The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel (Vi Keeland)


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.

I started this book with high hopes. Having just read The Deal a few days before, I thought that this novel would be somewhat similar… it wasn’t. I don’t mean that this book was bad, not by any means, it just didn’t blow me away, like, at all.

I liked the writing, it flowed really well, and it was mostly funny. The first third of the book went by quickly, and I absolutely loved to read how Delilah and Brody’s relationship evolved. However, I thought this was a book about how they fell in love and their relationship, but it turned out to be a bit more about how you can live and love again, even if you think that The One has come and gone.

My problem with this book was the middle. It dragged a lot and it was slow. I obviously understood the why and the story itself is beautiful, but not at all what I was expecting to read.

I never thought I would be saying this in a book review, but this book lacked drama, which was simultaneously a good and bad thing. For one hand, there’s always absolute honesty between the two main characters, and NO situation is misinterpreted. This also means that you can’t actually evaluate throughout the book exactly what they are feeling, and it gets a little boring at times. I also hated the addition of the third POV, even if I liked the character and understood the importance of that particular point of view, I still thought we could have done without it. Also, Brody’s POV was always very short and very oriented towards a single situation, we only get a glimpse of his feelings towards Delilah nearly at the end of the book.


I really liked the two main characters though, they were deep and developed, and I really liked how normal their relationship was, and steamy too. I loved the last third of the book ;).

Ultimately, I really enjoyed it, even though it turned out to be more of an OK read than a WOW one. I would definitly recommend it if you like adult romances with a deep backstory and heartbreaking issues.

Rip It Or Ship It Book Tag


Hello! This tag has been on my radar for a long long time… but Becca @Shih Tzu Book Reviews and Analee @Book Snacks tagged me recently, and I just had to do it! 😀 The Rip It or Ship It Book Tag was created by emmmabooks.

I have to tell you that I have a serious problem with this, because I tend to ship my couples, that is, it’s super hard for me to imagine a favorite character from a book, with another one from a different book… nope, it hurts my heart to even think about this. With that said, this should be fun to do!



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OMG! What the hell?! NOPE! I RIP IT! I love both Warner and Jem to death, but no way would this relationship ever work. Jem is the most caring and gentle soul, and Warner… is NOT! 😀 And come on! Jem is a cat person, while Warner is clearly much more into dogs.



WOWOWW!!! I was so happy when I got these two names, I mean, what are the odds?! 😛 I obviously SHIP IT, with all my heart, because Cresswell is one of my favorite ships :D.



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Yeah, no, not going to happen. I RIP IT! The only thing that they could have in common would be the weapons. I don’t see them working on any level whatsoever, and Aelin is pretty shippable with anyone, because come on… I at some point or another shipped her with every single male on those books.



Oh wow! This was totally by accident, but I SHIP them so damn much :D! They’re perfect!



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this is probably the weirdest combination of names EVER. I obviously RIP IT! Clary might not be the best character in the world, but she doesn’t deserve someone as Amarantha in her life.



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Poor Tessa!!! NOOOOOO… I RIP IT! This is no good. Sebastian is evil, even if I felt sorry for him at times, and Tessa is good and pure and brave, and she deserved either Jem or Will, but definitly not Sebastian.



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I love these two ladies so much, they’re both so strong. But for the life of me, I honestly don’t think they could ever work. Penryn is just a no-nonsense kind of girl, and Juliette for most part is too broken. No way. RIP IT.



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Interestingly enough I think that a friendship between these two ladies could work. Lysandra is a great friend, and so is Anna. And they are both strong and independent. Yep. I SHIP IT.



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Oh boy… no no no! Levana is to bad for someone as pure and innocent as Simon Snow. NO NO NO! I RIP IT.



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I know they don’t really get along in the books so far, especially in Heir of Fire, due to stuff from the past, but I do think they could become friends and have an awesome bromance. Aedion and Dorian are both the stuff of dreams, and they are such good people, I want them to get along, so I’m SHIPPING IT!



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Oh God! I like Manon alright, and I have high hopes for her, but she’s still a witch… a bad witch… who kills people and eats the…. nope, Kai deserves better. I RIP IT.



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This one is interesting and I SHIP IT. Baz has a hint of danger, and he’s sarcastic, which goes well with Cinder’s personality :D.



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YES!!! I SHIP this one so bad!!! I mean, aren’t they perfect? They’re both so happy, charismatic and fun! They would totally work :D.



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Oh, no! This wouldn’t work at all. Magnus is just too much for Cath ;-). I RIP IT.



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Well, if Alec can be bestie with Jace, he could definitly handle Will. Would it be weird that they’re somewhat related? Yes? So, ok, I’m shipping them as best friends then ;), bromance all the way. I SHIP IT.



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I actually think these two could work, as friends! Raffe and Rowan both have a sarcastic sense of humour and a very low tolerance for stupidity :D. They would be awesome together. I SHIP IT.

This is it. If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged :D.