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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536694796
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: Players Game Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Whether they’re Regency romance or sexy New Adult fiction, Rachel Van Dyken’s novels have appeared on national bestseller lists, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She writes—a lot—but makes sure she takes time to enjoy the finer things in life, like strong coffee, watching The Bachelor, and dreaming up hot new hunks.

Rachel may get way too excited about the little things, but she loves the important things in life, too—like living in Idaho with her husband, son, and two boxers. Follow her writing journey at and

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Fraternize 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
mrsOsusan 3 months ago
I have to say that I loved this book. It wasn’t like anything I had read before and with the volume of books I read, that is really saying something. The love triangle between Emerson, Miller and Sanchez kept me guessing and unable to put the book down. It was so refreshing to see such three dimensional characters evolve throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. #Fraternize #Rachel Van Dyken
Payne_Lover_Reviews More than 1 year ago
So let's see where to start... Emerson (referred to as "Em") was in love with her best friend Miller when they were young kids. They did everything together, and when she wasn't allowed to play football, she became a cheerleader. When Miller left in their senior year of high school, Em kept a big secret from him. Miller ends up being traded to the same NFL team that Em is cheerleading for. They have a really bad past at this point, so he is literally the last person she wants to see again. Then Grant Sanchez comes into the picture. He is on the NFL team as well. He is extremly cocky, and Miller starts fighting with him almost immediately. But Sanchez see's something in Em the furst time he lays eyes on her, she doesn't reciprocate, but he keeps trying. Eventually, Miller and Em reform the bond that they used to share. But at that point Em likes Sanchez too. The question for her is, who will she pick? As time goes on, the choice is obvious to Em who she will pick. “I think...That I've always been yours. I just didn't realize it.” Yes, I know that I made this book sound like a huge cliche, but it isn't. It is such a great, great book, and I enjoyed each and every little part of it. You will too! READ IT!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken is the first book in her brand new Players Game series. Going in this book sounds a little like it might be a love triangle type book, and it is but not in a bad way. I can say that as I usually do NOT enjoy love triangle stories and I adored this one, so... Emerson has made the cheer squad of her dreams. As someone who isn't a tiny stick woman and has beautiful curves, it's a dream come true and a nightmare all rolled into one. Add in the fact that her ex is the new player on the team they're cheering for and this new job just went to a whole different level of awkward. Grant Sanchez cannot stop flirting with the new cheerleader. She's curvy, beautiful and completely off limits. But he isn't one to worry about that rule. The no-fraternization policy only ever affects the cheerleader and only if the players play poorly. Realizing she is the ex of the new guy makes things a little more delicate. Miller Quinton just got traded. The team he got traded to is a great team, but the fact his ex is a cheerleader there puts an awkward twist on things. They never cleared the air between them and the animosity of them basically acting like they never knew each other is making life difficult. Add in that his teammate, Grant, is after Emerson and Miller isn't sure he's over her... Loved this. The relationship dueling roller coaster was handled with supreme care to the characters and story line. Enjoy!
Old_Daves_Romance_Revue More than 1 year ago
Love triangles aren't a new thing. Often there's a choice that's clear to the reader but isn't clear to the character in the middle of it all. Other times, the choice is not so clear and often readers are divided over who would they think would be the better choice. With Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken, a story in which Emerson, who has finally achieved her long time dream of becoming a professional cheerleader is pursued by two gorgeous, hunky Football players that, according to team policy she's not allowed to fraternize with. Filled with the wit and humor and no small amount of angst that I've come to expect from Rachel, what really surprised me about this book is that, right up to the very end, not only did I have no idea who Emerson would choose, but I honestly had no idea who I wanted her to choose. Miller, Emerson's first love, the one who broke her heart years before is transferred against his wishes back to his hometown forcing an extremely uncomfortable reunion since each blames the other for the breakdown of their relationship, and Sanchez genuinely wants to be friends with both of them, even while attempting to steal the heart of Miller's first love. Talk about a recipie for awkward, and that too is one of the things RVD does best. A fantastic fun read that had me guessing right to the very end, and sets things up nicely for the promised sequel wherin the losing party will (hopefully) get what's coming to them.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
So I had this book in my library and hadn't gotten to it yet, but I have the ARC for Infraction and I didn't want to start that book without reading this one, and I am glad I normally root for the one she had a past with, if they were lost loves, and think the story is going that way, but I chose Grant. As you read the story you can't help but want him, one of my favorite line was " “But I want to be good enough for her. It wasn’t even about sex. I mean at first it was, but now? Now, I just . . . I don’t know, man. I think I’d die a happy man if she’d just hold my hand.”, how can't you not want him,
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Becoming a professional cheerleader, like her mom, has always been Emerson Rodner’s dream. Her size had never been a problem for her, but it was for some people, and in spite of being a big girl, Emerson soldiered on. Emerson had never gotten forgotten her high school best friend Miller Quinton, even after he broke her heart when he left town to play football and never looked back. Six years later, Emerson has finally realised her dream and she is one on the Bellevue Bucks’ cheerleading squad. Notorious player Grant Sanchez has been giving Emerson the once-over many, many times, and he has even propositioned her several times, which Emerson takes all in stride; Sanchez just can’t help himself. Sanchez is just not Miller. Besides players and cheerleaders are officially forbidden to FRATERNIZE, although unofficially is another story. Anyway, Miller Quinton has just been traded to the Bucks… With FRATERNIZE, Rachel Van Dyken proves again that she is one of the most daring writers around with her unconventional heroes and heroines, unique plot twists, splendid character development, and outstanding dialogues. In fact, FRATERNIZE has some of the most brilliant dialogues ever written. Ms. Van Dyken’s characters are so convincing that even I could not resist Sanchez, bombast and swagger included. Emerson is a female character every one of us should aspire to become, and Miller is simply such a darling man, even with all his imperfections. Ms. Van Dyken knows her football and everything connected to the sport felt absolutely authentic, right down to the hazards pro athletes face on and off the field. I hope to see Jax’s story soon, he is ever so perplexing, and his book is going to be epic! Players Game is going to be one awesome series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
LaurieBeemer More than 1 year ago
10 stars!! This book was so amazing and sexy. I loved it so much that I had to read it again before writing this review, because I was not going to be able to read it again until it comes out in September. This book was added to my reread again book list and I cannot wait to read about Grant, Emerson, Miller, and Kinsey. The connection between them and the way the author developed the love triangle was nothing short of brilliant. I love reading romance love triangles and this one did not disappoint. Thank you NetGalley and Rachel Van Dyken for allowing me to read this book and write an honest review.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
I’m just giddy with all kinds of wonderfulness after reading this awesome book! I normally shy away from love triangles because, hello, love triangle. I like to have a clear definition of who my characters are going to end up with and it’s just all kinds of angsty when I don’t know. I NEVER go to the end of the book to see how it ends. However, it didn’t take me long to start texting my friend about the deep desperate drive I was fighting to do just that. She’s already read it and I needed to know it was okay to go ahead and have a peek. She refused to give me permission! (She used to be such a great friend.) I somehow managed to not skip ahead and oh man, I was so glad I didn’t cheat. I absolutely loved the way this story formed and took shape. I found myself so entrenched in these characters I honestly didn’t know who I wanted Emerson to end up with. Both Miller and Grant were perfectly imperfect in their own unique ways. That’s when I started to really sweat though. Because if I loved them both, that meant one of them was going to lose the girl. Someone was going to get hurt and I didn’t want that to happen. See, love triangle dang it! Much to my amazement, this author managed to work these characters into a position that Emerson’s decision was the only one that made any sense at all. And the man that didn’t get the woman? He ended up in a place where he was okay with it and I believed it. That my friends is pure talent. Overall, this was an exceptional read filled with lots of great banter, humor that didn’t quite cross over into immaturity, a fabulous cast of characters of which I can’t wait to read more about, and some of the deepest feels I’ve experienced in quite some time. There is nothing like reading a book and laughing out loud only to find yourself choking back tears a few pages later. That is what this story did to me. I loved every minute of it. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my honest review *Multi POV *Safe – Let me just say that Emerson does not play these two against each other. Nor is she physical with them one after the other. I felt this book was completely safe. *Possible trigger
FantasyRaider More than 1 year ago
Rachel van Dyken proves her writers genius with every new book he publishes. She is a really productive author and I love her style and stories. I think it’s amazing how after so many books she can still surprise me. I flew into this story with such enthusiasm but still I started to doubt that I’m going to like it based on the first couple of chapters. Why? Well, because for one I’m not a fan of either love triangles and either second chance romances and in the beginning it really seemed like the plot is heading into the direction of the horrible combination of these. Also just after reading the firs chapters my mind started to create a certain predetermined route for the storyline to go based on my experience with similar books. But my bad because this story is freaking amazing, full of surprises and littered with some brilliant solutions which make it unpredictable. I LOVED IT. It’s funny, emotional and engaging. What else would you need? The characters are also so marvelous, especially the boys. I liked Emerson too but I had a couple of problems with her as well. First of all she stresses how much she loves her body the way it is yet every turn she presents such self conscious tendencies and she obsesses over what other thinks about her. This clashed for me. Also in the beginning I was pissed about how she handled herself with Miller and Sanchez. But other than that she is a funny and kind character with tremendous strength. I loved both of the guys so I couldn’t choose if my life depended on it. But what I especially liked about them is the amazing friendship they created, the teasing and the deep understanding that was present between them. They are both similar in ways; both of them are protective, attentive, talented and funny. But Miller is a bit more reserved and Sanchez despite his mischievous front has a lonely and broken side to him too. In the beginning I was rooting for the other guy and not the one Emerson ended with but as the story progressed I started to change sides and in the end I was greatly satisfied with Emerson choice. The door opened. “Shit, she’s not going to make it.” Miller’s voice sounded, and then he was yelling at Sanchez, “Distract them!” “Don’t come in!” Sanchez did a small circle. “I……, I’m naked?” “Dude, they see you naked all the time! Think of something better!” “I’m trying! It’s a lot of pressure!” So yes, I loved every moment of this book. It’s ups and down, twists and turns. Even when you would expect that things smoothed out and are on the right track something surprising happens that shakes up the events. It was an exciting experience. I think it’s phenomenal how the author created a greatly enjoyable and exciting love story without overdramatizing everything. I highly recommend this splendid story to everybody and anybody. It’s a quick, entertaining and emotional read what you wouldn’t want put down. I can’t wait for the next story!!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Wow! That was completely unexpected. I've read a few of Rachel Van Dykens romcoms and loved them so I jumped at the chance to read this newest from her. What I wasn't expecting was how emotional this book was going to be. It was very funny and I had a lot of laugh out loud moments, but I also cried in a couple of scenes. This had a great balance of humor and seriousness. Im not a fan of love triangles and the only reason I gave this a shot was because of the author. As you can see by my 5 Star rating, I loved it! It's not what I was expecting of a love triangle. I actually felt everyone was where they should be at the end. I didn't feel sorry for the one that didn't get chosen. It's not to say I wasn't conflicted, because I loved all the characters! There was no bad guy in this story. Well, except for a teammate that stirred a bit of trouble for them, but the author closed this up very nicely. I hope this doesn't spoil anything but I feel like I have to mention that the author shocked me with who Emerson ends up with. I thought I knew where this story was going and then it dawned on me at one particular moment in the book that I was wrong. I had to stop reading and think back to the all the previous moments and see it with new eyes. I kind of love that! It was pretty brilliant and the reason why this went from 4 to 5 stars. When I said the author wrapped this up nicely? That's the reason I wasn't sad about who lost out. We got to see him open his eyes and see someone else which I assume was the teaser for the new next book. I'm so invested in these people that I can't wait! ARC provided by NetGalley.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
5 stars is not a high enough rating to do this book justice. It was pure perfection and I absolutely loved it. The characters were amazing. This book made me feel as if I was a cheerleader cheering on the sidelines. Cheering for each character, the team as a whole and their relationships. I had so many laugh out loud moments and smiled so much while reading that my face actually hurt. I finished this book in one sitting and I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a good sports romance. This book will not disappoint. This is one of those books where no review will ever do it the justice it deserves, because its that amazing. It's sweet, funny, sexy, corny, unpredictable and simply perfect. There is no doubt that when the next book in this series comes out it will be my top purchase. I can't wait to see what happens next.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Fraternize is book one in a brand new series, Players Game, by Rachel Van Dyken. When I decided to read this book, first, it was because I love this author. So that alone assured that I would enjoy the book. But I wasn’t prepared for how this book made me feel. It is a love triangle so you need to know that right up front. But not your usual love triangle. This is a woman that just achieved her life long dream. But as soon as she got there, she was faced with both someone from her past re-entering her life, and someone new coming into her life. She is faced with choosing between her past and her present. Between an old love or a new love. Emerson Rodner is not your typical skinny girl. She has curves. Her lifelong dream was to be an NFL Cheerleader. She has tried out before but never made it. But this year was the one. She was accepted into the cheerleading squad of the Bellevue Bucks. Their manual pretty much rules their life. Diet restrictions, surprise weigh ins, and most importantly, no fraternizing with the football players. It’s her first day of practice and Emerson meets Grant Sanchez, one of the captains of the team. Grant is gorgeous and is known for his playboy ways. Grant has set his sights on Emerson. He slowly wears her down. And to her surprise, he is not the man she thought he was at all. He is sweet, considerate, kind, and boy does this man had the ability to sweet talk. I heard myself sigh out loud while I was reading this. This man made me swoon, made my heart miss a few beats. He was adorable. But with all these things going on in Emerson’s life, she is forced to face someone from her past at the same time. Miller Quinton was her childhood best friend. And in their last year together, he became her first love. She gave him her virginity. But then his dad moved them away and all connections were broken. She blames Miller but Miller thinks it’s her fault. Neither of them really know the truth, what caused them to lose contact. Miller was the love of her life and the source of her greatest pain. One look at him and she knows she still loves him. But he is her past. Could he be a part of her future? Or was there too much history? “No matter how damaged your heart may be, it never loses its ability to choose again, to try again, to want love even after loss. How could something so wrong feel so right?” I think I lived this book right along with Emerson! I was completely emotionally invested. And I completely ended up feeling exactly the opposite as I thought I would. Both of these men loved Emerson. Both wanted nothing but her happiness for her. One of them would have to make the sacrifice. Would have to decide that they weren’t the right man for her. That she would be better off with the other one. What I also loved about this book was that it showed the closeness of the football players, the brotherhood. How they had each other’s backs. What they would do for each other. Was there a bad seed in the group? Yes. But aside from him, these men couldn’t be any closer. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for each other. And it showed in their games, in their abilities as a team. “I was still afraid, afraid that this was a dream, that this feeling - this thing we had between us - wasn’t real. And I needed it so badly to be real. For something this good to stay this good.” My rating for this book started out as a four. Then it quickly went to a five.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Van Dyken creates heroines that are an inspiration. Her stories may be a bit risque, but the messages are rooted in positivity. Fraternize is a sexy spin on self love. You don't have be a size zero to go after what you want. Emerson is making her mark by living her own truth and working what she was born with. A couple of sexy guys and a chance in the spotlight are just an added bonus. Lessons to learn and characters to enjoy make Rachel Van Dyken a MUST read author.