RISKY PLAY  by Rachel Van Dyken


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A European soccer superstar and a wine heiress have an unforgettable weekend in Puerto Vallarta, but when real life resumes, their happily-ever-after is in for an uphill battle.

Both suffering from heartbreak, Mackenzie DuPont and Slade Rodriguez meet on the plane to Puerto Vallarta. Their trips are supposed to give them both time to heal from their partners’ betrayals, but they end up having a steamy affair instead. When, in the middle of the night, Slade gets the terrible news that his father has died, he disappears without a trace. Since Mackenzie and Slade gave each other fake names, there are no hopes they'll have a reunion. A month later, Mackenzie takes a job with the Blue Service Assistant Company, unable to go back to her family’s business just yet since her former fiance still works there. She doesn’t expect her first client to be Slade, especially when it seems like all traces of the tender, passionate man she met in Puerto Vallarta are long gone. Instead, Slade has turned into an angry, bitter shell of a man, blaming Mackenzie for the fact that he didn't call his father on the night he died. Bursting with tension and a heaping dose of melodrama, Slade and Mackenzie’s path to a happily-ever-after feels very much like a soap opera. Not only do they have to contest with Slade’s grief and Mackenzie’s trust issues, but there are several outside forces trying to keep them apart. While over-the-top with its scheming exes and frequent masculine posturing, this one promises to be a compulsive, engrossing romance for the right readers. However, the constant emotional whiplash requires patience and a strong tolerance for contrived, manufactured drama.

Truly a love-it-or-hate-it contemporary romance.

Pub Date: March 19th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5420-4372-4
Page count: 283pp
Publisher: Skyscape
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2019


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