Review: Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken (Players Game #2)


Infraction, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is Available NOW!!




Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: January 9th
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Before you start reading this post I have to give you a very important warning. If you HAVEN’T read Fraternize (Players Game 1) by Rachel Van Dyken and you want to read it someday (I highly recommend it, read my review HERE) then DO NOT read this review because it will ruin all the excitement.

However, if you don’t plan on reading it or if you love spoilers or if you’ve already read Fraternize then by all means, continue reading!




New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

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?


Before you start reading this review I have to give you a very important warning. If you HAVEN’T read Fraternize (Players Game 1) by Rachel Van Dyken and you want to read it someday (I highly recommend it, read my review HERE) then DO NOT read this review because it will ruin all the excitement.

However, if you don’t plan on reading it or if you love spoilers or if you’ve already read Fraternize then by all means, continue reading!


I didn’t think Rachel would be able to make me love a book as much as I loved Fraternize but darn, she did. I was expecting fun, angst and a whole lot of steamy moments. I got much more. I got emotion after emotion thrown at me from all sides. I cried buckets, which was unexpected but amazing. I also laughed a little which is always welcome. My stomach and heart may or may not still be lost somewhere near my feet where they dropped after all the swoony moments.


Miller is a good man. One of the best men ever. He’s kind, intelligent, sweet, not afraid of being vulnerable and he’d do anything for the people he loves. Of course, he’s had slips here and there but overall he’s one of the good ones. It took one drunken night in a hotel in Vegas with his best friend’s sister for everything to go to hell. Actually, the way he handled things after that drunken night with Kinsey caused everything to go to hell and now he’s an asshole. Miller broke Kinsey’s heart while helping her pack her bags and sending her away for the summer. Technically he wasn’t the one sending her away; Jax, Kinsey’s brother and Miller’s best friend, was the one sending her away but Miller did nothing to prevent it when all he wanted was repeat the night before.

Seven months go by, Kinsey returns from Europe and the preseason is about start. Then Kinsey discovers her life has been spiraling out of control for seven months and she was oblivious. Her father is sick, her brother is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and he’s even more overprotective of her since her horrible ex-boyfriend is a new member of the football team she’s a cheerleader for.

Kinsey faking a relationship with Miller was Jax’s idea. A way to keep Kinsey’s ex-boyfriend far away and a way for Jax to not worry about her all the time. Of course, the only condition is that Miller doesn’t lay a finger on Kinsey. After all, Miller is his best friend and he would never touch his sister, right? Miller is a good guy. He wouldn’t risk losing an appendage. He doesn’t want to die young. He would never betray him.

If only things were that easy. If only Kisey weren’t so deep inside Miller’s heart. If only.


Fake relationships are my holy grail of romance stories. The cherry on top of the perfect OTP with the most amazing chemistry. They are my favorite. They are full of angst and earth-shattering tension and if you are lucky and the author is as amazing as Rachel Van Dyken then you can feel all of that jumping out of every single page and into your soul. Infraction has one of my favorite fake relationships ever if not my favorite. I loved how easy it was for Kinsey and Miller to pretend being in a relationship, like it was meant to be (because it was, duh!). There was hardly any faking involved since they actually couldn’t stay away from each other. I also really liked that they soon decided to have a real relationship… kind of, is friends who have sex called a real relationship? Who knows.


Miller is the book boyfriend of my dreams. He’s amazing, larger than life, my hero. He’s caring and loving and kind and funny and sexy and all of the good things in the world inside the body of a football player. He’s not perfect though. He has a past and it left him some wounds that have never completely healed. He’s never mourned the death of his mother. He’s afraid of loving people and then losing them. He’s a runner.

Kinsey is my queen. She’s funny and sassy and strong and sweet and I so want to be like her. She has an even more troubled past than Miller but you would never know since she is so good at being happy and living her life as if it was her last day.

I loved watching both of them figure out their problems together. They helped each other overcome the demons that haunted them and I couldn’t be happier that they got the HEA they deserved—after a lot of tears and tissues, that is.


Jax is also a very important character in this book. There are some chapters that are told from his point of view. It is amazing to read all of his thoughts and see why he’s overprotective of Kinsey and get to know more about him. He’s closed off and he may seem a little grumpy on the outside but he’s really the sweetest man. Jax also finds a girl in this book! And I realized just how much I need an entire book about them. (Somebody tell Rachel she needs to write a book about them because I need more and y’all will too!!)


If you couldn’t tell throughout my review, I really want y’all to read Fraternize and then read this book. It is beyond BEAUTIFUL. It is not fast paced and it is not slow either. It’s told from Kinsey, Miller and Jax’s POV. It is all of the best characters and the best storyline and all of the emotions in a pretty little book of 289 pages. If you are a hopeless romantic like yours truly then READ INFRACTION NOW (after reading Fraternize). I REALLY cannot recommend it enough!


Massive thanks to Skyscape for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


5 / 5 flowers




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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!


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