Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken
Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.
Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.
Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Recently, I read Fraternize, which is the first book in the Player's Game duology by Rachel Van Dyken. I loved the book. I've made it a goal of mine this year to marathon series until I have completed them, that way I don't forget anything in between books. I picked up the next book in the series, Infraction, almost as soon as I was done typing my review for Fraternize. I loved it even more than the first book.
Just as an FYI, my review of Infraction will contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Fraternize. There's no real way to talk about the plot of Infraction without spoiling Fraternize, so stop here if you haven't read the first book. All of that being said, I thought that Infraction was a great sequel. I loved the chemistry between Miller and Kinsey. I didn't think it was possible, but I love them even more than I loved Sanchez and Emerson. I think it's because Kinsey is such a snarky female main character. She doesn't take any crap from anyone. She also uses her sarcasm as a coping mechanism to hide her pain, which I can definitely identify with. I think that, among other things, makes her a very relatable character that you can't help but love. I would go into my thoughts on Miller as well, but everyone who has read my review of the first book already knows that I loved his character.
Infraction was definitely a step up from the first book in the series as far as the plot goes as well. If you read my review of Fraternize, you know I had a couple of issues with some plot points. Those were fixed in Infraction. I didn't find this book to be predictable at all. Kinsey's big secret floored me. I had no idea that was what was going to be revealed. I also didn't predict what was revealed about Jax and the woman he ended up being with at the end at all. Even the plot hole that I had an issue with in Fraternize was resolved, which was a relief to me. It was one of the main things that drove me crazy in the first book, so having it resolved made Infraction such a much more enjoyable reading experience.
Rachel Van Dyken's books are always are some of my favorite things to read. Infraction definitely continued that trend in my life. I could easily see this becoming one of my favorite books of the year when I make my list at the end of the year. It really took the characters that I knew and loved from Fraternize, and stepped it up. It also did the same with the plot. My advice is that if you're going to listen to the audiobook, don't do it in public though. I cried like a baby throughout the last fourth of the book because she makes you feel such an emotional connection to the characters, and what they are going through. I can't wait to catch up on more of her books that I've recently missed out on.
I give Infraction: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.