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Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Baller: Vi Keeland


THE BALLER
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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This is a story about a popular, antagonistic pro football player and a female sports reporter who get off on the wrong foot. By the time he begins to reel her in with his cocky charm, they realize they have totally different needs regarding sex and relationships. He is all about sex without complications and she is a sex-with-relationships kind of girl (not to mention she was enjoying a sex detox period).

Brody was such a charismatic, playful charmer. He was flirty, funny, and sexy, but underneath had a big heart, was thoughtful, and had deep emotions. He was much more than a star player and playboy, and had some demons to deal with. His relationship with his grandmother figure Marlene just melted my heart.

Delilah was feisty, sassy, smart and knowledgeable about sports. But she also had fears and insecurities from her past that sometimes held her back. Her friendship with her best friend, Indie was quite entertaining.

I really liked both Brody and Delilah. Brody could be pretty assertive and persuasive. When they could compromise, they managed to find a rhythm. Their banter and chemistry was infectious. But they could also be frustrating when it came to effective communication and full disclosure. 

Their lives were complicated by their closely tied jobs, their pasts, jealousy, and some conflicts. They had fears, insecurities, and a tendency to guard their hearts. The only way they could move forward is if they could find a way to be able to put their pasts behind them. But the past does not always stay in the past. And both of them are not always on the same page at the same time.

It was told in both Brody and Delilah's points of view and then a third one was added in. I will admit that the third POV actually allowed me to have some sympathy for that character that I might not have had otherwise.

There were some good messages about life in this one. It was funny, sexy, sweet, and emotional. I had some issues getting my bearings in the beginning since there was some mysterious build up of his past. And some of the characters' decisions and timing towards the latter half of the book exasperated me, but overall it was entertaining and I loved the epilogue.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Delilah Maddox finally got the break she has been working for as a sports reporter. As a female sports reporter, she knows more stats and records than most of her male counterparts and takes her job seriously, even when it finds her taking interviews in the locker room.

Brody Easton is intrigued by the feisty reporter who rises to his baiting and refuses to feed his reputation. He doesn’t hear no often, and as he becomes more determined to make Delilah change her mind and give him a chance, his antics become more and more daring.

I loved these two together. Their banter, particularly in the early locker room scenes, but continuing through the story, makes for hilarious and often devious situations. He is always looking for a reaction from her, quick to offer a sexual innuendo, and hides the caring man behind the public persona of a jerk.

The blast from the past that arrives to shake things up was a completely unexpected twist and had me questioning what I knew and what was happening between Delilah and Brody. For as many parallels as their pasts held, I loved the connection they built as they got to know each other.

Though most of the relationship scenes are from Delilah’s point of view, Brody’s scenes added an emotional depth to his character I wasn’t expecting to find. I loved what those scenes say about him and the love he has for Marlene.

The side characters are a great support and give an added boost to the drama of the story. Indie, in particular, struck me as a character with a lot going on. She is such a fun, off the wall character that she makes a great compliment to Delilah. 

I had fun reading this story from beginning to end. It surprised me as well as entertained me. The potential for characters to pick up a series exist all around Delilah and Brody, but the focus on their relationship and the issues that pop up between them made for a great standalone story.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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.”

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!

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Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Beat
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Amazon UK
iBooks
Kobo
B&N
Throb
Amazon US
Amazon UK
B&N
iBooks
Kobo

MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
Amazon
B&N
Kobo
Smashwords
iBooks
Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)
Amazon US
B&N
iBooks
Kobo
Smashwords
Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)
Amazon
B&N
iBooks
Kobo

The Cole Series (2 book serial)
Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
Amazon US
Amazon UK
B&N
iBooks
Kobo
Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)
Amazon US
Amazon UK
B&N
iBooks
Kobo

Standalone novels

Cocky Bastard (co-written with Penelope Ward)
Amazon US
Amazon UK
iBooks
Kobo
B&N

Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
Amazon US
Amazon UK

First Thing I See
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

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