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Title: Kickin It
Series: Red Card #2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 11 June 2019

Synopsis 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.


Kickin It is an emotional and intense story delving into a traumatic event which changes the course of Parker’s life and identity.

Trigger warning within Kickin It although the subject matter is dealt with sensitivity and compassion, it is also a stark reminder on how victims can be shredded apart in the court of public opinion preventing justice from being served.

I am not going to go into detail regarding the plot as it deserves to be approached without prior awareness as to appreciate the full impact of the story-line.

The characters are fantastic and endearing with the added benefit of catching up with the main characters from Risky Play.

I will say the aspect of Kickin It I liked the most was the way in which Parker found the love and support she deserved enabling her to not only process the ordeal she had been subjected to but also gain the strength and conviction to empower others who have faced similar demons.