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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

#Review #Giveaway #Excerpt The Baller by @ViKeeland

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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


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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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Review 4.5 Stars

Brody…omg, Brody. *Swoon*
I love Vi Keeland’s books. The Baller is another fabulous win! The author too another sports romance and made it a different story. There were several times I expected the story to go in one direction and then I was surprised by the turn.
Brody seems like your typical crass and over-confident jock. However, it soon becomes obvious that Delilah is an exception, but not in the way you’d think. Those traits are even MORE exemplified in her presence. But, so is his sweet side. Brody is a beautiful combination of sexy (omg so sexy), humor, honesty, cockiness, and sweetly loving. The thing is, it’s a seamless combination. I didn’t feel like he was hiding any side, its’ simply that people don’t look for the other qualities. It’s so hard to tell you more without spoiling the fun.
Delilah is a professional, excellent at her job and aware that it’s hard to be a woman in “the good ‘ole boys” club. She’s also got a cute sense of humor and a strong sense of self. She is honest about and stands firm on her convictions with Brody. It’s so easy for a heroine to get on my nerves, but Delilah only did that once for me. That’s a huge compliment to the author. I admired Delilah, I wanted her as my friend, and I definitely saw what Brody saw in her.
The book has a lot of branches, but it’s not confusing or over whelming. They all converge into a strong base, completing the story. I had trouble putting it down, not just because of the plot, but because I wanted more Brody and Delilah!
I had one issue with this book, but it was one that stuck with me after I finished and walked away. I didn’t like the chapters in a 3rd person’s POV. I didn’t feel that they were needed and I didn’t want to be in their head. I thought those situations, thoughts, and feelings could have been portrayed in another way. I wanted more from Brody, there weren’t quite enough chapters from his POV. Especially toward the end when things with Deliah are beginning to come to a head.
However, despite the issue I had with the POVs, this books is absolutely fantastic and I think you should stop reading my review and go read the book! This is likely a re-read for me. Touchdown, Vi Keeland! (Yes, I’m aware how much of a dork that makes me…)

Excerpt from  
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.”
“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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About the Author: vi keeland bio.png
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)

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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