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Risky Play

Red Card, Book 1
Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Eric London
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Rachel Van Dyken (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“[S]eductive yet sweet...Van Dyken (the Liars, Inc. series) mixes comic relief with personal growth, making this catchy romance irresistible.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Pam Audio-Fanatic
  • 01-05-2019

I LOVED this Book!

Soo I eye read this book already but I had pre-ordered the audio long before I was lucky enough to get the book early. So I kept it because hello CJ Bloom is a favorite of mine. But also I enjoyed this book so much, I wanted to see if I liked it as much in audio. And you know what I DID!
Erin London does a great job with Slade's voice is how I thought of it in my head.

I think it might be my favorite RVD book yet. It was sweet and romantic, but it was more the characters are amazing. Mackenzie is this strong woman who might be broken a little from her past but she pushes through. She knows her self-worth and isn’t afraid to say so. She gets knocked down and gets right back up. I love this about her. She never loses her sense of humor or her sense of self.

Slade is a heartbreaker in more than one way he really put my heart through the wringer! You could feel his pain it was bleeding through the pages. Even when I wanted to shake him I still had empathy for him.

Matt hahaha Oh Matt is a character for sure haha he and Jagger I swear I want them both to get books because they really gave this story that little extra to make you feel the friendship even if it was more enemies ;).

Mack and Slade have this back and forth that I love in my romance, he pushes she pushes back and when she pulls away he follows it is really interesting to read and root for them. I am in awe of this book and I just want more.

Highly Recommend this book.

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  • Melanie
  • 15-04-2019

This book has it all!

I am actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Once I found out this book had the audio included on Kindle Unlimited, I quickly grabbed it… the fact that it was about a soccer player was just icing on the cake! Mackenzie and Slade meet when they both take a trip to Mexico as a little escape from their lives. In typical romance fashion, they hit it off and spend an amazing day together until real life butts in and tragedy strikes. After they return to their lives in Seattle, they get thrown together again and they try to fight the attraction. Mack tries to hang out with an old friend, Slade gets jealous, her ex causes problems, punches are thrown. Really, this book has drama, comedy, romance and the cutest bulldog with a gas problem!

The narration was great for these characters. I’ve listened to CJ Bloom before and I always enjoy her bringing the characters to life. Eric London was a new narrator for me but I really enjoyed him. His voice for Matt was a little annoying, but since Matt always seemed to be fed up I could completely see him sounding like that!

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  • mcgman
  • 12-04-2019

Rachel weaves a story that traps you in her web!

When an author can effortlessly tell a story that brings you in and keeps you wanting more, that is the definition of talented writer. Rachel has done that in previous books I have read and this story pulled me in from the start and never let go.

The narration was excellent and let me visualize the story as the author intended. I know that the ladies will love Eric but CJ has the inflection down for every emotion!!

No spoilers ever!

I see that Matt has the next story but I am hoping that Jagger will also get his own book! The dynamic development between the characters is excellent and, in my opinion, realistic. We often have an opinion of someone we don't know that changes once we get to know them.

The premise is semi-plausible as two people meet after life changing circumstances occur. There are plenty of people who could not identify a sports star, no matter how many magazines they appear in. This is a story based on mistaken identities, preconceived notions jumping to conclusions.

Slade gets devastating news and does what many people do when they feel like they haven't been the person they should have been, he deflects and blames Mack. She goes back home feeling used and upset with her decisions and her former fiance and works for a subsidiary of her company (even though she is worth millions) to avoid conflict. Of course, she starts to work for Slade and the fireworks begin. Throw in Jagger and her ex, and the story just keeps getting better. There are lots of funny moments (and when listening on Audible while walking around, people will give you strange looks), happy, sad and thought provoking moments mixed throughout this book.

If you only want reality, the non-fiction section might be a better place to look. Rachel tells a story to give you a break from reality and the ridiculous political environment (both parties) we are in and I truly appreciate that. No preaching about political or social issues, just great storytelling.

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  • Tiffany
  • 21-05-2019

Another great story by RVD!

I love how RVD takes you into another world with her words. Her female leads are very confident and strong women. This was one is full of sweet and tender moments mixed with unexpected friendships, and just desserts. Can't wait for Book 2.

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  • Amber
  • 14-05-2019

Partners Jump Together

There may have been a few moments when dialogue or action felt contrived or formulaic, but overall, I loved this book!

There were many laugh-out-loud moments, some amazing quotables, and overall a lot of feel-good in this story. Quite well done!

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  • kgagnon
  • 29-04-2019

Loved the Socialite and the Soccer Stud!

This is a fun, engaging, emotional, and steamy romance with lots of heart! What a great start to the new Red Card series by Rachel Van Dyken. Socialite, Mackenzie Dupont was left at the altar and is now trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She has a night of unbridled passion with a a sexy man she met on vacation. They both connected and talked of more. But he needed to leave suddenly and left them both heartbroken and angry. Now they meet again, when Mack finds out that she is Slade Rodriguez's new assistant. They are both surprised to learn neither were truthful in Mexico. Slade doesn't make it easy on Mack, but she has learned the hard way how to handle entitled men. They both learn quickly that they know nothing about each other and they begin to like what they discover. But someone is playing games with them and they need to trust in what they've begun with each other before it's too late. I really liked Slade and Mack, even tho Slade made e so mad at times. They had more in common than they knew and were perfect for each other. I loved their banter, how they challenged and supported each other, and their explosive chemistry. Narrators CJ Bloom, and Eric London made this romance even sweeter and sexier. They did an amazing job with the witty banter, and bringing this playful, moving, sexy romance to life!
I also loved Slade's teammates and hope to read/listen to more about Matt and Jagger!

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  • Pam R
  • 25-04-2019

OMG!!

OMG!! This book had me hooked from beginning to end and I can't wait to start the next book in this series. Loved Slade and Mack's journey and can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the group. Rachel Van Dyken did an amazing job

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  • Brandi-Lets Read Romance
  • 17-04-2019

I'll take more of Slade

I do love RVD. I haven't met a book of hers I haven't liked. Risky Play is another hit.

I fell in like with Slade as the plane's engines failed. I fell for Mack around the time she stumbled into him after their one night stand.

Lust ensued. Feelings, lust, anger, love, pain, hate, joy, sadness. Jealousy. Betrayal.

Yep. RVD puts it all in a book. And she always manages to do it flawlessly. I can't wait for the next book, although I'm a touch disappointed it isn't Jagger's book.

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  • Judith A Lattin
  • 29-03-2019

I loved this story so much!

This story is one you will truly enjoy. I was hooked at page one. I also listened to the audio as I read along. The narrator's were fantastic. They get 5 stars too...so, so good. 💚💚💚💚💚. Just so you know, there are parts where you'll be laughing out loud so be prepared for a few funny looks if you're in public.

So just a tiny recap for you...
Mackenzie DuPont was dumped at the alter. She decides to go on her honeymoon trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico...alone.
Slade Rodriguez, a European Football star, is taking a short vacation in Puerto Vallarta before he reports to his new team in Seattle. Slade and Mackenzie meet on the plane on their way to Mexico in quite an interesting way. 😂. Of course STUFF HAPPENS, good and bad. Bahahaha. Now go grab a copy and see all the crazy, zany and interesting things for yourself. You're going to Love this whole cast of characters. I'm really looking forward to the next book that's hopefully about one of Slade's buddies.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2019

Fun listen

This one is full of romance, laughter, angst, and a dog will very bad gas! Alton did a number on Mack. She lost her confidence and Slade was just the right person to help her heal, just like she helped him heal. I tried hating Slade for his behaviour towards Mack but I just couldn't, because ppl deal with grief in different ways. Watching the two of them try to figure out their lives, friendship, and relationship was just beautiful. Add in Slade's love / hate relationship with Jagger and his friendship with Matt, I just couldn't put this book down. Risky Play was truly a joy to read. If you're looking for a book to laugh out loud, feel their pain, and their love then I highly recommend Risky Play.