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- Print Length: 285 pages
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- Publication Date: January 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AS4I3GU
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Brody Easton is pure, unadulterated book boyfriend perfection! Sexy & smart banter and a brilliant twist that nearly broke our hearts! Confidently a TRSoR Top Read of 2016!" #TeamSubway -The Rock Stars of Romance
"I know it's early in 2016, but I can already tell that The Baller is going to be one of my favorite books of the year. This super sexy, heart-warming sports romance was unputdownable. That cover melted my Kindle screen and Brody Easton melted my heart." -Cheri, Kindle Crack Book Reviews
"Brody and Delilah's story took us on one very tear inducing journey! Yes, the story was full to the absolute brim of some of the funniest one liners we have ever had the pleasure of reading, but there was also a very emotional side to it." -Rachel and Sharon, Kindle Friends Forever
"5 funny as hell, hot and sexy, and just pure awesomeness stars!" -Loyda, Crazies R Us Book Blog
"The Baller will have you giggling, your heart melting, and your fingers racing to tap those pages, as soon as you start reading this you're hooked...Brody *Sighs*" -Kitty Kats CrazyAbout Books
"This is by far Vi's best work, and I've loved everything I've read that she has written. The Baller has everything I look for in a book. It's flirty, funny, sexy and has characters who I easily connected with. I knew 10% in that I would love Brody Easton." -Reanell, Book Babes Unite
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The story moved along fairly quickly, and I enjoyed the snarking back and forth between the two leads. However, there were too many ghosts from the past in this book. I was glad they found love again with each other; it just took them a while to get to that point.
The other woman angle is what spoiled this one for me. I hated the handful of chapters told from his first love's POV. I skimmed most of those, reading only enough to get the gist of what was going on because I didn't care what she was doing, thinking or feeling. She needed to be less prominent. She didn’t belong in this book.
Another issue I had is one that’s a pet peeve of mine – the lack of descriptive text. What did these characters look like? There wasn't enough description about either one of the main characters or even in the romance scenes. Those were sadly lacking. I expected more, given his character and the way he dirty talked her all the time (and given that cover!). All I know of their physical appearances are that she had lots of dark hair, and he had green eyes. I couldn't mentally draw a picture of either one of them. There was more description of the "other woman" character than there was of the two protagonists. Why?
May have some spoilers ....
The addition of Willow was unnecessary. Plus she was given several chapters in her POV. I hated her even though the author tried very hard to make her a good guy. I had already accepted Delilah as my heroine. There was no way I would accept the junkie. Maybe I wouldn't be so hard on her if I wasn't all in for Delilah.
Then there was Delilah backing out of the relationship because of her out of the blue unresolved feelings for her dead boyfriend. It wasn't a big deal until Willow showed up. Last I was frustrated with the amount of time Brody and Delilah stayed apart at the end. They spent the majority of the second half of the book apart until the final scene. Brody spent more time with Willow than Delilah.
I did love the final scene and really loved the epilogue. I am a sucker for epilogues that show the couple as a family. This one was really cute.
I have read the summary to this book multiple times but the reviews that talk about the same thing I had a problem with kept me from buying it. Unfortunately for me I didn't read the reviews and didn't remember my issues this time. I wish we could make notes to ourselves on Amazon. I have made this mistake before.
So I loved fifty percent and hated fifty percent, so I guess three stars. However I do not recommend this book and I am bummed I wasted money on it.
I still love the author though.
Then at the 50% mark the story took a sharp nosedive into the "I hated it" category.
As others have stated, I agree that the addition of Willow was unnecessary. You're 50% into the book, rooting for both lead characters and them wham out of nowhere is this new third lead character that has entire chapters dedicated to Willow and her point of view. From Willow's introduction the book focuses on Brody and Willow, and Delilah takes a back seat for no reason.
Why did I need a third character lead out of the blue? What on earth was the author and developmental editor thinking? The story was just find with Brody and Delilah. but adding in Willow, ruined this story for me. If it weren't for the stellar first half, I'd rate this one star.
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The sizzling chemistry between Delilah and Easton is right there from the start and soon ignites into something special when they decide to take a chance on each other. While the two characters have sizzling chemistry, I love it when an author can get a good balance of not turning the whole book into what can feel like just constant sexy scenes, somethings Vi Keeland manages perfectly.
Also, I loved how I felt the characters handled things, especially Delilah with the actions she took in regards to Michael; it’s so common in books today to question a character’s morals where they are supposedly into one person but yet they will still go out with another and lead them on. It’s refreshing to read romances, even if the main characters have issues to overcome, where it feels like they are handled in a responsible, adult way. Adding in the relationship between Easton and Marlene added another dimension to portray Easton and his past; the handling of Marlene’s dementia was written brilliantly (having personally experienced dementia with my own grandmother) and it was so heartbreaking at times.
The quality and at times witty writing gives the perfect style of writing to this book that is addicting to read. I felt the book flowed at a nice, steady pace and the way the relationship is developed gives a more believable aspect; you knew both characters were ready to take that step. Adding another point of view, other than just Delilah and Easton, gives a different angle to the whole story, especially into Easton.
Finally, I personally like stories that have an epilogue that rounds off a story and in The Baller we get a sweet epilogue that summed up any lingering questions and get a small glimpse of Easton and Delilah’s future, allowing for an extra sweet HEA ending.
It’s so rare to find genuinely great, HEA standalone sports romance books but do not hesitate to give this book a read - you won’t regret it!
Unfortunately, the author lost her way shortly after. Maybe she liked the initial scenario, and after they got into bed she moved on to another project? I've checked out a few of this author's other novels and found this seems to be the pattern: start strong, lose interest.
Why focus so much on his ex's life? I was thinking she would have her own novel, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The second half was drowned out by extraneous information. Their relation didn't progress, and the drama was alarmingly predictable.
I've been dithering between a 3 and 4. To drop to a 3 is one hell of a slump, that's how disappointing it became. I'll reread it again soon to check if this is a little harsh.
"The table seated twenty, and the chairs were three rows deep. Sixty pairs of eyes turned to look in my direction."
I was surprised to get the 3rd person POV so suddenly out of nowhere... but as with other books I felt as I was cheated on the end like a quick wrap up of the story with epilogue and BAM THE END
There was so much of W but then suddenly she just vanished no idea what did she say and what E's reaction really was would like but more explanation bit more in the end that's why I couldn't give it 5 stars as I did with other books otherwise I really enjoyed it a lot!
The man just oozes sex appeal. He's everything a typical football player should be, but so much more too.
This book made me laugh out loud at some parts. The things that came out of that man's mouth. ( Good God!!!! )
It also moved me to see there was a soft side to this arrogant man, I couldn't help but fall for him.
Such a good book, absolutely loved it.
Highly recommended read for all sports romance fans.
Although even if your not a sports fan, this book is sure to change your mind.
Just a great book!
I have to say I picked this book up and didn't put it down until I finished. It had humour, romance, some pretty hot moments and a real boom moment that I didn't see coming.
This is one of those books that I will actually be able to read again - Happy to recommend it.