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Fraternize (Players Game #1)

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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 m ...more
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Published September 12th 2017 by Skyscape
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    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    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-enteri
    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Gianluca & Archer
    *****3.75 STARS*****
    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    Body trembling, I tried to tell my heart to stop beating so loud. But it was too excited. Racing towards him. Toward someone who I’d always seen as the wrong guy. Who quite possibly could end up being the right one. Because 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.

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    FRATERNIZE is the story of Emerson Rodner, a young woman who time and again has suffered gre
    Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    3.5 stars
    ➦Rachel Van Dyken delivers an entertaining and sexy sports romance with hot football players and cheerleaders for characters. What I loved the most about this book was the new adult feels of it. It's been a while since I've read a good new adult novel. An while this would probably classify as a contemporary read, the fact that all these characters were so young gave me new adult vibes.

    ➦This book is about professional football and covers a lot of interesting points, such as how gruesome
    Jennifer Kyle
    Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 … Hell 5 ‘CURVES’ STARS

    "The dream we’d had so many years ago had happened – just not the way we’d planned.”


    Fans of football and childhood, love triangle-ish, romances with humor done just right, shouldn’t pass this book up. To top off all the aforementioned the heroine Emerson is a curvy professional cheerleader!


    Emerson and her first love Miller had the same dream as teenagers to play and cheer for the Bucks. Their dream has become a reality too bad they haven’t seen one another in six ye
    ⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
    3.5 "Cheer Loud, Cheergirl" Stars

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    Miller and Emerson were best friends in high school, he was the star of the football team and she was the chubby cheerleader. They bonded over being picked on, Miller was picked on by white boys for being dark skinned and from black boys for having light skin. While Emerson's weight was always the brunt of peoples jokes.

    Emerson and Miller had fallen in love by the end of high school but things happen that see Miller leave town. Then a series of unfortunate circu
    Amazon US * Amazon UK

    Rachel Van Dyken is a go to author for me so even when she writes a book featuring a love triangle I am right there with grabby hands. I usually try and stay away from love triangles but this is RVD we're talking about so I just couldn't pass on this one, especially after I read an excerpt from the story that about killed me. And now I get to figure out how I'm going to write this review telling you how much I loved it but without spoiling anything.

    I was day dreamin
    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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    I decided to read Fraternize after a certain someone’s name kept popping up all over creation due to him being an excellent human being and after watching sitting in the same room during Sunday Funday when this happened . . . .

    I can’t imagine the person who would still not know this – but in case you need written confirmation, YES I am 100% disgusting and was totally able to take something wonderful that happened during a tragedy to
    Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2017, arc
    *Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

    Emerson and Miller used to be best friends. But when Miller moved away at the beginning of their senior year, the two stopped talking to each other. They both think the other one is responsible for their loss of contact and so they don’t see each other until their ways coincidentally cross again six years later. Now Emerson is a cheerleader for the Bellevue Bucks, a successful footbal
    Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
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    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 kn ...more
    I had the collegiate experience. The voice. The skills. But I was lacking one thing. The ability to squeeze my body into a size two, four, six, eight. Who do we appreciate? Food, damn it!

    FRATERNIZE is a lot of things. It's a sports romance, a love triangle, a second chance romance, a best-friends-to-lovers romance, a slowburn, and a story featuring diverse characters and a plus sized woman. Like I said, it's a lot of things. It's also my first read by Van Dyken and it definitely won't be my last
    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


    Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken is a charming love triangle-ish story. You must be wondering how could I say a love triangle is charming... well it’s partly because there is a very obvious choice as to who should win the heart of the heroine. And also due in part that RVD doesn’t make it so angsty.

    Emerson Rodner finally landed her dream job as the newest member of the cheer squad for the NFL team, Bellevue Bucks. While Emerson is a bit se
    aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog

    Wow! Ever since I started reading Rachel Van Dyken's books, it's only this time I had the hardest time writing a review. Fraternize is a book that gave me conflicting emotions yet took me to an enjoyable ride of friendship, fun, laughter and love.

    Love triangle tropes are my kind of books no matter how torturous it is. Add up some good sports romance and I'll be in heaven for real. I just love the feeling of reading something that will not just captivate me but will make me feel the heroi
    Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Signed paperback of one of Christine's FAVES this year! #Fraternize Enter on the blog!

    4-4.5 STARS!
    OMG I devoured this book in ONE DAY despite me trying to read slow, I just couldn't stop turning the pages. This book was so addicting, just so damn good that I didn't want it to end.
    Emerson and Miller were best friends growing up—until the day that Miller moved away and they severed ties never to speak again.
    Fast forward years later and they are both living t
    Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.

    5 stars

    I went into this expecting the writing to be good, due to the author, but a little worried it'd be a cliche. Thank goodness I was wrong!

    Embry is a full figured girl who is a cheerleader. However, other than worrying over her weight when it was natural (like a weigh in), she's very secure in who she is. That alone was a breath of fresh air. She's confident and fun with a good heart. There was the worry of getting on the
    Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    Fraternize was a hilarious, charming, sexy, and fun contemporary romance. The author's writing felt so genuine and real that it was really easy for me to get sucked into the world she created. I genuinely laughed out loud numerous times and I swooned too many times to count while reading Fraternize.

    There were so many lovable and memorable characters in this book. I loved how the author created so many unique characters. There were side characters that were prominent throughout the entire story
    Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 4-stars
    Emerson Rodner has been working towards achieving her goal of becoming a professional NFL cheerleader and is finally getting her chance. She is not a typical tiny cheerleader in that she is tall, plus-sized and curvy, though she is strong, motivated, and sassy. Like most NFL teams there is a strict fraternization rule with the players, but she is not really worried about that initially.

    But she catches the eye of the Grant Sanchez, the team captain and rumored to be a ladies' man. He is flirty, s
    1-Click Addict Support Group
    Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
    3.5 "Cheer Loud, Cheergirl" Stars

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    Miller and Emerson were best friends in high school, he was the star of the football team and she was the chubby cheerleader. They bonded over being picked on, Miller was picked on by white boys for being dark skinned and from black boys for having light skin. While Emerson's weight was always the brunt of peoples jokes.

    Emerson and Miller had fallen in love by the end of high school but things happen that see Miller leave town. Then a series of unfortunate circu
    Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

    I have such mixed feelings right now. I am so freaken confused so I'm just going to babble my thoughts and hope that some sense can be made.

    Emerson and Miller were best friends from childhood: they grew up together, had a deep friendship and a strong love for each other. Due to circumstance, Miller has to move away with his father and the friendship, love, connection is severed rather cruelly if you ask me. When he returns a few years later, it's to realize his ch
    Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I got an ARC of this book for an honest review.
    So freaking good, I don't normally read sports books but being as this is Rachel Van Dyken i knew she would rock it and she totally did, From the very first page i knew i was going to love this book, Even with the ups and downs they go through Rachel has such an awesome way with words, This is a lot hotter than others books she's released but so good.
    Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    3.5 no fraternizing stars!

    For a plus-size, Emerson yearned to achieve her dreams of becoming an NFL cheerleader, even more so after she had a fallout with her best friend in high school whom she lost her virginity to. Heartbroken and alone, she had never been more goal-driven in her life, especially with the things happening at home. What she did not expect was to be caught up in Grant Sanchez's world. He was funny, incredibly flirty and determined to make her his - not to mention he was the bes
    Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Emerson is finally seeing her dreams come true: cheering for professional football. She has a whole rule book to follow that make her question her dream, especially as she is not the traditional professional cheerleader body type -- she’s got curves. Most of the rules aren’t too bad, but the fraternization rule quickly becomes a challenge when she meets Grant Sanchez, one of the team captains. And shortly thereafter runs into someone from her past she thought she’d never see again: her ex best f ...more
    Romance Readers Retreat
    Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    *Before you go diving in and one clicking this, please note it's a kind of love triangle so stay away if your opposed to that kinda stuff.

    Emerson reaches her dream of being a professional cheerleader for the Bucks and it wasn't easy. You see Emerson is all curves and not the typical size 4 stereotype that a cheerleader would be. Reasons being she suits her curves, has them in all the right places, she rocks at cheer leading and as long as she keeps working hard and keeps her weight stable then i
    Richelle Robinson
    Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

    I must say I love the fact that Emerson is not a size 0. I also love that Miller is biracial. It's very nice to see so much diversity in a book nowadays so I applaud the author tremendously. So on to my feelings about the book itself. I enjoyed the book and the trope that was set up. Sadly, the guy that I wanted didn't get picked and I was upset. I felt that Emerson had way more chemistry with this guy and I felt their connection. You could feel the tension between them and I loved every minute
    Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
    I thought it was great and I was invested in the characters. Cant wait to read book 2
    Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: september-2017
    MY RATING: 2/5 

    I was provided an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. 

    This is my first Rachel Van Dyken novel and after seeing her works on multiple sources of social media platforms, I was more than excited to have a chance to review her works. First of all, look at how gorgeous this cover is. It screams romantic comedy and exactly what I was looking forward to curling up in bed for. While, this book intended to invoke this sort of emotion within me, I must say, I was pretty d
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    Pamela Lilley
    Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I've never been so confused with my feelings over a book, without spoilers I can't explain very well, but basically I had no clue which way I wanted this book to go, I changed my mind so many times. I loved Emerson, I disliked Emerson, I hated Sanchez, I liked Sanchez. One thing was certain, I loved Miller, all the time, but I still felt he made some stupid mistakes throughout. I loved that Emerson owned her size (even though I'm certain she was still below average), the fact that she had a figu ...more
    J.E. Benoit
    Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict ( A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    4.5 Stars

    What was happening?
    What was I doing?
    This wasn’t how the story was supposed to go.

    I remember several months ago when Rachel Van Dyken was sharing some early chapters in her Facebook reader group as sort of a group beta read, I read those chapters and was instantly hooked. I couldn’t wait to read the complete story and the time has finally c
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