Risky Play (Red Card, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Pages: 288
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher via NetGalley but that did not in any way influence this review!

When Mack and Slade meet it’s explosive.  Seriously, these two broken people, who are in search of a life change, experience the highest highs and the lowest lows…all within hours.  And, when it ends just as suddenly as it began, the reader is left confused and curious.  Will these two come back together and, if so, how?  Well, the author has a unique storyline here and as we see more and more interactions, we discover, just as the characters do, that this relationship was meant to be.  But, before we get there, there’s plenty of great banter, humor, and drama to make the story even more interesting.

I must say that it took me a bit of time to warm up to both Mack and Slade but, once I did, I was rooting for them hard!  The sexy, famous soccer player can be crude and rude but there are reasons for that and he touched my heart as he began to see the error of his ways.  These two definitely had chemistry and I enjoyed both their arguments and their romance.  What I liked the most about this book was the character development.  These two grew throughout the story and ended up being very well rounded and real.

Ms. Van Dyken also gives us some great secondary characters here.  Both Matt and Jagger brought humor and energy to the book and I’m hoping that we’ll get to hear their stories as well.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and think that it’s a great start to this new series.  Looking forward to whatever the author has up her sleeve next!

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