Title:Infraction (Players Game #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult Romance
Pages: 278 (KINDLE)
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?
Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken is the second book in the players series and my first experience with her as an author. I haven’t actually heard of Rachel before and was surprised to find out how many books she has written upon investigating. I hadn’t realised upon starting this book that it was actually the second in a series. The first book was about other characters with Kinsey and Miller mentioned and it ends with the two characters sleeping together (or so I am told). However we recieve a lot of information regarding this in Infraction itself so I wasn’t lost or confused by any of it. Instead I was the opposite, I found it easy to get into.
Infraction also held a steady pace, it was an interesting read as it features diverse characters who are battling illnesses. For example Kinsey’s father has cancer and is dying, something that the family actually keep from her so that she agrees to go to Europe. This was an interesting dynamic to be included in the story and somethign I haven’t read before, usually when a book features a character with Cancer the story then develops into their loved one taking care of them but Kinsey was left in the dark and we get to read her experience of finding out and feeling betrayed for the time she has lost.
Furthermore Kinsey herself also is battling an illness which I won’t reveal as isn’t something that is revealed from the beginning of the story. Instead we learn about it as the story develops and we have hints along the way. The illness Kinsey has is one, again I haven’t seen written about in the other books which made the book stand out for me.
The main plot characteristic which drew me into this story was how it is a book about Kinsey having to pretend to date Miller in order to keep an ex at bay. These sorts of stories are my favourite, I like the fake relationship or fake marriage for some reason and the development of the characters from hate to love. Miller and Kinsey had a slow burning relationship and you could feel the tension they shared.
The downside of the story for me was Kinsey’s brother, he was overly protective of her. Of course we learn about her past, her illness and also her past relationships which all will have made him be that way but alot of the time it over shadowed the romance for me and got in the way of Kinsey and Miller’s story.
Overall I really enjoyed Infraction and I have successfully been converted into a Rachel Van Dyken book lover. I will be checking out more of her work.
Infraction for me was a 4 star read. I found it easy to get into and a quick read but it also allowed me to feel alot of emotions for the characters especially Kinsey as she deals with learning about her sick dad. I think I would have enjoyed it a little more if there was less of the over-protective brother routine.
*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**