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Red Card

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,827 ratings  ·  247 reviews
She spent five years planning a future that will never exist. He spent five years trying to erase a past he can’t forget.

London is Leah Watson’s fresh start. When she secures the perfect internship during her study abroad semester, with an infamous celebrity public relations firm, she is determined to forge her own path - one that is nothing like her life back in Oklahom
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published February 14th 2016
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Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars!!


Carrie Aarons is a new author to me, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect, especially since sports romance novels are a hit or a miss to me. Overall, “Red Card” was an entertaining read. It was a great mix of steam, a little bit of angst and drama with two fun, well portrayed characters, enjoyable dialogue (at times) and great engaging writing.

“Red Card” fallows the story of Leah Watson, an American college student who needs and wants to forge her own path, after her jock boyfri
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4-4.5 STARS

Such a fun read! I loved it from the beginning till the end. It's realistic and refreshing with authentic dialogues and lovable characters. The story is funny, fast paced, sexy and at times emotional. Seriously where has this author been and why haven’t I heard of her before now?? I loved the writing and I couldn't stop reading. I read it so fast and was sad to reach the end, I wish I had more.


Leah has a perfect life with her boyfriend. She was ready for everything until he dumps he
S.M. West
4 yadda yadda STARS

This is one hot sexy read. It was a fun, fast and light read with loads of hot smexy times. Leah Watson is an all American girl who’s smart, a beauty and as good as apple pie. She fled the US to heal a broken heart after her jock boyfriend of 5 years ditches her. She realizes that she’s been living her life for a man and now, she needs to chart her own path.

The story starts with her landing in London, England, where she has a PR internship. No sooner has she landed and Le

Title: Red Card
Series: Standalone
Author: Carrie Aarons
Release date: February 14, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
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This author is completely new to me, and I'm so glad I decided to give her book a try. Anyone who reads my reviews regularly knows that I'm obsessed with Sports Romance. So obviously it goes without saying that this book was calling to me. I'll read just about anything in the genre, but throw in the fact that the hero is a hot athlete with a British accent, an
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was better than I thought it'd be, but I still had some complaints. I had big issues with the H pushing the h away at one point and causing a separation. I also had some issues with both of them needing to communicate better. Overall it was enjoyable, but I wouldn't quite give it 4 "liked it" I'm going with 3.5.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Leah and Killian's story. Leah in moving to London to attend college and work an internship at a big P
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2016
Carrie Aarons has done it again! SCORE! Red Card is funny, spicy & intriguing all rolled into one amazing package. Leah Watson life has been turned upside down when her high school sweetheart and top prospect for NHL draft dumps her after years of planning their future together. Now Leah must grab hold of the reins of her own future and an opportunity to study and intern with a top PA company is just what she needs to get her life back on track for herself. Killian Ramsey, British football’s sta ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

"If there was one thing I didn't let go of, it was a challenge."


Leah Watson has had her fill of being the perfect arm candy of superstar jocks. After devastatingly being dumped by her boyfriend of five years and the next uprising star to be picked in the NFL draft, Leah brokenly decided to pick up and start a new life in another country where no one will know her.

That is, until, her new PR job lands her the acc
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This book knocked my socks of in a perfect contemporary kind of way. I am a sucker for a sports romance but not all in this genre are equal, however this is now one of my favourites. It drew me in from page one with characters I could invest in even if the main character, Killan had a serious sprinkling of a**hole. Killan was a walking complication with a simple approach - treat all women the same, expendable and usable. There wasn't much to like about him.....until there was. The more I got und ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first Carrie Aarons book and I can honestly say what got me to one-click was the fact that the hero had an accent. Yep. Sometimes it is just that simple. I needed an accent. It had been a while. So I went in mostly blind with zero expectations and found that I really enjoyed myself.

There were things that kept this from being a five star read were mostly about things that really had nothing to do with the story or the characters. But that all really falls back to something that is so
2.75 stars

First of all...I gotta say I'm impressed the h wore a thong on a flight from OKC to London. I can't imagine anything more uncomfortable than 6-8 hours sitting in a plane with dental floss up my ass. Personally, I'm a sexy, tiny boy short kinda girl. Butt cheeks hanging out the back is much more comfortable than a string separating said butt cheeks.
True story.

Secondly, why set this in Oklahoma if you're just gonna bash it for only having football, rodeos, and hicks? Apparently the auth
Violina The Romance Lover
3 "London" stars

“I’ll give you everything I have. All of me. I’m yours.”

Leah is a girl who is trying to find her path in life again after a painful heartbreak. Her new internship in London is the best opporunity she has in order to find her herself and what she truly wants. But she soon find out that being a PR of the greatest football star in England is not an easy job to do.
Killian is an angry and broody man. After a tragic lost, he become a hollow kind of man. Interest
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Dec 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was enjoying the book. This isn't a review on the book, but on the blatant racist comments which took place at 26%.

As an Arab myself who LIVES in London (South Kensington specifically) I was shocked that this author used the false stereotype of Arab men to depict the supposed 'dangerous' area of Edgware Road (where my current gay Arab homosexual male friend lives and feels extremely safe).

This is the paragraph:

"I drive up Edgeware road, flinching as I see what she's living so close to. Men,
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
So there I was, reading along, enjoying it in a way that I enjoy a novel which entertains without really digging past the surface and then BAM. Feels! Everywhere! In a way that I kinda/sorta saw coming, but still felt like a sucker-punch to the heart once it unfolded.

Oof. This book.

Leah Watson is putting the pieces of her life back together. Now that the future she’s been planning for five years is no longer an option, she heads to London to put physical distance between herself and her past, a
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
4.5 stars!

Aarons scores with RED CARD. I loved the feel of this book. It screamed sex and yet dealt with some serious topics that I wasn't quite expecting. Killian may be a british football star (read: soccer player) but he's also been through the shittiest of shitty experiences that has molded him into an awful asshole.

Kate's not exactly had a world of puppies and sunshine either and she's desperately trying to come into her own. I wanted her to get her backbone just a littttttle bit sooner, b
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Im so glad I went in blind with this book cause the author's writing blew me away! She had a way with her words that made the story feel so damn real. Im definitely picking up her other books. ...more
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a good read! It hooked me since the beginning. This was my first experience with Carrie Aarons and I loved it.

Maybe the story was not entirely new but the writing was so good that I did not care.

A British moody-arrogant football player who fall in love with the cute American in town, the sexual tension and the moments between them were so passionate that I found myself clenching my legs from time to time. Their story also gave the reader emotional and funny times that I enjoyed so much.

Disclosure: I received a copy from the author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any shape or form.

Red Card is definitely a lot sexier from Carrie’s other books. The writing was more developed and I can honestly say that since I began reviewing Carrie’s books I can see her growth as an author and I really love that. Unfortunately, Red Card was lacking something for me. I’m not sure if it was my mood (I’ve been in a blah kind of mood) or if it was a
Cocktails and Books
I absolutely adored this book. I fell in love with the cover on Amazon and decided I would give this KU book a try. Best decision ever.

Killian is an ass, but he's an ass that is emotionally broken and has decided to give everyone the big FU to protect himself. He's a famous English footballer and he can do what he wants. That is, until American PR intern Leah shows up and turns his world upside down.

I loved Leah most of the book. Determined to turn her life around after being dumped by her long
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible. INCREDIBLE. 5 STARS. I could not put it down from start to finish. This book is more than a typical sports romance or taboo book. SO MUCH MORE. I loveeeee Killian. He was such a broken, broken A-hole who met his match and the person he needed to heal him. Absolutely amazing. But the best part of this book was Leah. Her transformation from a broken spirited, meek girl to a badass independent women was astounding and so incredible to see. Lets be honest, I might love her ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think this book just broke a DNF record for me. I have literally 30 notes at 33% in, all negative - poor editing, poor sentence structure, slut-shaming, and poor characterization (just to name a few). I have never hated two characters so instantly and vehemently - Killian and Leah were awful.

I was hoping for a fun sports romance, but I am beyond done with this one.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
A lot of things bugged me about this book yet I didn't hate it. The story had good bones, but the execution wasn't all there. As far as the characters go let's just say I loved that ass**le Killian and I imagine his character isn't too far off the mark for a few real footballers. Leah, well Leah I'm not so sure how I feel about her. The few times she found her backbone I was surprised, but when she really needed it, when Killian would spew venomous accusations at her, her backbone was o
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Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS is what you need to be doing on Valentine's Day! Get yourself a copy and put the rest of the world on hold!

First of all, I'm absolutely fascinated with books that take place across the pond. London is one of the many places I'm dying to visit in my lifetime. I love the dialect, the accents, everything! And being that the author is a Jersey girl like myself, I was impressed by how authentic she made it feel. So this book was an instant win with me for that fact alone. Add in some other fun c
2.5 stars rounded to 3.

This could have been a much better book than it actually was. There wasn't anything new in this book, but parts of it were very poignant and I found myself rooting for the MCs. Then, the proverbial crap hit the fan, the H chickened out, and the h ran away. Cue the emotional roller coaster of regret, self pity and sadness, the ensuing sap fest, and I've lost interest. I'm actually not sure at which point I ceased caring, but it was probably when the h reverted to her old, d
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just spent my whole day hiding with my kindle. No joke. This book is addicting! If you are looking for a book to read, stop reading these reviews and just buy it!

Emotional, angsty, funny and sexy; Red Card holds everything you need in a great read. (Ehem, Bad Boy with redeemable qualities. Hot accent. Foreign Affair. What else do you need?)

After her world comes crashing down, a heartbroken Leah Watson heads off to England to find herself and make a splash in the PR world. There she meets her
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 - 4 stars

Finally a Premiere League football setting and football player hero, well first I've read anyway. Pretty spot on and well done on that. I personally love football so I'm happy with that. Inventive FC name too. Killian was your typical hot shot, cocky bad boy athelete that everyone loves

My only thing was the heroine being girl power to I'll take hold over my life now, no guys to letting Killian do whatever he wants. Granted that's his repertoire, her I wish she would actually have
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars

Red Card was the first time I read a football/soccer story that takes place in Europe and I liked it because it seems so real and you can see that the author has done a lot of research before publishing it.
Good job Carrie Aarons,I really appreciated your hard work!!! This was the first time I've read something written by this author but it won't be the last.
Killian and Leah's chemistry sparks as soon as they met but you can feel the love for each other growing page after page,battle after battl

Nina ~ Valentine PR & Literary Managment
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I loved Red Card! I was totally taken by Killian...he had the perfect mix of cocky, bad boy, and vulnerability....oh and he is a world famous soccer player! Leah was a great heart broke her...she lived her life for her high school sweetheart and then he ended up leaving her...with hopes, dreams and a life that would never be.

Killian and Leah were really perfect for each other and Carrie wrote their journey perfectly! With their pasts being a dark cloud over their heads, when they
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way this book started and the writing style. It lost me a bit in the middle and hooked me again towards the end.

This is the story a an American girl with a broken heart and an English soccer player who is the ultimate diva/bad boy/paparazzi obsession. I spent the whole book imagining Killian as David Beckman.

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Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a

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