Reviews of Books by Rachel Van Dyken

Mar. 19, 2019

Risky Play (Red Card Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken made me fall in love with reading again in this sweet and sexy story!

Synopsis:

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.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel made me fall in love with reading again in this sweet and sexy story! Slade and Mackenzie start off their chance encounter with a lie, but it is hot until it’s not and then all hell breaks loose. I swooned, smiled, yelled and got all turned on and worked up while reading this book. Things aren’t always what they seem and trust can make or break it all.

You will be rooting for this amazing couple. Rachel, you made me realize that some risky plays are totally worth it. I could read this book over and over again.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Y6VF1m

Amazon Worldwide: https://geni.us/RiskyPlay

*Available for free with Kindle Unlimited*

 

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Mar. 12, 2019

All Stars Fall: A Seaside Pictures/Big Sky Novella (Kristen Proby Crossover Collection Book 6) by Rachel Van Dyken is a story that made my heart explode with happiness!

 

Synopsis:

๐—œ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ธ๐˜†—๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜†'๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ.

 She left.

Two words I can't really get out of my head.

She left us.

Three more words that make it that much worse.

Three being another word I can't seem to wrap my mind around.

Three kids under the age of six, and she left because she missed it. Because her dream had never been to have a family, no her dream had been to marry a rockstar and live the high life.

Moving my recording studio to Seaside Oregon seems like the best idea in the world right now especially since Seaside Oregon has turned into the place for celebrities to stay and raise families in between touring and producing. It would be lucrative to make the move, but I'm doing it for my kids because they need normal, they deserve normal. And me? Well, I just need a break and help, that too. I need a sitter and fast. Someone who won't flip me off when I ask them to sign an Iron Clad NDA, someone who won't sell our pictures to the press, and most of all? Someone who looks absolutely nothing like my ex-wife.

 He's tall.

That was my first instinct when I saw the notorious Trevor Wood, drummer for the rock band Adrenaline, in the local coffee shop. He ordered a tall black coffee which made me smirk, and five minutes later I somehow agreed to interview for a nanny position. I couldn't help it; the smaller one had gum stuck in her hair while the eldest was standing on his feet and asking where babies came from. He looked so pathetic, so damn sexy and pathetic that rather than be star-struck, I took pity. I knew though; I knew the minute I signed that NDA, the minute our fingers brushed and my body became insanely aware of how close he was—I was in dangerous territory, I just didn't know how dangerous until it was too late. Until I fell for the star and realized that no matter how high they are in the sky—they're still human and fall just as hard.

 *You dont have to read Seaside Pictures to read this. Can be read as a standalone.*

 

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel tugged at my heart strings so hard while I read this story. I fell in love with Trevor over and over again. I love single dads and he is a hot rocker so that’s a definite bonus! I want to borrow his daughter Bella....she makes me smile. I would love to be the hot nanny that gets to marry her dad and love her like my own for the rest of my life. My heart aches for these kids and I might have hoped their mom suffered for the rest of her life for abandoning her children since money, travel and fun were more important. Penny may be the nanny but she is so much more than that. She is special and sweet and has such a soft spot for these kids, you would think she gave birth to them herself. Trevor and Penny are kindred spirits and I swooned over them so hard. You must read this book to find out about shooting stars, stranger danger and love songs alone. Rachel Van Dyken, you made my heart explode with happiness and I wish I could read this book for the first time again. All stars fall so lost souls can find their way to each other by guiding light and Rachel made that happen brilliantly in this book!

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2EHs1EK

Amazon Universal: mybook.to/AllStarsFall

iBook: https://apple.co/2JH4nfl

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GooglePlay: https://goo.gl/w74Ni2

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Jan. 29, 2019

MVP by Rachel Van Dyken is a story worth every single painful second as much as every single healing one!

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes a story about losing everything only to find it again...

I was the golden boy.

America's Quarterback.

I was everything to everyone. Always available. Solid.

I can remember how something felt wrong that day.

And I haven't been able to get that feeling to go away.

Not when I buried my child.

Not when my fiancé looked at me like I'd been the reason for it all.

Not when I look in the mirror and scream at the top of my lungs.

Football kept me sane.

But I've lost everything.

And then I got a phone call.

She was in an accident.

She remembered nothing.

A gentleman wouldn't fight for her, wouldn't remind her of the pain.

So, I let her go.

I let her live her happily ever after and I took all the darkness,

all the pain, all the anger.

Only, the universe had a sick sense of humor.

She bumped into me.

She pursued me.

The beautiful woman I used to call mine.

She said she wanted to make me smile.

She didn't know she's the reason I stopped.

Ceej’s Review:

MVP is yet another book that Rachel Van Dyken has written that has hit a little too close to home for me.  It started in her newsletter, and admittedly, it took me a few weeks for me to start reading it though I normally gobble up her work as soon as it’s available in whatever format I can get it.  As soon as I knew what MVP was about, I wanted to avoid it.  There’s so much pain inside it, the kind that festers if not released.  But it's a very real view into what the death of a child does to a family.  What it does to a person.  It's hard to explain to those who haven't experienced it, and it did not surprise me that Rachel was able to do so. 

My heart broke for Jax and Harley.  I couldn’t read this book without crying, even cried at the end.  But those were tears of joy and healing.

I couldn’t blame Jax for his actions as I would have done the same if I were in his place.  I’d have done everything I could to protect Harley.  And on the other hand, I couldn’t blame Harley for being angry at Jax for keeping things from me if I were in her place.  I’d have wanted to know, no matter how devastating.  They were in impossible positions in the worst places to be, in my opinion.

Rachel, thank you for the beautiful HEA.  My heart needed that.  Not all of us get that HEA, but to be able to feel even a fraction of it, I am grateful.  I loved MVP, every single painful second as much as every single healing one.

Buy Links:

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Jan. 29, 2019

MVP by Rachel Van Dyken is a story where even in heartbreak, a HEA can occur, and I needed it for them as much as myself!

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes a story about losing everything only to find it again...

I was the golden boy.

America's Quarterback.

I was everything to everyone. Always available. Solid.

I can remember how something felt wrong that day.

And I haven't been able to get that feeling to go away.

Not when I buried my child.

Not when my fiancé looked at me like I'd been the reason for it all.

Not when I look in the mirror and scream at the top of my lungs.

Football kept me sane.

But I've lost everything.

And then I got a phone call.

She was in an accident.

She remembered nothing.

A gentleman wouldn't fight for her, wouldn't remind her of the pain.

So, I let her go.

I let her live her happily ever after and I took all the darkness,

all the pain, all the anger.

Only, the universe had a sick sense of humor.

She bumped into me.

She pursued me.

The beautiful woman I used to call mine.

She said she wanted to make me smile.

She didn't know she's the reason I stopped.

Tracey’s Review:

MVP started out in Rachel’s newsletter and I’m so excited that everyone can now read it, so they don’t miss out. Jax and Harley’s story broke my heart as I was reading it, but I love them so much because they have such an emotional pull to each other. I love the laugh out loud moments and I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. Harley is my kind of girl because I love that she doesn’t give a sh$$ what other people think of her. I think she is the perfect mix of sassy, stubborn and loving. I don’t usually fall in love with football players in books, but I couldn’t help it with Jax because his loyal and protective side screams at my heart that any girl would be lucky to be his forever. Harley is not intimidated by his larger than life self and I appreciate that so much! Even in heartbreak an HEA can occur and I needed it for them as much as myself. Jax makes my heart soar and I could totally be his MVP for life!

Buy Links:

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2FVGr9p

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Kindle AU: https://amzn.to/2FUTmsf

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2BbLEpA

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2CUuIUE

Dec. 24, 2018

A Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken is a breath of fresh air from beginning to end!!

Synopsis:

The first time I met Fitz or to most of the world Duke Fitzegerald Heraldo Belleville, I punched him in the throat.

I was actually aiming for his chin, but he was a few years older, clearly not wiser, but at least taller.

He started wheezing on his candy cane.

And well, the rest is history.

Hate replaced what could have been friendship, and for the rest of my teen years, I watched him flirt with every single breathing female.

I hated him.

Plotted his death with a smile on my face.

And knew that my first decree as Queen would be to chop off his head.

Except now that I'm finally old enough to inherit the title, there's one tiny little slip-up.

I need a man by my side.

The problem?

I may have accidentally scared them all away.

I have no options.

Until the devil rings my doorbell with a wicked grin on his face and revenge dancing like sugarplums in his gaze.

I hate that I need him.

It's a serious problem.

We have twelve days before we say I do.

I just pray we survive without killing each other first.

Tracey’s Review:

Rachel Van Dyken filled my heart with joy and made hope nestle deep into my soul with this story. It’s filled with witty banter, crazy schemes, hilarious moments and lots of misunderstandings but so much love. You won’t be able to read this book without laughing your head off or crying a few tears. This story teaches you so many things and reminds you to not judge a book by its cover. Rachel has brought this magical time of year front and center in the most beautiful way. Thank you, Rachel for writing such a heartfelt story full of passion, hope, faith, and undeniable love. This story is a breath of fresh air from beginning to end!

Buy Links:

Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2CxmwL6

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Kindle AU: https://amzn.to/2ELaBvD

Nook: http://bit.ly/2GBrTgg

Books: https://apple.co/2T7rZxS

GR: http://bit.ly/2rTfmeg