read, it's what led to some epic growth for his overall character. Did it redeem him for me? A little, but I'm the kind of reader that doesn't accept bad behavior from anyone, real or fictional, so Slade , even in the end, just didn't rub me the right way.

Even so, I still loved Risky Play. It was an excellent read with passion, inner struggle, and mind games. I absolutely can't wait to dive into book two, Kickin' It. Expect a review soon!


Rating: 
4 / 5 Cupcakes



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