Tuesday 11 June 2019

⚽ Rachel Van Dyken ⚽ KICKIN' IT ⚽ #RedCard2 ⚽

©  Bianca ✰ Janeane 

• 11 June 2019
• Book #2 in the Red Card series
4.5 Stars
Love breaks the offside rule in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s irresistibly sexy Red Card romance.

Successful, high-profile sports agent Matt Kingston thinks he can handle anything. Then soccer player Parker Speedman shows up at his door. She is young and gorgeous, has natural talent, and is looking for a team. She’s also a hothead with a punchy past who floored her last coach on live TV. Despite his misgivings, Matt agrees to be both her agent and her coach. Professional common sense says she’s off-limits. But what can he say about the raw attraction between them?

Parker plays soccer with her heart and soul. But after the events of the last year, she’s shaken. She’s already seen what a powerful man can do to a female athlete’s career. And her beloved dream is in the hands of a sexy, gorgeous man with the uncanny ability to slip past her defensesand into her heart.

Now Matt and Parker are about to learn that when it comes to love, the only way to win is by breaking every rule they know. And by playing nice. Real nice.

We all remember sports agent Matt from the first book.
He's a bit high-strung, he seems old for his age of only 30 years. His job is very hard - trying to keep all those famous athletes in check.
Enter his sister Willow. The one person to make his life even harder. Even though her wanting to join his agency should make life easier for him. But not when she moves into his house - and she's not alone.
Parker. She's a soccer wunderkind who got blacklisted with the league after she hit her coach on live TV. But all is definitely not what it seems with her past.
Matt is fascinated and extremely attracted - but he doesn't date clients!
Plus she's his little sister's friend. And she lives in his house!!!!

What will happen with Parker & Matt?

Poor Matt. Living with only his sister would've been enough to give him ulcers. But now here's this beautiful girl sharing a bathroom with him?! How will he survive these next few months!
And she's not a nice and sweet houseguest either. She's constantly fighting and arguing with him. And he hates it. Loves it. Grrr. LOL! ☺ He was kind of ready to finally settle down with the right woman. He longs for someone to come home to every night. And now he has two (way too young) someones at home and both are driving him crazy! LOLLL!

I really loved reading it this story!
It was funny and bantery and soccery. We have so many sparks between our darlings. We have adorable family moments and hilarious moments with Matt's other clients aka Jagger and Slade! And lots of sexy moments. But we also have very serious and sad moments from Parker's past. Her coach wasn't a nice man.... and he's not given up yet!

Funny, adorable, sporty, sexy, heartbreaking.
I wouldn't mind if Netflix came along and made something out of this series!!

The only things that bothered me ... first ... the cover! I like the pink color, but the guy is not Matt. Matt is blond and doesn't have any tattoos. I like it better when the people on the cover fit the story - it doesn't make any sense if they just put random people on covers! This cover looks a bit like a ..? Biker mafia metal rock romance? ☺

Then the conversations were sometimes so weird for my brain. There were two or four people in the room and I had no idea who was saying what. There were not enough 'stage directions' for me to get it. But that's probably just me. Rachel's writing is not 100% my thing.

 And then the one thing that will always take away half a star from my ratings .... nothing to do with the story, but the author. Rachel's first thank you in the acknowledgements? She thanks god. I just can't deal with that in my romances. If I wanted to read christian romances, I'd buy them. Which I never in a million years would do. And before I go on another anti-religion rant, I will stop this here.

KICKIN' IT was a really adorable & funny & emotional sports romance!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Matt - this one is MINE!!!!

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

You don't need to have read Risky Play before picking up Kickin' It, but why would you want to miss any of the action?

We met our leading man Matt in the first book, and I was very eager to get his story. And I have not been disappointed.

I love the snark and banter between Matt and Parker from their very first meeting. You can't help but laugh out loud at some of their conversations.

There are also some darker, more emotional elements to this story that will have your heart hurting - but with a good partner, these things can be overcome.

Matt's sister Willow absolutely stole the show at times, and I am jealous of Parker, because I want her to be my friend!

It was wonderful to see more of Slade and Mack from the first book, Jagger just had me in fits of laughter at times, and I need more of all of their lives.

Wonderful story that I didn't want to put down at all, I can't wait to see what Ms Van Dyken brings us next.

 Links to the Book & Author 

Book #1


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 and, adorable son. She loves to hear from readers!