Book Review: ‘Red Card’ by Carrie Aarons


Title: Red Card

Published: 14th February 2016

Author: Carrie Aarons


Twitter: @authorcarriea




She spent five years planning a future that will never exist. He spent five years trying to erase a past he can’t forget.

London is Leah Watson’s fresh start. When she secures the perfect internship during her study abroad semester, with an infamous celebrity public relations firm, she is determined to forge her own path – one that is nothing like her life back in Oklahoma. That plan is tested when British football’s bad boy, Killian Ramsey, decides that she’s the one he wants and he’s playing for keeps.

Will she put her future on hold – again – for the type of man she swore she’d stay away from?

Killian is one bloody good football player. After a tragedy shattered his entire world, the cocky and arrogant face he puts on for the media is a complete lie. When he meets Leah, his heart starts to beat for the first time in years. But when the feelings get too real, his perfectly constructed facade starts to slip.

Will he risk it all to be with her – taking whatever penalties are thrown his way – or will he play it safe?


There are so many things to love about this book. Great characters, great atmosphere and great storyline. Fun red-hot read that would definitely get your pulse racing. Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a colour in the title.

Leaving home for a publicist internship abroad was never going to be easy but on the cusp of a break up its worse. Leah had her whole life mapped out with Taylor; she thought he felt the same. Doing everything and anything to make his life better for his career but somewhere along the way she ended losing herself. Taylor turned into someone she didn’t want to know and when he tells her he wants to break up so he can really live the showbiz lifestyle – sports groupies being high on his list – she knows she needs an escape plan. To go somewhere no one knows her, or her past with Taylor, and somewhere she doesn’t have to deal with a sports playing arsehole. Too bad fate has other ideas though. Deciding to throw her right into the path of player bad boy Killian.

The moment Killian sees Leah he is intrigued. He wants her and always gets what he wants but she just isn’t what he was expecting. For one thing she has no idea who he is when she turns up to be his PR guide at a red carpet film premier. After a very heated confrontation between them at the premier he sees her more feisty side, as apposed to the shy creature getting her ass handed to her when she first turned up. It’s a side that he wants to explore more fully so he does what any man would do if they had his kind of power. He hires her as his personal publicist while she is here, a good idea to start with but things soon start to get complicated.

A connection is made straight off but you can see that both are holding something back for very different reasons. When photos get published, catching them in what appears to be a lovers embrace when in fact it’s just Killian helping her up after the press knocked her down, Killian sees that they have branded Leah a sports kit. Someone who deliberately goes after big named sports players. This action alone turns him into the biggest arsehole on the planet with how he treats Leah. He doesn’t even give her the chance to explain that the big named sports player they have linked her to is her ex from about a week ago and that he is the only man she has ever been with.

From one playboy to another you would think that Leah would be keeping her guard up at all times around Killian when acting as his publicist. But when Killian sees her reaction to him dancing a little too close for comfort with another women you can see it’s slipping. Good that it does though as is pushes her to confront him about what he really wants from her. Which leads to them having an awful lot of fun in the clubs store closest – fun times!

This starts off their affair of sorts, as Leah knows Killian wants to keep things hidden from the press. He doesn’t trust them with how they get their stories and when you find out how bad it got for him in the past you can see where he is coming from and why he would be so upset if his privacy were breached. Only problem is the Leah is getting in over her head. She really starts to fall for him, hoping he feels the same. She doesn’t necessary want him to claim her to the public but just simply not care if they do know. Killian can really stick his heels in though when things go bad and when his fears come to the surface you can see that his only way of reacting is to push people away. Lets hope he manages to get out of his own way to be able to see what’s really in front of him – a chance at a new happy ending.

The chemistry and heat going back and forth between Leah and Killian was great throughout. You can see he really likes teaching her new things and pushing her past her boundaries, Mile High club anyone, definitely a match made in heaven. They do get up to a lot of naughty things in a lot of public places that I’m impressed the photo that does ‘out them’ as a couple wasn’t more risky.

So many great bits of dialogue but one of my favourite quotes is this:

His lips brushed my ear. “I’m going to go so slow that by the third time you come, you’ll be shaking like a leaf under me. You won’t be able to speak. The world will cease to exist, because your body will be in a different dimension.” And that’s exactly what he did to me.

Simply a great read. Bad boy playboy footballer has his perfect girl fall literary right into his lap; he just has to play the game right if he wants to keep her onside. Money and fame can get you so far but you need someone to share it all with to make it worth it in the end.


5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.


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