Book Review (ARC) : Kickin’ It by Rachel Van Dyken

Much thanks to Netgalley and Skyscape for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.

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Our eyes locked.
Off-limits. She’s off-limits.
I just never realized how much.

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Book Details

Title: Kickin’ It

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Date Published: June 11, 2019

Number of Pages: 247 pages

Publisher: Skyscape

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Series: Yes. 2nd, but can be read as a standalone.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
POV: Alternating between H and h.
Cliffhanger: No.

Content Warnings: Threats. Sexual and Emotional Abuse. Coach/Client relationship. Little Sister’s Best Friend relationship.
Read if: you love a quick read with a balance of sexual tension, angst, and romance.

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

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 defenses…and 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.

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About the Author

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Rachel Van Dyken


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.




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My Review

Kickin’ It is my first read from author Rachel Van Dyken, but I have to admit this book is a truly enjoyable one.

It was fun, steamy, and heartwarming, too. Though it is the second installment of the series, I didn’t feel left out or confused about the lead and side characters.

I think that the male lead, Matt, has exposure on the first book of this series, so I would really like to pick up that book as well.

I had to make a confession, though, even if I was sent an eARC of this book, I was able to read this via audiobook. Regardless of the change in medium, the story was very likeable. In fact, I think the narrators even made me even more attached to the characters.

Matt, the male lead, was a powerful businessman who truly knows what he wants and what he does. He pretends to be strong but he loves his sister dearly, as well as his friends. On the other hand, Parker has a brave and strong aura, even though she is struggling and hurting inside.

The dynamic between the two leads was amazing to discover. The banter was really cute, but the attraction was intense.

Something that I really loved from this book is the role of the friendships in the story. The friendship of the leads, as well as their friendship with the support characters, were depicted so real, which was a plus point for me.

Overall, this is a book I enjoyed and an author that I hope to read more from.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Thrill Factor: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.31/5 ☁

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What’s your favorite sports romance?

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