Standalone – Sports themed romance. Funny, sexy and emotional
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars
“What’s it going to take to get you underneath me, Delilah?”
Oh gosh! You know when you start a book and it’s exactly what you need at that time? Well, The Baller was that book for us and there were so many reasons we loved The Baller. For starters there was the sports romance them. When it’s done well, it’s one of our favourite romances and with The Baller, Vi Keeland hit it right between the posts! Then there was Brody Easton….sigh….hold that thought for minute….Brody Easton! Wow! This charming, sexy, cocky, confident, dirty talking quarterback with that hint of vulnerability and alpha possessiveness we adore had us falling over ourselves and falling in love! We also had a plucky, sweet heroine in Delilah Maddox and a host of supporting characters who either provided us with loads of laughs and a lot of emotion. What wasn’t to love about Baller?
Brody and Delilah are both relationship wary after having painful experiences with love in the past. Delilah is on a six month ‘cleanse’ swearing off men for the foreseeable future, throwing herself into her career as a sports reporter which is where she comes errrrmmm ‘face to face’ which Brody….or a special part of Brody, when she interviews him. Brody is best known for his playing on and off the field, and he too isn’t interested in relationships after being devastated by love years before, but there’s no denying he wants Delilah and he wants her bad and he certainly let’s her know it. Have mercy….the things that man whispered in her ear made us blush! Is it hot in here?
“There are so many things I want to do to you”
“I want to suck on your tits. Hard. Nibble on your nipples until you can’t take it anymore.”
“Then I think I’ll eat you out. I want you to sit on my face while I do that. So you can control where you want me to suck, how hard you want to ride my tongue.”
“Then when you’re good and wet…when you’re soaked for me and I can smell that you want me, I’m going to hold your hands over your head and fuck you.”
Gulp!!! There is an immediate sexual chemistry between Brody and Delilah and a lot of fun. We hoped and prayed they would give into their feeling and take that leap of faith and trust their hearts.
‘We might have had different methods, but we were doing the same thing – protecting our hearts from loss again. You couldn’t get hurt if you didn’t let anyone in.’
Brody Easton, our hero may not think he does romance, he may think he’s best at bedding and moving on but we have to disagree….this guy put the ‘man’ in romance and wasn’t he such a funny bugger.
The relationship between Brody and Delilah was allowed to develop at a steady pace, with a friendship that provided quite a few giggles, some witty banter and some searing sexual tension! Oh boy! You can feel their desire on every page!
“You’re pretty fucking incredible you know that?”
“Is that the liquor talking or you.”
“You said liquor and all I heard was ‘lick her.’ I have a flight back to New York tonight. But now I have a hard-on and need a taste before I go.”
“You realise you just went from brooding to perverted in under five minutes.”
“Told ya. I’m moving on.”
Baller is told in varying pov’s which enabled us to dig deeper into the depth of the characters. Brody for instance, came across as a jack the lad who didn’t take life seriously, however his pov showed a very different side to Brody. A sensitive man with loyalty running deep in his veins with a heart of gold. We defy you not to fall in love with this quick witted, sexy man!
“You’re spooning me? Brody Easton spoons?”
“Only you, baby. But don’t be surprised if you get woken up by my fork later.”
Vi Keeland delivered a fabulously written heartfelt, funny, steamy sports romance that had us swooooning, practically combusting, holding onto our hearts and through some very clever writing, this author managed throw us a curveball a time or two which kept us on our toes! We did have a little issue with something we felt was beautifully resolved yet reappeared later and didn’t feel necessary and we would have loved a few more t ‘afters’ before the epilogue but maybe we’re just greedy. And that epi! Sheer perfection!
‘Sometimes we believe things not because we know they are true, but because the lies are easier to accept.’
Be sure to grab this one. Talk about a touchdown!