From New York Times & USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men's locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don't mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobbyscrewing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don't date players.
And it's not because I'm one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I'd date an athlete.
It's the other kind of player I don't date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.
Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Let's face it. It never is.
There's a story between once upon a time and happily ever after...
And this one is ours.
Author's note - The Baller is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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About the Author
Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has recorded audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games and appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.
Mackenzie Cartwright was born in New York City to two artist parents and traveled the world at a young age. While in Italy, she discovered the joys of pasta and wine and has been a lifelong practitioner of the art of cooking. Mackenzie lives with her husband and their Siberian husky in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Baller was a sexy and at times hilarious sports romance, but there was just something missing for me overall. I enjoyed the beginning of the book much more than the end, and it's actually the epilogue that brought my rating up to 4 stars, instead of the 3.5 that I was going to give. I really liked Brody and Delilah, both individually and together. They each have their own demons and baggage that they carry with them. I enjoyed their playful banter and sexually charged innuendo the most. They challenge and play off each other with some seriously funny and steamy results. Delilah's fascination with initials made me laugh out loud. The two of them have amazing chemistry and though I'm not usually a fan of the cocky reformed player alpha male, it really worked for Brody (especially because he was such a romantic at heart). Seriously, the vase of sticks!? *swoon* The story is told from multiple points of view and though I am normally a huge fan of this, the 3rd point of view introduced later in the book really took away from the story and was unnecessary in my opinion. The same amount of angst could have been introduced into the story without being inside this character's head, but it's probably the addition of this drama/angst that made me dislike their POV chapters the most. I was very confused how I should feel about this character, based off of what was revealed in the past and what was occurring present day. The Baller was still an enjoyable read with some serious undertones, but I felt those issues were handled gracefully. Love is not black and white. The capacity to love another as well as to let love go are powerful and I appreciated that the author portrayed this realistically. The epilogue is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling I've read and left me with a smile on my face.
Sports books are some of my favorites, and this one didn't disappoint. I really like both Brody and Delilah. They're interactions with one another were quite entertaining. They both have obstacles that they have to overcome in order to love again and a lot of the book is their journey to get to that point. I liked the reporter storyline, but didn't always like the Willow storyline. I almost felt like having her perspective took away from Brody and Delilah's relationship. I would have rather had more from Brody's perspective. It sucked me in right away, but lost me just a little with all the Willow stuff. It picked back up towards the end and I really enjoyed it. The epilogue was really cute, I just wish it was longer.
I love all of the books I've read by Vi and this one was fantastic!! Brody and Delilah were so amazing!! From the very beginning I adored Delilah! I loved how tough she was, and how she was determined to not let someone like Brody deter her and her career. She tried soooo hard to not let him get to her. And Brody, he was quick to realize that she was much more than just a pretty face. And dang did he try hard!! Their game of cat and mouse was so hot and adorable. I loved their banter back and forth, it was hysterical. The fun and cute gifts, the funny texts, it was all great! The best part was in Delilah finally gave in! Their chemistry was so hot! These two were scorching. I loved their banter even more then. I love that Delilah's whole life was football and that they had that in common. I loved her trash talking and sports commentary. It made the book so real. I love when sports stories are like that, when they truly involve the sport in the book. These two both had some seriously trouble pasts and had a really hard time getting over them. I was so happy with how it ended though. I got such great closure!
Sassy, sexy, humorous...tragic. Heartbreaking and heartwarming. I loved the characters and I really loved the story line. Really good, page turning read.
Brody was known for being a player. In more ways than one. When he met Delilah in the locker room, he horrified and excited her at the same time. Keeping her interest when she is trying to stay professional, is a whole new game. Delilah has to be taken seriously. In an almost exclusively male career, she wants to just be known for her own merits. When the hottest man in tight pants (or out of them) puts the moves on her, she finds herself wanting to say, "yes." This was an amazingly hot read. I loved these characters. I found them profoundly honest and it was refreshing. The heat level in this story was also turned up. Was a perfect summer read.
A familiar story line but an excellent read in spite of... I love to read about sexy jocks sometimes.... Well developed characters and a strong storyline... Well written and very enjoyable... Enough strength to keep you reading...
The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel is a standalone, adult sports/romance novel written by Vi Keeland. The first main scene suggests a storyline filled with a cocky hero who is determined to score some major bow chicka wow wow with a hard-to-get sports reporter. And... that's a big part of the first couple chapters but this book includes so much more than just romance. There is a sports element (duh) and a strong family piece that is really lovely. Also, as the characters' backgrounds are fleshed out, themes addressed include elder care, co-dependency, addiction, neglect/abuse, and the challenges women face while trying to succeed in a male dominated field. At first I thought this was a simple and sexy romance but it turned out to be much more than I expected. It's not perfect (view spoiler) but I enjoyed my reading experience and I give the author a lot of credit for moving the story beyond the bedroom. This is my second book by Ms. Keeland and this author is a winner in my book. Check it out! My favorite quote: “I finally realized peace wasn’t about avoiding things. It was about making the choice to live life with all its chaos around you, and in the midst of it all, having calm in your heart.”
Watching Delilah find out how much more there is to Brody than just what's under the towel is so much of what I'm looking for in a book - sexy, smile-while-I'm-reading-it, fun combined with really feeling the angst of the emotions of the characters. Brody and Delilah's story is one of my favorites and this is a definite re-read for me.