Blog Tour and Review: The Baller




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Meet Brody Easton in THE BALLER!
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Vi Keeland


NOW AVAILABLE






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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 hobby—screwing 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.
Simple right?
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.



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A new song had just started, and I was enjoying his company when a voice behind me said, “Can I cut in?”
My head whipped around, even though I had no doubt whom the gravelly voice belonged to.
Michael was gracious. “I hate to share. But I suppose I have been hogging the most beautiful woman at the event.” He let go of my hand and stepped back with a gentlemanly nod. “Thank you for the dance, Delilah.”
Again Brody Easton had caught me off guard. Before I knew it, I was dancing with the arrogant jerk.  He wrapped his arms around me and pulled my body tight against his. Way tighter than Michael had held me.
“Good to see you again, Lois Lane.”
The man had balls; I had to give him that. I looked him straight in the eyes. “Nice to see you with clothes on, Easton.”
“Do you prefer me without?”
“I prefer you on the other side of the room.”
He chuckled. It was a hearty laugh. “That’s what happens sometimes when you decide you want to hang out in the men’s locker room.”
I tried to pull back, but he tightened his grip and held me in place. I craned my neck. “Let go of me.”
“No.”
“No?”
“That’s right. No.”
“I can scream at the top of my lungs.”
“I’d like to hear you scream.” His tone made it clear he meant he wanted me underneath him while I was doing the screaming.
“You’re an asshole. You know that?”
“I do. You asked me that yesterday. For a reporter, you should really try changing up your questions more frequently.”
My eyes bulged.
Easton shifted his hand down to the small of my back before twirling us around the dance floor. Figures the prick can dance.
“Are you seeing anyone?”
“You can’t be serious?”
He ignored my comment. “Would you like to have dinner tonight?”
“We just ate.”
“Dessert at my place, then?”
I couldn’t help but laugh. “Did you hit your head at the game yesterday?”
“On a diet, huh?”
“Yeah. That’s it. I don’t want to go to your place for dessert because I’m on a diet.”
“Well, that’s just a shame.”


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I love sports romances! I usually like them to have a bit of “sports” in them because I enjoy watching as well as reading about sports. Brody Easton is a professional football player and a major off filed player as well. When he meets new sports reporter Delilah Maddox, all bets are off. Something about her makes him want to hang up his playboy ways. Delilah is not about to go down that road. She is very familiar with professional athletes and is not willing to sacrifice her career to go down that road with Brody. 

Honestly, there isn’t much sport in this book. I am totally ok with that. Because…Vi Keeland brought all the feels! I was not expecting it and was blown away by the depth of these characters. I like when an author can surprise me. Vi’s work speaks for itself so I was not concerned with her writing style or flow of the book. I was ready for a light boy meets girl, boy gets girl read and that IS. NOT.WHAT.HAPPENED!! I promise not to give spoilers. Brody had to work to get Delilah in his arms. She is a strong lead and very independent. After Brody got past his one liners, he was actually very tender and loving. And there is an HEA with a wonderful epilogue. It’s the journey to get there that you will fall in love with. Prepare to have tissue handy. 

LOVED the secondary characters. I am hoping we see some more of Indie in her own book?? Also loved the locker room humor among the players. If you are looking for a sports romance this is not your book- mostly post game locker room interaction. If you are looking for an HEA between a s3xy pro athlete and a brilliant sports reporter with lots of loving moments----grab this one up! 

ARC received for an honest review.



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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!





Additional Books by Vi Keeland


Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Beat


Throb
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1zk882K


MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1alpVES
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1is0zNX


Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)


Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)


The Cole Series (2 book serial)


Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)


Standalone novels
Cocky Bastard (Written with Penelope Ward)


Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)


First Thing I See
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JWFo21


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