The Baller (A Down and Dirty Football Novel #1) by Vi Keeland

The Baller (A Down and Dirty Football Novel #1) by Vi KeelandSeries: Down and Dirty Football #1
on 2016-01-18
Pages: 300
AmazonB&NNarrator: MacKenzie Cartwright, Sean Crisden
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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.

Author's note
- The Baller is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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This one was a big meh.

Delilah Maddox was a sports reporter and she just got the assignment of a lifetime covering the football team The New York Steel. On her first day, she met star quarterback Brody Easton and there was an instant attraction. Brody immediately began making passes at her (pun intended). Delilah resisted his charms for awhile, but eventually gave in. They have both been in love before and are afraid to be hurt again. Delilah and Brody are extremely cautious about giving their hearts to someone else again but Brody was just hard not to love. He was funny, he managed to turn everything into a sexual innuendo and his loyalty gave him depth as a man.

When Brody’s old flame Willow returned to town, Delilah felt threatened. It was clear that Brody cared about Willow and that made Delilah unsure as to whether Brody’s past relationship was truly over and resolved. Who did Brody want for his future?

First of all, the pace of this story was slow! It took a while to build up to where the author was going and then the author made a non-isssue an issue. The narrators did what they could but the issue was the story.

What I loved most was Brody because it was like seeing your college boyfriend. While he was a grown man, he was all boy too. Everything, and I mean everything related back to sex for Brody. I found myself chuckling a lot. On the surface, it just seemed like Brody was about sex, food and football, in no particular order. But Brody was actually more complex as a character. On the other hand, I found Delilah’s character to be flat.

Delilah Maddox’s success as a reporter, would require her to be observant and Brody was pretty much an open book. Yet she didn’t see the most obvious things about him nor did she learn them about him after they had spent so much time together.

I blame the author for making Delilah slightly pathetic because the author spent time developing Willow even more than Delilah. I was rooting for Willow because while she made mistakes, there was a lot of growth in her life. I thought how the author mishandled the Willow, Brody and Delilah situation. I don’t like manufactured conflict and the drama was so forced to extend the pages. It was slowly built up and then the resolution happened as an afterthought. It was never a true triangle.

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

The Chance (Thunder Point, #4) by Robyn Carr

The Chance (Thunder Point, #4)  by Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder Point #4
on 2014-03-01
Pages: 400
AmazonNarrator: Therese Plummer
With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

There is something so endearing about this series and it starts with the narrator Therese Plummer. Her voice feels smooth and velvety. When I am listening to this book, I feel relaxed and chilled out– like I am sitting on a hammock with a glass of wine. Her various voices fit the personalities so well, her pace is excellent, her cadence is soothing and her chuckles make me chuckle. The narrator makes the story come to life!

The Chance picked up right after the raid on the compound from Book 3, The Hero. FBI Agent Laine Carrington was still recovering from the gunshot wound she sustained while being held hostage by the cult leader. She was successful in rescuing Devyn and the other members and as a result, she was getting a commendation from the FBI. She wasn’t sure what direction her career would take after that, so she decided to come Thunder Point to recuperate and also get closure. There, Laine met ex-con and local garage owner Eric Gentry (also the father of Gina’s daughter Ashley) and she was instantly attracted to him. They were both trying to find solid ground and they had fun together.

Laine was hilarious as she was such a cavewoman. Me see, me want, me take. Good for her. It was really cool to see a woman not playing games or pretend coyness. Instead, Laine was aggressive, vocal and upfront about what she wanted from Eric. I also loved her devotion to the father who inadvertently hurt her so much over the years. She got a chance to bond with him as well as closure while starting a new life with Eric. Eric was redeemed in this book because we finally see the dependable man he has become. He paid his debt to society and now cherishes his responsibilities to his loved ones.

I really enjoyed the side story with Al, Ray Anne & Justin. Ray Anne has been a permanent fixture in all the prior stories as she is the local relator extraordinaire. She’s had some epic battle with Lou Anne but we finally see the softer side of Ray Anne. I loved the “make up” regime and Al being nonplussed about it. I also loved Justin’s unwavering devotion to his family and how his tenacity made the runaway Al finally put down some roots.

This series is becoming one of my favorites. It’s everything I enjoy in Contemporary Romances. It has a great plot, great writing, and such likable characters. It has been a fun ride so far. I look forward to the next one.